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Best Western Karl Johan Hotell
Ranked #44 of 102 Hotels in Oslo
London
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52 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Tired!”
Reviewed 12 November 2013

Used this hotel for a number of business trips (note booking choice not mine!) as located very close to our office in Oslo.
Hotel is in a great position, right in the centre and an easy walk to see some of the beautiful sights of the city. Oslo is great but very expensive.
The hotel itself is very tired, in my room I had curtains hanging off the wall! On a positive note the hotel is clean and useable just be prepared for a very tired interior. Would not recommend as many other better hotels to chose from nearby

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2013

OK stay, except for noise. Decor a bit dated, but comfortable. They have a good breakfast here, too. Very helpful staff. Decent location to easily get to city sights.

BUT - DO NOT get a room anywhere near the front of the place on the second floor during a weekend night! Music (until 4.00 am) from street level nite clubs, plus noisy patrons outside, meant no sleep one night.
They really should do better......

Room Tip: Do not stay on the west side of the 2nd floor on a weekend night.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leiv R, General Manager at Best Western Karl Johan Hotell, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
Dear guest

Our hotel has a great location in a beautiful building from the 1800 centuries with a special atmosphere.
We have challenges every day that need to be resolved. Unfortunately, there may be some noise from some of our rooms because of the nearby bar.
The good news is that our landlord has decided to replace all the windows to soundproof window.

We are continuously upgrade the hotel and many rooms will get a facelift.

We hope you will consider staying with us again.

Best regards
Leiv R.
General Manager
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Arendal, Norway
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2013

Great location but this hotel needs an upgade. Rooms are old, which generally sets the standard for the hotel experience, compared with the price you pay, you do not get the value for money. This is an honest and fair opinion.


  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Leiv R, General Manager at Best Western Karl Johan Hotell, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
Dear guest

On behalf of our entire team, I would like to apologize for not exceeding your expectations. At Best Western we strive every day to provide superior customer service. I am sorry we were not able to do that for you. We will use the feedback you gave us to implement improvements to ensure we provide a better experience in the future.

I hope you will consider staying with us again so that we can have another chance to provide you with exceptional service.


Best regards
Leiv R.
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Wonderful old building with old-world decor. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Great breakfast with an unusually wide selection - they even had smoked fish. I'd stay here again. Most attractions are in reasonable walking distance.

Do not get a room facing the interior courtyard - it carries the smell of an adjacent restaurant (for me it was only a minor annoyance).

If you need to catch a train (e.g., to the airport) do not go to the main station (15 minutes walk from the hotel). There is a train and underground station 6 minutes from the hotel at the National Theater and the access is easier than at the main station. You can buy the tickets at vending machines, even ahead of time.

Do not get the Flytoget (fast train) unless you are supper hurried. It was twice the price of the regular train (in 2013) and you did not gain a lot in time just more frequent departures.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leiv R, General Manager at Best Western Karl Johan Hotell, responded to this review, 1 November 2013
Dear Time Traveling Texan

Thank you for taking the time to send the review.
My staff and I are pleased to hear that you like your stay at BEST WESTERN Karl Johan Hotell. I'm very pleased with my staff and our breakfast and great location.

We hope you will come back and see us again soon.

Best regards
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New York City, New York
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2013

I really liked the hotel. I don't understand why travelers who go on weekends in August, the peak month,complain about the bar noise and outside entertainment; do some research and book accordingly.to avoid potential distractions. I wouldn't book a room on Bourbon St in New Orleans during Mardi Gras if I needed peace & quiet.
The front desk was extremely helpful although busy and the price was right.
Yes, it was a bit warm but the location was perfect, the breakfast was fine and the hotel's
internal décor was charming and old world.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Leiv R, General Manager at Best Western Karl Johan Hotell, responded to this review, 1 November 2013
Dear guest

First of all, thank you for choosing our hotel.

By telling us what you liked about your stay and how we can improve, you are helping us deliver a superior experience for you and other guests in the future.
We hope you will come back and see us again soon.

Best regards
Leiv R.
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London
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2013

Our first night was not good - a small double not the twin we asked for (so, synchronised turning), facing into a gloomy lightwell which also housed air-con for a neighbouring restaurant. However, the manager put things right the next day and, for the rest of our stay, we had an excellent room with pleasant views towards the parliament building. This hotel is superbly placed within walking distance of most of the major Oslo sights. The staff were very friendly and helpful and, although we got off to a bad start, everyone made a great effort to ensure we had a good stay. The breakfast is good and plentiful which, with Oslo prices, is just as well. There is also a very useful business lounge on the 3rd floor where tea and coffee facilities are available to guests as part of the service. This is handy if you have time to kill after checking out of your room.

Room Tip: Although windows are double glazed, noise can be an issue at the weekends for rooms facing onto Karl...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 September 2013

We had a great time there in a terrific place you can walk from main station but make sure your bags are not too heavy hotel was noisy on Friday and Saturday nights but I couldn't really complain because the position of this hotel was great staff very helpful internet on front desk and wifi worked well also walking distance to everything Terrific Hotel
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Best Western Karl Johan Hotell
Address: Karl Johans Gate 33, Oslo 0162, Norway (Formerly Norlandia)
Region: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo > Sentrum
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #44 of 102 Hotels in Oslo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Karl Johan Hotell 3*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On Oslo's main street and in the heart of the city centre lies this historic hotel from 1899. Next to the Parliament and within immediate walking distance to a variety of museums, attractions, shops, bars and restaurants. The hotel has 114 rooms, as well as 5 meeting rooms with a maximum capacity of 70 people. ... more   less 
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Norlandia Karl Johan Hotell Oslo

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