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“Lovely Hotel, Lovely Staff, Currently Has Construction Noise” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Thief
Ranked #3 of 100 Hotels in Oslo
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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Lovely Hotel, Lovely Staff, Currently Has Construction Noise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

The Thief is a beautiful hotel, with a lovely staff, so I hesitate to give it fewer than five stars. As others have said, the hotel is designed within an inch of its life, the whole place is spic-and-span, the beds are comfy, the bathroom is large and sleek, and the staff super-friendly. The breakfast was particularly good and a cut above what you find even in other hotels of this type - house-cured charcuterie, yogurt mixed with homemade jam, good coffee. If it makes a difference, I had the feel that the hotel was popular with European business travelers - I did not hear any other Americans and most other hotel guests looked like business travelers rather than tourists. That's neither here-nor-there, really, but I mention it to give a sense of the vibe of the place.

I do go back-and-forth on the location - it is central, yes, but you have a ten-minute walk to get past busy Aker Brygge every time you want to go anywhere. If you prefer a quieter style of travel, away from crowds, as I do, it can be a bit tiresome having to navigate the most tourist-y part of Oslo every time you leave the hotel. But it is certainly convenient to many things, and by the time you get well into Tjuvholmen, where the hotel itself is, it is quiet. Understand that it's not just the hotel that's new - the entire area is new. The feel of it is a little too slickly Canary Wharf for my taste, but I can't deny that it's very clean, there are many restaurants as well as the modern art museum close by, and it has beautiful views of the harbor.

But because Tjuvholmen is so new, it's still being built. And that means construction. Starting at 7am, on the dot, every weekday morning, as far as I could tell. If you want to sleep in (or nap during the day), you'll have some issues. My room was on, I guess, the back-side of the hotel, facing away from Aker Brygge. Nice! Except two buildings directly across the way are currently being constructed. I could wave at the construction workers from my balcony. And they start early and they don't stop early. Presumably this issue will end at some point, but one of the buildings looked barely half-built and in the meantime, I'd check with the hotel about the state of construction noise BEFORE booking.

Without the construction noise, and my personal preferences on location, I certainly would give The Thief five stars, and even with those qualifiers I feel a little guilty shaving off a star. They're so nice and the hotel so comfortable! But the noise was jarring, so do be aware of it.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Cameron K
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Dominic G, Manager at The Thief, responded to this review, June 29, 2013
Greetings and many thanks for your review of our new property . Were very happy that you enjoyed your stay and your comments concerning the staff were very pleasing . As you mentioned we are on a new peninsular call Tjuvholmen and the area is entering it´s final stage of construction . Were lucky enough to be on side that´s completed but there are some areas still under construction . I will forward your thoughts to my colleagues and very much looking forward to your return

Dominic
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The Thief
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

From the moment we arrived everyone was very friendly and helpful from reception to the lovely and knowledgeable Dominic who couldn't have been nicer Thank you Dominic.
Our room was amazing and we were delighted to find that ALL rooms have a balcony, as the views due to The Thief's unique location in the area of Tjuvholmen are just unmissable.In the room you couldn't ask for more, a tablet to operate the TV functions,sunblinds for the midnight sun and a Nespresso coffee machine with a good selection of drinks,although I did find this difficult to operate. Lovely soft sumptuous dressing gowns to relax in after a rainforest shower or enjoy a coffee in the sun on the balcony in the morning.
The hotel is just a short walk to the centre of the city.
As everyone comments on this website the Bed is sooooo comfortable and after a great nights sleep we had a lovely breakfast with fresh fruit, yoghurt and pastries as well as as much juice coffee as you would want, there are the usual meats, cheese's etc that go with a continental breakfast as well as various hot items it is good to see the kitchen all on view and again the staff are very friendly and helpful.
I wish we could have stayed longer and enjoyed the Dara O Briain show (who was also staying at The Thief) or the Norwegian woods festival with many International Bands including My bloody Valentine (guess who was staying at The Thief) and Rod Stewart. It was sad to go so early after just one night but the whole 'Thief' experience was unforgettable. Thank you.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Guildgirl
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Dominic G, Manager at The Thief, responded to this review, April 4, 2014
Greetings and many thank for you fantastic review of The Thief . It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and very glad you experience was such an enjoyable one . Once again the star of the show is the bed and we´ve had so much positive feedback concerning the comfort of out beds . You comments concerning the staff were particularly pleasing and i will forward your thoughts to my colleagues

Very much looking forward to your return

Dominic
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The Thief
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

This hotel has it all; location, great rooms, good service and a nice breakfast. This is the place my husband stayes in when he's in Oslo (just moved to the west coast) and I was able to join him last weekend. I think we had i junior suite and it was great in every way. The rooms have a drawer with e g socks, shirts, toothpaste etc etc in case you've forgotten someting. What a great thing- of course we had forgotten someting! And you don't have to go running around town to get it!
I would recommend this hotel to anyone wisiting Oslo!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank moksen
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Dominic G, Manager at The Thief, responded to this review, April 4, 2014
Greetings and many thanks or your review of The Thief
Great to hear so many positive comments and it sounded like you thoroughly enjoyed your stay . As you mentioned we have an in-room "shop" where you can fine many of the thinks you may have forgotten to pack along with a few surprises
I will forward your comments to mu colleagues

Looking forward to your return

Dominic
Guest Relations Manager
The Thief
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Hong Kong, China
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109 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013

What to say really. This is a very nice, new modern style hotel. Not too big, not too small.

Rooms are quite nice and reasonably spacious. Beautiful bathrooms with nice lighting. Comfortable beds with an excess of pillows. Really quite a nice place to spend some time.

Hotel restaurant is nice with very high quality food. Its Oslo though so prepare for some shockingly high prices - wine prices are particularly out of this world in large part due to the taxes I believe. They have a very nice wine list albeit unsurprisingly light on new world selections. The bar is also nice albeit a tad light on selection of some things (gin for instance).

Location wise, its fantastic. I am not sure where you would realistically prefer to be if you want to be in the heart of things. In particular, it was nice to be near the new modern art gallery which is literally 100 yards away. As a hotel guest you got in free as well, a nice little touch.

Getting there was a bit of a challenge as I drove - and with the construction downtown the gps was struggling to get me to the location. Its also so new it wasn't actually on the gps's map so I went with the nearest place. I wasn't quite sure on arrival whether to enter the parking garage and how the tickets would work if I went in to get to the hotel but yes, you go into the garage and get to the front of the hotel on the other side. Then the decision is whether to valet or park yourself. The advantage of the hotels ticket is that it lets you go in and out as much as you want which is likely cheaper than if you did so and paid by the hour. Its still shockingly expensive but as I said, its Oslo.

Hotel front desk staff were quite helpful and friendly.

This is definitely a place I would return to.

Room Tip: Its worth paying up for the rooms on the North side in order to get the little patio with a view eas...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Eud
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Dominic G, Manager at The Thief, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Greetings and many thanks for your review of The Thief .Tjuvholmen is a new peninsular in the Oslo Fjord were very happy to have such a beautiful location for our new property .As you mentioned we are so new we don`t feature on early maps but the location i Tjuvholmen will always come up on a GPS or map . The bed once again is the star of the room and glad you enjoyed the comfort .
Very much looking forward to your return

Dominic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

To say too much about this hotel would spoil the pleasant surprises that are around every corner. The best of these is what awaits you in your room if you arrive back after a late night, but the taste of the Norwegian brown cheese is another unexpected highlight. Plenty of people commenting on the comfort of the bed, so on that note I'll have to be more downbeat - it's so good that it ruins every nights sleep you get for weeks afterwards.

As an addendum, I left behind a nice pen in the room, which the staff hunted down and posted back to me. 5 stars

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dominic G, Manager at The Thief, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Greetings and many thanks for your review of The Thief
Very glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us . Brown cheese is very particular to Scandinavia and happy to hear you enjoyed it . Once again the BED takes center stage and steals the show . I will forward your thoughts to my colleagues and your feedback is very much appreciated

Many thanks

Dominic
Guest Relations Manager
The Thief
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149 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

Excellent location in the water front, in a pedestrian area, very close to the recent modern art museum, designed by Renzo Piano. Lots of smiles at the front desk, but no one shows the room or the main services available (possibly considered experienced traveler). Room large and well furnished, with utilities for travelers distracted, good service before the night and no obstacle for the late check out. Good presentation of the breakfast with several choices.
Fast check-out but it is not nice to see the receptionists talk to each other without caring for the guest. Excessive rate for the quality offered, but perhaps life in Norway is very expensive.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Dominic G, Manager at The Thief, responded to this review, April 4, 2014
Greetings and many thanks for your review of our property
As you mentioned were located on a new peninsular in the Oslo Fjord and overlook the water and the fantastic buildings designed by Renzo Piano . Your comments are very valuable to us and i would like to thank you for the time you have taken and your valid points will be sent forward to my colleagues .

Very much looking forward to your return

Dominic
Guest Relations Manager
The Thief
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London
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20 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Excellent weekend staying in a superior room with sea views.
Cannot fault anything as staff were on their toes, breakfast was fab and the rooms are beautiful. Only criticism was that there was no space in the bathroom to put ones toiletries, which is not great.
Would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms high up
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Vikingtours
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Dominic G, Manager at The Thief, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Greetings and many thanks for your review of our new property . Glad you enjoyed your stay and sounds like you had a beautiful view of the Oslo Fjord . I will forward your comments to my colleagues as we very much appreciate feedback from our guests .
Looking forward to your return

Dominic
Guest Relations Manager
The Thief
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Property: The Thief
Address: Landgangen 1, Oslo 0252, Norway
Location: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 100 Hotels in Oslo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Thief 5*
Number of rooms: 118
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stepping into THE THIEF is sure to rob you of something. Something familiar and shall we say, enslaving at times. And the thing is that the hotel is so good at it… that you might not notice until the end. You suddenly find yourself engaged in a world of new impressions: cutting-edge art, architecture and world-class gastronomy.And then it hits you, what’s been stolen from you…you haven’t had a single thought about your very long to-do list, the responsibilities at home, the everyday worries. ... more   less 
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