Location: Extremely convenient -it's right next to the Central Station that has the airport express taking you to the airport in 20 minutes. It's also where you can hop on a bus to almost anywhere you'll need to go in the city. Plenty of food options available at night too, which helped on our first night because we arrived pretty late and were hungry. Only slight issue was that roaming around at night might be a bit of an issue for some, as Karl Johan's Gate (the main street across the hotel) sees plenty of vagabonds at night (spillovers from the Central Station).
Room: We had 2 vastly different rooms. One was tiny and the other was a massive corner room, for our family of 5. Both rooms were sufficiently equipped though, and we didn't really mind the small room. However, views were highly obstructed (massive sheet metal panel right outside the window and windows don't open more than a half a foot) and there wasn't an electric kettle provided (though this was resolved by providing complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby).
Service: Excellent service provided, and rectification was quick whenever we had issues (e.g. initial corner room did not cater for 3 pax as requested, and housekeeping had gone off for the day). Knowledgeable front desk was able to provide concise information when requested, which was much appreciated when we were on a tight schedule.
Others: Breakfast was comprehensive and satisfying. Gym was fairly well equipped and sufficient for the usual travel workout.
Overall a pleasant experience. I would mainly recommend this hotel for it's great value-for-money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- What is your time worth? If you know the answer, you'll choose Comfort Hotel Grand Central. We are Oslo's most centrally located hotel. Just three minutes to the airport express – and three minutes to Oslo's main shopping district.We are challenging the traditional model for a business hotel. Ourlocation is outstanding, our cutting-edge facilities are housed in an historic railway building and our prices are excellent.Once in your room the only sound you will hear will be the faint hum of the airconditioning. We have 170 rooms. And 113 of these are unique. Many enjoy views of the opera house or Oslo's bustling main shopping district. Some are inspired by the compact studio apartments of Brooklyn, while others have protected historical significance and many a story to tell. (Norway's first railway track started right at this station.) Interior designer Lars Helling describes the look he has created as "industrial shabby chic". We'll treat you to a free breakfast in our restaurant where you can enjoy our homemade strawberry jam and fresh bread. The man in charge of our restaurant is celebrity chef Ole Johnny Eikefjord, of Eik Annen Etage fame. He dishes up what may be the best bolognese in Oslo – andgives you the right Barbera to go with it. And if you're only after a quick business lunch, you are welcome to order a half portion. But if you have more time, feel free to compose your own three-course menu.Enjoy the food while you imagine the bustling railway concourse in 1854: travelers hugging their loved ones, children smiling and laughing from the trainwindows, and steam trains snorting into life.Whether it's early in the morning or later in the day, many of our guests enjoy working out. Our training suite is compact, but very well equipped. And it's open 24/7,so you can go at it whenever you like.We tell our guests that they save an hour by staying so close to the airport express. That's an hour you can spend however you like. A workout? A beer with an old friend? Or perhaps you'll make an earlier plane so that you can kiss your children goodnight. It's up to you.If you are looking for elegant and efficient hotel, Comfort Hotel Grand Central is the easy choice. ... more less
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