Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Oslo, Norway

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Pros

  • Fun design touches, such as neon lighting and colorful painted patterns in hallways
  • Impressive free breakfast buffet in a stylish restaurant adjacent to the hotel
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Free light dinner served nightly
  • Located three blocks from Central Station, making intra- and inter-city travel easy
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free coffee, fruit, newspapers, and DVD rentals available in lobby
  • Attractive lounge space with outdoor terrace, where guests can relax or enjoy their free dinner
  • Located inside a 1930s building with a theater, a night club, and restaurants

Cons

  • Dark bathrooms and loud room decor may be a bit much for some tastes
  • Some standard rooms are very small
  • On an unattractive street without much charm
  • No tubs in guest rooms (except some Signature Suites)
  • A bit far from popular sights such as the Royal Palace and Aker Brygge waterfront

Bottom Line

This 160-room Clarion Collection Hotel, just a few blocks from Central Station, succeeds at combining style and function. Its rooms and decor are decidedly hip, and most rooms feature a unique wall unit with a TV, mounted mini-fridge, and hidden pull-down desk (though bright red velour and black bathrooms may not appeal to everyone). But there's substance, too: a fitness center, strong free Wi-Fi, an attractive restaurant right next door, free nightly dinner, and one of the city's best free breakfasts. Several of the Signature Suites (each one is different) make for great meeting spaces. Popular attractions are within walking distance, but just barely; other hotels are more centrally located for sightseeing.

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 Location

Not very close to most of the sights, but the hotel's proximity to Central Station makes it very convenient to get around.

Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret is located at the eastern end of central Oslo, just three blocks, or about a four-minute walk, from Central Station. It's centrally located for seeing most of the sights (and it's easy to get anywhere from Central Station, as all public transportation passes through here), but the immediate neighborhood is not at all quaint or charming.

Oslo is Norway's largest city, and is centered around the thoroughfare of Karl Johans Gate, 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 daily changing of the guard ceremony, which takes place daily at 1:30 p.m.

The waterfront Aker Byrgge area is also a popular area. 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.

  • 4-minute walk to Central Station
  • 13-minute walk to Oslo Opera House
  • 15-minute walk to Oslo City Hall
  • 17-minute walk to the entrance of the Royal Palace Gardens; 23-minute walk to the Palace itself
  • 18-minute walk to Aker Brygge
  • 18-minute walk to the Nobel Peace Center
  • 21-minute walk to the Edvard Munch Museum, also easily accessible via public transportation from Central Station
  • 34 minutes by public transportation and foot to Frogner Park and the Vigeland Sculpture Park
  • 30-minute metro ride from Oslo Central Station to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump
  • 30 minutes by foot and ferry to Bygdoy, the peninsula that's home to the Viking Ship Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum, Fram Museum, and Norwegian Maritime Museum

 Bottom Line

This 160-room Clarion Collection Hotel, just a few blocks from Central Station, succeeds at combining style and function. Its rooms and decor are decidedly hip, and most rooms feature a unique wall unit with a TV, mounted mini-fridge, and hidden pull-down desk (though bright red velour and black bathrooms may not appeal to everyone). But there's substance, too: a fitness center, strong free Wi-Fi, an attractive restaurant right next door, free nightly dinner, and one of the city's best free breakfasts. Several of the Signature Suites (each one is different) make for great meeting spaces. Popular attractions are within walking distance, but just barely; other hotels are more centrally located for sightseeing.

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Address

  • Storgaten 21-23, Oslo, Norway, 0184

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Signature Suite Bryllup Suiten
  • Signature Suite Operasjefens Kontor
  • Standard Double Room
  • Standard Single Room
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 160
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Oslo, Norway
Address: Storgaten 21-23, Oslo, Norway, 0184
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