This small hotel surrounded by sophisticated boutiques welcomes its guests into a designer setting. The rooms may be small, but the comfort, facilities and welcome make this establishment a very pleasant and comfortable base from which to explore the town.
The hotel is on a shopping street, surrounded by sophisticated boutiques, an equal distance from Vigeland Sculpture Park and the presidential palace. The tram to the city centre stops just outside the hotel and if you feel like stretching your legs, the harbour is only a quarter of an hour's walk away.
There is free Internet access with the computer in the reception and via the WiFi connection, if you bring your own laptop.
The hotel's discreet entrance is no more than a little door, but its large sign leaves you in no doubt that you are at the right address. Inside, there is a little entrance hall with green apples on the counter for guests. Opposite this there is a computer with Internet access and a free coffee machine to help guests stay up until the early hours. The hotel has no other facilities apart from this little hall, the second-floor breakfast room and the 6 floors of rooms, but what more do you need when you have the whole of Oslo on your doorstep?
The hotel houses 168 pretty rooms with contemporary decor: the walls, sheets, desk, cupboard and everything else is white, apart from the parquet floor and flat-screen television. The little rooms are given a modern look by the original lamp on the desk, the electronic minibar and flat-screen television. As for the little bathrooms, they are almost part of the rooms themselves, with the washbasin barely a metre from the bed and the shower and toilet tucked away into a little space behind a sliding door and a window. The floor-level shower and grey tiling on the walls make for a very clean, modern setting. As far as equipment is concerned, you will be pleased to find an ironing board and a hair-dryer which is more powerful than hotels usually provide.
Breakfast is served as a buffet of sweet and savoury dishes in a pleasant designer setting on the second floor. The coffee is very - even excessively - weak, while the pastries are quite good. If you like salmon, egg, ham or other savoury dishes, you are sure to find something to your taste. The only downside is that the buffet room and counter are too small compared to the capacity of the dining area, so you will have to queue!
Next to the hotel, a restaurant called Patio serves simple but tasty dishes at affordable prices for lunch and dinner.
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