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“Nice hotel with great view atop a steep hill” 4 of 5 stars
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Scandic Holmenkollen Park
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kongeveien 26, Oslo 0787, Norway (Formerly Rica Holmenkollen Park Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #21 of 86 Hotels in Oslo
Forde, Norway
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Nice hotel with great view atop a steep hill”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

Getting to this renouned hotel is a bit of a journey, especially if you go by metro. From the metro stop to the hotel there is quite an uphill walk, which can be cumbersome with luggage. Though most people choose this hotel for the view, not its proximity to Oslo centre. The hotel is in itself a mix of old fairy-tale, 80s concrete block and modern extentions. I got a spacious recently renovated room, arranged with twin beds, which were very narrow. The view from the room was great, as you expect from this hotel. The bathroom had a bath tub, and showed marks of wear (probably renovated in the early 90s). My purpose for staying at this hotel was a conference, which were held in the older part of the hotel. One of the conference rooms were very small, and quickly became stuffy and warm which is not productive for a meeting or conference. Also all the extentions made this hotel a bit of a maze to get around. As for the food the breakfast was good, with a great variety of breads, though the cold cut selections were fewer than expected in a Norwegian hotel. They served a more international breakfast selection of beans, bacon, eggs, hash and pancakes. The lunch buffet was inventive, and quite superb, serving tapas style dishes, rather than the traditional hotel buffet. All in all, a hotel one choses for the view and closeness to outdoor areas, rather than its distance from the centre of Oslo.

Room Tip: Great view, superb lunch buffet, long and steep walk from metro stop, maze-like hotel.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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North Devon uk
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8 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

I stayed at this hotel for 2 weeks in January 2011. This hotel in located on a very quiet hill outside Oslo, and if you get a fjord view room you will be amazed. The views are the best in Oslo, no matter what the weather. I was lucky to be upgraded to a fjord view room, and if was spacious and well equipped. The restaurant is one of the finest in Oslo, and the breakfast the best I've had in Norway. However the hotel is, in my opinion, more interested in conference groups than leisure travellers and the staff, though helpful, were overworked. Often I had to wait at reception for over 15 minutes when I had a query only to give up because the few staff on duty were dealing with a large conference. the hotel is very expensive, even for Norway, and I would recommend staying at a more central hotel and taking advantage of the great public transport if you want to ski.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Antwerp, Belgium
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

This hotel looks great and authentic from the outside, It has a landmark facade. Once inside however the look deteriorates and transforms in many different styles all giving a bit of an outdated feeling. Staff are friendly. You're lucky if you get a room with a view, because if you can look out of the hotel the view is stunning both in summer and winter. Rooms are rather small with litte space to store your stuff and luggage. Bathroom efficient but small. The food is great and atmosphere is like family room in their top restaurant with superb local dishes. Their other restaurant is rather mass treatment. Efficient and optimal if you look to organise something of a meeting combined with outdoor stuff. Old school and overpriced to my feeling.

Room Tip: Try ask for a room with a view on Oslo City.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cologne, Germany
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200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

I really enjoyed my three night stay at this excellent hotel. Located on a mountain near the very impresive Holmenkollen ski jump it offers a fantastic view over Oslo city and fyord. The hotel has a beautiful old wooden part with a very homely atmosphere. My room was located in the new part of the hotel and featured modern minimalist but highly functional interior which left nothing to be desired. Just the right size, too.
Food was of above average quality - one of the better dining experiences I've had in Norway.
I was especially inpressed by the very well equipped gym in the basement which could put some of the public gymns I've visited in my life to shame. There's a swimming pool, too, so bring your bathing trunks.
Staff spoke excellent English (but who doesn't, in Norway) and was very helpful.
It really puzzles me how anybody could rate this excellent hotel as "poor" or "terrible" - an annoying detail cannot possibly make the whole hotel a dump....
I liked the Holmenkollen Parc Hotel Rica very much and would go there again, great location for a conference.

Room Tip: Rooms in the new wing are very recommendable.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo, Norway
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

The location and standard of this hotel is very good. Excellent views, good food, nice service and clean. if interested in skiing there is no better place to stay overnight in Oslo.

Room Tip: View towards the south on high floor.
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wroclaw
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277 reviews 277 reviews
277 hotel reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

Very friendly and nice staff. The hotel is located in the hills outside Oslo. It is about a 20 minute train journey to the city center and the train line is located just a short walk away. The room was clean and comfortable. Excellent spread in the breakfast. Wifi signal was not very strong.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow, Russia
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143 reviews 143 reviews
38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
310 helpful votes 310 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

That should be an ordinary business trip. But when we arrived to the hotel's parking, I left my suitcase, took the fotocamera (I was lazy to take my big Canon) and tripod and went to take a picture of Olso's panorama! It's great in the morning, at noon and in the evening. Good rooms for meetings, ecpecially in old part of the hotel. Tasty breakfast with norwegian cousine. Hot sauna. All you need for pleasant stay and effective meeting!

Room Tip: Ask rooms with Oslo view
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Additional Information about Scandic Holmenkollen Park

Address: Kongeveien 26, Oslo 0787, Norway (Formerly Rica Holmenkollen Park Hotel)
Location: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Oslo
#11 Luxury Hotel in Oslo
#14 Business Hotel in Oslo
#18 Family Hotel in Oslo
#21 Romantic Hotel in Oslo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Scandic Holmenkollen Park 4*
Number of rooms: 222
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is perched high above the city like a palace out of a Norwegian fairytale, it offers stunning views over the city and the surrounding landscape. A magical place for a family holiday, and a unique venue for activities in the nature, just 15 minutes' drive from Oslo city centre. Well-equipped gym, modern SPA and indoor swimming pool - and located close to the Holmenkollen Ski Stadium and access to wonderful skiing, walking and cycling. ... more   less 
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