I booked for two nights at the beginning of December 2010 but because of an enforced change in travel plans (due to UK weather problems) we were very happily forced to stay here for three nights.
Before booking, I researched every hotel in Oslo and this one soon became my number 1 target. On the flight to Oslo a native Norwegian told me the Folketeateret would be her choice if she didn't already live in Oslo. That made me think I had made the right choice and having spent three nights there I am still of the same opinion.
Ok, it's not the cheapest place in Oslo but it certainly is not the most expensive either. Rather than rate this on outright cost I would prefer to rate the Folketeateret for actual value for money and my verdict is 9/10.
The hotel is just 5 minutes walk from the main shoppng area and also 5 minutes walk from the Spektrum arena - from our point of view that put this hotel in the perfect position.
The Folketeateret has an upmarket boutique hotel feel from the moment you walk into reception. It is so nice in the reception area that many guests just relax there by the fire and help themselves to the free drinks machine - the hot chocolate is really recommended to combat the cold outside!
The hotel room was also really nice. Ours was on the sixth floor and whilst it didn't have a picture box outlook from the window (just a rather dismal view into a courtyard) we weren't there to take in the view from the hotel. As hotel rooms go, this was pretty nice and just as I read elsewhere, the beds here are fantastic. The heating system was more than efficient and the heated floor in the bathroom was an added bonus.
Whilst in our room we could hear some distant noise from a music club and whilst it was not my personal taste in music it was not loud enough to prevent me from having a very good nights sleep.
The area around the hotel seemed very safe, certainly it was well lit and always seemed to be busy so I doubt it would be that attractive to the criminal elements you read about in reviews for other hotels. There are a number of seven 11's nearby so you can get supplies just about anytime you need.
The hotel breakfast was plentiful and varied and the evening buffet was actually better than I expected. OK, it might not be a gourmet meal but there was plenty of choice and only the most fussy eater would have a problem. My wife is a vegetarian and we both enjoyed a very hearty meal at the buffet. Considering the meals are included in the price of your room I found this added a couple of ticks to the value for money column.
I ventured up to the lounge for the advertised afternoon session of hot drinks and baked goods/waffles. This was pretty much a waste of time; the drinks machine up there is not nearly as comprehensive as the machine in reception and I didn't see any baked goods or waffles on offer during my visit. My recommendation would be to grab a muffin or a current bun from the breakfast buffet and save it for the afternoon but get your drinks from the reception machine.
The staff could not have been more friendly or helpful. I can't fault them at all and thank them all for making our stay even better, especially Bjorn the night receptionist, who assisted us with a couple of problems on arrival and gave us some handy advice.
The wifi in the hotel was really good and fast. It's a slight hassle having to go through the process of registering each time you want to use the internet but the scratch cards you need for free access are readily available from reception.
Due to travel delays we arrived in Oslo too late to get the express train into town from the airport. We had to get a taxi and it cost an eye watering £130 - thank goodness it was covered on our insurance! On our way back to the airport we walked to the central station (which took about 5 minutes). The airport express train cost about £20 each and was really fast and dead easy - It goes every ten minutes, you walk up to a machine, swipe your credit card and get on board, it really is that simple! If there are two of you just swipe your card in two seperate machines and do the same to exit at the other end. For train times check out the train operators website at www.flytoget.no
We will definitely stay at the Folketeateret when we next visit Oslo. The 360 camera tour on the hotel website gives you a very accurate insight into what you can expect - check it out for yourself and I hope your trip to Oslo is as good as ours.
- 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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