Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is Oslo's most prominent hotel in the most literal sense: The 37-story skyscraper is the tallest building in Norway, and towers above the other buildings in the city skyline. With 676 rooms, it's also Norway's largest hotel -- and as part of the luxurious Radisson Blu chain, it's definitely one of the highest profile picks in Oslo. Rooms are contemporary, if chain-like, and Business Class Rooms come with added extras such as free movie channels and Nespresso machines. The top three floors of the hotel have meeting rooms for conferences and events, all offering phenomenal city views; groups of up to 1000 can be accommodated. The business center has copy, fax, and secretarial services.
Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim Rating: 4.0 Pearls
With 400 rooms, a soaring atrium over the lobby, and an event space that holds up to 2,500, this hotel is very popular for corporate events. Although the location could be better, the unique design, hip bar and restaurant on the top floor, and a cozy lobby bar -- reminiscent of a W -- are all upsides. Rooms have extremely comfortable beds, and some have views of the water. Environmentally conscious guests may appreciate the hotels many eco initiatives, such as textured windows that help conserve energy and a ballroom that adjusts its temperature based on carbon dioxide output.
Rica Nidelven Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Opened in 2003, the 349-room Rica Nidelven is a modern structure standing over the Nidelva River, with a soaring ceiling in the lobby and lots of lovely water views from public spaces. Its standout features are its delicious food and the abundance of sun-filled meeting rooms (there are 18 event spaces), though the 24-hour fitness center and rotating art gallery in the lobby also add to the appeal. Rooms in the original part of the hotel from 2003 are awaiting renovations, and feel a bit basic and corporate; the rooms updated in 2009 are sharper and brighter, with sleek contemporary accents. The hotel isn't in the heart of the action, but it's a short walk to most sights, including the charming Bakklandet neighborhood.