Harald's great smile in reception was a wonderful welcome.
The FlyTo express train from the airport is EXCELLENT (take note Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted expresses!!).
We were given room 211. It is a Jr Suite and they had upgraded us for our anniversary. The room was big (sofa and two armchairs in it) but it was very dark. We called it "the cave". Would probably be better in winter, when it will feel cozier. But as we had beautiful weather in August, it would have been lovely to have a big window with plenty of light when we arrived back early, exhausted from sightseeing.
The bathroom had a jacuzzi bath we didn't use and a GREAT shower we would have taken back to London and that we both used twice a day. Truly wonderful. Hotel provides bathrobes (no slippers).
Storage space was extremely limited for the size of the room, taken up by the fridge located inside it. No drawers and just one high shelf.
Large bed was articulated, with individual electric controls. Comfy.
Room was very clean but space between curtains and window smelt mouldy.
Lighting was excellent in the bathroom but moody in the bedroom. I would have liked stronger light to read in bed.
Location is very central, you can really roll your luggage to the train Station.
The fact that the hotel offers a free buffet at dinner is certainly a BIG draw as Oslo is astoundingly expensive: a simple lunch of two smoked salmon open sandwiches, two cakes, one beer and one coke at Vigeland Park cost us £75 (the cakes were yummy, though). The hotel food varied enormously from one day to another, some days really good, others just "sustenance". Difficult to rate on that point. Staff were wonderful all the time.
We were really tempted to go for a swimm when we went to the islands, but no towels. It would be great if the hotel offered to let you use theirs as it is not something you would ever pack in a suitcase! (we forgot to ask).
Last thing: the Oslo Pass is a must for the health of your wallet if you go sightseeing. Paying individually is far more expensive.
All in all, I've never felt more "at home" in any hotel. As soon as Norway gets cheaper, we'll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotellet er inspirert av engelske boutiquehotell og legger vekt på å skape en hjemmekoselig stemning for deg som gjest.Med fyr på peisen ønskes du velkommen til vår spisestue, hvor du også kan Afternoon tea,kveldsmat og frokost - uten tillegg i prisen. Rommene som var nyoppusset sommeren 2009 er gjennomført i en trendy,boutique-stil, mens deluxe-fløyen holdes i en engelsk kolonistil. Noen av rommene har utsikt over det nye Operahuset og havneområdet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Collection Bastion
- Clarion Collection Oslo