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Frogner House Apartments - Colbjornsens gate 3
Ranked #4 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Oslo
Reviewed June 26, 2012

Positives:Villa Park is excellent for those travelling on a budget. I was a bit worried that booking one of the cheapest places I could find would mean it would be of a poor standard but not at all. In fact the the standard of the room and bathroom were equal, if not better than the much more expensive hotel across the other side of the park where I had been staying for a conferences for the preceding few days. The location is excellent, a nice area, close to tram and bus stops, close to back entrance of National Theatre station where the airport train stops. Next to a lovely park and the Royal Palace and only 10/15 minute walk into the city centre/waterfront. It was clean, and even lived up to the standards of my boyfriend who can be very picky about bed sheets in hotels. The self catering facilities were very good, a large fridge, oven, hob and adequate pots, pans and cutlery. The photos on booking.com are an accurate reflection of what to expect, certainly in our room. We had no problems with noise. We would definitely come back again.

Negatives:Very little to dislike. A minor point would be that having the washing machine in the bathroom restricted how far you could open the shower door which made it a bit of a squeeze to get in if you are a bit overweight like us. However the usefulness of having a washing machine, particularly on a longer stay outweighs that. There was a notice in the bathroom saying that the hairdryer must be returned to the hook provided before leaving otherwise there would be a 500 NOK fine which was odd because there was no hairdryer on the hook. We eventually located it under the bathroom sink and my boyfriend insisted on putting it on the hook just to make sure we weren't fined if we left it under the sink instead. The notice is just a bit confusing! Our room had a balcony which was shared with the room next door. We thought this was a nice bonus feature but some people might prefer more privacy. We also had a room with an extra bed up a ladder. The ladder is quite steep and there is no safety rail on the mezanine floor so just something to consider if you have children. I liked the free wireless but I did find with two of us using it that it became slow for the second person. All these points are pretty minor though, there was nothing which would put me off returning again and I thought it offered great value for money compared to other hotels in Oslo.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Expect no contact with any human beings from the very moment you check-in. Of course, provided one understand instructions in English and the code system works 100% each time.
The main entrance door used a code system incl access to the apartment keys.
A peculiar or a ripped-off notice on the hair-dryer,i.e guest are expected to place the hair-dryer on the hook before departure, otherwise, considered missing and one will be charged NOK 500 on the credit card. I have tried locating this "hook" but have yet to find it. Hopefully, I will not get charged for this!!!

Also, have asked to cancel car park reservation since 10 days ago but there was no response.
Then, have to resend reminders to both booking com and booking@villapark.no.
Received an email that the car par reservation have been cancelled but the total amount charged on the car park was not reflected.
Called +47 400 354 00 but was told that this is not their responsibility but will be acted upon by booking.com and will take 15 days to effect the changes. Let's hope that this is the case.

Then, just tried having a shower at 20:00 but in the mid of shower, the water heating system does not seems to work...then, the bathroom basin and now, the kitchen hot water tap.
Also, the shower faucet/head kept falling out despite trying to fasten it. Almost, hit against my head. Been trying to call all the numbers from +47 400 35400 to +47 22 40420 but just got a voice message. So, imagine, if there is a major electrical failure which may caused fire and the shower faucet/head actually hit against someone head which lead to injury, well, you are left on your own to fend for yourself.

Location of this place is extremely strategic but hopefully, the Hvidsten Eiendon (the management of this property) look into this matter to ensure safety, peace of mind & assurance to your guest.

Room Tip: No right to choose because you only get a code automatically generated via email after confirmed pay...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 17, 2012 via mobile

Positives: good location, just behind the royal palace; close to shopping area, supermarket at 100 m; good connection to airport through Nationaltheatre station; good bus and tram connections; 2 separate rooms (kitchen and living room
+ separate bedroom with 140cm bed); reasonable price compared to the other accommodation we could find at the same period in Oslo

Negatives: did not see anyone during whole stay, however very good indications on how to get there and get the keys provided by the manager; our apartment was on the top floor, only roof windows; not tidy and clean when we took the apartment (dishwasher not emptied, hair in the shower, floor with dust); furniture not in a very well condition; problem with the elevator

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

The room was great, very modern and fun! However the windows are only single glazed and we could hear a lot of traffic noise and people walking past which didn't make for the best night's sleep. Also our room and sheets smelt faintly of smoke which was pretty disgusting, but we tried to ignore it as much as possible. Location is OK, but expect at least a 10 minute walk to get anywhere like the harbour or the city is a bit further.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 5, 2012

In a city known for high prices this accommodation is great value.

A short hop on a tram and you are basically anywhere. Plenty of food outlets and shops nearby for grocery items, bakery, etc.

Whilst the rooms are compact, they are functional. Best thing is they each have a washing machine which means for those traveling longer, a chance to clean clothes without having to spend time a laundromats.

Interestingly though, no toasters or microwave ovens....you can grill the toast but a bit hit and miss. If he had these 2 pieces of electrical kit, then it would be top knotch.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

Villa Park is situated in a beautiful quiet residential area, close to the city center & public transport.
Our room was very well equiped with all you could imagine you'd need on a holiday. Nice kitchenette, new and delicious bathroom with washer/dryer, comfy beds and furniture.
We never met any staff, but the key-box system worked perfectly.

We were very impressed with the place, incredibly good value for money.

Only point to watch out for; there's a waterheater, so it's neccacary to plan you bathtime :)

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

the rooms are surprisingly small, but well organized.
the floor heating is usually off (or low) and the first thing u should do when you enter the room is set it on.
INTERNET was decent for Norway (but no way good for the local Romanian standard).
we haven`t seen any of the staff (you pick up the key from the box and drop it in another box).
kitchen is very small but ok. Has no spice, salt, oil or anything so you have to buy everything.
Good location to the center and airport. The streets in Oslo don`t get de-snowed so you will have a problem with the suitcases from the metro to the hotel, but it is only 200m or so.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Inkognitogt. 26, Oslo 0256, Norway
Location: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo
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Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Oslo
Price Range: $115 - $179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Frogner House Apartments - Colbjornsens gate 3 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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