Moxy Hotels, Marriott International’s experiential brand for young and young-at-heart, is now open in world heritage city and gateways to the fjords of Norway, Bergen. Moxy Bergen is characterized by its vibrant, playful design, providing the perfect location to explore the city’s cultural heritage and a breathtaking backdrop with sea views. The hotel consists of 199 guest rooms with premium bedding, a 55” TV with Chromecast, designer amenities, and furiously fast Wi-Fi. The hotel owner GC Rieber Eiendom is now looking for a restaurateur to open next door.
“We are very happy to open this beautiful hotel and now want to capitalize on the growing demand for truly authentic experiences. Moxy Bergen was designed to cater to the new demographic of travelers and is unlike any hotel in the city. During the day you’ll find locals and travelers working and playing side-by-side at the Moxy. At night, you might find them challenging each other to a game of Jenga or toasting over drinks,” says a proud Monica Selvik, General Manager of Moxy Bergen.
Bergen: A leisure destination
Moxy Bergen opens in the Solheimsviken area, a business park and knowledge cluster of finance and technology companies. Combine this with the fact that Bergen is a heavily sought leisure destination, the lifestyle hotel is perfectly situated for all travelers. The new opening plays well into the travel program Marriott Bonvoy’s leisure strategy: “Looking forward, leisure destinations will play a significant role in our recovery and Marriott Bonvoy has a robust portfolio of leisure hotels across EMEA, with some fantastic new additions this year. Built with flexible and open spaces, these openings signify a key to freedom for patient holidaymakers and offer a chance to explore desirable, cultural destinations once again,” says Jenni Benzaquen, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Marriott International’s EMEA Brand Portfolio.
Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and known for its mountains and fjords. The Moxy Bergen hotel is located just 300 meters from the nearest light rail station that travel to the city center and Bergen Airport every 10 minutes.
Marriott: A growing family
Moxy Bergen is Marriott Bonvoy’s second location to open in Norway. White-label hotel operator Core Hospitality already operates a Moxy hotel in Copenhagen and has plans to open a Moxy hotel in Tromsø in a few years. The operator recently announced that its pipeline also includes Scandinavia’s very first longer stay brand Residence Inn by Marriott.
“Today marks our entrance into the Norwegian hotel market. It is very exciting to enter a new country with such a strong brand that is unique to the marketplace. It is a big day for us and a big honor to have been part of this development. We look very much forward to operating this hotel and to put Bergen on the Marriott map,” says Per Denker Sørensen, CEO of Core Hospitality.
Moxy Bergen: A sustainable mindset
The purpose-built hotel has major ambitions when it comes to sustainability. The hotel was built with sustainability practices defined by BREEAM. BREEAM is an international scheme that provides independent third-party certification of the assessment of the sustainability performance of individual buildings. The hotel is certified in the design phase as a BREEAM Excellent hotel; the second highest award achievable from the prestigious BREEAM certification tool. Furthermore, the hotel has applied to be Green Key certified for its operations, potentially making the entire business one of the most, if not the most, sustainable hotel choice in Bergen. These efforts were made in partnership between hotel operator Core Hospitality and hotel owner GC Rieber Eiendom, the latter being very bullish: “Being the only design certified BREEAM Excellent hotel in Norway, as of date, we claim that this is the most sustainable hotel in the country. Sustainable choices have been taken in the design and build phase in all of BREEAM’s 9 categories: management, energy usage, health and wellbeing, public transport, water usage, choice of materials, construction waste, land use and ecology, and pollution. The hotel is cooled down by water from the fjord, it is heated by city central heating, and excess heat is repurposed to energy in our refrigeration systems,” says Tor Instanes, CEO of GC Rieber Eiendom.