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Hemmed in by spectacular scenery, Oslo has all the perks of a global capital: world class museums and galleries, impressive and unique architecture, and a cosmopolitan and colourful culture and nightlife. Our selection of the best places to stay in Oslo are all centrally located and ideal for making the most of Norway's capital city.
It is also small enough to explore on foot, which gives this town something of a village-y feel. Most of its visitors are here for the sport - this is a fantastic town for sailors, hikers, kayakers, cyclists and especially skiers.
All of these sports are on offer in Oslo, or else a very short train journey away. But if you've ever thought you might fancy cross country skiing, trying a ski jump or even base jumping, then Oslo will offer you an opportunity.
The hills, calm lakes and rivers of Oslomarka Forest are just 15minutes by public transport from the city centre, while on the other side of town is an impressive 'fjord' - it's not technically a fjord, but it looks like one and is called Oslofjord.
Oslo is far too fascinating and dynamic a place to every be dull. The challenge for visitors is working out what you want to see most:
- stroll Frogner Park and see the fabulous Gustav Vigeland sculptures and the Akershus Fortress,
- or walk on top of architectural wonder, the Opera House,
- uncover historic maritime treasures on the Bygdøy Peninsula - or even better catch the hop-on hop-off boat between all three sights.
The Nobel Peace Centre, for its art, and the lively renovated ship yard Aker Brygge, now full of quirky shops and cafes are also worth a look in. Plus you may want to visit some of Edvard Munch's most famous works, including The Scream, at the Nasjonalgalleriet.
And if you do want to try that ski jump, there's no better place for it than the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum - because you also get a spectacular view of beautiful, scenic Oslo from the top!
For a City Break
- Right in the centre of Oslo, Grims Grenka's modern, but stylish interiors, generous proportions and excellent restaurant make this an easy choice for people who want to make the most of a flying visit.
- The Hotel Gabelshus is a very different proposition. Central but quietly located, in a residential area just 10minutes from the Royal Palace by tram, this hotel is simply decorated but stylish. And one of the best places to stay in Oslo for shoppers and people who fancy a poke round the Aker Brygge markets.
Oslo Design Hotels
- The Thief's name comes from it's location: on Thief Island, 15 minutes from the centre of Oslo. This is design hotel at its best, with original art by Warhol, Anthony Gormley and Julian Opie, dramatic public spaces and waterfront views.
Oslo's Luxurious Landmarks
For classic grandeur and elegance our pick of the best places to stay in Oslo are:
- The Grand Hotel, on Oslo's grandest street, Karl Johans Gate, has all the traits you want to find in a hotel of this name. Exquisitely elegant rooms and suites and luxurious public spaces make this hotel a real treat.
- Another classic hotel name, the Hotel Continental is another beautiful, quite traditional hotel. The lively bar and restaurant are popular with locals as well as guests.
Best Hotels in Oslo
Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz 151 rooms from $156Oslo
A chic, contemporary hotel in heart of Oslo, providing 'home from home' comforts, with an emphasis on quality from the bed linen to the smart TV and Bose sound system. Bright, colourful rooms plus an exclusive guest lounge with great views. Perfect for business trips or local exploring.Value chic - With doubles from just £120 B&B, it is excellent value.Great walks - Aker Brygge and Akershus Fortress nearbySights nearby - Royal Palace
Hotel Gabelshus 114 rooms from $168Oslo
An attractive hotel with an ivy clad facade in a peaceful residential area. Simply decorated rooms with lots of natural light, some with private balconies. Buffet breakfasts and set dinners. A good option for families, couples, and those keen to be close to the shopping district.Sights nearby - 10 minute tram ride from the Royal Palace and the city centreLocal markets - Aker Brygge District.Great walks - Frogner Park.
Hotel Continental 155 rooms from $185Oslo
A beautiful hotel filled with contemporary classicism. Chic rooms and suites in subtle tones have lots of natural light and all the mod cons. A fabulous restaurant, lively bar, and artworks to admire. A luxury spot.FoodiesCity StyleSights nearby - Five minute walk from the Royal Palace.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - CN Traveller, Tablet
Grims Grenka 65 rooms from $189Oslo
Large loft suites, a lively roof top terrace and bar, fantastic restaurant, and extensive conference facilities. A modern hotel with huge simply decorated spaces in the centre of Oslo. An excellent choice for a business visitor.Roof terrace - Lively roof top bar and terrace.Sights nearby - Situated in the centre of Oslo close to all major attractionsLively - Hip and happening.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - CN Traveller
The Thief 119 rooms from $284Oslo
A superbly sophisticated designer hotel on Thief Island. Art from Warhol, Anthony Gormley and Opie along with brooding black and gold interior design gives a sombre effect. Rooms have magnificent waterfront views and all the mod cons. Excellent restaurant and spa. A haven for art lovers.Artworks - Artworks by Warhol, Anthony Gormley and Opie on displayViews - Great views from hotelLuxuryCity StyleRecommended by - CN Traveller, Tablet
Grand Hotel, Oslo 292 rooms from $418Oslo
A highly luxurious landmark hotel in central Oslo. Exquisite rooms and suites are elegant in style with walk in wardrobes, stand alone bath tubs, and all the mod cons. Multiple restaurants and bars, excellent spa, and fantastic concierge. For the luxury traveller.City StyleLuxuryFoodiesRomantic BreakRecommended by - CN Traveller