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Thon Hotel Spectrum
Ranked #62 of 100 Hotels in Oslo
Malmo, Sweden
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235 reviews
46 hotel reviews
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“Not the place to stay in Oslo”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Close to the city train, bus and airport express train - this is a simple, clean hotel for the cheap business men.
Yes, it's close to the lower down town - but that's it.
No good restaurants, no friendly nightlife, not even got shopping.
Lots of prostitutes, druggies and other scary types, and you can, I promise, only take taxi from this hotel after hours.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Sarpsborg, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Very central hotel close to Oslo S.
Some noise at night, but that's what you have to expect staying at a hotel in the city center. Bring ear plugs.
Rooms were comfortable & clean, though the maids could have washed the bottom of the walls (black shoe marks etc.) to make a better impression.
Doors to the working rooms (where the dirty laundry were stored before washing etc.) were open all the time showing the not-so-clean side of the hotel.
No closet or chest of drawers to store the clothes, the shower was hopeless as the water spread out all over the floor, and no A/C.
This summer in Norway's been very hot with up to +34, and when having a room with a window facing the street where the sun peaks in from 12 pm to 8 pm makes the room a baking oven, even with all windows open.
The concierge said they had a "central airing system".
It's the first time I've stayed at a budget hotel in Oslo where they had no A/C.
Variety at breakfast was good, but on the first morning a staff member thought it was appropriate to join the guests at the outdoors sitting area to have a coffee break & a couple of cigarettes. I smoke myself so that's not the issue but working in the service business myself it took me a bit by surprise to suddenly watch other guests having to share a table with this woman without her even saying "hi" or looking at them.
Ashtrays were not emptied, food & drinks were re-filled very slowly, the area with the cheese & cold cuts probably suffered from the warm weather too (all tough there were A/C in this room) as it failed to keep them cool (the cheese was melting..), same with the yogurt, leaving dodgy food out for the customers for hours.
So unfortunately I would stay elsewhere next time I'm in Oslo and I wouldn't recommend it to colleagues or friends.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Espoo, Finland
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2 reviews
Reviewed 29 July 2014

A good location in a middle of city center. Good connections with public transportation and to the Airport. Breakfast included in price was good and versatile. We got an attic room with roof windows. Nice view, but it was pretty hot weather in Oslo and the room was very warm. A fan had been useful especially at night. A little bit noisy at some nights because the room was on the Brugata side (some bars nearby). After all a good hotel experience. We just needed a room stay nights and the price was profitable.

Room Tip: If you want more silent room choose your room from the patio side of the hotel.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

We picked this hotel based on the price and location near the Oslo central station. However, I would not say I felt the safest while walking to this hotel. While coming in and out of this hotel, I always noticed that there were cops hanging around the nearby streets, which I'm unsure if I think this is good or bad. Once entering the sliding doors, the Thon hotel itself was great. You get free coffee throughout the day and the receptionists were very helpful and informative in helping us find our way, etc. They had luggage storage as we got into the city before our check in time. The rooms are good, everything you need for a night's stay. Breakfast was good as well with a mix of hot and cold foods. I would choose the Thon hotel chain again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed just one night to catch the train to stockholm. I'm glad we weren't staying longer. The hotel is well located for an overnighter and access to a range of affordable cafés. The hotel is a budget one but with the standard of the Thon chain. So far so good. The down side is the noise at night and the lack of air con during the recent heat wave.

We were on the 6th floor which is in the roof. We needed the window open all night to get some air which also let in the noise. Breakfast was satisfying as was the welcome from the staff. We were extra lucky to be able to check into our room in the morning.

All up the Thon Spectrum is a fair budget hotel choice for an overnighter. It is clean and comfortable (always understanding the room is European sized).

Stayed July 2014
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Stine N, General Manager at Thon Hotel Spectrum, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for leaving a review for us on Tripadvisor.

We are happy to hear that you had a good stay with us, even though the room was too warm.
It is not often that we experience the heat wave we have had in the last few weeks and our ventilation system has, unfortunately, not been able to keep the temperature down.

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our breakfast and that we could help you with an early check-in.

Thank you again for the feedback and we hope to see you again soon!

Best regards


Stine Nordhaug
General Manager
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Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Location is one of the main factors when I choose a place to stay and Thon Spectrum has a good location close to Oslo City and the train\bus stations. The hotel must have been renovated not long ago because it appears very modern. We got a nice, quiet room with good space. The price is excellent in what is considered an expensive city. If you come in Summer you should check out the Summer discounts no matter which Thon hotel you stay in, it's a good way to save money. As all other Thon hotels I've stayed in they have a good breakfast buffet that easily makes you skip the lunch.

Room Tip: Since there is a busy street outside I assume that could be noisy, especially on warm Summer days. W...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Stine N, General Manager at Thon Hotel Spectrum, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you very much for leaving a review for Thon Hotel Spectrum on Tripadvisor.
All feedback from our guests is much appreciated.

We are happy to hear that you had a nice stay with us and that you enjoyed our breakfast.
And you're right - the discount offered by Thon Hotels during the summer season is a good reason to save money - or maybe even stay another night.

We hope to have the pleassure of welcoming you back to Thon Hotel Spectrum!

Best regards,

Stine Nordhaug
General Manager
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Tiller
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Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

The Thon Spectrum is placed in The middel of Oslo centrum. Being a budget hotel it gives great value for money. I lived here a lot on business trips and used to have around 75 nights a year for 5 years and had never a complaint to give. Nice staff, clean and central.

Stayed July 2014
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Stine N, General Manager at Thon Hotel Spectrum, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Dear Håvard,

Thank you for your review.

We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stays at Thon Hotel Spectrum.
Thank you for being a frequent and loyal guest!

We wish you a pleasant summer and hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future!

Best regards


Stine Nordhaug
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Property: Thon Hotel Spectrum
Address: Brugata 7, Oslo 0186, Norway
Region: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #62 of 100 Hotels in Oslo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Thon Hotel Spectrum 3*
Number of rooms: 151
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