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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, plus a cosmopolitan and colourful culture and nightlife. Those hotels that make our selection of the best places to stay in Oslo are all centrally located and range from traditional and elegant to chic boutiques with that famed Scandi-design.
Oslo is also small enough to explore on foot, which gives this town something of a villagey feel. This is a fantastic town for sailors, hikers, kayakers, cyclists and especially skiers. All these sports are on offer in Oslo, or else a very short train journey away. Ever fancied cross country skiing, ski jumping or even base jumping? It's all possible here in Oslo.
For culture enthusiasts, there's an abundance to do here. From catching a show at the Opera House to visiting the Nobel Peace Centre, or visiting Edvard Munch's most famous works, including The Scream, at the Nasjonalgalleriet
The hills, calm lakes and rivers of Oslomarka Forest are just 15 minutes 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.
As always, be sure to book ahead if you want to guarantee yourself a room in one of the best places to stay in Oslo.
Best places to stay in Oslo
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 out 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. It's one of the best places to stay in Oslo for shoppers and people who fancy a poke around the Aker Brygge markets.
- Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz provides smart and colourful boutique rooms, whilst there's also a lovely guest lounge in which to kick back and relax. Ideally situated to see all that the city has to offer.
- Saga Hotel is a charming central hotel in a 19th-century building with its own cosy restaurant. Expect chic design featuring sleek modern pieces with bold furnishings and wallpapers. A great city base.
For a design hotel
- The Thief's name comes from its 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.
For a boutique
- Oslo Guldsmeden Hotel is a cosy boutique hotel set close to the lively harbour. Stylish interiors feature a mix of Eastern decor with wickerwork lampshades and gorgeous Kilim rugs. A perfect city crashpad.
- Amerikalinjen is a stylish boutique offering contemporary rooms with high ceilings, wooden floors and Norwegian design pieces. Eat at the brasserie before drinks at the New York-style jazz club; a chic city stay.
For traditional style
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 a beautiful and quite traditional spot. The lively bar and restaurant are popular with locals as well as guests.
- Christiania Teater is a quirky hotel in a historic old theatre bang in the centre of the city. Interiors are stylish and there's a flamboyount bar and restaurant featuring an eclectic mix of patterns and decor. A hip base
- Lysebu Hotel is an elegant hotel with expansive grounds and an indoor pool with superb spa facilities. Interiors exude a pared-back luxury, with fine classic furniture. The gourmet restaurant is a real highlight.
- Camilla Hus is a stylish and intimate central hotel featuring a gourmet restaurant. Interiors have original period features such as panelling and high ceilings. An elegant choice.
For An Apartment Or Villa
- If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.
- Best time to visit if you want warm weather is during the summer - July, the hottest month, reaches an average daily temperature of 18°C. June and July are also when the city experiences the midnight sun phenomenon that allows for almost 24 hours of daylight!
- However, these months are peak tourist season so expect it to be pretty busy and more expensive than at other times of the year. May and September are good bets if you prefer a quieter and cheaper time, though it can be pretty chilly (the average temperature is 12°C).
- International visitors can fly into Oslo Airport, 35km northeast of the city centre. Ryanair fly here from Stansted, Norwegian Air from Gatwick and Edinburgh, whilst British Airways and SAS go from Heathrow.
- For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
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Best Hotels in Oslo
Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz Oslo 151 rooms from £120Value chic - With doubles from just £120 B&B, it is excellent value.Great walks - Aker Brygge and Akershus Fortress nearbySights nearby - Royal Palace
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. See More
Hotel Gabelshus Oslo 114 rooms from £129Sights nearby - 10 minute tram ride from the Royal Palace and the city centreLocal markets - Aker Brygge District.Great walks - Frogner Park.Traditional
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. See More
Oslo Guldsmeden Hotel Oslo 40 rooms from £115City Style - In an ideal central location, close to the lively Aker Brygge harbour area which is buzzing with shops and trendy barsGreat walks - Go to the western Bygdøy Peninsula for some stunning walks or swims in the summer, and to visit its various museumsSights nearby - Close to the Royal Palace and the lovely Frogner ParkRomantic - Good for couples.
A cosy boutique hotel set close to the lively harbour. Stylish interiors feature a mix of Eastern decor with wickerwork lampshades and gorgeous Kilim rugs. The cosy rooms are all furnished with modern fourposter beds, snug pelts and quirky artwork, and the organic breakfast is a treat! See More
Saga Hotel Oslo 47 rooms from £125City Style - Trendy restaurants and fashionable boutiques can be found on the buzzing Bogstadveien Street very nearbySights nearby - Located a stone's throw from the Royal Palace and the lovely Frogner ParkGreat walks - Head to the University Botanical Garden for some pretty walksLively area - In the thick of the action.
A charming central hotel in a 19th-century building with its own cosy restaurant. Expect chic design featuring sleek modern pieces with bold furnishings and wallpapers. Smart rooms have a subdued palette accented by gold throws and fabrics. A great city base, ideal for couples. See More
Grims Grenka Oslo 65 rooms from £145Roof 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
Christiania Teater Oslo 102 rooms from £148Local exploring - Situated just by Oslo's main street, within delightfully easy distance of the main sights and buzzing barsSights nearby - The Royal Palace, the Parliament buildings and City Hall are around the cornerLively - Hip and happening.Views - Great views from hotel
A quirky hotel in a historic old theatre bang in the centre. Stylish interiors have parquet floors and marble panels, with a wacky bar and restaurant featuring an eclectic mix of patterns and decor. Elegant rooms have colourful classic furniture and eye-catching wallpapers. A hip and happening base! See More
Lysebu Hotel Oslo 85 rooms from £191Country Escape - In Holmenkollen Park which has wonderful walking trails, as well as a ski arena, ideal for a wholesome country retreatSights nearby - Head to the Holmenkollen Chapel, the Kragstøtten sculpture or the nearby Bogstad ManorSwimming Pool - Year-round indoor poolRomantic - Good for couples.
An elegant hotel with expansive grounds and an indoor pool with indulgent spa facilities. Interiors exude a pared-back luxury, with fine classic furniture, gorgeous rugs and an extensive art collection, while stylish rooms are unfussy with a muted palette. The gourmet restaurant is a real highlight. See More
Camillas Hus Oslo 7 rooms from £262City Style - Excellent options for shopping and eating are to be found in this trendy neighbourhoodGreat walks - Head to the Bygdøy Peninsula on the west side, which has amazing walking and cycling trails as well as a cluster of museumsSights nearby - The iconic Frogner Park and the Royal Palace are both within easy walking distanceRomantic - Good for couples.
A stylish and intimate central hotel featuring a gourmet restaurant. Interiors have original period features such as panelling and high ceilings, with fine furniture and a pleasant palette of greys. Individually furnished rooms combine classic and modern elegance, with statement pieces. Delightful! See More
The Thief Oslo 119 rooms from £303Artworks - Artworks by Warhol, Anthony Gormley and Opie on displayViews - Great views from hotelLuxuryCity StyleRecommended by - CN Traveller, Tablet
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. See More
Hotel Continental Oslo 155 rooms from £265FoodiesCity StyleSights nearby - Five minute walk from the Royal Palace.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - CN Traveller, Tablet
Amerikalinjen Oslo 122 rooms from £278Romantic Break - The heritage building and chic design of this hotel scores highly with couples; pop into the jazz club for a date nightLocal exploring - This hotel makes a great base for exploring Oslo, neighbouring many popular local landmarksCity Style - With designer interiors and a central location, this hotel has lots of city styleSights nearby - Visit the nearby Oslo Cathedral, the main church in Norway which is also used by the Norwegian Royal Family
This stylish boutique hotel is located in Oslo, Norway. The contemporary rooms feature high ceilings, wooden floors and Norwegian design pieces; book a suite for separate living space and a balcony with city views. Eat at the brasserie before drinks at the New York-style jazz club; a chic city stay. See More
Grand Hotel, Oslo Oslo 292 rooms from £321City StyleLuxuryFoodiesRomantic BreakRecommended by - CN Traveller