We stayed for three nights at this so-called Design Hotel, and were slightly disappointed on the stay.
It all starts at the promises made on the website: recently renovated Winter Lounge Rooms, B&O televisions, a rooftop terrace open until the end of September.
However, when we arrived there the first room we got, was all but renovated: although nicely cleaned, it seemed like it already had quite some hard times. It took us some persistence at the reception to get another room (first they stated not all these room were renovated - we off course had already discovered that). The second room was a lot better, although not located to a quiet street, as they state, but with a very close view to another building. We decided to stay in that room because they made the effort to switch us.
B&O televisions is not entirely true either: it seems they are currently replaced by LG ones, which have a rather lower image quality, if you ask me.
The beds on the other hand are truly fantastic. These Jensen beds really are amazing. It was great sleeping in them. A pity the rooms are not really sound proof: we could hear the high heels from upstairs, and the vacuum cleaning in the hallway very well.
The breakfast was fantastic though, with great choice, high quality food & energy drinks. The staff at this point was very helpful and engaged.
The rooftop terrace (Q Lounge), which is stated on their website was closed too. I can understand it's not open on rainy days, but we had three days of great dry weather in Oslo, and it didn't open one of these days. We didn't really ask, but I think the restaurant linked to the hotel was closed every evening too.
The neighborhood of the hotel is great during the day: close to the city, practically next to the Architecture Museum (a must do!) and the contemporary arts museum. However, at night it becomes a popular street for prostitutes, which makes walking up to your car (at a nearby but expensive car park), an adventure as such.
All in all, it makes that this is an OK hotel (although labeling it 'Design' is overrated), but really too expensive for what it offers, definitely in September.
- Also Known As:
- 1st Hotel Grims Grenka
- First Hotel Oslo
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A few blocks off the bustling pedestrian thoroughfare of Karl Johans Gate, in the heart of central Oslo, rests the Grims Grenka - unabashedly modern, with a stark, art-gallery sensibility that hits guests from the minute they step inside the lobby. Presenting 65 sleekly-designed rooms on six floors, all with a patina of cool, with the characteristic Scandinavian twists like Jensen beds, frosted glass bathroom walls and waterfall shower heads and slick touches like mirrored walls. Be sure to take advantage of the delicious buffet breakfast offered each morning. Smoked Norwegian salmon, herring and an assortment of cereals, breads and pastries providing enough fuel to get you through tours of Akershus Castle, the Royal Palace and the major museums - all of which are within walking distance from the hotel.Rounding out the property are the Nordic Raw Food restaurant MADU, and the hip adjacent Lobby Bar serving divine cocktails, as well as the awarded dazzling rooftop Q Lounge for those balmy Oslo summer nights. ... more less
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