I stayed here for 4 days on a business trip. The place is very 'stylish', just as the reviews sated, and VERY convenient. I traveled in the train and used the T-Bane, a couple of minutes walk from the hotel, to get to my client.
When I arrived I was told the hotel was full, but they'd upgraded me to a suite. That was nice. But when I got to the room, the 'suite' was really one big room, with string hanging down from the ceiling dividing up the room into two compartments. The 'lounge' part had a single fluffly couch, a huge TFT TV and a couple of stools. The couch, somewhat uncomfortable, was the only place to sit and watch TV - no chairs. There was also no easy to access power plug in the lounge part.
The bedroom part was near the door and featured a double bed and another huge TV (but the room only had one tv control). The bed was comfortable but the pillows were tiny. I'd read about that, and had written to the hotel asking for (and being assured of) more pillows. The extra pillows showed up the 3rd night of my stay.
The TV control ran both TVs, and because of little string from the ceiling room divider thing, clicking on the TV control turned on BOTH televisions, but not consistently. I had to get out of bed on a couple of occasions to turn off the other TV (which sometimes made the bedroom TV turn off too). It was very frustrating. There was NO desk in the room, and the lack of pillows in the bedroom or power outlets in the living room made working difficult. The bathroom had a nice walk in shower which was great but the lights were movement controlled. Sitting on the toilet having to wave my hands was somewhat tedious. Also, the main room lights in the bedroom part were reminiscent of a 60's disco - changing colours, flashing lights - I couldn't turn it off fast enough.
Breakfast was in the Italian restaurant downstairs - it was OK, but nothing outstanding. The coffee was underwhelming and there was only one type of cereal (corn flakes). No fried eggs, only watery scrambled eggs.
I suspect if 'd come here with my wife for a 'weekend away', I would have loved this place. It was close to everything I wanted in Oslo with a comfortable bed (once the pillows came) and a great shower. But the inability to work, maddening TV control, the disco lighting and the intitial lack of pillows made this a less welcome experience.
I won't be staying here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- What is your time worth? If you know the answer, you'll choose Comfort Hotel Grand Central. We are Oslo's most centrally located hotel. Just three minutes to the airport express – and three minutes to Oslo's main shopping district.We are challenging the traditional model for a business hotel. Ourlocation is outstanding, our cutting-edge facilities are housed in an historic railway building and our prices are excellent.Once in your room the only sound you will hear will be the faint hum of the airconditioning. We have 170 rooms. And 113 of these are unique. Many enjoy views of the opera house or Oslo's bustling main shopping district. Some are inspired by the compact studio apartments of Brooklyn, while others have protected historical significance and many a story to tell. (Norway's first railway track started right at this station.) Interior designer Lars Helling describes the look he has created as "industrial shabby chic". We'll treat you to a free breakfast in our restaurant where you can enjoy our homemade strawberry jam and fresh bread. The man in charge of our restaurant is celebrity chef Ole Johnny Eikefjord, of Eik Annen Etage fame. He dishes up what may be the best bolognese in Oslo – andgives you the right Barbera to go with it. And if you're only after a quick business lunch, you are welcome to order a half portion. But if you have more time, feel free to compose your own three-course menu.Enjoy the food while you imagine the bustling railway concourse in 1854: travelers hugging their loved ones, children smiling and laughing from the trainwindows, and steam trains snorting into life.Whether it's early in the morning or later in the day, many of our guests enjoy working out. Our training suite is compact, but very well equipped. And it's open 24/7,so you can go at it whenever you like.We tell our guests that they save an hour by staying so close to the airport express. That's an hour you can spend however you like. A workout? A beer with an old friend? Or perhaps you'll make an earlier plane so that you can kiss your children goodnight. It's up to you.If you are looking for elegant and efficient hotel, Comfort Hotel Grand Central is the easy choice. ... more less
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