Everyone by now knows of the high cost of visiting Norway, $50 pizzas, etc. But this hotel makes it possible to live well on a something that approaches a budget level. Yes, the rooms are relatively expensive, but they are fairly new (I think they were done in 2009). More to the point, for the room cost you get a magnificent feast for breakfast and a lighter feast for supper. The breakfast spread includes everything you can imagine, and is located in what is a restaurant connected to the hotel on the ground floor. Four kinds of eggs - scrambled, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, fried, not to mention omlettes to order. Two kinds of salmon, a half-dozen cheeses, fruit, juices, etc. You get the point.
The evening supper usually consists of one hot dish, for example, poached Norwegian salmon and potatoes with gravy. In addition, there are cheeses and sausage and a wonderful Norwegian rye bread, and some other cold items. Wine or beer might cost another $15 or so, but that is optional. The meal is served on the seventh floor in the "Lounge," and that lounge expands up to an upper level covered deck with several tables, and an indoor area on that level as well. When we were there, this supper kingdom was presided over by a young woman by the name of Edom, whose energy and friendliness was infectious. She spoke not only very good English, but also Norwegian, Eritrean, Amharic and Arabic. She is a jewel, and if you get a chance, engage her in conversation when she's not in motion, and you will be impressed. She is an outstanding human asset to this hotel.
The rest of the staff, especially the front desk is also excellent. We had several opportunities to use their expertise, especially Erik Lars, and the experience was always good. Their knowledge of English was excellent, since we speak no Norwegian. We arrived about 11:00 AM, thinking we would have to park our baggage and wait until much later for our room. In fact, a room was found for us, on the third floor, overlooking the street in front of the hotel. Not a prime location, we thought, but as it turned out, it was excellent. The room was clean and modern. It was comfortable. The lack of drawer space was the only drawback. This building was built in the 1930's, and became the Oslo opera house in the 1950's until about 2004. The stairs reminded us a lot of the stairs at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City - wide and carpeted in red.
This hotel is a tremendous value in an expensive city, and I wouldn't hesitate in a moment to return to it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer complimentary breakfast buffet and free WiFi included in the price. You will also see that we offer fresh fruit, coffee and tea all day long in the reception area, afternoon waffles or homemade pastries and a light evening meal served in our 7th floor lounge, this also has a nice adjoining room-top terrace. If you want to work-out you are free to use our well-equipped gym. The hotel is situated within walking distance from the Airport Express train, the central station, shops and restaurants.Our entrance is inside the Folketeateret passage were you will also find several restaurants and a theatre. ... more less
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