Went for a girlie weekend 29-31 October 2010 (Fri-Sun). We knew Oslo would be expensive so I looked for ages on TA for a good value hotel and found it! The Hotel is not in the best of areas but if it were, it would be much more expensive than it is. We never once felt threatened or had any hassle going in and out at any time.
There were three of us and we had Room 304 overlooking the front of the hotel which was rather noisy on the Friday night due to a nightclub that went on till 4am ish and there is also building works being carried out opposite the hotel so, with hindsight, we should have asked for a room at the back but we kept the windows shut which muffled it a bit. But you have to remember, you are in a city and noise is all part of the city experience.
We had 2 single beds and a camp bed - the single beds were extremely comfy and were electric! The pillows were not good at all - way too soft. My friend said the camp bed was very comfy too. The room wasnt huge but perfectly adequate for a short stay and immaculately clean with very modern but tasteful decor and a nice laminate/wooden floor - I HATE carpets in hotels so this was great. The bathroom had no bath, just a shower and was rather compact but again, perfectly adequate and super clean. The shower was really powerful and we had plenty of hot water for 3 showers in a row. No freebie toiletries just soap and shower gel from a dispenser on the wall but I had forgotten my toothbrush and the receptionist kindly gave me a travel one with a tiny tube of toothpaste which was nice.
As others have said, and this is the main reason I chose this hotel, the food and service was way above the rating of the hotel. They use all organic food and the breakfast was a delight! Everything was fresh and beautifully laid out. The eggs were delicious and you could cook your own on a hotplate if you wanted but there was scrambled egg in a dish ready along with bacon, sausages and beans. There was lovely fresh bread and you could make your own toast with good quality fresh butter (hate little packs of marg stuff) . There was a coffee/tea/hot chocolate machine that was very good and a machine dispensing orange or apple juice. Cereals, fruit, yoghurt, cold meats and cheeses, salad - everything you could want! Also, they provide complimentary tea/coffee and water as well as a fruit basket in the hotel reception area all day. Oh, and you MUST make your own pancakes (3-6pm) - between breakfast, pancakes in the afternoon and the very acceptable complimentary evening buffet, we hardly spent a penny on food outside the hotel the whole time we were there! Two of us are veggies and we found plenty of choice.
I have to say that from the moment we walked in (we arrived around midnight) we just felt so welcome - we were offered a sandwich which was very nice after a long journey and ALL the staff, even the cleaners, were friendly, smiling and couldn't do enough for you - nothing was a bother. We sat in the lounge one evening and watched tv and felt right at home. There is also a lovely wood-burning fire next to the dining area which made it feel cosy. The decor of the hotel is really lovely too. The whole place exceeded our expectations and I really believe a lot of that is down to the high level of service from all the staff - the place runs like clock-work.
So, thanks to all the staff at Clarion Bastion for a fabulous stay and I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a clean, comfortable, cosy hotel with good food, character and exceptional service.
- 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