To help you make the right accommodation choice on your next trip to Oslo, here is a guide for where to stay in Oslo that considers every lifestyle and budget. Oslo, the capital of Norway, is the country’s hub for culture, art, and industry, with sites like the main square of Stortorvet, Akerhus Castle, the National Museum, and the Basarhallene bazaar. Luckily, Oslo is a very walkable city with the main activity being in central Oslo. If you’re craving a bit of old-world charm, you might also want to visit the Old Town with its old-fashioned eateries and historical museums.
5 Star Hotels in Oslo
Hotel Continental Oslo
This grand and historical hotel in central Oslo is a short walk away from the National Theater, Oslo City Hall, the Royal Palace and Fridtjof Nansen Square. While the room decor resembles old-world Oslo, the bathrooms are modern and spacious, giving guests a mix of ambiances. To help you get to know the culture a bit better, a breakfast buffet of typical Norwegian fare including pastries, salads, cold meats, fish, and cheeses is laid out each morning. Moreover, gourmet on-site restaurants, a luxurious spa, and a helpful staff will ensure that you get the most out of your stay in Oslo.
First Hotel Grims Grenka
This 7-story hotel incorporates unique Scandinavian design elements and modern style. It is located in central Oslo, making big-name sites, trendy restaurants, and vibrant nightclubs all within walking distance. In the hotel, rooms are spacious and color-coordinated to fit the guest’s mood; like green rooms with comfortable Jensen beds for a summer feeling or cool white with blue tones and frosted glass bathrooms for a winter ambiance. For a healthy take on local food, sample the on-site restaurant’s raw cuisine, or have a cocktail in the rooftop lounge for the optimal view of the city skyline.
4 Star Hotels in Oslo
Thon Hotel Opera
The Thon Hotel Opera is centrally located near well-known attractions, bars, clubs, restaurants, and shopping, as well as the Central Railway Station, allowing guests to experience all Oslo has to offer. Inside the hotel, guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the harbor as well as the city’s uniquely-designed opera house, which appears to rise from the sea, thanks to the Italian marble and white granite structure’s angled surfaces. In the morning, guests can enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast featuring a selection of hot and cold options.
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Grand Hotel Oslo
This hotel overlooks the city’s main boulevard, St Johans Gate, and is located near Oslo City Hall, Storting, Akershus Fortress, and the Nobel Peace Center. As the name suggests, the property is grand and luxurious, featuring all the comforts of home and more. There is even a Ladie’s Floor dedicated solely to women, with extras like fresh fruit, spa and beauty products, yoga mats, and magazines. Moreover, an expansive buffet breakfast is included in the room rate as well as free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, sauna, pool, and steambath. Note: If you’re in the mood to be pampered, guests of the Grand Hotel Oslo receive 10% off a designated “treatment of the month”.
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Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania
The Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania is a clean and modern hotel with 11 floors of beautiful, spacious rooms. I would recommend asking to stay on one of the higher levels, as the views of the Oslofjord are breathtaking. In the lower part of the hotel, guests can relax in the sauna and take a refreshing dip in the pool. A nice traditional Norwegian spread of eggs, cereals, bread, fish, and juices is presented each day until noon, making it possible to enjoy a hearty and complimentary breakfast and lunch. Guests can also take advantage of the fact the hotel is centrally located and within walking distance of the sites as well as the train station if you wanted to explore outside the city.
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3 Star Hotels in Oslo
Rica Hotel Bygdoy Alle
Located in Bygdoy Alle, this beautiful property features a mix of elegant old-world design and modern amenities. Moreover, it’s surroundings include beautiful architecture, lush forests, and colorful gardens, giving the hotel a peaceful and romantic touch. It is also near many big-name sites like the National Art Museum, Karl Johan Gate, Frognerparken, and the Royal Palace. Included in the room rate is wireless internet, in-room coffee and tea, and an expansive buffet breakfast.
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For those who want to stay in a more suburban location, this bright, clean, and spacious hotel is in the peaceful area of Ullern and offers direct access to the Radiumhospitalet Hospital. Sites like Gustav Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum, and Fram Museum are nearby, and the Montobello Metro Station is less than a half-mile walk. On-site, guests can enjoy colorful rooms with sweeping city views and bathrooms that include hair dryers and free toiletries. Furthermore, a complimentary newspaper and a hot and cold breakfast, as well as a buffet-style lunch and dinner.
My City Home Apartment Hotel
This unique property features trendy studio apartments which provide guests with the comforts of home as well as the amenities and service of a hotel. Things like internet, television, and housekeeping services are included in the room rate. And, the furniture and appliances in each room are all top-notch. Located in the heart of central Oslo, the property is walking distance from Karl Johan’s gate, numerous parks, and lively restaurant, bar, and shopping options. My City Home is also near Oslo’s central station, making it easy to take day trips outside the city. Although the hotel is apartment-style, guests can still enjoy a buffet breakfast of scrambled eggs, cheese, meat, warm bread, jam, orange juice, and coffee.
Budget Hotels in Oslo
The Haraldsheim Hotel is an eco-friendly and inexpensive youth hostel located in Oslo’s most naturally beautiful areas. The hotel is only a short walk to the nearby cultural and historical sites as well as forested hiking trails. Bike rentals are also available on site. Amenities at the hostel include free breakfast, a self-catering kitchen, TV lounge, common room, laundry facilities, and an on-site eatery. Moreover, the property is open 24/7 and caters to backpackers, families, and disabled patrons.
Rica Travel Hotel Oslo
Staying at this modern yet budget-friendly hotel will put you within walking distance of sites like the Royal Palace, the Parliament Building, the National Gallery, Royal Castle, Karl Johan gate, and the picturesque sea-side area. Guests of the hotel will enjoy free Wi-Fi, an expansive buffet breakfast included in the room rate, and a helpful staff that goes above and beyond to meet the needs of their guests. Note that because of the prime location, you may want to ask for a room that’s not facing the street in order to eliminate noise.
Written by Guest Contributor Jessie Festa for EuropeUpClose.com
Tuesday 10th of April 2012
Great choices. Excellent post.
Wednesday 4th of April 2012
I would love to visit Norway one day. This was very helpful.