My wife and I stayed at this hotel for two nights on our Scandinavian tour. We booked the hotel based on TripAdvisor reviews and were not disappointed. The hotel is located right next to the Central S...
My wife and I stayed at this hotel for two nights on our Scandinavian tour. We booked the hotel based on TripAdvisor reviews and were not disappointed. The hotel is located right next to the Central Station, which was great because we were travelling from Stockholm, Sweden (a six-hour train ride). The hotel is located right across from Oslo's Opera House and is within walking distance to all major tourist attractions as well as restaurants, shopping malls, and public transportation (tram, metro, bus stations) if you'd like to go to Bygdoy (Bus #30 from the street across from Central Station) to check out the beautiful peninsula as well as the city's finest museums such as The Polar Ship Fram, Norwegian Maritime Museum, Viking Ship Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum, Kon-Tiki Museum, etc.
The Tourist Information Centre is located in the same building as the hotel where you can go to exchange information or get your Oslo Pass, which includes unlimited rides on public transportation and free entry into most facilities, including the museums mentioned above. Then again, Oslo is also a very compact city; you could walk the central area within a couple of hours if you wanted to. We only used the Oslo Pass to go to Bygdoy and the Vigeland Sculpture Park on the north-eastern part.
The rooms are quite small but not different as seen in the pictures. We thought the place was clean and the staff was attentive and very friendly. It doesn't really look like a hotel per se; the entrance looks different to most other hotels I've stayed at. But check-in and check-out were super fast and they offer free coffee which was a treat for me when I went out to take night pictures of the city late at night (the sun won't set until past 10 p.m. and the city does get quite cold in the evenings).
One minor problem for us was the elevator system. We were placed on the fourth floor and were surprised to find out the lift wouldn't directly go up to our floor; rather, it went up to the third floor and we had to change lifts after walking a long corridor. It felt awkward the first couple of times, but we eventually decided to just climb the last floor rather than walking around the entire corridor and wait for the elevator to just go one floor up.
Wi-Fi was free and fast. Breakfast was okay; I recommend you go to the restaurant a bit early because it can be crowded and difficult to find a place to sit.
In terms of location, this is possibly the best for tourists. We walked around the city all day and felt no other hotel is as central and easily accessible as Comfort Hotel Grand Central. I would definitely stay here again next time I travel to Oslo.