This may be the most prestigious hotel in Oslo but it is hardly a luxurious hotel according to our standard. Location is great, right at the city centre. It took a 10mins walk to the waterfront where we got on ferry to see the museums on the island. There are also many restaurants along boardwalk.
We know the rooms of the hotel are currently being renovated. Unfortunately, the Deluxe Twin we were given has not been done yet. The room was spacious but very dated. There was only bathtub in the bathroom and no power socket inside for the hairdryer, which we found extremely inconvenient. There was also no water bottle at turndown. Wifi was free and signal was strong inside the room as well as throughout the hotel, which was a big plus for staying at this hotel.
Staff was friendly and helpful. However, it seemed to us that the hotel was understaffed. When we arrived in the limousine arranged by the hotel, there was no doorman nor bellboy at the entrance to help with our luggages. I had to get to the front desk and ask for assistance. It was unacceptable for any nice hotel. Another example was at their restaurant, Theatercafeen. The place was less than half full when we had dinner there. However, our waitress was so busy, we ended up being taken care by the hostess the whole time. Food was below average. I ordered my veal entrecôte medium, it came out well done and that said it all. There was also a lounge at the lobby to serve as a second restaurant but it was opened until 3:00pm on Sunday when we visited. A room on the 2nd floor was opened for breakfast. Food was good in quality and service was outstanding. Not only they made rounds frequently to refill my coffee, the waitress even offered to get me a fresh cup instead of just topping up my cup which was remarkable.
We are not sure if this is already the best in Oslo. But for us, this is just a 4star hotel look alike.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Family runned property, centrally located in the middle of Oslo nearby Nationaltheatre station where the Airport Express Train stops. Hotel Continental can proudly present 155 beautiful suites and hotel rooms perfect for corporate and Leisure travellers. The unique Meeting and Event facilities serves customized menus and five star service. And the legendary and very popular restaurant Theatercafeen is still the place to see and to be seen- don`t miss the atmosphere! ... more less
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