Do not hesitate to book this hotel - I did after reading some of the reviews here, but as soon as I walked into the spectacular old lobby, I wondered where the negative reviews came from. The Hotel Bristol is the perfect place for a break in Oslo.
The lobby is the perfect place to unwind with a drink after a day's sightseeing, and our room was a good size, clean and quiet (after reading some reviews, I emailed before arriving requesting a quiet room). The best part of the stay was the buffet breakfast, which was by far the best I have ever had in any European hotel - the selection was outstanding, and it was a welcome relief in a country where eating in restaurants is so expensive.
The hotel is in a perfect location, just off Karl Johans Gate, which is surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants, and the ultra trendy Aker Brygge harbour area (thoroughly recommended for food/drinks) is a 5-minute walk. The hotel is perfect for gay travellers as the 3 gay bars of Oslo are a few doors away. All I'll say about Norwegian prices is believe what you read (I went thinking they'd be similar to those in Sweden/Denmark - they're way higher!). You will pay €10 on average for a pint/bottle of beer or glass of wine (finding a good bottle of wine below €40 in any restaurant was the most frustrating part).
As for sightseeing, we really enjoyed Vigeland Park and viewing 'The Scream' at the Munch Museum. The Viking Museum is also worth the trip, but only if you have the time. Oslo has a great transport system, so most sights are a quick trip away. If you're looking (or willing to pay crazily) to shop, Bogstadveien (near Vigeland) had great shops away from the main ones along Karl Johans Gate.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bristol Hotel Oslo