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“A cosy pension centrally located” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cochs Pensjonat
Ranked #1 of 21 Oslo B&B and Inns
Oslo, Norway
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“A cosy pension centrally located”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

This old, charmy hotel, with a friendly and service-minded staff, let you have the possibility of staying in the heart of Oslo for a cheap amount. Some rooms have fridge and cooking opportunities, so by staying here you can also save some money on the food budget. Otherwise you can have your morning coffee at the coffee house downstairs (Kaffebrenneriet), or what about having picnic in the Royal Palace park across the street? The hostel also has an agreement with a cafe nearby (Cafe Kaffe); the hotel guests get a breakfast deal and discounts on food all day.
The only drawback with this hostel is that it's some noisy. Having room facing the back yard is better, although also here it happens to be noise from a restaurant nearby. With earplugs it's not a problem anyway.
Situated on the top of Karl Johan street, Cochs is a bit far from Oslo S, which is situated on the opposite end of the street. However, the National Theatre Station is right across the Royal Park (5 min walking). Most (all?) trains, also the train to/from the airport, are passing here.
I really liked it at Cochs :)

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank linde82
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Cochs, Manager at Cochs Pensjonat, responded to this review, August 29, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope you will be back soon. Best regards.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Michigan
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169 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

Oslo is expensive so I do appreciate this budget option. I think had I requested a room on the quiet side of the hotel I would have had a very different experience. As it was, I got almost no sleep. The windows are old and do not fit properly; the outdoor traffic noise was terrible. It was clean and the staff was nice and helpful; also the bathrooms were clean. The rooms are basic, I had no trouble with that but my experience at a similar level hotel in Stockholm was very different. The included closet was tippy and I was afraid it would fall on me. The bed was acceptably comfortable but small and thin. I think Cochs needs to update the rooms and provide a few more amenities to be a better value.
They did have a nice arrangment with a nearby cafe: 69 NOK breakfast bar (about 11$, not the most complete, but good) and 15% off dinner (good pizzas) at Kaffe Kaffe.

Room Tip: Insist on a room away from the street noise unless you are a very sound sleeper.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank ElaineMI
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Cochs, Manager at Cochs Pensjonat, responded to this review, August 23, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are sorry that the street traffic disturbed your sleep and that you did not like the standard of the room. We have rooms of different cathegories, so maybe next time you can try one of our upgraded rooms to the back. Best regards.
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

Oslo is a ridiculously, stratospherically expensive city, and we felt extremely fortunate to have found Cochs Pensjonat and its post-3:45 Bruce Springsteen show numb feet-warming friendly staff for a song (I'd pick "Hungry Heart"). We paid the rack rate of NOK 780 (USD 132) for a standard room for two with private bathroom, fridge and TV in a very clean, neat and presentable pension, and got upgraded with one of the most helpful and welcoming front desk staff I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. See, we were missing one ticket for the sold out show that evening, and not only did he help us hop onto the Norwegian Craig's List in search of it, he mapped out everything we needed to get to Valle Hovin and back downtown. Not once did he appear to get impatient or that he wanted to get us over and done with quickly - it was his pleasure.

Don't be put off by the borderline hostel feel to Cochs' main entrance (you have to be buzzed in from the street and go up to reception on the second floor) and hallways (there is, in fact, a cheaper room category with shared bath and kitchen options) - its location next to Slottsparken means a lovely 10-minute walk to the center of town and subway. The tram and bus stop is also just five minutes away. The casual linen in the room can make it feel like you're staying over at a friend's house, albeit in a narrow but long space, but both room and bathroom (more updated in feel than the bedroom) are roomy for Europe, to a relatively luxurious fault. There is a communal TV room that can feel like the waiting room at a hospital with its sickly-looking vending machine and tired, worn furniture - I wouldn't have hung out there, but I'm sure many travelers would relish the opportunity for socializing.

We didn't get to check into our room when we arrived in the late morning as it wasn't ready, but after the afore-mentioned exhausting Bruce-out and trudging back via crowded (but efficient and un-messy) subway, it was very welcome. We literally spent just seven hours in the room for one sleep and one shower, so there's no way to tell if the un-fussy facilities and spartan embellishments would have remained as pleasant beyond that time - I have feeling we would have been OK.

The excellent KafeCaffé downstairs serves a buffet breakfast for pension guests at a good price of NOK 69; however, we only grabbed a sandwich, yogurt and drink to go before catching our train the next day. All were excellent, so make use of that, as well as the hotel guest 15 percent discount throughout the day. If brunost - Norwegian brown goat cheese - is available, GET IT. Do not pass go and leave Oslo without eating that cheese.

Room Tip: The room configurations seem a little odd, based on the web site pictures - ours was narrow but long...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank desireekoh13
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Cochs, Manager at Cochs Pensjonat, responded to this review, August 23, 2012
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your nice words. Best regards.
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French Polynesia
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123 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

We booked a 3 night stay in july 2012. Currently on our last night.

The hotel is in a great location. A block from the Slotsparken and within walking distance of many shops and tourist atractions. From the airport take airport bus to the last stop and from there its a 5 minute walk. See the hotel website for exact details. Tram stops are 1 block away.

We booked a room a few days before arrival and asked for a quiet room due to the street construction. We arrived early am from Copenhagen and the receptionist was able to have a room ready for us even though we were hours early from check-in.

The room was spotless clean, along with the other parts of the hotel we saw. It was quiet and the wifi worked well. The price was reasonable considering Oslo being so expensive. Pots and dishes are available at the reception upon request..

The couple of times we had to speak with the staff in the hotel they were all great! Friendly, willing to go out of there way to help or answer any question you may have..

Its not a 5 star hotel but a good value in an expensive city. We would definitely stay here again.

Happy traveling

Chuck

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for a quiet room especially since the street construction is underway. if wifi is im...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chouliha
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Cochs, Manager at Cochs Pensjonat, responded to this review, July 30, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again on another occasion. Best regards
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

Cochs Pension is a good value for money option for lovely, but expensive, Oslo. The Pension is well located, offers basic facilities and the staff is very nice and welcoming.

My single room was of a decent size, very clean and actually very quite. Ask for a room that faces the back yard, since the street in front of the hotel is loaded with bars. The street is also under public works, but it did not interfere with my stay.

My room was quite basic: no safe or telephone and quite a small TV. I had a mini fridge and a decent bathroom. The Pension has a lot of charm and to sum up, it does the work. Will consider coming back.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the back yard
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sharafek
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Cochs, Manager at Cochs Pensjonat, responded to this review, July 30, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are pleased that you enjoyed you stay and hope to see you again on another occasion. Best regards.
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Vilnius
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16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

Very good location and reasonable price. Fantastic clean, nice kitchenette and this is very practical in such expensive for out eating city as Oslo. No air conditioning and that is very good for me also as I am very sensitive to.
Things you should pay attention to:
1. Ask room to the backyard if you don't want listen downside street noise. Also I had found that some rooms to the street side has very poor sound isolation. I was woken by alarm clocks in neighboring rooms from both sides. I was even able to hear every step of my neighbor...
2. WiFi sometimes doesn't works. If say truth I use to stay here 3 times and 2 times was problems with WiFi. Once there was no WiFi at all. Also it could be nice to find issuing time printed on WiFi access ticket. It has time limit and you could not know if it expired already as it has no time stamp (also personell doesn't know what is time limit :) 24 or 48 hours)

Room Tip: Rooms to the backyard are quieter and has better sound isolation from neighbor
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank GudraVilnius
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Cochs, Manager at Cochs Pensjonat, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are pleased that you had a nice stay.
It is is correct that we had many problems with the wifi last year. We have now improved the system at it should be working now. It is a good point that there is no time indication on the ticket, and this is something we will try to fix. Thank you for the tip!We are sorry that the staff you met was not well informed.
We look forward to seeing you at Cochs Pensjonat again. Best regards.
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Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2012

Wonderful establishment: clean and cheerful with an attentive, kind and multilingual staff. Rooms are no-frills (bed, chair, kitchenette), but delightfully Norwegian. Only downside is the street noise which is obviously beyond the hotel's control: when the bars close, things can get a bit rowdy (who would've thought the Litteraturhuset crowd would've been the worst offenders!). As a university student, it didn't bother me, but my companion, who is used to more tranquil sleeping environments, was jolted from her sleep at least once each night. The discounted breakfast is not really worth it; there are a variety of cheap and delicious options within walking distance.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Daniel F
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, Manager at Cochs Pensjonat, responded to this review, July 6, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We look forward to seeing you at Cochs Pensjonat on another occasion. Best regards.
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Property: Cochs Pensjonat
Address: Parkveien 25, Oslo 0350, Norway
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Location: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Oslo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Cochs Pensjonat 2*
Number of rooms: 89
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cochs Pensjonat is centrally located on the corner of the Royal Palace Park in Oslo. The hotel has 205 beds and 89 rooms: single rooms, twin, 3- and 4-bedded rooms. We offer clean and tidy rooms at a reasonable rate. The reception is open 24 hour in this family run hotel. Heartily welcome! ... more   less 
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