After a 15-hours flight and arriving at 7AM, the last thing you want is to wait till, say, 3pm to get your room- especially when the rest of the city is just waking up, and you have just arrived at a place so much colder than where you live! (That said, I completely understand that they are not required to give me a room.)
But we got our room. Yes, we did. No begging, no prolonged discussion, nothing. We just informed them in advance. (Thank you, Thon!)
Now this is a budget hotel- or at least it is listed as one- but the value is of 4-stars standard, easily! I am comparing against Singapore hotel standards. The room was near and clean, has sufficient space for us and our 2 huge luggage, and above all has windows (no window for Singapore budget hotels that I've stayed) which can be opened for fresh air! This might not seem extraordinary but as I've said, I'm comparing against Singapore hotel standards, and this is much appreciated.
The hair dryer in our room was faulty and it was promptly replaced.
My only gripe? The bed was too soft to my liking- I noticed the beds are all very soft in the hotels I have stayed in Norway.
This hotel has absolutely brilliant location! I chose this hotel mainly for its location.
It is a short walk from Oslo Central Station, where you will most likely arrive at if you have flown into Oslo and then taken a train from the airport to the city.
There were numerous buses and trams within 5 minutes' walk from the hotel, and you could walk to some attractions such as Oslo Opera House, Akershus Fortress, Nobel Peace Center, Grunerlokka, and the shopping district of Karl Johans Gate is just behind the hotel.
There are also a variety of food places around the hotel, ranging from fast food to cafe to restaurants. If you are going to get a pizza, order it from your room!
Staff are friendly and helpful too. Apart from our special check-in request, they have also helped by giving us local information such as nice food or how to get to a place.
We really like their breakfast spread. While the choices are not super (reminder: budget hotel) it was much more than what we expected since we only stayed 3 days. You can tell the food is of good quality too.
Overall, if location is your main concern and you want to stay within this area (Oslo Central Station a.k.a Oslo S), and you want value for your money, this should be at the top of your list.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thon Hotel Astoria is a functional Budget Hotel located in the heart of the city centre. The hotel provides compact and clean rooms, friendly service, free WIFI and a great buffet type breakfast. Enjoy your breakfast daily until 11 AM. On a sunny day in the hotels backyard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Tulip Oslo
- Thon Hotel Oslo