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“Bad (or non-existing) ventilation....really disappointing stay!”
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Thon Hotel Cecil
Ranked #39 of 102 Hotels in Oslo
Reviewed September 30, 2012

A few years ago I visited Cecil quite a lot. Last week I arrived Oslo in the afternoon (a little unplanned) and was in need of a hotel in the city centre. My memory of Thon Cecil was a cozy and comfy hotel, I was aware of the lack of street-facing windows in many rooms, but assumed (living in 2012, 40-50 years after landing on the moon, and in one of the wealthiest countries in the world) that it was equipped with state-of-the-art air-conditioning and in-room thermostat.

BUT NO, NO, NO!!

I checked in, and checked the room. It was really hot in there and no fresh feeling. I informed the receptionist, who just said that the temperature was adjusted by a central unit. She did not offer me another room, but a fan. I was eager to get some fresh air and oxygen in my room, not moving the bad air around by a noisy fan.

The next morning I checked out with a minimum of sleep and a bad headache. Once again I complained about the nonexisting ventilation/air-condition. No excuse from the receptionist, but he promised to report to his manager....as if that would help me.

This stay was nothing but terrible, and if this is the correct version of Thon Cecil 2012 I'm not able to recommend this hotel to anyone :-(

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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thonhotelcecil, General Manager at Thon Hotel Cecil, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2012

Thank you very much for staying with us. We have had service at the ventilation system right after you stayed with us. I have contacted you directly explaining more details about this. We hope to welcome you back at Thon Hotel Cecil.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This hotel is in a great location close to National Theatre station so handy for the airport express train. The rooms are quiet, the bed comfy and the shower powerful. They have really warm under floor heating in the bathroom which was lovely. No bar or restaurant but close to many. I didn't have time for breakfast but I believe it is very good.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
Thank AmeliaLondon
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thonhotelcecil, General Manager at Thon Hotel Cecil, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2012

Thank you very much for staying with us. We appreciate your positive feedback. Thon Hotel Cecil is located in the heart of Oslo and you will find everything you need just outside our door. We welcome you back to Thon Hotel Cecil next time you are going to Oslo!

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Oslo is expensive and this is a centrally located hotel with a good breakfast. The rooms have no view and face the Atrium which may be a drawback for some as the are other Thon hotels with better views (at a cost). The rooms were quite, the rooms average size and reception staff helpful. Free wi-fi and a computer at reception with internet are part of the daily rate as well as the open-buffet breakfast. Good if you are in Oslo for business and need a reasonable priced hotel.

Room Tip: Pick a room on a higher floor so you don't hear the breakfast preparations.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Tolga_O
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thonhotelcecil, Manager at Thon Hotel Cecil, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2012

Thank you for staying at Thon Hotel Cecil. Thon Hotel Cecil has a prime location next to the Parliament. Most rooms are facing our atrium and they are also very quiet. We are lokking forward welcoming you at Thon Hotel Cecil!

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

The top floor business rooms are worth the small extra charge. Huge. King bed under skylight; comfy couch and chair with space to relax; small desk. Flat screen TV swivels to face bed or living room area. Excellent breakfast in airy bright atrium. LIttle balcony. Quiet beyond belief. Good location near Karl Johanns shopping area, Royal Palace, near lots of bus and tram lines, walking distance to harbour, ferry docks and Aker Brygge where there's a grocery store called ICA with lots to take away for inexpensive dinner if you want to save your money for other treats. Staff was helpful and pleasant. Also only a few blocks from the airport Flybus stop (five minute walk).

Room Tip: Room 701 was great. Near the elevator but the doors are so sound proofed that we heard no one coming...
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank TorontoJudith
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thonhotelcecil, General Manager at Thon Hotel Cecil, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2012

Thank you for staying with us and we truly appreciate your wonderful review. You have found our hidden gem, our business rooms. They are very popular and everybody staying here wants to come back. Thon Hotel Cecil has a prime location just Oslo’s main street Karl Johan and next to the Parliament. Most attractions, sights, restaurants, shops and entertainment are within a short walking distance from the hotel. We are looking forward welcoming you back at Thon Hotel Cecil.

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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Thon Cecil is just 2 blocks from the waterfront in Oslo, and half a block from the Eidsvollsplass. Very centrally located, close to transport and sights in the downtown area. It is a modern hotel with good sized comfortable rooms(by European standards). The breakfast was excellent with many delicious fresh choices. We were on the second floor which is the same floor as the breakfast room which is in a large enclosed atrium with the hotel on one side and offices on the other. This made it easy to walk to breakfast but it also meant that we had to keep the curtains in our room closed to prevent breakfast goers from peering in. I would recommend a room on an upper floor. Also our window did not open, probably because it was beside the breakfast buffet and I noted rooms above the 2nd floor had windows that opened into the atrium. The staff were very helpful and the location was excellent.

Room Tip: Avoid the second floor so you can open your curtains and window.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Cararmme
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thonhotelcecil, General Manager at Thon Hotel Cecil, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2012

Thank you very much for choosing Thon Hotel Cecil when staying in Oslo. Thon Hotel Cecil was fully renovated just over one year ago and all the rooms hold a high standard. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed our breakfast so much. Our large breakfast buffet has a wide selection of cold and hot dishes, corals and fruits. I hope to welcome you back next time travelling to Oslo.

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Centered midway between Oslo S and Royal Fortress, this hotel has the perfect location. It's very close to Carl Johan, but located on a side street which makes it shielded from noise and stress. The staff is friendly, the rooms are modern furnished with comfy beds. Most windows are facing the artrium where the breakfast is servered, which is ok if you are not dependent on having the opportunity to open the window. Breakfast is good, and on weekends it's served until 11 am.
The only drawback was hair in the bathroom...
Ask for a room in the higher levels if you prefer to have some distance from the breakfast-area.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Thank linde82
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thonhotelcecil, General Manager at Thon Hotel Cecil, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2012

Thank you for choosing Thon Hotel Cecil! We are so happy to read that you enjoyed your stay so much. Your feedback has been given to housekeeping to pay more attention in the bath rooms. We hope to see you next time you are going to Oslo.

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Reviewed August 24, 2012

My vote is "4 stars" for the wonderful breakfast we found (with surprise) in this hotel.
The hotel, in itself, is a mean city hotel with no view (most of the rooms face the internal court).
The rooms and bathrooms are very "standard" and the reception staff is a little bit "absent" (at least in our case) for using the internal (underground) parking. They forgot to say some essential information to get in and get out of the parking and I have some trouble, solved with the help of other customers who knew the needed little "secrets"...

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Francesco R
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thonhotelcecil, General Manager at Thon Hotel Cecil, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2012

Thank you very much for upgrading Thon Hotel Cecil to a 4 star hotel. Thon Hotel Cecil is a 3 star hotel based on facility but the standard is equal to a 4 star hotel and the whole hotel was fully renovated just over one year ago. The rooms are surround our bright and open atrium and the rooms facing the atrium are very quiet despite of the prime location in the city center. Our reception staff will give more information regarding the indoor parking. We hope to welcome you back at Thon Hotel Cecil!

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Address: Stortingsgata 8 | Entrance Rosenkrantzgate, Oslo 0161, Norway
Location: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo > Sentrum
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 102 Hotels in Oslo
Price Range: $126 - $292 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Thon Hotel Cecil 3*
Number of rooms: 111
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the city centre next to the Parliament you will find Thon Hotel Cecil. A few steps will bring you directly to Karl Johans Gate, Oslo's main street with a broad selection of stores. The hotel has a vast selection of restaurants and activities nearby. ... more   less 
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