Take a look at the top luxury hotels in Norway’s culture-packed and naturally stunning capital.
Set on the waterfront in the trendy Tjuvholmen District, THE THIEF is a style-conscious boutique hotel with stunning collection of original art by big names such as Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman. The 118 rooms have bespoke elements, like designer furniture, handmade slippers, and wool blankets. All rooms feature balconies, 42-inch plasma TVs, Nepresso machines, Geneva Sound systems, and white marble bathrooms. The hotel provides tea-and-brownies turndown and 24-hour room service. There are several dining and drinking venues on site, many of which are destinations for Oslo natives as well as the hotel's guests. Thief Roof is arguably Oslo’s best rooftop bar, with stunning views of the the entire city of Oslo and surrounding waterways. Fru K, a Michelin-recommended restaurant that draws rave reviews, serves local, seasonal fare and a free breakfast buffet with local pastries. The chic on-site spa features a 40-foot pool, several types of saunas, a Turkish bath, and a steam room. Admission to the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art is included in the hotel rates.
Opened in 1900, Hotel Continental is one of Oslo's grande dame hotels. The hotel's location can't be beat: Situated on Storlingsgata, Hotel Continental is right across from the National Theater, with the Royal Palace and the Parliament one block in either direction. The hotel is attached to the Old World Theatercafeen, a Viennese-style cafe (Oslo's only) that also opened in 1900, and has an impressive collection of Edvard Munch prints lining its lobby bar. Rooms range from gorgeously renovated to a little dowdy.
Hotel Christiania Teater is a boutique property with dazzling interiors reflecting its Art Nouveau history (the 1917 building housed the first opera house in Oslo). Each of the 102 rooms has its own unique design and layout, though most have swirling orange-and-gold wallpaper, velvet bedspreads, and tufted slipper chairs. All have comfy beds, excellent soundproofing, and blackout curtains (important during the long days of summer), plus standard amenities like 42-inch flat-screen TVs, minibars, and kettles (tea and coffee cost extra). On-site features consist of a popular pizzeria, wine bar, and meeting spaces.
The upscale Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz Oslo is one of the city's most popular hotels, drawing travelers in with chic style, unique extras, and convenient location in the heart of Oslo. Guests rave about the extensive free breakfast buffet, which includes Norwegian specialties like salmon and reindeer. A free light dinner is offered every evening in the stylish eighth story lounge, or guests can order lunch or dinner at the chic on-site restaurant and bar, Brassiere Paleo. The hotel's 151 rooms are stylish with brightly upholstered chairs and gilded accents, plus high-end amenities like huge Smart TVs and Bose sound systems. The hotel also has a fitness center, two on-site meeting rooms, and concierge and room service.