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“Reasonably priced hotel in a central location, but let down by shoddy outsourced housekeeping”

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Park Inn by Radisson Oslo
Ranked #26 of 102 Hotels in Oslo
Reviewed 31 December 2011

Myself and a friend stayed in room 317 (twin) for four nights in late December. 

If you arrive via train to Oslo Sentralstasjon (railway station) either:
1. Take the T-bane Metro (subway) to Stortinget stasjon, walk up the ramp exit onto Ovre Slottsgate and the hotel is approx 5 mins walk in front of you. 
2. Walk from the station and head across the tram tracks to Karl Johans gate (main shopping street, which is partially pedestrianised), turn left after approx 10 mins into Ovre Slottsgate  (there's a shop called Thune on the corner) and the hotel is 5 mins down the road. This is the option I took. 
3. Take a taxi - the expensive option!

Pros:
Reasonably priced roomrate for the city centre. 
Friendly, helpful staff. 
Modern premises.
Stairs and two lifts to all floors. 
Key-card room entry (also used to operate the lifts and unlock the stairs door). Solid room door. Twin room with wall-mounted flatscreen LG TV (includes BBC World News (English language) and The Voice (music videos)) along with some radio channels, iron/ironing board, tea/coffee making facilities, The New Testament, safe, desk with chair, lamp & telephone, table, padded chair, floor lamp, twin bedside tables with two lamps each side, air-con, full-length mirror, and en suite with walk-in shower. Effective blackout curtains. 
High speed free WiFi Internet access throughout the hotel. 
Good self-service choice of hot and cold foods at breakfast: Monday-Friday 06:30-10:00, Saturday-Sunday 07:00-10:30. Toaster.
15 mins walk from Oslo Sentralstasjon (railway station). 

Cons:
In-room storage is limited - 4 coat hangers, no drawers. 
In-room safe not working (used Reception instead). 
No inner curtain, so no privacy from office buildings across the road when blackout curtains are drawn. 
I would have preferred a thicker/warmer duvet. 
Sliding bathroom entrance door is heavy and difficult to open/close. Make sure it doesn't unhook. 
No door on walk-in shower means the bathroom floor quickly gets wet. 
No bath. 
Occasional noise from passing trams in adjacent street. 
Unfortunately the room wasn't cleaned properly each day, so we had unwashed mugs and glasses,  a wet bathroom floor and unemptied bins. We were told the cleaning is outsourced. We reported our concerns to the Receptionist who said she would forward our comments to the Manager. We were offered an upgrade to a Business room, but no twin options are available. There doesn't appear to be any on-site housekeeping. 
Breakfast area busy at peak times (9am+), so some tables shared & cramped, although this is applicable to many other hotels.
No on-site parking.

Tips:
Take a flask to fill with tea or coffee from the room (fill up a glass of milk from the breakfast area). 
Take a water bottle to fill with water from the room. 
Take a rucksack to breakfast to stock up on bread, ham and cheese - just don't make it too obvious! Food and drink (and most other things) are very expensive in Oslo.
Take enough biscuits, crisps etc with you for the duration of your trip to save lots of money. 
The in-room TV has a built-in wake up alarm feature. 
Take extra coat hangers for trousers, shirts etc.
Bring a smartphone/tablet/laptop to use the WiFi throughout the hotel. 
Take a pair of running shoes, as once you've orientated yourself, there's a run to the grounds of The Royal Palace, then past City Hall, up to the Nobel Prize Center and turn to run roughly parallel to the harbour-side to the Opera House (you can run up & down the roof) and back to the hotel.
Take a business card from Reception in case you get lost. 
There are lots of restaurants in the Oslo Sentralstasjon (railway station)/Opera House area. 
Pick up a copy of the pocket-sized 'Oslo Guide' (the official guide to Oslo and surrounding region) from the hotel and numerous other outlets. It's free and contains equally as much useful information as a guide book. 
I recommend buying an 'Oslo Pass' (24hrs, 48hrs, 72hrs available) which includes unlimited Oslo public transport (Metro, trams, buses) and entry to various museums. NB. 72hrs pass (NOK 430) also includes the Batservice Sightseeing AS Mini Cruise (hop on - hop off, 1.5hrs), www.boatsightseeing.com leaving from City Hall, Opera House and Museums. Purchase the Pass from Tourist Information outlets and certain hotels. It paid for itself over the duration of my visit. 
Take the T-bane Metro (subway) to Holmenkollen station, then a 15 minute uphill walk alongside the road, for great views down the ski jump landing area and across to Oslo and beyond. Go through the Ski Museum (price included in 'Oslo Pass') to take the lift  to the exposed top of the Jump Tower for more views of Oslo, the forest and the Oslo fjord. There's a well-stocked shop and Cafe (KOR 30 for a coffee) as well.

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Reviewed 23 December 2011

Me and my husband had a last minute get away before xmas, and this hotel was the cheapest we could find.
We were very pleased with it!
Its in a fantastic location, just off Karl Johans gate, with a nearby metro station and tram. Just a 10 minute walk from the main bus/train station also.
The room was clean and comfortable, and the hotel staff were very helpful.
For breakfast they had a variety of things to suit most people.

Would definatelt stay here again if we come back to Oslo.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 December 2011

The hotel is located really close to the City Hall and within a walking distance from all the well known tourist attractions in Oslo including the Opera House. The rooms are quite large and furnished in a modern style. Noise isolation is fine, so nothing should disturb you at night. Breakfast was OK, so as the free wireless internet connection. Rates were quite reasonable in comparison with other hotels of similar standard in Oslo.

The only problem was to find a parking space near the hotel - there is a very limited number of those in the street (charged with a meter). Otherwise, you can only leave the car in an expensive multistorey parking lot a few hundred meters away.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

This is a great hotel in the heart of Oslo. The rooms are spacious and building is very clean and new.

In an expensive city like Olso, this hotel is very well priced, and the breakfast was great.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sundby-Bagaas, Manager at Park Inn by Radisson Oslo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2011

Dear Chadsta.

Thank you for your positive feedback regarding your stay with us.
We look forward to having you again as a guest at our hotel.

Kind regards.

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Reviewed 27 October 2011

I never appreciated complimentary breakfast until my stay at the hotel. Simple spread, but really delicious and filling. With food prices so high in the city, Park Inn's inclusive breakfast suddenly seemed like a godsend. Yes you have to pay for the room, but I had a reasonable rate even by Asian standards, so it was a fantastic deal.

I thought the room was really comfortable. Was allocated a corner unit, which looked slightly bigger and has a pleasant view of rooftops. Comfortable pillows, soft bed, free wifi everywhere, BBC News on TV, power shower, plenty of hot water, really what's there not to like?

I initially thought the hotel was quite a walk from the Oslo S (train station), but in fact it's located in the most central area, with shopping and restaurants just right outside. Beause the city is really small, main attractions such as the opera house, Ayker Brygge and Nobel Peace Centre are just mins away by foot. Not staying near the train station turned out to be a blessing as lots of dodgy-looking people loiter around at night.

If arriving by airport bus Flybussen, alight at the stop after the bus terminal. If heading to the airport, wait for the bus at Prof. Aschehougs plass, which is right outside Best Western Karl Johan Hotell. Both locations are 3 mins by foot from Park Inn.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Sundby-Bagaas, General Manager at Park Inn by Radisson Oslo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2011

Dear t-puk.

Thank you for your positive and constructive feedback regarding your stay with us.
We look forward to having you again as a guest at our hotel.

Kind regards.

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Reviewed 9 October 2011

This was probably the best hotel we stayed in during our two-week trip in Scandinavia, but then again it was also the most expensive. The location is excellent, only a ten-minute walk from the Oslo train station and near City Hall and Aker Brygge, where you can catch the boats to the museums in Bygdøy. Our room was on the seventh floor and had a balcony with a nice view of the city. The bed was comfortable, furnishings were simple but modern and free wi-fi was available in the rooms. The staff at the front desk was helpful and pleasant. The included breakfast buffet was above average. We prepared picnic lunches from the buffet selections, so this helped make up for the higher cost of the room.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sundby-Bagaas, General Manager at Park Inn by Radisson Oslo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2011

Dear jrod53

Thank you for your positive feedback regarding your stay with us.
We look forward to having you again as a guest at our hotel.

Kind regards.

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Reviewed 9 October 2011

When we looked for a hotel for a couple of nights in Oslo we were appalled by the prices. We decided to look for a good location and just pay for it. Park Inn turned out to be the perfect choice: you get good value for money on an excellent location!
We had a room in the dead end street part of the hotel, far from the elevator, but to be honest, I don't think the noise it made was so bad. The room itself was well appointed and offered everything we needed: an ironing board with iron, a water cooker with tea and instant coffee and a hair dryer, but not a real closet -only clothes hangers and some shelves. The bathroom was adequate, although some people may be annoyed because of water splashing out of the walk-in shower.
The breakfast buffet is good with lots of choices. Staff kept refilling the bowls even at 5 minutes to 10, when the breakfast would be closed.
There's free Wifi, but I didn't bring my netbook, so had to use the PC in the lobby. The printer was down but the receptionist asked me to mail the boarding ticket I wanted to print and printed it right away for me. Shows how helpful they are. The staff at the desk is courteous and professional, even the trainee.
But the best feature is the location: walking distance from Akershus, the Opera House and just one block from the main shopping street and good restaurants. You have a choice of public transport: tram, bus and metro/train, all within the block.
I think this is the perfect choice for business or pleasure!

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sundby-Bagaas, General Manager at Park Inn by Radisson Oslo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2011

Dear Evi55.

Thank you for your positive feedback regarding your stay with us.
We look forward to having you again as a guest at our hotel.

Kind regards.

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Address: Oevre Slottsgate 2c, Oslo 0157, Norway
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Region: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Oslo
#16 Romantic Hotel in Oslo
#19 Business Hotel in Oslo
#21 Family Hotel in Oslo
Price Range: £81 - £198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Park Inn by Radisson Oslo 3*
Number of rooms: 118
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Park Inn by Radisson Oslo is brilliantly situated in the heart of Norway’s beautiful waterfront capital. This stylish and comfortable hotel in Oslo is a short walk from the city's bustling main street Karl Johan. Surrounded by an exciting array of cafés, restaurants and world-class shopping, the hotel is also closely situated to popular attractions like the Opera House, the Royal Palace and Akershus Fortress. Offering 118 modern and inviting guest rooms, this city centre accommodation provides the perfect location both for business and leisure travellers. The hotel is conveniently located near public transportation such as the Airport Express Train, SAS Air Shuttle, the subway and trams. Park Inn by Radisson also offers free high-speed, wireless internet access throughout the hotel. ... more   less 
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