It would be hard to find better value accommodation in central Oslo, particularly if you book ahead. We booked about 10 weeks in advance and got a rate of 420Kr per night – cheaper than 2 beds in a hostel dorm!
The Comfort Xpress is a pleasant, modern hotel with good facilities overall, but a few quirks that might annoy those who aren’t used to low-budget travel.
The décor is fresh and contemporary, if maybe a little bit ‘corporate-trying-to-be-cool’: there are different murals and funny signs everywhere, a muddle of retro furniture in the basement, and pinball machines in reception. There’s a nice roof terrace on the 9th floor (which isn’t advertised downstairs but is worth seeking out if it’s sunny!).
The room itself was more conservatively decorated but still modern; it was bigger than I expected with a large TV, hanging space (no wardrobes or drawers), and a good bathroom with hairdryer, shaver point, magnifying mirror, etc. The air con wasn’t working but the windows opened fully – phew! Everything was spotless, but bear in mind that rooms are cleaned and towels are changed every 4 days, not daily (unless you pay extra).
Tea and coffee are free 24 hours, there is free wifi (weak in our room, strong in the lobby), and you can buy alcohol and a wide range of snacks (including breakfast-appropriate ones) at reception.
There is a basic ‘kitchen’ which would disappoint seasoned hostel-users, being essentially just a cold water fountain, kettle, microwave and fridge (come on guys, give us a sink and a toaster at least!). It does make it easier to eat on a budget though.
Oh and one great extra – as we left on a Sunday, we got 6pm checkout, free. A must if you plan on getting involved in the Saturday nightlife – Oslo parties LATE.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfor Hotel Xpress Youngstorget. Opened 2011. Youngstorget, Oslo. Budget hotel. Small rooms. Plenty of attitide, low rates & love. ... more less
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