This is, quite simply, a delightful hotel. It's tucked away on Folketeateret St., a short walk from Oslo's Central Station, and is very close to popular thoroughfare, Karl Johans Gate. You're also just several feet away from shopping along the pedestrian-only section of Torgata St. which offers a healthy variety of retail therapy.
This particular property is nestled within a complex housing several restaurants/cafés, a theatre, and various bars and clubs (the area simmers with nightlife).
I found check-in to be quite straightforward and the front desk attendant warm and informative. In general, that staff was very helpful. In the lobby, to your right, you'll find the restaurant where complimentary breakfast is served (a truly remarkable spread of all manner of Hot and Cold selections--you don't want to miss it; it's one of the better ones I've experienced in some time) while elevators to rooms are located to your left. Round the clock complimentary coffee/tea self-service is available in the lobby.
My room, a Standard, featuring a minimalist, modern design, I found to be a bit of a tight fit but rather functionally efficient--more than sufficient for one. Closet space is close to non-existent and your included bath product is a multi-use soap dispenser. You should pack addnl. shampoo and/or bath products as needed, if the aforementioned will not be sufficient. Additionally, I did not notice a Safe in the room (though I understand this is likely present in some others).
Other notables: the hotel offers guests complimentary wi-fi (which I found to be fairly reliable) and if you don't have your own device you can get online via the public MAC computer (which is rarely in use, so no wait times) in the lobby. Also, be sure to check out the lounge and adjoining rooftop terrace on the top floor.
*If you're arriving at Oslo's main airport (OSL), it is quite easy to hop on the Airport Express directly to Oslo Central Station. From there, it's a short walk to the Clarion.
Overall, a very enjoyable experience. The hotel offers excellent value for money and is a solid 4-star experience. I highly recommend it.
- 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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