The ten best hotels in Oslo

Here are the ten best hotels in Oslo, which include places with bold designs, sea views, fantastic locations, exciting restaurants, swimming pools, and cool cocktail bars.


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The capital of Norway is full of modern museums, vibrant nightlife, and famous brand and vintage shopping. The city is special in being close to both the Oslo fjord, an island archipelago, and plenty of nature on land.

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In recent years, popular saunas have popped up right in the city centre, and the city has also become a prized destination for gastronomic dining experiences.

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But where should you stay to experience everything Oslo has to offer?

Here are the top 10 hotels, according to Picolo: 

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Luxurious Sommerro in the district of Frogner has everything: pool, spa, art deco style in the bedrooms, cinema and live music in the "Ekspedisjonshallen".

1. Sommerro – The hotel that has it all 

The new Sommerro hotel is located in the Frogner district, about a fifteen-minute walk from the main pedestrian shopping street, Karl Johan. Sommerro has it all: several restaurants, a spa, a rooftop pool, a roof terrace with stunning views, a cinema, a gym, and, of course, everything from double rooms to luxury suites.

Address: Sommerrogata 1 

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The modern and funky boutique hotel Amerikalinjen is located in the center of Oslo.

2. Amerikalinjen – A taste of New York 

This hotel is located across the street from Østbanehallen, which is the city's public transport hub right by the main railway station.

You can virtually walk out of this hotel and straight out by the Oslofjord, where you will find saunas in all shapes and sizes. You can drop in or book a private session with friends in advance – and dive straight into the fjord – all year round.

Amerikalinjen is a recently opened boutique hotel that has beautiful interiors and designer details. This is the place to stay if you love drinks and a New York feel. The hotel is known for its bar Pier 42, and the place also has its own jazz stage. Read more and book here

Address: Jernbanetorget 2

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Munch museum

Staying at Clarion Hotel Oslo, you are only a stone's throw from the Munch Museum, where you can see the famous artwork The Scream.

3. Clarion Hotel Oslo – the art hotel 

This is the hotel for those who are interested in art. Clarion Hotel Oslo is located in Bjørvika, a newer area of Oslo where you will find hot clothing brands Holzweiler and Norwegian Rain / T-Michael, the city's best donuts at Talormade, as well as the Michelin-starred restaurant Maaemo and the  trendy nightclub Hammerhai Bar.

Not to mention, the iconic Opera House and Munch Museum. With its focus on art, the hotel naturally has its own gallery, Sketch, where can see everything from Munch to works by artists he inspired. Click here to read more and make a booking. 

Address: Dronning Eufemias gate 15

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Grand Hotel

The historic and venerable Grand Hotel is located in the middle of the Karl Johan shopping street.

4. Grand Hotel – The Nobel laureates' hotel 

A venerable white neoclassical building with a clocktower rises up by the main pedestrian street, Karl Johan. This is the iconic 5-star Grand Hotel. The hotel has hosted everything from rock stars to politicians and is known for its afternoon tea and Palmen Restaurant – where the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen once dined.

The Grand is also where winners of the Nobel Peace Prize stay when they are in town. Today, guests flock to the hotel for a dose of luxury and elegance in everyday life and sip bubbly on the hotel's rooftop terrace. Read more and book here 

Address: Karl Johans gate 31.

Urban Oslo

In Oslo you have both the city beach, modern museums, intense nightlife, good shopping and luxurious hotels.

5.Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel – the highest in Oslo 

This high rise hotel is very centrally located close to Østbanehallen. The hotel features a restaurant and bar on the 34th floor with stunning views of Oslo, as well as a spa and swimming pool. It also enjoys direct access to Oslo Spektrum, a well-known concert venue and exhibition centre. This is a hotel for everyone, whether you are going on a business trip, a concert, or travelling with the whole a family. Click here to read more and make a booking. 

Address: Sonja Henies plass 3

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The Thief

The Thief is centrally located at Aker Brygge, with a sea view, beach and museum and restaurants nearby.

6.The Thief – where thieves were once hanged

A few metres further out, and this hotel would be located in the Oslo fjord! Enjoy Norwegian seafood overlooking the fjord, visit the spa, and dive straight into the fjord, or simply sit on your balcony and relax while breathing in the sea air and watching the boats come and go.

The Thief lets you stay close to stunning scenery and yet close to Aker Brygge and vibrant city life. The area is full of good restaurants, bars and shopping. It's also close to the National Museum, which exhibits Norway's largest collections of art, architecture and design. The hotel gets its name from a part of the Tjuvholmen neighbourhood where thieves and murderers were once executed in the 1600s and 1700s. 

Address: Landgang 1

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You can go straight from the hotel in Holmenkollen and out into Oslo's forests for hiking.

7. Holmenkollen Scandic Park – A symbol of Norway

If you want to get out of the city, experience the capital's nature, and stay at one of Oslo's most venerable hotels, Holmenkollen Scandic Park is a great place to check in. The hotel first opened its doors in 1894, and has a spa, gym, café and restaurant. You can go straight out into the vast nature of Oslomarka and embark on a multitude of hikes – check with the hotel for tips. In addition, the Ski Museum is located here as well as the Holmenkollen ski jump.

The hotel is a half-hour trip from the city centre by metro line 1 to Frognerseteren from Jernbanetorget. It's ideal hotel for those who want a proper Norwegian overnight stay that's not too far from the city. Learn more and book here 

Address: Kongeveien 26

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Little beats a good hotel breakfast when you are a guest in a cool big city.

8. Quality Hotel 33 – In the new district 

This hotel is also located outside the city centre, about 10 minutes by rail, in the Økern neighbourhood. Quality Hotel 33 is perfect for those who are going on a business trip, as the conference hotel has 242 rooms, a number of modern meeting rooms, and a restaurant and bar with panoramic views for socialising. It's also a 20-minute walk to Løren, one of Oslo's newest districts, where you'll find bars, restaurants and cafés. Learn more and book here

Address: Østre Aker vei 33 

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Hotel Bristol

The historic hotel is known for its afternoon tea and cozy atmosphere.

9. Hotel Bristol – Venerable and traditional 

This hotel is famous for its delicious hot chocolate. Everyone from retirees to influencers head there for brunch, and to indulge in hot chocolate with whipped cream. Dating back to the 1920s, and here you stay if you want to experience a historical setting, luxury, and good service. Moreover, the hotel has its own gin bar, pub and grill, as well as a gym and parking. Hotel Bristol is located on a side street from Karl Johan, so you have shopping right outside your door. Read more and book here 

Address: Kristian IVs gate 7

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Hotel Continental

Hotel Continental is located next to the National Theater in the middle of Oslo, and has both a bar and a restaurant.

10. Hotel Continental – Five stars smack in the city centre 

This 5-star hotel is located across the street from the city's National Theatre, as well as a stone's throw from the Royal Palace and Palace Park. Hotel Continental is known for its iconic restaurant Theatercafeen, which has a rich cultural history, with regulars including famous actors, financiers, and writers.

The hotel's other restaurant, Eik Annen Etage, is known for serving gourmet Norwegian food and its award-winning wine cellar. Read more and book here 

Address: Stortingsgata 24