After our Hurtigruten cruise had ended in Kirkenes, we flew back to Oslo for a couple of days before heading home and we chose the Borsparken due to reviews.
Once we got there, which included a 40-minute bus ride from the airport, we got off at the Centrum stop. With the amount of luggage we had, we probably should have taken a cab, but since we were told it was 'right around the corner' we took off on foot. It had just rained, so the streets were wet, but at least it wasn't raining at the time.
We asked for directions a couple of times before remembering that I had a map on my iphone that could get us there, and it truly was just a couple of blocks away (it just seemed like more with the luggage).
Once we arrived, we entered and found the reception (it's to the left of the main entrance and there were kiosks directly in front when you enter, so we initially thought we had to check in with the kiosk!).
The staff greeted us warmly, found our reservation and we were all set. The key is necessary to get into the elevator, which is a VERY nice safety feature knowing only other guests are in the guest room area of the hotel! It was a small elevator so only two of us and luggage would fit. We went upstairs and found our room. One thing to note is that you need to use the key to lock the room when you leave the room also!
The reception also had a little mini-mart with sandwiches, salads, chips and drinks, which we ended up using for lunch one day - it was VERY good and fresh!
It had a VERY nice view of the Oslo Operahouse! The room was clean and so was the bathroom with plenty of counter space (having come from a cruise ship, a decent size counter space was truly deluxe! The carpet was kind of funky with letters in various fonts and sizes and was kind of dark, but kind of different. The TV was even welcoming us with our names too!
We decided to go out for a bite to eat and found a shopping area with a variety of places to eat, so it was close to shopping and restaurants.
We went back to the room and just enjoyed doing nothing and settled in for a good night's sleep. Even though there were electric busses adjacent to our room, we weren't bothered by them at all and DID get a good night's sleep.
The next morning we went down for breakfast and found quite a nice spread - as the sign said, 'a kick start breakfast' with fresh breads, eggs, cheeses and meats even caviar in a tube!
One thing that I found annoying was that there were no instructions on the phone as to how to make calls! I tried numerous times to call the desk and couldn't even do that and ended up having to go downstairs to find that out. I felt that instructions should have been on the phone.
The other annoying thing was that the free internet had some limitations and sometimes I would be online and suddenly everything went blank. I called the desk only to find out that I now needed a new password, so had to go down to the desk to get the new one.
All in all, the Comfort Borsparken provided us a good night's sleep in a convenient location with a friendly staff and a 'kick-start breakfast'. I would recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfort Hotel Borsparken is in a great location in the centre of Oslo, 2 minutes from Oslo S. You can work out free of charge in our Crossfit hotel-gym which covers an entire floor. Discover an affordable and modern hotel in the middle of the action - welcome! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Comfort Hotel Oslo
- Comfort Inn Oslo