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“Good but not great”
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Hotel Bristol
Ranked #13 of 101 Hotels in Oslo
Certificate of Excellence
Reigate, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“Good but not great”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Apparently this hotel is well known among local for having some of the best hot chocolate in Oslo.

Plus points of this hotel include; the breakfast, the bar and the location (and small fitness room)

Down sides are that the rooms are slightly dated and need a bit of tlc.

Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

Normally on vacation we prefer staying at smaller, non chain hotels but I wanted to use some credit card points....For a large hotel there was a great deal of old school charm. The lobby and hotel bar were very welcoming and the breakfast buffet was huge! The room/bathroom was nothing special. Large by European standards. Great location! About a 7 min walk to the main train station and 5 min to the harbor.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

The short story:
Pros: The bar, the breakfast and the historic setting
Cons: Bathroom needed new tiles, no chance to open windows, touch sensitive minibars, small towels

I enjoy staying at hotels from time to time. Partly because I enjoy hotel breakfasts, and compared to other Norwegian hotel breakfasts, this one is up there among the best ones.
I also like to spend quality time pampering and there Bristol has some shortcomings. The towels are neither large nor fluffy. I get the "cheap'ish" feeling. which is a bit sad. Also, there were some loose tiles both on the floor and those surronding the tub. I liked their eco-friendly attitude from the aspect that they were having wall mounted bottles of shampoo and shower gel. A very good brand as well.

The hotel bar and the Library bar are some of mye favourite hotspots in Oslo. I have never ever tasted such a good hot chocolate and is bordering on an iconic status.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is a fabulous hotel, very historic and grand. The lobby is a great place to sit and enjoy coffee with friends. The rooms are very clean and comfortable but COLD. Of course you can turn the heating up but it take quite some time for this to take effect in large rooms with high ceilings - it took in fact until the next morning just before checkout.
The really great aspect of note to this hotel was the cocktail bar which was excellent - really friendly, helpful bar staff, knowledgeable and happy to make whatever you would like to drink. So leave the room and just sit and have a cocktail or two.
The location is excellent for both shopping and sight seeing, it is really in the centre of things. There is however a noisy pub nearby and unfortunately we arrived at the same time as a large group of very drunk and very noisy football supporters - this of course is not the fault of the hotel, just bad luck.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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London, UK
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

The location is perfect for exploring Oslo. It's a 10 minute walk from Oslo central station if you take the express train. If you take the SAS bus from Gardemoen, the bus stop is right outside the hotel.

The lounge is comfortable, lots of chesterfield sofas and armchairs to sit on your own in groups. There is a pianist at certain times of the day. The rooms are nice, comfortable, clean and adequately sized. I put a note on my booking asking for a bathtub - and got it.

I had a double bed, but with two single duvets; as I has the bed to myself, I would have preferred a double duvet. there was a small table with two upholstered chairs in the room, a wardrobe (with shelves too) and an iron plus ironing board.

There was no kettle or any tea-making facilities in the room, nor was there are useable fridge. the only fridge was a mini-bar which would charge automatically if you moved anything.

Breakfast was included in my tariff, so I do not know the price. I do know, however, that it was a very good selection! There were cold meats, fish, cheeses, crudities. A selection of bread, cookies and pastries, waffles with All The Toppings and hot breakfast items on top of that. there were cards on the table that said if you needed anything else, ask the chef! Staff came round to pour coffee refills; that was a nice touch.

There were couple of areas where the hotel could improve. The gym/spa/wellbeing place is not accessible by lift (elevator). In order to get to the gym, you have to go to the third floor then take the stairs three floors down.

Some people might say taking the stairs to go exercise is no problem however, people with reduced mobility need there their exercise too! I suffer from chronic pain and after a couple of days of trying to use the gym, I gave up.

the gym itself was a disappointment too. it was a tiny space so all the machines are crammed together. There was a multi-use resistance machine that took up a lot of space but it was broken! The dumbbells were stowed in a corner and there was precious little floor space to do any free weights. The same went for the exercise mats, stored in another corner.

I would consider staying at Hotel Bristol again, for the location and the courteous staff but really, they need to fix the accessibility situation.

Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

From the moment we stepped into the lovely lobby to check in and heard the pleasant music from the Library Bar, the atmosphere at the Bristol was welcoming. Our accommodations were excellent with lovely toiletries, robes and slippers; the buffet breakfast offered so many choices as to be almost overwhelming with eggs, meats, fish, cheeses, yoghurts, juices, pastries and heart shaped waffles among them; the staff was professional but friendly--among the best I have encountered in my travels. Although some others have commented about no dinner options at the Bristol, both the Grille and the Library Bar (which is more like a lounge) serve dinners and were willing to change some recipes to accommodate my vegetarian tastes. I had specifically requested a street facing room since I like to see the city from my window, and I did not experience the noise that some complained of, even on Saturday night. The location was central and I could walk most places. Hotel Bristol you more than lived up to my expectations, and I had a wonderful week in Oslo. (Stayed from 29 October to 5 November 2013).

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

We spent September 1-5 at Thon Hotel Bristol in Oslo. Hotel Bristol is a very conveniently located, well maintained, older property with an excellent staff. The breakfast offering was terrific and the staff prepared a breakfast bag for us for our early departure one morning to visit the fjords. It's a hotel that caters to the frequent business traveler and tourist alike and was very accessible to areas/sites of interest, whether walking or using the train.

Thon Hotel Bristol deserves a 5 star rating.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Bristol
Address: Kristian IVs Gate 7, Oslo 0164, Norway
Region: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo
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:
#3 Spa Hotel in Oslo
#5 Business Hotel in Oslo
#5 Family Hotel in Oslo
#7 Romantic Hotel in Oslo
#10 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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