Having stayed in many Leading Hotels of the World and Virtuoso properties, I found this hotel relatively unremarkable, though I must commend them on the quality and warmth of the excellent and discrete service provided...the true shining point of the hotel in my mind. I was quite impressed by the number of hotel staff who consistently addressed me by name and were focused on providing a pleasant experience.
I arrived via the Flytoget train taken to the National Theatre station. There are two exits at the station, so be sure to take the exit for National Theatre, which will place you across from the hotel's entry. At the other exit, the hotel will not be visible.
Location is excellent, as the heart of Oslo is relatively compact, a number of museums and restaurants are close at hand, the subway and tram services easy and frequent, and ferry services to the museum island a 5 minute walk from the hotel.
Apparently a room renovation project is in progress, as I asked for a renovated room and received one, done to a nice level of detail and with quality materials and textures appropriate to 5-star standards. Molton Brown toiletries were in the bath and housekeeping generously replenished them.
The weaknesses of the property in my mind were the breakfast and the lack of any spa features. I found the breakfast room to be crammed with tables and uninspired, with the buffet choices equally uninspired, with minimal hot foods and a poor and bland pastry selection. Service, as elsewhere, was wonderful, but breakfast was a bland and boring start to the day, and I find that rare for a property in the LHW organization.
Likewise, I was surprised that a luxury property in Scandinavia did not have a sauna. Granted, they affiliate with a gym that is accessible for 200 NOK for a sauna, but it is offsite and the weekend hours limited, so hardly a satisfactory solution in my mind.
Oslo isn't blessed with a wide range of high-end properties and a spin through the Grand Hotel wasn't impressive. I would most likely return to the Continental, although I could be lured to the Radisson Blu near the amazing Opera House for its leisure facilities and sheer height which offers views the Continental cannot provide as a low-rise structure.
If you appreciate a high level of personalized service and request an updated room in advance, I suspect you will have a pleasant experience, though the property likely won't be exceptionally memorable or inspiring if you customarily stay at elite properties.
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