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Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus
Ranked #12 of 102 Hotels in Oslo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 March 2014

The hotel has an excellent location, walking distance to city centre and shopping areas. Great value for the money, a comfortable place to stay. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and makes you feel right at home. It is my "go to" hotel when I am in Oslo.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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NairaOslo, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2014

Reading your review sounded like music to my ears:-). You said very few words, but just as many as needed to help other visitors of Oslo make the same choice as you did!

We are in the center, yet outside of the noise, traffic and more things one would´t like to see in Oslo. We have helpful and professional staff. We offer breakfast included in the room rate, waffles, tea/coffee the whole day, evening meal, wireless internet, parking and more benefits for free, which should make us attractive and preferable in a very expensive city like Oslo.

Thank you for your visit and welcome back on another occasion!
Best regards,

Naira Lalayan/General Manager

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Reviewed 3 March 2014

This hotel is set in the embassy area of Oslo and the diplomatic atmosphere has rubbed off. The staff are attentive and welcoming and the various lounge/eating areas are extremely comfortable. Our room was a good size and very quiet at night. The room bar was stocked with wines and beers at a reasonable price. The beds were very comfortable. There was a wardrobe to store your clothes. The only jarring note in the room was the rather strange positioning of the luggage rack attached to the wall right next to the bed which could prove problematical for someone getting up in the middle of the night. The hotel appears to be 'out of town' a bit. It's a 15 minute walk into the centre. But once you get the hang of the trams (no 13) then this issue disappears. The hotel invites you to make your own waffles in the afternoon and hot/cold drinks are on offer free all day. The so called 'light meal' in the evening, which comes in the price for the room, was excellent with a generous offering of cold dishes and a hot dish of the day with a choice of fish or meat. This is a really classy hotel suitable for the tourist or business visitor to this very nice city.

Tip: The City Hall is a gruesome looking place on the outside but well worth a visit to the stately rooms inside. Also has excellent loos.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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NairaOslo, Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2014

Dear guest,

Thank you for your nice and detailed review! It seems to me that you really felt you got value for the money and I am glad for that! The only think I would like to comment is a minor detail, yet important for us: the evening meal is not included in the price, since the gest does not pay for it at all, we offer if for free as one of the various elements of the concept of Clarion Collection that is aimed at making guests feel at home while away from home!

Welcome back to us when in Oslo again!

Best regards,

Naira Lalayan/ General Manager.

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Reviewed 2 March 2014

location was great for our travel plans, the food was a delight and the waffles were a surprise.

We checked in to the Gabelshus upon our arrival in Oslo. The staff got us settled as we dealt with jet lag before we took off on our first excursion to other parts of Norway. We returned to the hotel later on our trip before we left for home. Both of our stays were delightful.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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NairaOslo, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2014

Dear guest from US,

Thank you for choosing Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus for your stay in Oslo!

As you mentioned the hotel is not in the very center of Oslo, it is instead a little oases in a quiet and elegant area of capital city yet close to the main attractions.

For business travelers visiting companies in the western part of Oslo and leisure travelers who prefer to have a continent location away from the busiest parts of the city, Hotel Gabelshus makes a perfect choice!
Wish you a nice day and hope you will be back to us on your next trip to Oslo.

Naira Lalayan
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Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

I've been spending one night in this... Spooky house.
Once entered there's no one at the desk. The open door of the back office gives a view over two shoes... We ask for someone to checkin... No one appearing.
5 minutes after finally a friendly employee appears.
To reach the room we are then forced to pass through a dining room where people is having dinner; after a long corridor, I'm finally reaching a gray sad room with dark furniture, high ceiling and a cold temperature.
Such a sad sad place!


Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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NairaOslo, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2014

I am very sorry to hear that the hotel and the room did not satisfy your expectations.

I happens indeed that the receptionist on shift has to help a guest in a room, or leave the reception for a few minutes for other job related reasons, which we find as a positive thing and service mindedness.

I am glad to read though that you experienced the staff as friendly.

Kind regards,

Naira Lalayan
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

Perfect for an oslo trip. Nice surroundings, close to the centre. Very helpful and friendly staff. Temperature in the room was fully controllable. In the city we've seen many hotels, but we were glad we chose this one! Also: food is included in the room price. We went out for dinner once, and it was so expensive that we were glad we could have dinner at the hotel!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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NairaOslo, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2014

Dear guest,

It was a en enjoyment to read your review for which I want to thank you a million times! For such thankful guests like you, who appreciate the facilities, service and the little extra that we provide, is worth working even harder and becoming even better!

Thanks again and welcome back to us!

Have a wonderful day!

Naira Lalayan
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Oslo is an outrageously expensive city to stay in. Hotels can be average, bland and overpriced, leaving you always wondering what have you spent your money on! However, Clarion Gabelshus is worth every penny. It´s a classy old hotel, in the poshest, safest, quietest part of the city, and even if it is mid-priced, you get such value for money.
Parking is free (Daily parking in Oslo is very expensive), so already you have saved a fair amount if you choose a more central hotel without this option. There is also breakfast included, waffles, and even an evening snack included in the price!
Service is prompt, polite, and very much in the west-side Oslo spirit. They are used to discerning guests, and treat you like one.
Rooms are good, comfortable, and quiet. We even manage to have a small terrace, and bathtub. These little luxuries are always welcome. Many hotels in Oslo only have showers, and rooms are little boxes, so already it is good to see Gabelshus has generous double rooms.
Breakfast is good, could perhaps be even grander (Coffee is from a machine) - but most of all, staying here is so comfortable, and even feels quite decadent - but without feeling ripped off in any way. Staff are really good too. Helpful, smiling, and keen to offer advice and assistance. Will def. use this hotel again, for business and family. The free parking and free evening snack make it an obvious choice in such an expensive city. But it’s the feeling that you are almost in a 5 star place, but paying mid-price, which is the best surprise! It´s also safe, quiet, and in the nicest part of Oslo. The houses in the neighborhood are pretty to look at. It’s no wonder that all the embassies are nearby. It´s Oslo’s «Belgravia»!

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled on business
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NairaOslo, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2014

Wow! Such a great review!!! Thank you so much for your time, your appreciation and at last but not least for your choice when in Oslo!

I hope many guests will read this review which gives a very detailed description of our privileged location, homey service that makes our guests feel relaxed but also comfortable and taken care of, extra benefits we offer for free, like the parking, waffles, the evening meal buffet.

Welcome back again and thank you so much!

Best wishes,

Naira Lalayan/ General Manager

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Reviewed 21 January 2014

A disapointing stay at a nice Hotel. It is a very nice traditional hotel. But a welcome without a smile and a room quite oposite of what I wished for. I needed to work US-time and as a result i asked for a room on an upper floor to be able to sleep in. A got one in the entrance to the restaurant at the ground floor. And the bath was not tidy.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled on business
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NairaOslo, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2014

Hello again.

We appreciate our guests being demanding and critical to us, so thank you for your time and the review!

I have also talked to the day and night staff of the reception regarding your stay since you had commented it by e-mail survey as well and we had full information regarding your reservation.
We wish we could have done your stay a more enjoyable experience and we believe you could have managed it if you only mentioned that the room you got was not up to your wishes. We could have simply changed the room since we had more rooms to chose among.

I have as well remained to our personnel about the importance of a smile to each guest they meet and luckily they all agree with that point and the absolute majority practices it in their daily work at the hotel.

Hope you will be back to us and we can provide a better service in the future.

Naira Lalayan
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Address: Gabels gate 16, Oslo 0272, Norway
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Region: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Oslo
#14 Business Hotel in Oslo
#20 Family Hotel in Oslo
Price Range: £109 - £203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus 3.5*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A stay at Hotel Gabelshus offers a deep dive into the culture and history of Oslo. The interior is composed of historical details and fantastic paintings. Being in the heart of an elegant residential area and in walking distance from Vigelandsparken, Aker Brygge and the Royal castle you are guaranteed an exciting stay in Oslo.The hotel offers tasty meals in a charming atmosphere with access to our popular terrace for outside dining. Enjoy your breakfast or complimentary evening meal surrounded by murals reflecting the history of the area. The special atmosphere of the dining room and lounges around has been a background of various fashion shoots.Hotel Gabelshus offers a range of salons with a relaxing atmosphere- the hotel library has a dignified style where you can relax with a book, watch TV or enjoy a glass of wine. The so- called fireplace room is furnished with antique furniture and calming colors offering relaxation in comfortable armchairs in front of the open fireplace.Hotel Gabelshus has a long and exciting history. The mansion was erected in 1912 and was originally a lodging house. The three first managers and owners were women, one more special than the other. Miss Sommerfeldt who ran it from 1933-45 lived herself in the building with her two parrots that had free access to anywhere in the building. She ran the place in a caring and authoritative manner at daytime and used to relax with her guests smoking a pipe in the evening. ... more   less 
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