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Scandic Victoria
Ranked #28 of 102 Hotels in Oslo
Reviewed November 10, 2011

The hotel is great, Helpful staff, Clean rooms with nice bathroom.
Room view into the breakfast room is not so good, but OK.
The breakfast buffett is unbelievable, everything you can imagine. Selfmade pancakes, different kinds of salmon, etc.
For hotel guest WLAN is for free and is fast everywhere I used it.

You can reach main Oslo highlights by feet. Just a few minutes to Aker Brygge.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

I like this hotel becouse of his good location. I think that it requires some renovation.

+ Location
+ Breakfast is nice
+ Free wifi
+ Tea in the room + kettle
+ Bathroom was clean
+ Hairdryer

- Kettle had a broken lid
- My mug was dirty with the brown streak from tea
- Bed had a hollow in the middle (it wasn't matterace - it was for 2 people, bad frame was in one peace)
- You can't turn off the light without using the Main Switch. It means that power during the night is off except for the socket on the desk

Overall I liked the hotel.
I was in the standard room.

There should be the evaluation: Terrible, Poor, Average, GOOD, Very Good, Excellent. For this hotel I would pick GOOD.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a windows to the street side. The rest of the rooms are with windows indoors...
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

We picked this hotel based on Trip Advisor reviews we had read, and we were not disappointed. The hotel is very conveniently located just off Karl Johansgate; we were able to walk to all the main sites in Oslo center. The rooms and bathrooms were spacious for the two of us, and the bed and bath linens were clean and fluffy. The breakfast buffet was bountiful and delicious. The staff was courteous and helpful. We had reservations for three nights and the only minus was that there was a lot of street noise on our 2nd night. It turned out that university classes had just started that day, and students were out in full force late that evening celebrating their return to classes. Our room was on the 3rd floor, and the noise was troublesome. We mentioned the noise to the staff the next morning, and they happily changed our room to the 8th floor, which was an improvement. Although air conditioned, the rooms do not each have their own thermostat. So, if you want to open your windows for add'l cooler air (as we did in the summer), you might hear street noise. Ask for a room on a high floor. Overall, we liked the hotel very much.

Room Tip: Higher floors have less street noise.
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

Upon our arrival to the hotel, the amount of business suits should have told us they weren't going to pull out all of the stops for families. We stayed at the Rica because my husbands business put us up there, but we were also on a family vacation. The hotel overall is nice looking and the location is very conveniently located. However, the room was not very clean (dirt on floor, dust on surfaces, and even underwear in the back of the armoire). We had a broken showerhead and the water pressure was not ideal; additionally the water temperature fluctuated from very hot, to hot, then very cold. We did mention this to the hotel staff, but nothing was done to repair it. For families traveling with young children, they do have travel cots available as well as highchairs at breakfast. There is also a small fridge located in the room (for 1 or 2 bottles or a meal). The breakfast was nice, but did not suit children very well (food options included a variety of smoked meats/fish, cheese, vegetables, but also included eggs and potatoes, yogurt and muesli as well as fruit). (No hot oatmeal or many cereal selections). My husband enjoyed the breakfast very much, but I found it to be over-cooked/salted. There is a room service available (contracted out) that delivered us some very tasty Chinese food during dinner time. As for the room options, do not get a room facing the dining area (no outside view) if you are a light sleeper. During breakfast hours (beginning at 0630) and dinner hours (on weekends until 11) it is noisy and filters into the room (even up to the 5th floor). Overall, we would not enthusiastically recommend this hotel to friends traveling with children, however, if the price is right and they ensured the room had a thorough clean, valued a free breakfast, and wanted a short walk to city centre this hotel would be fine.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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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!

+ 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!
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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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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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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Additional Information about Scandic Victoria

Address: Rosenkrantz' gate 13, Oslo 0160, Norway (Formerly Rica Victoria Hotel)
Location: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo
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: $130 - $295 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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