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“Good service, ok rooms, great breakfast” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Scandic Helsfyr

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Scandic Helsfyr
Ranked #45 of 100 Hotels in Oslo
Kaarina, Finland
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good service, ok rooms, great breakfast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2013 via mobile

I've stayed here numerous times during my business travel. The service is friendly and fast, the rooms are clean and comfortable. The location is good at least for my purposes (close to the metro and on the way with the air port bus).

The breakfast is delicious and offers a wide variety of fruits, vegetables etc. One downside is thievery small "gym" located in the basement. The treadmill is ok, but that's most that you can workout with.

Prices are the Norwegian standard, so very high compared to everything else, so I really can't say that you get value for the money. Unless of course comparing to hotels in the downtown Oslo...

Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Rune A, Guest Relations Manager at Scandic Helsfyr, responded to this review, 23 January 2013
Dear Guest,
We are happy to hear that you have stayed with us on many occasions. Thank you for your honest comments. We strive daily to deliver the best service to all our guest and we therefore are happy to hear that you like our service and breakfast. As a guest at our hotel you also get discount on a gym close to the hotel if you need more exercise and fitness equipment. Contact the front desk on your next stay and we will sort this out.

We hope you will return on your next stay in Oslo!

Best Regards
Rune Aasprong
Assistant Front Desk Manager
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Bradford
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45 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2012

Good hotel, near enough to the Oslo underground. Good restaurant but pricey and clean room. A notable bonus is the free wi-fi. Room should have had tea and coffee making facilities.

All at a reasonable cost (for Oslo!). Of course, Oslo prices shock everyone outside Norway so be aware

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rune A, Guest Relations Manager at Scandic Helsfyr, responded to this review, 21 January 2013
Dear Traveler,
Thank you for your honest comments. We are happy to have you as a guest.
All of our superior and deluxe rooms have tea and coffee making facilities.
Welcome back at your next stay in Oslo!

Kind Regards
Rune Aasprong
Assistant Front Desk Manager
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Espoo, Finland
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2012

Rica Helsfyr is conveniently located in midst of offices in the Helsfyr area. This location can't be recommended if you're looking for activities in the evening. There's nothing. But for those wanting an easy access to work or customer in the morning it's ideal.

There's a tube/metro station within a walking distance. Oslo city is thus only some 15 minutes away.

Beware of rooms in the older section of the hotel. They're located adjacent to the highway and are very noisy and also a bit crummy. Renovated rooms are quiet and overall much nicer.

Rooms have decent lighting and the shower produces plenty of warm water from a handheld shower head. That's good and not at all so common.

Restaurant is ok but not cuisine. Expensive as it is Norway.

Gym downstairs consist of a bike, running mat and a "skiing" apparatus. Nothing else. It's kind of a health club with a relaxation room and sauna, but someone forgot to finish the details.

Overall adequate for a business trip or an occasional overnighter. No-no for vacation.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the renovated section overlooking hotel's parking lot.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank CloudMaker
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Rune A, Guest Relations Manager at Scandic Helsfyr, responded to this review, 21 January 2013
Dear Traveler,
Thank you for your honest feedback. We are glad to have you as our guest.
Send us an email or give us a call before your next visit and we will try to hold a quiet room towards the park.
Welcome back at your next stay in Oslo!

Kind Regards
Rune Aasprong
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2012 via mobile

Location is bad as it is a neighborhood with offices buildings and nothing more, but is perfect if you have to work in the area.
Receptionist are great especially the night shift.
Interiors: It is a perfect example of Scandinavian Frugal Style, so seems a bit overpriced to me.
Easy to reach via car, underground is near and in 15minutes you are downtown. If you like to walk: downtown is 20-30minutes away.
From the airport: instead of the speed train use the SAS flybus: cheaper and leaves you right near the hotel.
Restaurant is a disaster: food sucks as per quality and choices, luckily it cost too much and service is rude. Better to have a tooth pulled: go anywhere else although you need to use the underground and head to center.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rune A, Guest Relations Manager at Scandic Helsfyr, responded to this review, 24 January 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking time to leave us a response regarding our hotel. The night shifts were happy to hear the positive feedback. I am sorry to hear that the restaurant did not meet your needs. We would like to apologize on behalf of the hotel.

Hopefully you will be happy to hear that since you stayed here we have updated our restaurant menu and improved the quality.

I apologize again for your experience. If you ever travel to Oslo again, you are welcome to stay with us.

Kind Regards
Rune Aasprong
Assistant Front Desk Manager
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France
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41 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2012

This hotel was nice and comfortable, I was welcomed by a nice friendly man at the front desk late at night. The room was spacious and well equipped and the hotel was very reasonably priced. Overall my stay was comfortable. The drawback of this hotel is you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, (the taxi from the airport is horrendously expensive) - there are a few office buildings around but going out anywhere seemed impossible. So ok if you have business in the area but otherwise look closer to Oslo

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank AliMichel
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Rune A, Guest Relations Manager at Scandic Helsfyr, responded to this review, 24 January 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for feedback. We appreciate every feedback we receive. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Rica Helsfyr Hotel. The taxi from the airport is usually the most expensive way to travel in to Oslo. We can recommend using the Airport Express Coach. The cheapest and quickest way to travel to our hotel is the coach, a 30 minute ride and NOK 150,- for adults.

We would love to have you as a guest again.

Kind Regards
Rune Aasprong
Assistant Front Desk Manager
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17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2012

The hotel is just off the motorway in the newly developed business park.
The room that we got was well furnished and clean. We got the one facing the car park, therefore it was quiet and we could not hear any noise neither during the night or day.
There are metro and bus stops within 5 minutes walk from the hotel, which made reaching the city center really easy and cheap, since the taxis are quite expensive in Oslo.
Fast and free WiFi with good reception overall the hotel.
Amazing breakfast selection - fresh food and a big variety, so anyone will find something for their liking.
Bar at the evening was a little bit disappointing - few popular cocktails were not available even though offered in the menu.
Reception staff was very friendly and helpful.
Overall - good value for your money, great breakfast menu and service, convenient location.

Room Tip: Ask for the ones facing the car park.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank mykolasm
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Drammen, Norway
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23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2012

Good hotel, over average. Very good breakfast. Staff helpful
and polite, but not the night watch who was a sourpuss. Rooms good, but our view was over the motorway. Friends have had other rooms and have had a view over Oslo city.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Razorbox
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Property: Scandic Helsfyr
Address: Stroemsveien 108 | Gps Address: Innspurten 9, Oslo 0663, Norway (Formerly Rica Helsfyr Hotel)
Region: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo > Gamle Oslo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 100 Hotels in Oslo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Scandic Helsfyr 3.5*
Number of rooms: 253
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Scandic Helsfyr is situated in Oslo, a 4-minute walk from Helsfyr Metro Station and the airport shuttle bus. It offers free public parking on site and modern rooms with free Wi-Fi. All the air conditioned rooms at Scandic Helsfyr have wooden floors. They are equipped with a flat-screen TV, work desk and fridge. Guests can work out at the on-site fitness-room. Relaxation options include a sauna. The main restaurant serves a buffet breakfast, lunch and International dinner dishes. Light meals are available as well. Drinks are available in the Lobby Bar. Oslo city centre is a 7-minute metro ride away. Valle Hovin Stadium and Valhall Arena are both within 500 metres of the hotel. ... more   less 
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