Design hotel with a view
TEXT: MARIANNE HEEN JOHNSGÅRD | PHOTOS © MAGIC HOTEL SOLHEIMSVIKEN
Guests at the Magic Hotel Solheimsviken are in for a rare treat. The hotel is created by international design star Karim Rashid, and combines a one-of-a-kind interior with first-class views of Bergen, Norway’s second largest city.
The hotel is futuristic in a colourful and approachable way, and combines comfort and style. “We are very happy about our collaboration with Rashid, whose signature style runs through the entire hotel. The aim was to create a distinct look for the Magic hotel group. We focus on technology, comfort and a dedicated staff in order to give our guests a memorable stay with us,” says general manager Mona Sandvik. “Many feel that entering the hotel is like entering another dimension, which is exactly the experience that Karim Rashid wants to create with his design.”
The hotel is located in Damsgårdssundet, a popular residential and recreational area with predominantly young inhabitants. From here, you can take a leisurely stroll through the city streets or along the seafront to downtown Bergen, as well as benefit from the hotel’s close proximity to undisturbed nature by taking an invigorating walk uphill to the nearby Løvstakken mountain.
The hotel is part of Magic Norway, which includes three other Magic Hotels in the heart of Bergen as well as restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shopping centres. “As a Magic guest, you get benefits and discounts at all of our affiliate sites. Make sure to take advantage of this during your stay at Magic Hotel Solheimsviken,” recommends the general manager.
When not exploring the city, the design hotel itself is well worth getting to know better. It has plenty to offer its visitors: the hotel’s roof terrace is the perfect spot to take in the surroundings, and there are ample opportunities to satisfy your appetite with great food in the restaurant Bergtatt, which also offers panoramic views. You can choose between socialising in the lobby bar with other guests, or withdrawing to your private quarters for a relaxing timeout.
The 217 rooms, including standard doubles, family rooms and three spacious suites, are all designed for an enjoyable stay, whether you are in Bergen on holidays or business. Both guest rooms and public areas are equipped with free WiFi and Chromecast, and the location close to the city’s light rail makes for a short and convenient commute to other parts of Bergen.