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New, ambitious hotels pop up all the time, in both Norway and the rest of the world. They often try to outdo each other with descriptions like “luxurious” or “central”. Bergen Børs lives up to both – although the management prefers not to use the term “luxury”, but instead elegance, dignity, and discretion. There is a reason for this. It is embedded in the walls.
Bergen Børs is primarily aimed at two guest categories:
A. Men and women who are in Bergen on business and who are unlikely find a more effective and symbolic platform for their purpose. The building in which Hotel Bergen Børs is located, served as Bergen’s stock exchange for over a hundred years. It was a business centre promoting trade in the region as well as in the rest of Europe. The hotel’s history and environment is reminiscent of a time when agreements did not flicker past on a screen but were finalised with a strike of a gavel and a handshake.
B. Men and women (and their children) who are in Bergen, not on business but to relax in style and enjoy the city’s unique atmosphere and attractions at weekends and during holidays – or maybe are waiting for their cruise ship to arrive – and for whom Bergen Børs is the perfect option. The hotel sits on the top of one of Bergen's most popular tourist attractions – the spectacular Fresco Hall with wall murals from 1923, painted by Alex Revold.
Bergen Børs is in the heart of the city, and this is not an exaggeration. Guests in rooms facing north-east will see the Fish Market and Bryggen – the latter with roots back to medieval times when Hanseatic ships filled the harbour (and there was no stock exchange in Bergen). To the east are Torgalmenningen with the Seafarers' monument, and to the north-west is a statue of the famous local author, Ludvig Holberg, born 1684 (the same year as Bergen's very first exchange opened).
Old Bergen stock exchange, designed by architect F.W. Schiertz, opened in 1862, and was rebuilt in neo-Renaissance style during the period 1890–93. Behind the current conversion to a hotel with delicate proportions and in a classical/modern style, are the architects Claesson Koivisto Rune who have cited “eccentricity” and “magic” as an important part of the rationale behind the process.