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!
Reasonably priced roomrate for the city centre.
Friendly, helpful staff.
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).
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.
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.
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.
- 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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