The hotel is located near the harbour and the new opera house. It took us about 5 or 6 minutes to walk there from the train station - although the pavements have quite a camber, which makes wheeling large suitcases not the easiest of tasks! There are also T-bane, tram and bus stops not very far away.
There are plenty of shops, restaurants, cafés and places of interest within easy reach but you may also want realise that this appears to be something of a red light district. Each evening, we spotted several prostitutes, plying their trade along the street. Having said that, the area never felt particularly unsafe.
The building itself is really nice and we loved the smart, chic décor. Reception staff were always very helpful indeed.
Our room was spacious but the bathroom was absolutely tiny. Everything was crammed inside and the corner shower had two folding doors which you had to fold inwards in order to use the basin or toilet. There was very little shelf spaces for toiletries and the lighting was abysmal. (Why do hotel room designers so often not realise that decent lighting is important for shaving, putting on makeup, etc?)
Otherwise, we loved the main bedroom. It was beautifully decorated and very comfortable, as were the beds themselves. An ironing board and iron were included, as well as a decent-sized 'fridge (empty, so you have plenty of room to pop in your own drinks, sandwiches and cakes).
A multitude of plug sockets meant that we had plenty of choice when using a hairdryer or charging up our phones. In fact, I've never seen an hotel room with so many sockets - excellent! One problem, though, was that the master light switch at the bedside didn't just switch off the lights in the room but also cut power to the sockets. We only found this out when we awoke one morning to uncharged phones.
The view from our 8th floor window was of a brick wall and roof. However, I had requested a quiet room and this certainly did fit the bill admirably. Given the choice between a good view and a peaceful night's sleep, we'd choose the sleep anytime! It really was nice and quiet, especially for a city centre hotel.
As is normal for Clarion Collection hotels, complimentary breakfast and dinner buffets, waffle time and water/hot drinks are provided. It was good to find locally made butter available at breakfast and we were delighted to discover that they have 2 double waffle makers for use during waffle time (cuts down queueing time and great for couples and families).
One other point I should make is that you need to use the keycard to lock as well as to open the room door. We'd never come across this before and it was fine once we realised that this was necessary.
This is a very nice hotel, with a few quirks, which we feel provides good value in Oslo. We'd be happy to stay there again - although a larger bathroom would be a big improvement!
- 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