The benefits of staying at the Clarion Collection have been well documented in other reviews: fantastic breakfast, free tea and coffee in the reception and an evening buffet. These are huge bonuses in what is a very expensive city: you can save plenty of money if you have a big breakfast and eat at the hotel in the evening. Bedroom was also great - huge comfortable bed and very modern bathroom.
However, I felt that the hotel is probably best suited for business trips though perhaps lacks a little character if you are in Oslo on holiday. There is no bar area for guests for example which would have been nice. The buffet is also served in a pretty uninspiring room on the top floor of the hotel - although there is a small roof terrace if the weather is nice.
Also be careful with breakfast times. We checked in on a Friday evening and were told that breakfast was between 8-11am. However, these are the hours for Saturday and Sundays and when we went down for breakfast on Monday morning - just before 10am - we only just made it in time as the hours are different on weekdays. The receptionist did not tell us this during check-in so we did have to rush our breakfast on our final morning having only just got there before it closed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer complimentary breakfast buffet and free WiFi included in the price. You will also see that we offer fresh fruit, coffee and tea all day long in the reception area, afternoon waffles or homemade pastries and a light evening meal served in our 7th floor lounge, this also has a nice adjoining room-top terrace. If you want to work-out you are free to use our well-equipped gym. The hotel is situated within walking distance from the Airport Express train, the central station, shops and restaurants.Our entrance is inside the Folketeateret passage were you will also find several restaurants and a theatre. ... more less
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