Overwhelmed by the variety of accommodations in Oslo, I decided to look for a B&B instead. One of my main criteria was the location, because I didn't want to cruise the city to get to the touristic spots. Having found out that this B&B is a few meters away from the tram station was one of the decisive factors, plus the pictures in the website looked very nice. There are two ways to get to the B&B, one is taking tram 12 direction Majorstuen at the main train station. The other option is a bit longish depending on your perspective. If you are arriving from the airport go to the National theater (one station after the main central station), take the subway direction West (away from the city center) and go for one stop to Majorstuen. Get off and take either tram 12 (2 or 3 stops to reach the B&B), bus 20 or walk for 10-15 minutes.
OK back to the B&B. I originally reserved room 1 for 4 nights, but because of the floods, our plans changed and Cecilie was very nice and added another night to our reservation. This room is very spacious and has a kitchenette, that came in handy to preserve items for breakfast; a (dining) table, chairs, and night stands. To get WiFi we had to ask the owners, it was OK and worked most of the time. There is a "convenience store", a bakery and a supermarket around the corner from the B&B. The bathroom is also huge and we were provided with clean towels and sheets at the beginning of our staying. No toiletries were provided but it didn't bother us because we had our own. After asking for it we got a city map. This is not the typical B&B and you won't see maps and touristic information lying around. It felt more like a real house where you are renting a room. I was left with the impression that the owners are Norwegians and are helped by a Filipino couple during the day, but everything worked very smoothly. Cecilie had made it clear during the reservation process that we had to pay upon arrival, and so we did. We told them our approximate arriving time and were relieved to hear that they'd wait for us until we arrived. We didn't buy breakfast at the B&B and instead went to buy goodies at the bakery and at the supermarket (KIWI). This is what we didn't know. I wished we had known
some of these things but it doesn't change our overall assessment of the B&B and we'll certainly go back. a. The room was not cleaned during our stay, but we threw away the garbage every day to prevent the accumulation of fruit flies, b. We had to take our shoes right at the entrance, sure I do it at home, but it's quite challenging if you are carrying a backpack, c. Room 1 and the connecting room 2 are in the attic, to get there you have to go up 2 flights of stairs, d. The room only has one window, which is quite inconvenient if the city is being hit by a heat wave, e. It became obvious when we got there, that some of the walls are too low and it's easy to bang your head when you go to bed. f. Vigeland's park is extremely close, and g. Although the exterior looks quite deteriorated, the interior is very nice :) Almost forgot, there is no reception.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Frogner Bed & Breakfast offers high standard accommodation in a cosy and relaxing atmosphere. We are a small and reasonably priced alternative for tourists and business people who are looking for pleasant and welcoming accommodation, on a short- or long term basis.Our house is centrally located on the west side of Oslo, in the fashionable residential area of Frogner. Directly across the street is the famous Vigeland Park, a beautiful sight with its sculptures and rose gardens ... more less