We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in one of the Thon "Junior Suites" (note: you can get discounted rates if you book early on the website; the rate is non-refundable but is an incredible bargain). We arrived earlier than check-in time but the staff was more than willing to let us check us in. The room was sizable by Scandinavian standards and included a nice bathroom, a comfortable bed, and a deck. Like other hotels we stayed in Scandinavia, the room was very clean and the hotel was overall quiet. In terms of location, it's hard to argue with this hotel as it is a mere 7 minute walk from the train station and 3 blocks from the main shopping street, Karl Johans Gate. The area around the hotel is not particularly "happening", but there is a nice bakery called Bakefri right around the corner and a nearby sandwich shop. The breakfast buffet was solid and consisted of a few hot dishes (e.g. eggs and meatballs/bacon), fruit, cold cuts, and a continental spread.
My only complaint was with the lack of security in the luggage storage room. They give you a key to the storage room in the back but it seems like it would be too easy for any random person to ask for a key and then take luggage; I would have preferred it if a staff member would have been the person who retrieved luggage on request. The other minor complaint is that the staff were all dressed according to some theme (on day 1, people were dressed up like animals with cat whiskers, etc.; on day 2, it was apparently Mexican sombrero day). This contributed to a feeling of unprofessionalism, even though the staff themselves were perfectly helpful and competent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thon Hotel Oslo Panorama opened in October 2008, and is a professional business hotel that is also well suited for holiday travellers. The hotel has 118 spacious and modern rooms, including two penthouse suites. The interior consists of Scandinavian design with bright colours and wooden flooring. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thon Hotel Oslo