If you are looking for a hotel with charm, character, smiling staff and excellent food - then don't bother going to the Gabelshus. Set in what once must have been a lovely building, the hotel has at one stage been 'modernised', i.e. stripped of all its features except for a fireplace or two and a bit of wood panelling; the rest of the fixtures and furniture is soulless. My room was rather shabby - paint peeling off the woodwork - but also the chairs in the dining area were battered, the seats stained or the fabric torn. The wardrobe was 40cm wide and the shower one of those 1980s style cabins with two sliding half-doors. There was only one pillow; I began to wonder if this is what life is like in a Dutch open prison. The breakfast was just ok (although I was surprised to see no smoked salmon given that Norway is a major producer of the stuff) but the atmosphere was more of a motorway service station than anything. The 'light evening meal' was not worth bothering with. The staff were, at best, indifferent; perhaps one has to upgrade in order to get them to smile and you can certainly forget anything like an offer of help with your luggage. I chose the Gabelshus because I wished to avoid the large, soulless and IKEA-esque hotels which seem par for the course in Oslo; what I got was a small, soulless and IKEA-esque hotel - not terrible but nothing of any distinction.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Collection Gabelshus Hotel Oslo
- Clarion Collection Oslo
- Clarion Oslo