We 2 couples will be in Norway for 2 weeks in September. Any suggestions for reasonable lodging in Oslo, Bergen, and cute little towns around the interior? If we take the Norway in a Nutshell and choose to stay overnight along the way, is it cumbersome to manage our luggage? For the rest of the trip we'll have a car.
We like Hotel Augustin in Bergan, for price, location, and a great breakfast. Have stayed there several times. Hotel Admiral offers beautiful harbor views but is more expensive.
You can't beat the location of Hotel Continental in Oslo. Right by a station served the the T-bane and Flytoget airport express. Also right around the corner from the Rådhus, harbor and Slottsparken. Rates should be reasonable in early September, but increase shortly after when business travel picks up again after the summer lull.
I thought I was use to high prices here in Hawaii, and then we got to Bergen, Norway! Was that ever an expensive place. We ended up staying at a "Thron (sp?) hotel where we joined their "frequent guest" program just before making our reservations. Compared to other places we checked prices at, and given the condition of that hotel (it is a chain) (it was great) we got a good deal. You could google that name and see if anything comes up.
Rick Steves Snapshot Norway has suggestions for "reasonable" lodging, and he also has found ways to save some money on food. As said above, be prepared for sticker shock in Norway. This is particularly true for hotels, since you're going in September. In summer, hotels are actually cheaper, as the business travelers are gone. Yes, the Thon hotels (a chain) have a deal where you can get a card that entitles you to a discount or free stay after a certain number of nights. Details are in Rick's book. I stayed in them (when the name was Rainbow Hotels) in Oslo and Bergen, and they were nice and well located.