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Thon Hotel Cecil
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Stortingsgata 8 | Entrance Rosenkrantzgate, Oslo 0161, Norway (Sentrum)   |  
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Ranked #34 of 86 Hotels in Oslo
Maryland
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
“Good location, modern and very clean.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Thon Cecil is just 2 blocks from the waterfront in Oslo, and half a block from the Eidsvollsplass. Very centrally located, close to transport and sights in the downtown area. It is a modern hotel with good sized comfortable rooms(by European standards). The breakfast was excellent with many delicious fresh choices. We were on the second floor which is the same floor as the breakfast room which is in a large enclosed atrium with the hotel on one side and offices on the other. This made it easy to walk to breakfast but it also meant that we had to keep the curtains in our room closed to prevent breakfast goers from peering in. I would recommend a room on an upper floor. Also our window did not open, probably because it was beside the breakfast buffet and I noted rooms above the 2nd floor had windows that opened into the atrium. The staff were very helpful and the location was excellent.

Room Tip: Avoid the second floor so you can open your curtains and window.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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thonhotelcecil, General Manager at Thon Hotel Cecil, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Thank you very much for choosing Thon Hotel Cecil when staying in Oslo. Thon Hotel Cecil was fully renovated just over one year ago and all the rooms hold a high standard. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed our breakfast so much. Our large breakfast buffet has a wide selection of cold and hot dishes, corals and fruits. I hope to welcome you back next time travelling to Oslo.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Centered midway between Oslo S and Royal Fortress, this hotel has the perfect location. It's very close to Carl Johan, but located on a side street which makes it shielded from noise and stress. The staff is friendly, the rooms are modern furnished with comfy beds. Most windows are facing the artrium where the breakfast is servered, which is ok if you are not dependent on having the opportunity to open the window. Breakfast is good, and on weekends it's served until 11 am.
The only drawback was hair in the bathroom...
Ask for a room in the higher levels if you prefer to have some distance from the breakfast-area.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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thonhotelcecil, General Manager at Thon Hotel Cecil, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Thank you for choosing Thon Hotel Cecil! We are so happy to read that you enjoyed your stay so much. Your feedback has been given to housekeeping to pay more attention in the bath rooms. We hope to see you next time you are going to Oslo.
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

My vote is "4 stars" for the wonderful breakfast we found (with surprise) in this hotel.
The hotel, in itself, is a mean city hotel with no view (most of the rooms face the internal court).
The rooms and bathrooms are very "standard" and the reception staff is a little bit "absent" (at least in our case) for using the internal (underground) parking. They forgot to say some essential information to get in and get out of the parking and I have some trouble, solved with the help of other customers who knew the needed little "secrets"...

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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thonhotelcecil, General Manager at Thon Hotel Cecil, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Thank you very much for upgrading Thon Hotel Cecil to a 4 star hotel. Thon Hotel Cecil is a 3 star hotel based on facility but the standard is equal to a 4 star hotel and the whole hotel was fully renovated just over one year ago. The rooms are surround our bright and open atrium and the rooms facing the atrium are very quiet despite of the prime location in the city center. Our reception staff will give more information regarding the indoor parking. We hope to welcome you back at Thon Hotel Cecil!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Return visit. Hotel well located for Aker Brygge, Storting etc. Building seems a bit cramped. Most rooms open on to the atrium, which is good for lack of external noise but poor for fresh air. Rooms are clean and comfortable. Breakfast buffet is standard Nordic fare. Staff are polite and helpful. Good value for Oslo.

Room Tip: Rooms opening on to the atrium (breakfast area and offices) lack fresh air.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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thonhotelcecil, General Manager at Thon Hotel Cecil, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Thank you very much for staying with us again. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us this time also. Next week we will maintain our ventilation system and this will provide us with fresher air. We are looking forward to seeing you again next time you are going to Oslo.
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24 hotel reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed breakfast and felt the price we paid was totally worth it just because of the free heavy breakfast (eggs, sausage, bacon, cold cuts, various bread, frut slices, cereals, yoghurt, etc.) included. Hotel is centrally located, walking distance to Aker Brygge, royal palace and Oslo city hall. Free wifi, use of computer and printer in the lobby; coffee and tea were also available all day at the lobby. Room and bed was comfortable. Although I notice that in Europe, double bed means 2 single bed joined together and not a king/queen size bed. Heated floors in the bathroom, really useful in drying our wet shoes and clothes as it rained hard during our stay. Free use of umbrellas as well. Walked about 30 minutes with our luggages from the train station passing through Karl Johans gate located right across the park. The closest bus stop to the airport is Professor Aschehougs plass located behind the Grand Hotel. As we had to make sure we were on the 520am bus to catch our 740am flight, we took a cab which costs NOK135 (min fare) which took about 1 min. Travel time to the airport is about an hour.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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thonhotelcecil, General Manager at Thon Hotel Cecil, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Thank you for your detailed review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us so much and that you found our breakfast excellent. Breakfast is always includes in our room rates together with wifi and Nespresso coffe in the lobby. There is a difference in bed sizes between Norway and USA. In our hotel a double bed is 160 cm, queen bed is 140 or 150 cm and a room with two single separate beds are a twin room. Another alternative to the bus to the airport is The Airport Express Train. The cost is NOK 170 (2012) and it takes less than 30 minutes. Remember to get off at Nationaltheatret Station and follow the tram lines towards the Parliament. The hotel is located within a few minutes’ walk from the station. We hope to welcome you back at Thon Hotel Cecil.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012 via mobile

If you want some place clean, well located with comfortable rooms and outstanding breakfasts and that caters more to locals than Americans, this is it. Very friendly and helpful staff. We like it ver much.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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thonhotelcecil, General Manager at Thon Hotel Cecil, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Thank you very much for your fantastic review. Thon Hotel Cecil is a rather small and familiar hotel in the heart of Oslo next to the Parliament. The hotel belongs to Thon Hotels that is one of Norway largest hotel chains and is mainly located in Norway and Brussels. We hope to welcome you back at Thon Hotel Cecil.
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Vancouver, Canada
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33 hotel reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

We had a room facing in to the center courtyard. It was very clean, quiet, and extremely comfortable.

The location is right in the heart of Oslo and close to everything.

The staff are very friendly and helpful. And the breakfast is amazing! Eggs, ham, cheese, bread, waffles, June center, coffee and so much more.

The rate was fair, although to be honest we got a last minute rate of 40% off.

Overall very impressed. This is a top recommend for us.

Room Tip: Get an upper floor with inner facing view to avoid noise.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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thonhotelcecil, General Manager at Thon Hotel Cecil, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Wow! What a fantastic review. We appreciate so much that you enjoyed your stay so much. You very lucky to have a last minute offer this summer. Normally you will get the best rates when you reserve early. We are looking forward welcoming you back at Thon Hotel Cecil!
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Address: Stortingsgata 8 | Entrance Rosenkrantzgate, Oslo 0161, Norway
Location: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo > Sentrum
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#25 Business Hotel in Oslo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Thon Hotel Cecil 3*
Number of rooms: 111
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the city centre next to the Parliament you will find Thon Hotel Cecil. A few steps will bring you directly to Karl Johans Gate, Oslo's main street with a broad selection of stores. The hotel has a vast selection of restaurants and activities nearby. ... more   less 
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