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Hi everyone,

I’m looking into a hostel in Bergen, and one of the cheapest options is a 63-bed dorm which has triple bunks (:S). I don’t really like the idea of staying with this many people in one room because of privacy, safety, few bathrooms, etc, but I may be willing to give it a try.

Does anyone have experience with large (20+ bed) dorms? What are your opinions?

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I stayed in a 40 person room in Lucerne I think it was. Only bad thing was that maybe 4 or 5 people were snoring really loud. My friend and I were the last ones in that night I think and when we lied down we both just started laughing our asses off at the snoring. Luckily that day was a long one and I passed out pretty fast. I guess if you´re not too tired, or haven´t drank at all it may require some ear plugs haha.. otherwise I probably wouldn´t have a problem staying there again.

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Tinks… is it Intermission near the station by chance? I think that’s one of the cheapest in Bergen. I have not stayed there.

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Whenim, it sounds like you made the big dorm work for you. I’ll likely be one of the first ones to sleep, though, since my day after will be busy. I’m also wary of sleeping with earplugs because I don’t want to miss my alarm.
What about the bathroom situation? Were there enough to accommodate you all?

Yes, Don, that’s the one. The description makes it sound very homey and welcoming, but I just don’t know about that big dorm. Where have you stayed in Bergen?

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I stayed at Crowded House, which was sort of a hostel/hotel hybrid. Rooms were private but basic (comfy bed, chair, lamp, table, no tv), wc and showers on each floor (shared), breakfast in the ground floor cafe which also handles hotel reception. It had a tv room and kitchen as well. Cost a lot more than a hostel, but not nearly as much as a hotel — around 350 NOK per night, IIRC. Markens Gjesthouse gets good reviews with a similar, but maybe a little nicer, concept. There are some private accomodations, like Bed&Breakfast, which are good value in Norway. I don’t recall the names, but if you use an internet archive search such as WayBack machine, you might find archived pages at Norwaythepoorway.com — an old website packed with great info for budget travel in a very expensive country. The site unfortunately lapsed a few years back and was not renewed.

Update: found it. Looks like maybe 5 years since it was last updated in it’s original form. http://web.archive.o… Click Accommodations on the left side.

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I’ve stayed in around a 20-bed dorm before in Amsterdam, and didn’t have a problem (bathroom was en-suite, but there was only 2 toilets and 2 showers in the room). Rarely had to wait for a toilet, and didn’t have to wait for a shower. I would check to see if 1) there’s a secure place to store your things (either in-room like a locker, or downstairs at reception) and 2) bring earplugs. I slept in earplugs almost every night freshman year in my college dorm b/c my roommate snored so much and I never missed my alarm. Just put it right next to your head, and you’ll still be able to hear it even with earplugs, while still blocking the loud snores coming from a few beds away.

Or perhaps, look to see if this same hostel has a smaller room for slightly more money. I feel like 63 people in one room is a huge amount…

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biggest i stayed in was 30 in venice beach, Los Angeles……
The lockers were tiny, and all taken, only about 12 of them. I had a bottom bunk so I just put towels and blankets up around my bed to block out most light (no one on top thank god) and went to sleep listneing to music. i think got woken up about twice all up.
there were bathrooms on each floor, with about 2-3 showers in each and 2 toilets. never had a porblem having to wait for a shower there which was good Smile

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Thanks for your responses everyone. I think I’m going to go with a different hostel. While I wouldn’t mind trying a dorm with say 20 or so people, I think 63 it too many. I really appreciate all your help. Smile

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200 beds long ago – the great thing was not the coed bedroom but the showerroom

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I’ve stayed in a 32 bed dorm in Berlin, another 32 bed dorm in Amsterdam, and something like a 60 bed dorm somewhere in Australia(can’t remember where it was exacttly as it was a 1night stopover with Oz Experience coaches, but it was several hours north of Sydney).

The biggest dorm I know of which exists today is The Tent in Munich, and that’s a 100 bed dorm.

I tend to prefer the larger dorms myself. I allways try to book a dorm which is at least 12+ bed dorm.