For a Scandinavian hotel this is a refreshing break from the norm of small soulless rooms kitted out with ikea furniture- booked a deluxe room with "view"- was given a room that looked out onto an office building the obscured the fjord view; I rang down immediately to reception and expressed my disappointment and asked for another room; within minutes I was moved to a room that was billed as having one of the best rooms; it was good but only a person utterly lacking in perception would believe this - regardless the room was spacious, well laid out and floor to ceiling sliding glass doors overlooking the water partly obscured by the museum. Balcony was a nice feature as well.
Bathroom contained only a shower and the lay out of sliding door to shower and glass door to the toilet was a bit awkward - also the ten ton sliding bathroom door was awkward - all minor issues
The decor was plush without being cloying -
I didn't partake in many services such as the spa etc but the buffet breakfast was the best, most professionally run I have encountered in scandi hotels with plus 100 rooms- honestly this is where so many go so wrong; the service was prompt and impeccable; spotless dining area (it is new however so uncertain what it will look like in a years plus time) and the offerings were ample, varied and good.
The only short coming is also a blessing: it's a good 15-20 walk from the center of town and transport on the "island" is limited at present due to construction - walking is fine unless it's cold and rainy. That said - it's quiet at night and there are many good restaurants (some bad as well) and bars - the area is in development so in a few years it may be a bit over run - hard to tell.
Lastly - given the costs of hotel rooms on Scandinavia the Thief gives you a lot for your money by comparison - well worth getting one if the rooms with view on a higher floor
Go and enjoy - hopefully they won't succumb to the fade to gray syndrome and maintain their stellar standards - I would definitely return to thief.
One final word: transport from the airport was obscenely expensive - almost $300. Cabs are a bit cheaper but not much - the train isn't viable if you have luggage - spring for the car/driver pick up if you can as it set the stage for a seamless arrival to the hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stepping into THE THIEF is sure to rob you of something. Something familiar and shall we say, enslaving at times. And the thing is that the hotel is so good at it… that you might not notice until the end. You suddenly find yourself engaged in a world of new impressions: cutting-edge art, architecture and world-class gastronomy.And then it hits you, what’s been stolen from you…you haven’t had a single thought about your very long to-do list, the responsibilities at home, the everyday worries. ... more less
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