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Anker Apartment
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Travelling with two other women (early 20s, From the UK) we thought we'd take the cheaper option and stay at Anker Apartments rather than fork over the extra money for the Anker hostel in the city centre. Stayed in a female only 20 person dorm room. One of us scored a lower bunk but the other two slept up top, with no safety railings! Makes for a stressful nights sleep hoping you don't roll off the sides. The lights were almost never on, and talking appeared forbidden, both day and night due to respecting the 'day sleeper' sign on the door. Which would normally be ok, as we would just use the common areas to talk in, however the only common spaces were the kitchen, or a downstairs area with couches in the lobby. Obviously this arrangement is useless at night because you ideally want to hang out in your bed clothes on a couch near your room to talk, not downstairs, past security in a public space. The other negative this faced us with was the men staying in the hostel, obviously this is not the fault of Anker apartments in any way, but as a group of women travelling together the constant staring and hitting on us got VERY frustrating, it just made our skin crawl, we would have like to have retreated to our dorm to get away from the creeps but it meant we couldn't talk together. Security is reasonably good, you need a security pass to get into the stairway, then again into the corridor to your floor, then again to get into your room and the kitchen (which be warned closes between 9-10, from my memory depending in the day, so cook food early). The lockers available were in the lobby, in an area Accessible to the public (not a good idea, even with locks) so we decided to just lock our suitcases up in the room instead, we had no problems with this, our valuables remained untouched and everyone in the dorm was very conscious to make sure the door was always closed behind them, locking the security lock again.

Beyond this the staff were extremely helpful, the wait sometimes to speak with them was a bit long but this was only because they were very busy. Everything was quite clean, although the whole place upstairs (where the dorms are) looked like a hospital, not a decorative touch to be seen and they offered female only toilet/shower rooms as well as shared rooms. The showers were in separate lockable cubicles, with hooks on the wall to keep your clothes dry. You could hire hair dryers from reception too which was a god send! The shop attached to the lobby was reasonably priced for Oslo (which is still expensive) and we found that hiring a kitchen box from reception meant we could cook a decent meal without needing to take out a bank loan to afford to eat (just remember to have cash on hand, we paid the security deposit in euro left over from our time in Germany, because we had no Norwegian money on us).

The only thing we wished we'd known about Oslo is the area the apartments were in, we could walk to the city centre in 25 mins, or take a bus in 10 mins (to avoid the following situation, we would recommend the bus!) . But for the first 10-15 mins (or until you reach the river that runs through the city) you're walking through the 'bad' side of town, we were constantly approached by beggars and had to give a wide birth to the countless drug effected people, walking down the street. We chose to bring only one camera between the 3 of us and only traveled with the essentials in our wallets for fear of getting pick pocketed (unfortunately we found one of us had our phone stolen from our pocket by a group of gypsy-ish looking teenagers, who cleverly bumped into us and apologised quite profusely as one of them lifted the only thing of value easily within reach). On the other side of the river Oslo is charming and offers a multitude of things to do!

Next time we will opt to pay the extra money and stay at the Anker hostel, in a private room. The Anker staff were lovely, so staying with the company again would be no issue, it was mostly just the area that bought the whole experience down.

Room Tip: Private rooms recommended over large dorms (to avoid have to sleep on a rail-less top bunk) , female only rooms for women travelling alone is highly recommend.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Grace J
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Reviewed 12 March 2014 via mobile

I liked this place even though the 30-bed-common dorm was so packed that we decided paying extra money to be transferred to a private room after we'd walked the door. The other two dorms were being remodeled so that everyone was squeezed in one.

A part from this, it's a great hostel: super clean, modern, with every facility you need and run by easy going chatty youngsters!

The location is great: quite area, bus/tram stops just round the corner or 5mins walking!

Stayed: February 2014
Thank Beatrice C
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Reviewed 11 March 2014 via mobile

When ordering, you are not informed until after receiving booking confirmation. The receptionists we met were also unfriendly and rude. Rooms were not properly cleaned, but the beds were ok and comfortable enough. Plenty of good alternatives - so stay away!

Stayed: February 2014
4  Thank JFP19
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

I stayed in one of the larger dorms (20 beds I think). The beds are comfortable, and the linen is fresh and clean. The top bunks only have a rail on one side, which is a little worrying. The beds are quite shaky when climbing up and down. The biggest problem I had was that with that many people, everyone kept different hours, so we'd have the bright fluorescent lights on well past midnight each night, and they'd be off most of the day. Getting organised in the dark every day gets old quickly. Everywhere was spotlessly clean, which was nice. Showers are great. Kitchen facilities are lacking - there isn't even a kettle! To get any cooking utensils, mugs, bowls, cutlery etc. you had to go down to reception, give a 100NOK deposit for a crate of kitchen gear and return it within 3 hours (though I did manage to get just a bowl and spoon from reception in the mornings). As someone who just wants a cup of tea every now and again, this drove me crazy. The common area downstairs is huge, with TVs, couches, and often music. However, it was so massive that everyone kind of keeps to themselves. It was pretty difficult to meet like-minded backpackers in this hostel, as a good portion of people were actually living there. Staff are generally helpful and friendly. As a backpacker, I wouldn't stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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1  Thank alicewendy
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Fairly expensive by hostel standards, but dirt cheap by Oslo standards. This is the best choice for budget-conscious travelers exploring Norway’s capital. The location isn’t bad - close to a bust stop (everything in Oslo is, though) or a short 15 minute walk from the city. There’s a convenience store attached to the hostel that sells all the essentials at reasonable (by Oslo standards) prices and is open 18 hours a day. You’ll be charged extra for towels and linens, which is annoying, but they’re up front about it at least. I stayed in a 30 bunk dorm room. The beds weren’t packed in tight and it was well ventilated, but there was definitely a shortage of power outlets. Downstairs in the lobby there are more outlets, along with cute furniture and a couple flat screen TVs, and wireless internet throughout the building makes it easy to stay connected. The internet extends to the rooms, which is nice.
There are lockers available, but they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the larger ones go fast. Don’t plan on being able to store more than a laptop and tablet. Locks are not provided, but are sold, at a fairly steep price. There is a nice kitchen facility available upstairs free of charge, though their is a small deposit for use of kitchen equipment.
Overall the hostel is clean and modern. It isn’t extraordinary, but it’s a nice budget option for Oslo. It would be nice if they didn’t charge for linens and towels, and provided locks for the lockers for a deposit only, like many hostels do, and the location isn’t in the city center, but it’s nice all the same. It’s pretty easy to recommend Anker Apartment to the most budget-minded travelers.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
3  Thank NDM_13
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