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Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus
Ranked #12 of 102 Hotels in Oslo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 16, 2010

Have stayed here twice now and both times found staff extremely helpful and polite.

The rooms are OK but a little below par when considering their claim as a boutique hotel however they are kept clean and comfortable. Only complaint - the rather limited dimensions of the duvet on a cold night.

I particularly like the "honour system" which operates for the room mini bar.

As other reviewers note - the hotel is in a quiet location however nowhere is far in Oslo on the tram.

Have now decided that this will be my hotel of choice in Oslo for business trips.

Fill up on the typical Scandinavian breakfast since the sole purpose of Oslo eateries is to extract as much cash from your pocket as possible - the place in general is eye wateringly expensive!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 15, 2010

Firstly and importantly - at the time of writing the map on tripadvisor does NOT show the correct location for this hotel - please double-check before booking/travelling. If I had known the correct location before booking, I may have been deterred but overall despite the location we were glad we stayed here.

The actual location is in a quiet residential neighbourhood. It is not far from a tram stop, but the trams are not that frequent. We paid 200 NOK for a cab from the bus station. We don't mind walking so walked to the nearest Metro stops but allow at least 20 mins for this.

The hotel itself appears recently refurbished and is a nice mix of tradtional and modern. We stayed in a 'superior' room which is in a modern extension to the older building. These rooms still aren't huge, but high ceilings and full height windows across the whole of one wall makes them feel very airy.

As others have noted, the use of glass partitions between the bathroom and sleeping area is a bit unusual. In the superior rooms there is a normal door on the bathroom, but there are a series of glass 'windows' in the wall which open out onto the sleeping area. We liked this quirky design but it does mean anyone taking a shower is fully visible from the bed!

The breakfast buffet was wide-ranging and very good, including warm pancakes, tasty scrambled eggs, soft boiled eggs, lots of meats and cheeses, lovely fresh bread, etc etc. Great to set yourself up for the day.

We were around at 6pm so took advantage of the dinner buffet. This was a variety of cold salads plus the same selection of meats and cheeses from breakfast, as well as some hot soup. The soup was lovely and we ate enough that we didn't need to eat again that night. I'd imagine if you were staying for a few days it might get repetative, but for one evening it was a great bonus when food in Oslo is so expensive.

We also enjoyed the range of coffee/tea/hot chocolate etc on demand all day. Make your own fresh waffles are available in the afternoon, althoug we didn't get chance to try them.

There is a sauna/steam room but these weren't turned on when went to look at them. It seemed like the sauna might have been on earlier so perhaps they only turn it on when asked - in the end we didn't have enough time to investigate.

Reception staff were polite- slightly reserved but very helpful and efficient.

The public areas of the hotel are very homely and welcoming. The buffet system makes the restaurant area quite informal and there are a number of seating areas, an open fire etc so you can grab a free hot chocolate and relax.

There is wifi access available - ask at reception and they will give you a free pass.

Overall we really enjoyed staying at this hotel, just a shame it isn't slightly more centrally located.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2010

It is a beautiful hotel in a quiet street to the west of the city centre. Staff were efficient and polite, room was clean and had all you need and the public areas were either cosy (the little room with the fire) or spacious and modern (dining area). But the best thing about this hotel was the food that is included in the price, as over the three nights we stayed we probably saved about £120 between the two of us. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are available all day, waffles (oh the waffles) with soured cream and jam available in the afternoon. A buffet breakfast with a great choice of hot and cold items and an evening meal that had a different selection of food all of the three nights we were there (Sunday was cold buffet only). We were mindful of previous comments and went down to dinner quite early to get the best choices. We used the sauna which is a nice bonus but sadly never found the steam room.
The hotel is well served by public transport. The best way to get there from the city centre is to get the tram (number 13 - Skillebekk stop). You can also turn left out of the hotel, walk up the slight hill and get a bus or tram from Bygdoy alle which gives you a lot more options.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 9, 2010

Stayed in the Clarion Collection Gabelshus for two nights - and to be honest, that was quite enough. The receptionist at check-in was helpful, although she could not find our booking, which had been confirmed. I got a room in the old, worn-out wing, and it was absolutely not a nice nor clean room by any means. First, the extra pillow had a black hair on it, and it looked like the pillow cover had not been changed. Second, one of the plastic cups in the bathroom were used, and not changed - which makes me wonder if the room had been cleaned at all! I brought the plastic cup down to the reception, but the receptionist just took it and just said "Hmmm...". What a response! No excuse, no nothing - probably about the worst response I've gotten in a hotel, ever. The room itself was small and overcrowded with a bad layout, and I couldn't really find a place for my suitcase without having to bump into it. I have to agree with a previous reviewer that it is impossible to find a place to relax, other than on the bed. TV was old and small with a broken speaker. Bed was good, although the pillows were really small and not very comfortable. Bedside tables mounted to the wall looked like someone had sat on them, as one of them was about to fall off. The bathroom was from the 70's, all in orange/brown/beige tiles.

The breakfast has a half-decent selection of food, and there's free waffles in the afternoon plus a light evening meal included in the room rate - although you need to be there on time to get it. The hotel is located in a quiet area, and thus nothing to disturb you during the night/early morning. If you are planning on staying at this hotel, ask for a room in the renovated/new area, as their older rooms really are not worth even half the price.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 5, 2010

I was guided by the very favourable reviews here on TripAdvisor when looking for hotel accommodation in Oslo this weekend, and booked the Gabelshus because of its apparent popularity. All I can say is that I am, so far, very disappointed - and it is only my first night staying here!
I am staying in a 'recently' renovated room, (313) - a double, which overlooks the sleepy suburban street on which the hotel is located. This has been said before, but for a double room, this is small; it could really only be used for sleeping in as there is very little room to simply 'relax'. If there were indeed two occupants in the room, there might be a bit of a fight over seating options; there is one armchair and one footstool/stool-type piece, and nothing else. Curiously, there is absolutely no desk or table to speak of in the room; true, there is actually no space for one, but business travellers might be seriously hampered by lack of workspace, (I have pulled one bedside table towards the window and am sitting on the stool to write this review; fine for laptop leisure use but no good if you have important tasks to get through).
The room is decorated in typical Scandinavian style - i.e. lots of mellow wood, beige and cream, apart from the somewhat imposing room number writ large on the wall in an attempt at cutting-edge design, (or something). The oversized shade hanging from the ceiling is rather imposing but atmospheric. Space for hanging clothes is, like everything, at a premium; there is an 'open' wardrobe, (i.e. basically a single rail encased in a wood surround), but it is not very deep, so things might have to stay in your luggage if you're lodging here for any length of time.
Perhaps the strangest part of the whole set-up is the bathreoom, (shower room!), which has a totally transparent glass door, exposing everything one might get up to in there to ywhomever you choose to share with, (so make sure you are on good terms!) Joking aside, the glass in the door - while I am sure is toughened etc. - doesn't have any pattern or markings which might prevent you from walking into it, so take care!
Wireless internet access in the room is reliable, though the access system is clumsy, especially in this day and age; it requires the use of scratchcards, which provide twelve hours of access before you'll need another one. These are freely obtainable from reception but I can't help thinking there must be a better way of managing this, with the use of passwords etc.
I will admit, a large 'selling point' of this property for me was the provision of a 'light evening meal' served in the restaurant and included in the rate. We all know just how expensive a city Oslo can be, so any opportunity for saving a few Kronor comes in handy. I certainly wasn't anticipating a five-course gourmet affair, but think it reasonable - having read the promotional stuff on the hotel's website - to expect something hot to tide me over until breakfast, (I didn't expect a choice - just something to eat!) This meal is supposed to be offered from 6pm until 9pm, but when I got downstairs at 7.45pm i looked like the gannets had descended - there was remnants of what I think was a salad bar, bread and cheese, and some fish soup on offer. The three 'hot' dishes which apparently had been on offer had long gone, and when this was queried, I was told that 'it has all gone...and anyway, you didn't pay for it'. Very pleasant! If this food is indeed complimentary, but is is painfully limited supply, then don't offer it at all as part of the proposition, (if you cant live up to your promises - or keep the supply going for the time period you specify - then don't do it!) This offering is one of the distingushing features of the 'Clarion Collection' branding, and I can't help feeling that this property likes the kudos - and the custom - which that brings, but doesn't want to put the effort in to maintain that kudos.
I asked the front desk clerk if there would be a manager in to speak to tomorrow...apparently no, there is nobody of a managerial level on duty all day. OK, it's not a huge hotel by any means, but should a significant problem arise, there's a lot of responsibility put on the shoulders of the sole receptionist.

I would only consider this property again if there was a particularly attractive rate offered - but would come prepared to be disappointed. And that really isn't how you should have to approach any hotel stay, is it?

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 4, 2010

Stayed here for my wedding night, and had a superior room (a bit bigger than standard room and with a tub). The rooms are nice and airy, newly refurbished and elegantly done. Everything was clean and comfortable.The bathrooms are rather small, as this is a old building, but they're modernly fitted and inviting anyhow. We had a breakfast in bed, which was very nice, consisting of a combination of continental and English breakfast.
The reception area is very charming, with several reading rooms with open fireplaces where they offer free coffee and tea, todays newspapers, internet and books.
The location of this hotel is a bit of a walk away from Oslo city centre and the main tourist attractions, but the area is quiet and beautiful.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2010

I was very curoius to stay in this hotel as some many good contributions were about it. To be honest the hotel isn't so nice as told from most of tourists ... Weak point are the rooms...the one where I stayed was so small that to dry me after the shower I was obliged to move from the bathroom to the bedroom. People who work there are very professional and nice, very very good their "up grading" as tea/coffe facilities for free all day long. The dinner included in the price is a little more than an evening snack.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled on business
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Address: Gabels gate 16, Oslo 0272, Norway
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Location: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Oslo
#14 Business Hotel in Oslo
#20 Family Hotel in Oslo
Price Range: $147 - $251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus 3.5*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A stay at Hotel Gabelshus offers a deep dive into the culture and history of Oslo. The interior is composed of historical details and fantastic paintings. Being in the heart of an elegant residential area and in walking distance from Vigelandsparken, Aker Brygge and the Royal castle you are guaranteed an exciting stay in Oslo.The hotel offers tasty meals in a charming atmosphere with access to our popular terrace for outside dining. Enjoy your breakfast or complimentary evening meal surrounded by murals reflecting the history of the area. The special atmosphere of the dining room and lounges around has been a background of various fashion shoots.Hotel Gabelshus offers a range of salons with a relaxing atmosphere- the hotel library has a dignified style where you can relax with a book, watch TV or enjoy a glass of wine. The so- called fireplace room is furnished with antique furniture and calming colors offering relaxation in comfortable armchairs in front of the open fireplace.Hotel Gabelshus has a long and exciting history. The mansion was erected in 1912 and was originally a lodging house. The three first managers and owners were women, one more special than the other. Miss Sommerfeldt who ran it from 1933-45 lived herself in the building with her two parrots that had free access to anywhere in the building. She ran the place in a caring and authoritative manner at daytime and used to relax with her guests smoking a pipe in the evening. ... more   less 
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