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“Very good location, great breakfast, but very dirty floors in the room”
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Scandic Victoria
Ranked #32 of 101 Hotels in Oslo
Helsinki, Finland
Level 5 Contributor
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“Very good location, great breakfast, but very dirty floors in the room”
Reviewed August 20, 2011

When I read information and reviews of this hotel, I supposed to have nice, clean, light and comfortable room with wooden floors. So it was very bad disappointment when we opened the door and entered the room:

Ok, the general view was nice. Furnishing was modern and simple. But then we switched the lights on and saw that very, very dirty carpet floor! We have never ever seen so dirty carpet floor! And now we are talking about so called first-class business hotel in Oslo! The carpet was full of crumbs, spots and other kind of dirty things. UGH!

Also the walls and the floor in the shower corner were dirty. Not so dirty as the carpet floor, but dirty enough to mention it.

There was not enough lights in the room. Maybe they don´t want customers to see all the other dirtiness in the room?! It was no lights at all in the shower corner. The only lights in the bathroom was over the sink.

The bed was wide enough for two people, but it was too soft. For one person it was comfortable, but when there was two people it became too soft and bumpy.

The city hall is nearby the hotel and the bells of that building are shouting every 15 minutes. The annoying noice can be heard very loud in your room - even late night and early in the morning! There´s also a noisy restaurant/club nearby. So take earplugs with you if you´re going to stay at this hotel!

But there was also positive things:
The location is just perfect! Few steps from the harbour, Åker brygge, the castle, Karl Johans gate and the whole city centre. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the railway station.

Breakfast was extensive. It was so great that it was almost perfect!

The hotel stuff in the breakfast room and in the front desk was very helpful, kind and nice.

And it was nice to have free internet connection (wireless) in the room.

If you´re going to stay in this hotel:
*Take earplugs with you!
* Ask for the room with wooden floor!

Summary:
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+ very good location
+ great, almost perfect breakfast
+ excelent service at the front desk
+ free WiFi in the rooms

- very dirty carpet floor in the room
- dirty walls in the room
- dirty floor in the shower corner
- the shower head was too low for people longer than 175 cm
- water pressure in the shower was very poor
- you hear annoying bells from the city hall every 15 minutes in your room
- you her annoying noise from the restaurant/club nearby
- not enough lights in the room, especially in the bathroom, no lights at all in the shower corner
- too soft bed when two people sleeping in the same bed

Room Tip: Ask for the room with wooden floor!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

The location is great. Close to Aker Brygge, Karl Johans Gate, and about 20 mins walk to the station. When we were there there were constant streams of tour buses which meant crowded foyer, busy front desk and may explain our room.
Beware if you get an inside room. The dining room is in the centre of an atrium type area with hotel rooms on all four sides. So our room looked out over the dining area (we could see what people were putting on their plates) and also looked directly across to the opposite rooms. So for any sort of privacy you had to keep the drapes drawn which meant no light whatsoever came into the room. The cleanliness was fine and bathroom good.
Room size was average. Breakfast was plentiful but tables were crowded especially at peak times with the tour groups. Free wifi was available in the room.
The front desk staff were helpful and cheery, when you were able to access them.

I dont know about noise from the street but I certainly wouldn't stay in an inside room again.
There are certainly many restuarants to choose from and convenience stores for daily supplies. The local trams are also close by, especially recommended is the ride to the Sculpture Park. There are several harbour cruises and as the harbour is just 5 mins walk away you can choose on eto suit your needs.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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udaipur
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2011

Rica Victoria Hotel is a great place to stay in Oslo.This hotel is located close to the Central station of Oslo.Also,all the major tourist attractions are within its proximity.The hotel staff was friendly.The rooms were clean and spacious.The breakfast included variety of food items.For us the major plus point was that there were 3,4 Indian restaurants within walkin distance from the hotel.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Campinas, SP
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2011

Very well located, this hotel is not cheap, but offers a good value for the money. Well located, near the major attractions with a superb breakfest.
The location in the Tripadvisor map is wrong as posted in june 2011. The hotel is located at Rosenkratz gate, not at were is shown.

  • Stayed June 2011
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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2011

We stayed as a couple 2 nights in Rica Victoria Oslo hotel. We planned to visit Oslo long time ago, but the free weekend and nice hotel bargain matched. Norway and Oslo is expensive, be prepared for this. Hotel itself is lovely decorated. Check-in was smooth, our room was cozy and quiet. The cleanliness of bathroom is very important for me and it was clean. Morning breakfast is absolutely must if you do not want to pay enormous prices somewhere in a town. Breakfast is extensive and very tasty. Coffee is really good.
Small minuses were: it was not possible to regulate the efficiency of air-conditioning (but i would not say it was loud, of course it is very individual). Whole floor carpet is a kind of true american style, in Scandinavia i would prefer wooden floor. Lady in the reception from a first sight was not very much willing to post our Oslo-view postcards (stampled and addressed). Would recommend this hotel to anybody who wants to stay in the city center and not paying much for the accomodation

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2011

Most places of interest are within walking distance. 10-20 minutes walk from the central train and bus stations (eg buses to Rygge for Ryanair). Excellent breakfast. Rooms are modern but furnishings can look faded. Lower floor rooms facing the main street can be noisy late at night or early in the morning due to people or services such as municipal rubbish trucks or laundry vans making noise outside the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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217 reviews
80 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2011

This hotel is situated in a pleasant location not far from the Town Hall. Easy walking distance to the main street,Karl Johans Gate,the harbour and shops. 10 floors at this hotel with the Bar and Restaurant on the 2nd floor.
Very friendly reception staff, also the breakfast staff looks after your needs.
The room price includes a very hearty breakfast, both warm and cold, and the choice should suit everybody!
There is an underground car park, payable locally, however you are better off using public transport as this hotel is not far from any links.
Please note that the bells from the Town Hall clock rings every 15 minutes during the day until midnight, but this should not deter you from staying here.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Scandic Victoria
Address: Rosenkrantz' gate 13, Oslo 0160, Norway (Formerly Rica Victoria Hotel)
Location: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Business Hotel in Oslo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Scandic Victoria 3.5*
Number of rooms: 199
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Scandic Victoria is a first-class business hotel in the heart of Oslo. Aker Brygge, the Parliament, Karl Johans gate are all within short walking distance. The hotel has 199 spacious, light and comfortable rooms, some of which are suites. The hotel has several meeting rooms and a large atrium ideal for mini-fairs and exhibitions, receptions, lunches and dinners. A large and varied buffet lunch is served daily in the atrium. ... more   less 
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Rica Victoria Oslo
Oslo Rica Victoria Hotel

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