The biggest advantage to this hotel is its location. It is attached to Oslo's Grand Central train station, co-located with several restaurants and cafes. I stayed here for two nights before doing a ...
The biggest advantage to this hotel is its location. It is attached to Oslo's Grand Central train station, co-located with several restaurants and cafes. I stayed here for two nights before doing a Norway in a Nutshell tour, and found that this location was perfect. The Bergen Railway for the Nutshell tour leaves from Grand Central Station, so all I had to do was take my backpack from my hotel room and walk (inside) to the train station without having to walk outside or take any additional transportation. The convenient location is definitely a benefit. On the way back from the Nutshell tour, the train arrived in Oslo from Bergen at 10:30pm, and it was such a relief to just walk through the train station to get back to the hotel instead of having to navigate through the city late at night.
The hotel has a funky part modern/part historic feel with train-themed graffiti decor. The rooms are very small, with minimal walking/storage space, but I found it to be perfectly fine for my needs. I had a small suitcase and backpack that fit in the corner of the room, and I didn't need to unpack anything. Despite the centralized location and proximity to trains, I fortunately did not hear any late-night noise or people passing by.
The hotel's complimentary breakfast was good - a variety of eggs, bacon, cold cuts, vegetables, fruits, yogurt, and breads. They also had lemon water and orange water in pitchers, which was a nice touch. The hotel's lobby offers complimentary coffee and tea all day/night, which was hugely appreciated by my caffeine-addicted self, particularly when I spent all day exploring and needed a coffee boost to keep me going.
I could tell the hotel had a lot of history, and I wish I got a chance to learn a little more about it. Navigating from my room to the lobby required a lot of elevator hopping and wandering through halls to finally make it to the lobby, but it wasn't a big inconvenience - it just caused a little confusion until I figured out the route. If you are doing a Norway in a Nutshell tour and/or just want to base yourself near a centralized train station, I would highly recommend this hotel. The Italian restaurant attached (Bella Bambina) looked delicious, but sadly it was all booked on the Saturday night that I was there, so I was unable to try it. If you are ok with small rooms and would prefer the convenience of a great location, this is definitely the place for you.