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Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion
Ranked #17 of 100 Hotels in Oslo
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

This was a great find in Oslo. I'm all about walking cities and even though Oslo is not really walkable in a day, there was a lot to see just around the hotel from the Opera house, to an old fort and tons of museums. The rooms were nice, but perhaps small for American Standards, but really, how much time do you spend in the room anyway? The bathroom was really interesting because the shower folded out. I thought it was kinda creepy at first, but after a while it grew on me. The most impressive thing about this hotel was the service. My friend and I arrived late at night and Christian checked us in. He offered us a sandwich, which took us both by surprise so we said yes to see what it was all about and about 5 minutes later here he comes with 2 fresh sandwiches. It was so nice after traveling to get there to have a quick bite to eat. He was able to give us a ton of recommendations and was super friendly each time we saw him afterwards. The rest of the staff was equally as friendly, even including the cleaning staff who said hello and good morning to me each day. The fact that they provided breakfast, lunch and dinner made the room rate even more appealing. We didn't have to spend a dime on food outside the hotel and as you may know, food in Oslo is not cheap! Just keep in mind though, when they say waffles for lunch, they mean make your own crepes, not American style waffles.I had no complaints about this hotel and would certainly visit again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Pernille C, Front Office Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion, responded to this review, 24 January 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to rate review us at tripadvisor.
We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed Oslo, and our hotel.
I will let our staff know how pleased you where, especially Christian.


Hope you come back and visite us again soon!

Kind regards,
Tonje
Front Office Manager
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Good good good good very gooooooooooooood. I really recommend this place really goooooooooooood. Very friendly staff and hotel has a vintage look. ',.,.,.,.,.,.l.."....,.,.,.,....l.....my first time to Norway and I'm glad I lived here.





  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Pernille C, Front Office Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion, responded to this review, 24 January 2014
Hi Ajesh,

Thank you for your recomendation of Bastion.
Hope you come back and visite us soon!

Have a great weekend!

Kind regards,
Tonje
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

Spent three nights here on a long weekend trip. Our experience staying at this hotel was one the best we've had in visting more than 25 countries in the past 2+years. From checking in late to our early morning checkout we felt at home and it really made our trip to Oslo special. As a family of four, we are budget minded travelers so I can't speak to high end hotels but this was easily the best experience we've had in a long time.

The good

- The staff were all fantastic and were always ready to help. This includes everyone we met from the front desk folks to the staff working the breakfast buffett to the guy who helped when we had a minor issue with the bathtub leaking. The young lady working when we arrived around 10 pm was extremely kind and even put us in a bigger room when she saw that we had teenage children rather than keep us in the single 'family' room we originally had reserved. This itself made our stay better as we had what amounted to ajoining rooms with a shared bathroom between them. Another of the front desk staff was very helpful in suggesting an alternate tour company when our planned tour fell through.

- The food. Included in the cost of the hotel was the buffet breakfast, afternoon pancakes, and an evening light dinner plus coffee/tea all day long. The breakfast buffett was very, veryy good with a wide variety of things to choose from including pastries, make your own eggs, crepes, fruit, bacon, sausages, etc. A hearty breakfast went a long way in a city that has some expensive food costs. Our kids really liked the make your own pancakes in the afternoon after walking around the city for hours. There was also the 'light dinner' offered each evening although we didn't try it while staying there. We did see others eating and it looked good with an entree type item and a soup.

-The location. We felt like the location only added to the value of this hotel. It is a five minute walk from the train station and about 15 minutes from the bus station and the city hall. Plus it is only about 5 minutes from the Opera house. Oslo is one of the few cities we have been in that the area around the stations felt as safe as anywhere else we were in town so it was no problem at all to walk to/from the hotel to the train station to catch our ride.

-The room. We had a room(s) on the 6th floor and it was very nice with a view out of front of the building. It was quiet with no road noise and although we a occasional person in the hallway going to/from the elevator it was not an issue. We did have one minor issue with the bathtub leaking when a tub of water was drained it only happened once and it was quickly cleaned up. The bathroom floor was also heated which was a nice addition.

The not so good

- I can't think of anything... As I said before, it really made our trip enjoyable.

Bottom line: We would stay here again and would recommend it to anyone thinking about going to Oslo.

Room Tip: Rooms in the front of the hotel had a good view. Rooms near the elevator may be noiser. Higher flo...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Pernille C, Front Office Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion, responded to this review, 27 January 2014
Google Translation
Hei!

Tusen takk for din faktastiske omtale av hotel Bastion!
Det gleder oss å høre at dere hadde et så fint opphold hos oss.
Vi gjør vårt ytterste for at dere skal ha det fint og føle dere som hjemme, og jeg blir veldig stolt når jeg hører dere hadde et fint opphold, og ikke minst at dere satt så pris på personalets innsats-dette skal jeg fortelle dem.

Håper virkelig dere komemr tilbake snart! Dere er hjertelig velkommen:)

Mvh
Tonje
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

I had a very cramped room with a small en-suite shower. I was traveling solo, and had my wife been with me, it would have been a real squeeze. The lighting was poor, with no additional lighting over the work desk, and so the room layout was poor, and not practical. There were very few electrical sockets for charging smart phones or computers. There was no courtesy tray. The wash basin was lacking a plug, and hence this was also a nuisance, and lots of water was wasted. On the positive side, reception staff were helpful, but there could be longish waits, a free evening meal (or sandwich if you arrive late) is provided, and breakfast is included in the room rate. The self selection at breakfast was reasonable, but the tables when you finished were cleared very slowly, and hence it was unsatisfactory, and incoming guests often had to clear their own tables before they could start their breakfast. More staff were desperately needed. The other positive was that the charge for a Central Oslo Hotel were more reasonable than many others.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

We arrived around 7pm and were glad to be told to help ourselves to the evening meal once we were checked in. Check in very quick, no issues. We had a room on the 7th floor but unfortunately as we had a room at the back of the hotel this meant we had no view and also a ridiculously small room and bathroom. Hotel room very well decorated, beautiful boutique décor and also very clean.
Breakfast was varied, lots of choice and plenty for everyone although not enough seating so often cramped and not a pleasant experience trying to squeeze past people.
Afternoon pancakes were a lovely treat, something to look forward to after a day out in the cold with hot drinks available all day. Only problem was that, probably due to the size of the room, no tea/coffee making facilities in the room we had.
Evening buffet was far better than expected having read previous reviews. There was a choice of soup, bread, a hot main such as pasta or chilli and a fish dish e.g. prawns or tuna to go with a large salad choice. This was followed by a cake and cream dessert and cheese and crackers. How anyone can fault this food is beyond me, there is a great variety of fresh and healthy food available at both breakfast and evening meal times.
The hotel is very central with all main attractions, such as the Opera House and Fjord Cruise, within walking distance. Once it goes dark you do see a lot of 'undesirable' people around the area, such as sex workers, homeless people, drug addicts and kerb crawlers, however I feel that this is not a reflection on the hotel as once inside you felt completely oblivious to what was going on outside. Also, this is a city centre hotel where I would not be surprised to see homeless people, in whatever city I was visiting. There is also building work going on in the area however there is a lot of regeneration work being done around the Fjord area so this did not bother us.
I really enjoyed staying here and intend to stay at Clarion hotels in the future - highly recommended, just ensure that you ask for a bigger room when checking in!

Room Tip: Previous feedback from the hotel seems to recommend rooms at the front of the hotel if you want a bi...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

The staffs are helpful and friendly. We enjoy our sumptuous breakfast and dinner buffet which did helped us save on our meals in such an expensive city. There is DIY pancake making session for tea break and loves their coffee/teas/hot chocolate section especially during the cold weather. However, the room is small. With the chair unable to move in the writing table, it makes lesser room for movement. The hair dryer is not working but love the bathroom heated floor. Overall, good stay and worth the money.

Room Tip: Room facing the Oslo Church at level 7 is small.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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Property: 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:
#1 Green Hotel in Oslo
#7 Business Hotel in Oslo
#9 Family Hotel in Oslo
#9 Romantic Hotel in Oslo
#11 Luxury Hotel in Oslo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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