Surrounded by spectacular scenery, Oslo boasts a long list of exciting attractions, including impressive architecture, world-class museums and vibrant nightlife. To make the most out of your stay, consider booking one of these top hotels in Norway’s capital. You’ll enjoy an ideal base while being able to come back to comfortable accommodations for a peaceful night’s rest and then some.
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Hotel Continental sits opposite the National Theater just steps from the Royal Palace. Consistently ranked by TripAdvisor readers as the number one hotel in Oslo, this historic property which opened its doors in 1900, offers a luxurious blend of contemporary and classic, with the feel of an English country house and a touch of Nordic cool. Rooms feature large comfy beds and double glazing for quiet, along with a balcony, international TV and spacious bathrooms with tubs and designer bath products. There are five restaurants and bars onsite, including the Oslo landmark Theatercaféen, renowned for its seasonal European fare.
Amerikalinjen enjoys a practically unbeatable location in the city center on Jernbanetorget Square next to Central Station. The stylish hotel features original Neo-Baroque details like grand staircases, ornate timber cornices and soaring vaulted ceilings while providing a relaxed atmosphere for conversation. The elegant rooms retain many original details and include upscale perks like robes and slippers, turndown service with chocolates and a bedside carafe with filtered water. There are multiple outstanding dining options along with a fabulous basement jazz bar, Gustav.
The boutique Saga Hotel Oslo with its original late 19th-century facade and modern interior enjoys a quiet spot on a leafy residential street near the Royal Palace. There are spacious rooms and suites, all of which include a minibar, Nespresso machine and free Wi-Fi. Some upgraded rooms also add a private balcony. The public areas are what makes it really stand out, including a stylish lobby, inviting terrace, dimly-lit bar and trendy sushi restaurant, Restaurant Fangst. Here you can look forward to some of the tastiest and freshest Norwegian seafood prepared in fine Japanese style.
The Thief is a one-of-a-kind five-star hotel located on Tjuvholmen, or Thieves, Island. It boasts the best harbor views in the city along with an impressive art collection that makes it the number one pick for any design-conscious traveler. All of its rooms come with private balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows and state-of-the-art sound systems. While they’re all fantastic, the Oslo Suite features a private roof terrace with jaw-dropping fjord views that’s hard to beat. The same views can be enjoyed in the summer from the Thief Roof and Thief Roof Foodbar which offers fresh seafood and creative cocktails. There are also two indoor restaurants and a lavish spa.
The largest hotel in Oslo, Clarion Hotel The Hub hosts modern rooms that are spread over 13 floors. Located in the heart of the city close to Central Station, guests enjoy convenient access to most of the major attractions, while rooms all include minibars and satellite or cable TV, and some come with a terrace or balcony too. There’s also a rooftop garden with micro-greens and herbs utilized by the chef at the on-site Norda Restaurant which serves Nordic fusion, while the basement hosts a gym and swimming pool.
The Grand Hotel is located on the city’s main drag between the Parliament Building and Royal Palace, a popular place with VIPs, from Nobel Peace Prize winners and heads of state to rock stars. If you hope to book around National Day, May 17th, you’ll need to do it years in advance, especially for a room that overlooks the parades below. Its elegant rooms come with minibars, LCD TVs and free Wi-Fi, and guests can also take advantage of a restaurant, two bars, a rooftop bar and a full-service spa offering facials and massages. There’s also an indoor pool, sauna and health club.
The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is a 37-story skyscraper, the tallest building in Norway. Modern and comfortable, most rooms come with fantastic city views – the higher the floor, the better the view. The Business Class Rooms have added extras like Nespresso machines and free movie channels. The gourmet restaurant and bar on the 34th floor enjoy incredible views as does the gym on the 35th floor, where you can gaze out at the city while working out on the treadmill.
Scandic Holmenkollen Park is a bit of a distance from the city center, but it may be worth the sacrifice to enjoy the view from its tranquil mountaintop location overlooking the Oslo Fjord. This architectural masterpiece sits adjacent to Holmenkollen Ski Arena, offering convenient access to outdoor adventurers in winter and summer. Many of its contemporary rooms and suites come with private balconies or terraces, and guests can also enjoy the on-site restaurant with panoramic views, a pizzeria, cafe, and bar. There’s also an indoor pool, a full-service spa with a sauna and a fitness center.
The eco-friendly boutique Oslo Guldsmeden Hotel features modern rooms with features like a rustic four-poster bed topped with a fur throw and a 27″ iMac instead of a TV. While it’s a bit of a distance from the heart of the action, it is within walking distance of the Royal Palace and offers a small Turkish-inspired spa, sauna and steam bath as well as a delicious complimentary organic breakfast.
An upscale boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Oslo, within easy walking distance of many of the city’s major attractions, the Hotel Christiania Teater has lots of character with art nouveau details that echo the hotel’s history as a theater. Built in 1918, the building has a warm stone façade and original arched doorways, initially used for business before accommodating a film theater. The bright and sunny rooms have large windows, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Guests can also look forward to dining at its popular pizzeria and sipping a drink in the wine bar.