Reviews for Anker Hostel differ wildly on Trip Advisor and on HostelWorld. In my opinion, this hostel is good if you tip up in the evening, go straight to sleep, get out early, and try not to open your eyes much in the meantime.
The hostel is situated in a threatening and unpleasant district of Oslo - its location doesn't do justice to what can be a pretty city, if you explore it enough. Get a tram or a bus from the train station to the stop just outside the hostel; don't walk it. Roadwork was being done while I was there and this just added to the unsavoury edge of the district.
The hostel's lobby is a sociable place, with a large plasma television. I didn't spend much time there though, as it was very loud and boisterous. This is an unfriendly hostel, both in terms of staff and general atmosphere. On more than one occasion the staff were actively rude to me.
There are no lockers in the room, and the heat can get stifling if you leave the windows closed; open them, however, and you are treated to the wailing of sirens.
On the plus side, this hostel is very close to the main station. The rooms are large and spacious, and most (if not all) come with an ensuite shower and toilet. Most also come with a kitchenette, though as other reviewers have pointed out - no utensils. 'Anker Hostel' is pricey, but then so is everything else in Norway. This is the cheapest hostel in the centre of town - my advice would be to find a nice guesthouse out of the city and get public transport in. Nicer, cheaper, and you don't have to stay here.
I'd recommend this hostel to those only coming to Oslo for one night, or groups of four. If you're in such a group you could book out a room, hole up with your ensuite and kitchenette, and never have to talk to anyone else. Perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anker Hostel is a modern hostel situated in the center of Oslo.8 minutes walking distance from Oslo central station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anker Hotel Oslo