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“Very basic”
Review of Anker Hotel

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Anker Hotel
Ranked #46 of 102 Hotels in Oslo
Reviewed 17 August 2013

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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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

Stayed here before catching early flight from Oslo Airport. Hotel made us packed lunch as we were leaving before breakfast which was very much appreciated. Quad room was good value for the £25 each that we paid. 10 mins walk to Central Station.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

My first time in Norway and I stayed here for 2 nights whilst working locally. I was in a single room (504) and found the room was plain and simple, no luxuries. I think that this hotel is a step up from the Anker hostel next door but not much else.Staff were friendly and polite.

The hotel is in a very ethnic area, so as mentioned in other reviews it can be very intimidating, particularly at night, although i never had any problems. It is only a 10min walk to central station and the city center, so it is very convenient.

There is a little variety for breakfast and the food was ok, with the usual variety of fruit, bread etc.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank Who_KnowsIreland
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Despite my apprehension in booking this hotel, it turned out to be an excellent choice. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, the place was very clean and the room was perfectly adequateand comfortable, despite being at the cheaper end of the market as far as Oslo is concerned. The breakfast was satisfactory given that it was included in the price.

The central station is only two tram stops away and it can be walked in 5-10 minutes, so you are not far away from any of the attractions.

I would happily revisit this hotel and can recommend it.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Hiram_b_Birdbath
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

Everything was pretty fine, but I wouldn't recommend it for a long stay and for middle aged people as we are. The room was quite clean, but somewhat small, like the bathroom. This latter, then, had a really unpractical shower. Breakfast was good, with a wide choice of 'Nordic' food. The hotel is located a bit far from the city centre, anyway the tram stop is only a few steps away.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank antonio1353
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

We were staying just one night in Oslo and were very pleased with the competent and helpful reception, the nice room and the good breakfast with a broad selection. To be recommended.
Hanni und Heinz from Austria

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Heinz S
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

Very friendly staff. right across from a tram station, so being a bit off the main touristic area is not an issue, plus, you are really close to where people live in Oslo, Grunelokka with its many bars, restaurants and cafes. Really enjoyed my experience.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Anker Hotel

Address: Storgata 55, Oslo 0182, Norway
Region: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Best Value Hotel in Oslo
Price Range: £61 - £135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Anker Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 264
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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

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