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“Beautiful Old Hotel in centre of Oslo but not cheap!”
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Hotel Bristol
Ranked #12 of 100 Hotels in Oslo
Certificate of Excellence
Rugby, United Kingdom
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316 reviews
87 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Beautiful Old Hotel in centre of Oslo but not cheap!”
Reviewed 30 August 2012

I just had a one night stay at this hotel whilst travelling back to the UK and had a very comfortable stay in a well-appointed suite (I was upgraded for some reason!) The hotel is very near to the theatre and handy for all public transport links. I had a club sandwich and a glass of wine in the Piano Bar that was well presented but cost over £32 ! Breakfast was disappointing with limited cereal options, buffet style and you had to make your own tea with a tea bag and hardly hot water!
Not worth the money even a Norweigian prices

Room Tip: My suite was on the 7th floor but the lifts only go to the 6th ! You need to drag luggage down one f...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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ReservationManager, Manager at Hotel Bristol, responded to this review, 5 September 2012
Thank you for your feedback.
We are constantly developing our breakfast. Thanks for letting us know about your experience Welcome back
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

we were only 3 days in Oslo.
this hotel was the perfect choice.
very central, clean, beautiful lounge/hall, great buffet breakfast after that you don't need to eat until 5 pm
charming and helpful personnel at reception.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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ReservationManager, Manager at Hotel Bristol, responded to this review, 30 August 2012
Thank you for your kind words about our property and service. Its good to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We are pleased to infom you that all departments in the hotel really appreciate your possitiv feedback. We hope to see you again at Hotel Bristol next time you are visiting Oslo.
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crazytreamtravel
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

Stayed at the Bristol for one night on business. Hotel location is excellent and the staff very friendly. My room was very small and dated. However everything was clean and worked, particularly impressed with the quality of the free WiFi which is often an issue in older hotels. I would return, but would look for a larger room.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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ReservationManager, Manager at Hotel Bristol, responded to this review, 24 August 2012
Thank you for your kind words about our property.
Regarding our rooms we now have an ongoing soft renovation of 112 rooms.
Hope to see you again soon
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

We stayed 3 nights in August 2012 beginning our three week visit to Norway. Out room on the sixth floor on the back was roomy and quiet as well as being very clean and well appointed. The staff beginning with the front desk and extending through the servers were pleasant, well meaning and very professional. We only ate breakfasts at the hotel. The breakfast buffet was superb with food ranging from omelets to granola with a grand variety to pick from. We were especially pleased with the variety of fruits and vegetables available along with the display of pastries. The location in the heart of Oslo was a real plus. We could walk to many attractions and had a many choices of restaurants near by. We do not know what else you could ask for.

Room Tip: try to get on the back.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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ReservationManager, Manager at Hotel Bristol, responded to this review, 17 August 2012
Thank you for your review.
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Oslo, and we look forward to welcoming you back at another time.
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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

Having stayed before on business trips I was pleased to secure a 'package' at the Hotel Bristol given its central location and well-established reputation for good furnishings and quality service. I was disappointed to find myself in a poorly decorated room (front facing, 3rd floor) with a tiny bathroom (no bath) and a hotel in disarray with refurbishments underway. The spa area was poor with a surly staff member and few top-class facilities. The breakfast spread was impressive in variety/choice and quality but the staff were a miserable crowd. Only on the front desk did top quality service prevail. Not sure if being swallowed up by the Thon chain has accounted for the decline but to advertise itself as 5* is absurd in this day and age. 3* at best now. I've stayed in better Novotels and will not return.

Room Tip: Try another hotel eg Radisson SAS.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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ReservationManager, Manager at Hotel Bristol, responded to this review, 17 August 2012
Thank you for staying at Hotel Bristol, Oslo and for taking the time to give us feedback.
For us all feedback is valuable information, and gives us the opportunity to improve.
We are very sorry that we did not live up to your expectations. Please note that we take this very seriously, and that your input will be a topic in our next management meeting.
Should you decide to give us another chance, please contact the reservation manager directely. We hope we get the chance to improve the impression you have of Hotel Bristol.
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Prague
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2012

The Bristol is a slightly faded old-style hotel with a great deal of atmosphere particularly in the spacious and splendid lobby. My room was rather poky and the bed much smaller than I expected (probably the smallest I have ever had in a hotel). Some rooms are undoubtedly exposed to street noise due to the very central location. I was kept awake one night into the early hours by partying in the next room (presumably an effect of the hotel going downmarket) to which the reception was slow to respond despite several complaints. Otherwise staff were helpful. I can confirm the breakfast is excellent and varied and keeps one going for several hours of sightseeing - very welcome in Oslo.

Room Tip: Best to check re the actual size of both room and bed.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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ReservationManager, Manager at Hotel Bristol, responded to this review, 17 August 2012
Thank you for your review.
We rely on feedback for our guests to improve ourselves.
During the summer we will be ”soft renovating” many of our rooms, and if you should want to return to us we will be happy to provide you with one of these rooms. The same goes for providing you with a room facing the backyard. As we are centrally located, street noise can occur and our rooms facing the backyard are generally more quiet.
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Paget Parish, Bermuda
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

We had two rooms at the Bristol, one facing inwards and the other facing the street. Unfortunately it was Saturday night and the Norwegians partied until 4 in the morning (it didn't help that this was our first night with big jetlag) with thumping noise coming in to the room. If you can see the tax rank outside of the room, beware. However Sunday night was fine.
The rooms were functional. The two twin room was much larger than the double one. There is no hair conditioner at the hotel if you rely on hotel toiletry like me. The hand wash and shampoo were L'Occitane in large dispensers.
As noted by others good breakfast.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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ReservationManager, Manager at Hotel Bristol, responded to this review, 17 August 2012
Thank you very much for your feedback.
As Hotel Bristol is situated in the middle of Oslo, some street noise can occur, and during weekends the streets can get quite busy.
If you choose to return to Hotel Bristol, we will be happy to provide you with a room facing the backyard which is generally more quiet than rooms facing the street.
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Property: Hotel Bristol
Address: Kristian IVs Gate 7, Oslo 0164, Norway
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 ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Oslo
#5 Family Hotel in Oslo
#5 Business Hotel in Oslo
#7 Romantic Hotel in Oslo
#9 Luxury Hotel in Oslo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Bristol 4*
Number of rooms: 251
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Bristol is located in the heart of Oslo city centre. It is only a short walk from the hotel to shopping opportunities, Oslo's main street Karl Johans gate, the Royal Palace, museums and the waterfront area Aker Brygge and most of Oslo's other attractions. ... more   less 
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