We are proud of our family background. Our relationship with Edvard Grieg, our Scottish family background and our hotel background formed the basis for the dream of realizing a personal and historic hotel product.
As hosts and relatives of Edvard Grieg, it is our desire to give our guests a completely unique experience – a classic but modern twist on the hotel experience that can give you a unique insight into the composer’s remarkable life and experiences.
Why the name?
The music of Edvard Grieg was behind the inspiration for the name Opus 16. Opus 16, his A minor concerto for piano, is perhaps Grieg’s most famous work. Opus 16 is regularly played around the world today. As hosts at the hotel, we have a relationship with Edvard Grieg. The address of the old protected bank building we have rehabilitated and converted into a hotel is Vågsallmenningen 16. Opus is the Latin name for a work made by an artisan. This has become our hotel business, therefore Opus 16.
A landmark in Bergen
The building was originally designed and built for Bergen’s largest bank in 1876, Bergens Kreditbank. The unique building, popularly called “Banco Rotto”, is a famous landmark in Bergen with its distinctive brick facade and characteristic
On the ground floor we find the main hall with its airy appearance, solid granite walls and ionic columns in polished marble. The building was designed by the architect Herman Schirmer and was later extended in two rounds. Architect Schak Bull – who also designed the home of Edvard Grieg – was responsible for the last expansion in 1918. He was also a cousin of Edvard Grieg.
Our greatest wish
is that you should be left with a feeling that Opus 16 is more than just any hotel. Wonderful beds, an excellent location and attentive service are a matter of course. We also want to offer a unique atmosphere unlike any other, based on the rich heritage of Grieg and with the historic Vågsallmenningen 16 as a backdrop.
is to preserve and cultivate this unique history and use it as a foundation for a modern and luxurious hotel experience. Opus 16 with its location right in the heart of Bergen is perfect for visitors who want to experience Bergen’s culture and nature.
From the main entrance you are close to the historic Bryggen, the fish market and the famous Fløybanen which takes you up to Fløyfjellet in 10 minutes. Everything that is worth seeing in Bergen is only a few minutes away from the hotel.
Edvard Grieg’s music was largely inspired by local and national nature. He loved walks on Løvstakken and Fløyen, but also hiking in Jotunheimen and Rondane. Hardanger also became a base for the small Grieg family for several periods. In addition, Edvard Grieg was inspired by his stays abroad. Edvard Grieg stays for long periods in large parts of Europe with long stays in Rome and Paris.
In the same way that the composer was inspired by local nature, we are also inspired by local ingredients. Most of our raw materials are sourced locally, much from local farms and some from the sea. Our menu is therefore a good combination of local and national ingredients, with inspiring international elements.
Like Edvard and Nina, we also love oysters and champagne!
Warm greetings from
Alexander Grieg & Britt Marie Grieg