Marken Gjestehus is a great hostel with a wonderful, welcoming feeling that overtakes you when the elevator door opens into the reception area. It seems as if the hostel is in a residential building of a lot of Norwegian families, but no worries -- the hostel is on its own floor.
The location can be a bit difficult to find when you don't know the area or don't have a map, however, just ask around and you will definitely find the entrance. The hostel is about fifteen minutes' walking distance from all the main Bergen sights. A cute cobblestoned street is just a few steps away with cute cafes, spots to eat, and a grocery store. On the main drag to the city center, there's even an affordable hot dog stand. The train station is a ten-minute walking trip in the opposite direction of the city center.
Rooms and Bathrooms
As for the large female dorms, although there were a lot of guests, the room is very spacious, leaving ample room for everyone to spread stuff about the room and still not feel closed in. There is even a table for any work that needs to be done, a couch for lounging, lockers for important things, and a private bathroom in the room. In the four-bed dorm, larger lockers line the walls here, but there's no private bath. The bathrooms are now located out in the hallways where both toilets and showers have their own designated doors. Bathrooms are clean and we could find no problems.
The common spaces are big and welcoming. There's enough seating in the common area to accommodate a large group wanting to mingle and just take a relaxing break. There is only one communal computer to share among the whole hostel, but we did not find that to be a problem. The kitchen is also a great place to take a seat -- with windows overlooking the beautiful Bergen panorama, who wouldn't want to eat some breakfast here? The kitchen is stocked with every appliance you may need to cook a quick meal. In addition, there is a laundry room -- it's quite small, but they do have one and it is accessible to all!
Overall, this is a great recommendation to Bergen guests. Everything is in walking distance to what you need in the city, you get a comfortable stay, and great staff all rolled into one!