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.
- 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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