Who we are & who works here
Built in the 19th century
The hotel opened its doors on 21 January 2011 in an old, renovated Bergenhus from the 1880s.
Klosterhagen hotel’s main purpose is to provide work training and clarification to return to work. We exist both for those who are interested in working at a hotel in the future, and for those who see the hotel as an opportunity for general work training on their way towards a career in other fields providing service.
Klosterhagen Hotell is ideally located at Klosteret in the city centre of Bergen Belonging to the area of Nordnes, the hotel is within walking distance to all the city’s sights and shopping. The combination of central location with quiet surroundings makes Klosterhagen Hotell an attractive accommodation in Bergen.
Today there are no remains to see of the monastery at the Monastery. but archaeological surveys have found the remains of the monastery church and some of the monastery buildings. The church, of which there are still brick remnants under the street deck, was about 35 m long and filled most of the street between the current Nordnes Community Hall and Hordaland Art Centre. The church was devoted to The Archangel Michael, and could thus also be referred to as St. Michael’s Church and St. Michael’s Monastery.
Read more about Munkeliv (St. Michael's Monastery)
The monastery at Nordnes is a historical place that most inhabitants in Bergen are familiar with. Here was Munkeliv Monastery in the Medieval times, from approx. 1110 to 1531 A. C. For approximately 420 years Munkeliv was an important part of Bergen and the people’s daily lives.
Originally it was Benedictine monks who were based in Munkeliv. They lived contemplatively, i.e. they isolated themselves from the world and were very rarely outside the monastery. Their main task was to pray for their fellow men, and seven times during the day they came together for worship. Furthermore, they also studied and copied books. At the monasteries there would also be an infirmary and a guest house. We must assume that there were at least 30-40 monks in the monastery. In addition came students and those who entered the order without becoming priests. Adjacent with the monastery also lived servants, craftsmen and other so-called familiares. There was a small community on Munkeliv. The monastery also had its monastic garden, where they grew herbs for medical use. Where this was located we do not know for certain, but it may well have been about where Klosterhagen Hotell is located today. We know little about Munkeliv until the end of the 13th century, when the monastery had become a central institution in the city and the country. Munkeliv also owned many farms, especially in Western Norway, and it eventually became the richest of the Norwegian monasteries.
In the 1420s Munkeliv transitioned from the Benedictine order to the Order of the Birgittine, named after the founder of the order, the Holy Birgitta of Vadstena in Sweden. The new order, led by an Abedisse, was for both nuns and monks. The change of monastic order must have led to major reconstructions in the facility, as the nuns and monks would live completely isolated from each other. Up to 85 Birgittins lived in Munkeliv. The centenary period when they were housed in the monastery is in the written sources characterized by disturbances, most often inflicted on the monastery from the outside. But we also get an insight into everyday monastic life at Munkeliv. An example is the nun Birgitta Sigfusdatter’s work copying the well-preserved Munkelivsalteret, a prayer book from the mid-15th century.
In 1531, munkeliv was closed down as a monastery and the buildings were used as a cathedral and bishop’s estate. But in 1536, the old monastery buildings burned to the ground, and soon after the remains of the buildings were demolished. Some of the remains of the stones from Munkeliv was used in the construction of the Wall at the present Muralmenning. Today, only the name – the Monastery – tells of the special, pious life that took place over 400 years ago.
Some important numbers
Many people have had their work training at the hotel, and many have moved on to jobs within the industry.
Fields of work
Gained work experience
Hotel operations and activities
Our permanent employees work both with the daily management of the hotel and as supervisors for the participants of the work training project. Employees equivalent to about 9 full-time positions are connected to the hotel. Additionally, at least 20 people participate in work training simultaneously. They are referred to the hotel by NAV (The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration).
We strive to be a place where people in work training get to use their skills and abilities in a positive manner. We want to help our participants feel that they are mastering their work and be proud of what they accomplish.
It is of great importance that the hotel is a good place for our guests to stay. In this way we will also get the best foundation for a good working training environment.
The idea of the hotel is based on a similar project in Copenhagen, which today is run with great success. See The Vesterbro Hotel. Klosterhagen Hotell is owned by ALF as – Centre for Work Preparation. See ALF’s website
If you are interested to hear more about work training at Klosterhagen Hotell, please feel free to contact Bente Kuven Osland on tel. +47 930 23 541.
Guest services is the main focus. A typical work day consist of check-in, check-out, requests by phone and email, handling reservations, responsible for bookings and coordination of the meeting room, etc.
Participants get an introduction to what it takes to work in a kitchen. This can include, for example, preparing food (both cold and hot food), serving breakfast, baking and hygiene.
The most important tasks at a hotel is the process of cleaning rooms and common areas. Here the participants are responsible for ensuring that rooms are being cleaned according to Klosterhagen Hotel’s standards, cleaning of common areas, laundry etc. The main focuses are learning the importance of efficiency, collaboration and accuracy.
Some of our partners
The hotel is part of the work training company ALF AS.
For more than two decades, the Centre for Labour Preparation – ALF – has been the first to have the best solution in this field. ALF’s methods have inspired labour oriented measures across the country. We were the first company with initiatives such as Dagsverket, hotel as a work training arena and the peer-to-peer education. ALF consists of professionals with extensive experience in the area of rehabilitation for people who have ended up outside the work force for various reasons.