Many travelers who come to Oslo to experience its superb art scene, flourishing cafe culture, and rich history find the city (and all of Norway) astonishingly expensive. A stay at one of these six value hotels can help with the sting of Oslo’s costs. 

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Comfort Hotel Grand Central

Oslo, Eastern Norway, Norway

Connected to the city's main train station, this hotel is a marvelous juxtaposition of styles: The building is from 1854, and the stylish boutique hotel (opened in spring 2012) combines funky motifs, tech-savviness, and preserved original details. Guests can check in on computers in the lobby, use their smartphones as a room key, and store their luggage in a personal lockbox. There's an Italian restaurant on-site, and the hotel's adjacency to the train station is super-convenient for traveling within Oslo and outward. Still, it's relatively far from most of the city's sights, and there aren't many features besides the restaurant and a small fitness center (no bar, spa, or meeting space).

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Citybox Oslo

Oslo, Eastern Norway, Norway

From booking to payment to check-in/check-out, it's self-service all the way at the budget Citybox Oslo, with kiosks handling the functions usually assumed by a front desk (a call button will summon a live human being to step in to help, if needed). Located within a five-minute walk of the train station, this boutique-style property is fun and hip with cool art, lights, and furniture and a clientele ranging from budget-conscious travelers in suits to backpackers. The 216 air-conditioned rooms are sleek but utilitarian -- with work desks, chairs, reading lights, beds with pillow-top mattresses, pegs to hang clothes, and free Wi-Fi. Lounges have lots of mod seating and two flat-screen TVs, and there's a small kitchen area off the lobby with a full-size refrigerator, microwave, and vending machines for snacks and drinks. The DIY concept keeps room rates low, but note that there are no in-room TVs, safes, hairdryers, mini-fridges, or coffee/tea.

3

Scandic Byporten

Oslo, Eastern Norway, Norway

Connected to Oslo Central Station and the Byporten shopping mall, the mid-range Scandic Byporten is tough to beat in terms of location and convenience. The hotel includes business and fitness areas and a stylish lobby bar, but no on-site dining, although light fare is available at the bar and a free breakfast is served next door at the Egon Restaurant. The 239 hip rooms have a fun design and free Wi-Fi; some have bunk beds and sea views. 

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Thon Hotel Panorama

Oslo, Eastern Norway, Norway

This 118-room hotel was originally designed as an apartment building, which helps explain its lack of on-site features. But few amenities is common in Oslo, and the hotel's location on a quaint street, a short walk to the eye-catching Oslo Opera House, Oslo Central Station, and the waterfront (Oslofjord) makes it a convenient home base. Many rooms have separate living rooms, some have kitchenettes, and all come with free Wi-Fi and a delicious free breakfast. Long-term rentals can be arranged. Coffee, tea, and newspapers are available all day in the lobby.

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Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget

Oslo, Eastern Norway, Norway

To keep its prices low, the centrally located Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget has done away with what it calls "fuss" -- meaning there's no restaurant, room service, minibars, daily housekeeping (unless requested for an extra fee), or breakfast (though the snack shop has to-go options). But the 172 air-conditioned rooms don't skimp on the tech, which includes HD-TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a modern 24-hour gym, a computer corner, large communal spaces, a 24-hour snack shop, pinball machines and foosball tables, a rooftop terrace, and laundry.