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Right in the heart of Oslo, just steps from many major attractions and sights.
Location is perhaps this hotel's greatest asset. It's tucked away on a fairly quiet street, but is just one block from some of the city's most popular attractions. It's also among some of the city's best shopping.
Oslo is Norway's largest city, and is centered around the thoroughfare of Karl Johans Gate (one block from the hotel), which leads from the Royal Palace to Oslo Central Station. Visitors can expect to find shops, cafes, and bakeries along this route, and in the summer can watch mounted police officers and a military marching band lead the royal guards to the palace for the changing of the guard ceremony, which takes place daily at 1:30 p.m.
The waterfront Aker Byrgge area is also a popular area, which is a seven-minute walk from the hotel. In nice weather locals and tourists alike can be found strolling up and down the Stranden, lining up at the ice cream and hot dog stands, sitting on the benches to watch the boats, and dining at the outdoor restaurant tables along the street. The restaurants here, as in all of Norway, are astonishingly expensive -- though visitors trying to keep costs low will be able to find more affordable ethnic eateries (Indian, Thai, and Chinese) elsewhere in the city.
Most visitors should expect to walk quite a bit to get around, and to rely on the tram and bus system. Taxis, like everything else, are very expensive, and most tourists use them sparingly.
This small, stylish hotel doesn’t have many amenities to offer, but its location just steps from most of Oslo’s main attractions make it a great jumping off point for travelers looking to explore. It’s part of a chain that’s popular across Norway and Sweden (there are eight in Oslo alone), and has a spacious restaurant (open for breakfast only) and a small wine bar with quirky art -- though don’t expect to find much else. Rooms are quite small but they all have floor-to-ceiling windows and clean design. Free bike rentals are a thoughtful touch.