Villa Terminus offers 18 design-led guest rooms on Norway’s dramatic western coast. Perhaps Bergen’s most sophisticated boutique hotel, it’s also local hotel group De Bergenske’s smallest. Not that size matters here.
Capturing the essence of the city’s history and creativity, Villa Terminus (originally built in 1770 by merchant and philanthropist Alexander Kaae, whose intention was to provide a retreat for those who’d fallen on hard times) today offers guests a perfect sense of equilibrium between cultural heritage and the irresistible charm of mid-century and modern-day design.
Swedish architecture and design firm, Claesson Koivisto Rune, refurbished the property — taking inspiration not only from the realm of design, but the world of art. A late-Baroque exterior is juxtaposed with an interior scheme that traverses design from the 1950s to present day; Villa Terminus exists in several time periods. All devastatingly handsome.
Guests at the Bergen design hotel can enjoy an abundance of living areas, a library, and large modern communal kitchen. Individually designed rooms are light and spacious, whilst furniture and furnishings come courtesy of a host of well known names from the world of design: Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, Ilse Crawford, Samuel Wilkinson, David Chipperfield (and plenty more).
Stunning exterior aesthetics and impressive interior design roll call, a stay at Villa Terminus is akin to bedding down in an obsessively curated design museum. Impressive stuff.