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The Best Hotels in Oslo, Norway

by Lisa Stentvedt

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If you are heading to Norway it is likely that you are flying into the capital, Oslo. First of all, I’m sure you’ll be very excited to visit the land of the fjords (and expensive beer). Second of all, you’ll need to find a hotel in Oslo. This can prove to be easier said than done, as Oslo is a popular destination, and it can get quite expensive if you are visiting in the high season. This is why I’ve curated this list of the best hotels in Oslo for you!

So whether you are visiting Oslo on a budget, looking for a bit of luxury, or are looking for something in between, you’ll find a hotel in Oslo that suits your style on this list. I’ve separated the hotels by category, so some of these are budget hotels, some are moderately priced hotels and the last ones are the best luxury hotels in Oslo.

Side note: This Norway guide has you covered for your trip to the land of the fjords!

The Best Hotels in Oslo, Norway

The Best Hotels in Oslo, Norway

Below is a list of my favourite hotels in Oslo, sorted by price range. The budget hotels in Oslo are for those looking to save a little and not blow the bank on their hotel, but do keep in mind that Norway is expensive, and it’s important to book early to get the best prices.

The mid-range hotels in Oslo are moderately priced, and perfect if you are spending more than a night in Oslo and are planning on seeing some of the top Oslo attractions during your stay. You will be especially happy to hear that I also have a list of the best things to do in Oslo. The luxury hotels listed are some of the best hotels in Oslo that I know!

Travelling to the fjords next? Here’s my guide to travelling from Oslo to the fjords (and Flåm, specifically)!

Budget Hotels in Oslo, Norway

Visiting Oslo on a budget is not the easiest of tasks, as Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world. It is, however, possible to save a few extra kroner on your accommodation while in town. The hotels below are my top recommendations for budget hotels in Oslo!

Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget

This hotel focuses on all the basics, making it a great alternative for budget travel in Norway. It is based within walking distance of everything in central Oslo, and has a fun, colourful design. You’ll find free WiFi and comfortable beds, and if you want anything extra – simply pay for it. It is like a low-cost airline! The extras can be anything from room-cleaning to extra towels. It really is as simple as it gets. I stayed there for the first time in early 2017 and absolutely loved how simple the experience was. The lobby has a great coffee bar and lounge for a ‘grab and go’ breakfast!

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CityBox Oslo

This budget hotel is a favourite amongst solo travelers and backpackers, and is just a short walk from Oslo’s Central Station. This makes it perfect for those only staying a night in town before heading off somewhere else. Make friends in the lounge of the hotel, and take advantage of the free WiFi and guest computers available for all staying guests.

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Comfort Hotel Børsparken

This lovely hotel is also very central, and just a short walk from Karl Johan; which is the main shopping street in Oslo. Some rooms have lovely views of the city’s rooftops, and the windows face the Oslo Stock Market. The hotel has free WiFi, and the lobby offers 4 iMacs free of charge for guests. I stayed here with my mum in 2016, and we really enjoyed it. The breakfast in particular was great, with lots of healthy options!

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The Best Hotels in Oslo, Norway

Mid-range Hotels in Oslo, Norway

If you are staying in Oslo for longer than a night, you might want to spend a little more on your hotel in the Norwegian capital. Amenities such as coffee machines, breakfast included, and a little more space to hang out will be a priority, and most of the hotels in Oslo are still within the affordable range.

Thon Hotel Terminus

This hotel is located right in the middle of Oslo, which is super convenient for a city stay. It is one of my favourite hotels in Oslo, and has been added to the prestigious ‘Love This Hotel’ series here on Fjords and Beaches. In additional to being so central, Thon Hotel Terminus has killer service, a great breakfast, and a complimentary evening meal. For more infomraiton about my favourite Oslo hotel, go ahead and read my entire blog post dedicated to the hotel.

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Scandic Byporten

Scandic Byporten is a great hotel in Oslo to stay at when I am catching an early flight (or arriving late). So if you need a hotel for a stopover in Oslo, this should be your first choice! It is located in the same building as the Oslo Grand Central Station, so the walk from breakfast to the Airport Express is as short as it can get. They also have an amazing breakfast overlooking one of the busiest squares in Oslo, making it great for some early morning people watching. I usually stay here several times a year, as the drive from my village to Oslo airport is 6 hours long. Instead of driving through the night, I can stay at one of my favourite hotels in Oslo, get a good night’s sleep and show up bright and early for my flight the next morning.

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Clarion Hotel Bastion

This is a fun boutique hotel in the center of Oslo, and is great for those hoping to save a little on dining. In addition to their breakfast, they offer an evening buffet daily, which is a great addition to any hotel in Oslo! Their family rooms are also loads of fun, so I would say this is one of the best kid friendly hotels in Oslo! The evening meal they offer is great for when your kids need an extra snack before bed time, and the family rooms all come with differently themed kids’ rooms! On my last visit I actually stayed in a jungle bed, haha!

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The Best Hotels in Oslo, Norway

Luxury Hotels in Oslo, Norway

If you are looking for a bit of luxury, Oslo is your place. This is the city for champagne, relaxation, and shopping. Below are the top three luxury hotels in Oslo, so get ready to splurge.

The Thief

The Thief is one of the newer luxury hotels in Oslo, and it sure lives up to its high-end reputation. From their rooftop bar you can enjoy an (expensive) mojito and beautiful views of Aker Brygge and the Oslo fjord. My favourite drink here is the bellini, it is totally worth the price tag!

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The Plaza

The Plaza was one of Oslo’s first ‘skyscrapers’, making the building a staple on its own. Being right next to Oslo Spektrum, one of Oslo’s main concert venues, you’ll find a neat overground passageway where celebreties have been secretly moving between their rooms and the stage for years. Make sure you drop by the sky bar on the 34th floor for great food and even better views of the city.

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The Grand Hotel

The Oslo Grand Hotel is an absolute classic and also the hotel where Obama stayed during the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in 2009. The hotel is popular amongst the rich and famous, and international stars usually stay here. Their cafe on the first floor is not just old, but the famous hangout of many Norwegian writers and poets – making it worth a visit on its own.

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There you have some of my favourite hotels in Oslo. If you are visiting Oslo in the near future, make sure to book your hotel early, and to check out this guide to visiting Oslo on a budget, and not to miss these things to consider before visiting Norway! You can also head this way to find my exhaustive list of the best things to do in Oslo.


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Velyz Zhang 15/05/2017 - 05:34

Thank you for the list. I’d love to visit Oslo someday to see the northern lights, that’s my dream

Lisa // Fjords & Beaches 20/05/2017 - 11:00

I’m glad you liked it, Velyz! I hope you get to experience them someday! 🙂

Rachel M 29/05/2017 - 16:20

I’d really like to get to Norway in the next few years. A lot of my ancestors are from there and would love to see some of my distant relatives that are still around there!

-Rachel @ Backcountry Petite

Lisa // Fjords & Beaches 01/06/2017 - 05:48

I hope you get a chance to go, Rachel! That’s really cool, you should definitely go back to your ‘roots’ then! 🙂

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