A small, very basic room. Clean. No little bottles of shampoo or hand crème. No refrigerator---we really miss a fridge. No hot water pot. I followed the advice of someone on this site and asked at the desk if they would provide the hot water pot. They did--including paper cups (we
borrowed some real cups from the breakfast room) instant coffee, creamer, sugar & tea bags. There was no charge for this. The front desk people were always very good answering questions.
This is a very good location---just a couple of stops from downtown. The transportation system is very easy to use in Oslo. There is a booklet called OSLO 2013 available everywhere for free which is the best I've seen. Not only does it talk about the places you'd like to see, but what you have to do to get there. Buy a 7 day transportation pass as soon as you get there even if you are only staying for four days like us. If you are a senior, ask for that rate, it's a real savings.
To get to the hotel from the airport, take the high speed airport train. Very easy to buy tickets. Get off at the central train station. Follow the overhead sign to the trolley (a "T" means the metro aka subway, not the trolley). The signs will show a bus picture...the trolley picture looks like the bus picture but has an extension from the top like it is connecting to an overhead wire. Follow the trolley picture outside. Everyone in Olso speaks English and if you tell them you are trying to find # 11 or 12 trolley, they will direct you. It's just two stops East to the hotel....sorry, I forget the name of the stop but it begins with an "H". Look right and you should see the hotel when you get off.
If you have time while you are there, find the metro "T" 1. Take it to the end of the line up the mountain. Get off and follow the dirt path through the woods about 1/8 mile to the restaurant. Sit on the large wooden deck and admire the view, go inside to the café and buy something to eat while you admire the view. On your way back, stop at the ski run stop. It's a ten minute uphill walk to the ski run. Watch the crazy people zipline down. This is a fun, almost free day.
Don't miss the Sculpture park. Be sure to use your hotels "facilities" before you go. There are toilets at the park...pay toilets....you deposit your money (about 1.80 US) and it makes a gulping sound but the door does not unlock. If you kick the door, it makes a burping sound but the door still doesn't open.. There is a good size clump of bushes nearby. There is no toilet paper in the bushes.
Breakfast is adequate at best. It's a great place to eat if your are trying to diet.
My nearby restaurant recommendation ---go out the front door, turn left, go over the little bridge, Right in front of you is a red building with a statue of man on the roof. They serve very good Italian food---try the ham stuffed raviloli. Their home made bread is really good.
If you turn to your right out of the hotel and go to the corner and turn right, half way down that block is a restaurant that has a pizza sign in front. Don't go in it and order a pizza.
Across the street from the bad pizza restaurant is a grocery store to pick up snacky things.
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- Anker Hotel is a popular and affordable 3 star hotel in Oslo city centre. Walking distance to the central station and to all major attractions. Parking facilities. Buses and trams nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Oslo
- Oslo Best Western