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Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion
Ranked #19 of 102 Hotels in Oslo
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Reviewed 31 October 2013 via mobile

As Oslo is an expensive place, I was looking for a central hotel which was good value, but was also stylish. This hotel ticks all the boxes! The best part about this hotel is the free afternoon self-made pancakes and free evening meal. When I visited the evening meal was soup and bread, chicken and rice and salad as well as cake or cheese and biscuits. The breakfast isn't bad either. The rooms are small but nicely decorated and have everything you need. I was recommend this hotel and would stay here again.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2013 via mobile

Everything that has been written positively about the hotel we found too. Yes rooms are small - but plenty big enough and well furnished in boutique style. The staff are very helpful and polite. The food is very convenient and of a good-high standard. Pancake making was a treat after lots of walking. The area - felt safe, but yes, I did see a homeless person - it's a central city hotel and therefore I don't think this is surprising. This hotel is not 5 star - but it doesn't say it is. It delivers in every respect that it needs to. I have been to 5 star with far less nice staff for example. A perfectly pleasant stay and would recommend.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

I selected this hotel based on reviews by other travelers. It lived up to most of its expectations. It is a small hotel (I think about 99 rooms) in a good location near one of the many harbors and walking distance from central Oslo and the central train station. My room (I travel alone) was, as my British friends would say, now big enough to swing a cat but it was comfortable and I did have a nice balcony with seating and a table. The room had all of the things you expect except coffee/tea making facilities, although those things are always available in the lobby 24/7. There was little room to squeeze between the desk and the bed to get to the balcony and that could be eased by changing the desk chair for one that would roll under the desk. There was adequate closet space for one and a nice minibar for storage. The bathroom floor is heated which is great and the bathroom itself is fine....not great, but fine. There was always plenty of hot water in the shower and the water pressure is very good. The hotel included breakfast and a buffet dinner every evening in addition to make your own pancakes from 3-6pm every day. This is really nice in a city where everything is expensive. The staff of the hotel is very friendly and helpful but I cannot complete my review without specifically complimenting Malin who was working at the front desk during much of my stay. She is professional, helpful and always willing to help or just have a friendly conversation. Staff like Malin makes a stay in a new place even more special.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

OK rooms, bed, food and service. Low price. Very good value. Close to Oslo centre og train station. Would stay there again. Have a godd trip to Oslo and Norway. This is the end of this review, but I have to submit 200 characters.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

From the street, the Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion looked unexceptional -- except for a small table with a bowl, and two chairs, sitting on the footpath. I am sure this was a metaphor because, once through the door, we found a welcome-mat with the slogan, ‘We’ve been waiting for you.’ This is a hotel that takes hospitality very seriously.
At the Reception desk, a very congenial gentleman, told us about the hotel, … about breakfast and dinner times, and about regular pancake-making sessions. Within half an hour of arriving, we were in the dining-room, making pancakes -- with cream and berry jam – and drinking the (on demand) coffee (from a coffee-machine).
Our room was large, with a comfortable double-bed (something that seems to be a Scandinavian rarity), comfortable lounge-chairs, a writing desk. And a window through which we had a view of Havnelargeret: always interesting, this large square-windowed building, a mixture of neo-Baroque, classical and Art nouveau architectural styles, it was ninety years ago the largest concrete building in Europe. Throughout the hotel there is tastefully scattered an eclectic collection of artworks and artefacts, there is always something to capture your interest.
The buffets, morning and evening, are generous and varied, a mixture of Scandinavian and world-conventional dishes: from pickled herring and rye bread to bacon and eggs.
The staff, on Reception, in the Dining room, are dedicated and very friendly, accommodating and helpful.
This is a hotel that, you feel, is based on – and true to – the ideals of service to its guests.
It is almost worth returning to Oslo just to stay in the Clarion Collection Bastion Hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

All of the people here where very helpful. The hotel has hospital type beds (without the rails) that makes it really easy to read in bed. My side was not working and I told reception when we went out and a couple of hours later someone was in the room fixing it. The food is very good and evening buffet is entirely adequate. This is a considerable savings in a very expensive city. Also in the late afternoon there is a grill where you can make pancakes. There is a free 24hr. coffee/espresso machine in the lobby.

The hotel is an easy five minute walk to the opera house and less than ten minutes walking to the central station with trains to all points in Norway and fast trains to the airport. It is also a short walk to the old town and the harbor for the public ferries and it is close a tram line.

The immediate area of the hotel is not too cherry and, as others have pointed out, you will see prostitutes in the evening. Despite that we never felt unsafe walking around at night.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Really great breakfast and evening buffets and good location - the reasons why I am choosing Clarion hotels in Oslo (usually I am staying at Savoy). Friendly staff. Close to public transport.
The rooms are small but my requirements for business trip are clean room, comfortable bed, hot shower, good food - this is ensured.
One thing about I felt uncomfortable - I went out in the evening and did not felt very safe on the street. I do not recommend this area for evening walks.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion

Address: Skippergata 7, Oslo 0152, Norway
Region: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Oslo
#7 Business Hotel in Oslo
#9 Romantic Hotel in Oslo
#9 Family Hotel in Oslo
#12 Luxury Hotel in Oslo
Price Range: £114 - £215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion 4*
Number of rooms: 99
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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