Hotel Bristol – Oslo, Norway
Address: Kristian IV’s gate 7, 0164 Oslo
Tel: +47 22 82 60 00
We were in Oslo for a couple of days before starting our “Norway in A Nutshell” tour de force of transportation, and I selected the Hotel Bristol for its convenience and comfort. We took the Flytoget Express train from the airport, got off at the National Theatre stop (Nasjonaltheatret Station), and were briefly confused by the street signs, because, well, they’re Norwegian and I’m not. We quickly recovered and found Karl Johans gate, a main street only one block from the hotel, and it was maybe a five-minute walk with our baggage to the hotel.
The Hotel Bristol has one of those grand, old-world style lobbies that these days seems to often indicate a more affordable accommodation than the slicker, modern-looking hotels. The lounge area in the lobby had chandeliers and books and comfy leather chairs set amidst statuary and plants. I thought it was lovely and inviting. The person working at reception was pleasant and helpful, letting us know the times of breakfast each day during our stay (8 AM on Sunday and 6:30 AM on Monday), as it was included (and it was quite good, by the way). I had read a couple of reviews complaining that the staff was impolite to younger (under 50) guests, but that was not my experience at all.
We stayed in a standard double room, room # 664. It had twin beds pushed together (as is often the case in European hotels), but the bed was comfortable and clean. We had a shower with doors, no bathtub, and the bath amenities were nice. The shower door let some water leak onto the bathroom floor, but it didn’t flood and it wasn’t such a tragedy as some reviewers might make it out to be. There was free wifi (as it should be), a minibar and a room safe. Was it the best, most amazing room I’ve ever encountered? No, but it was more than adequate and quite comfortable.
Possibly the best thing about the Hotel Bristol was the location, which is normally my #1 criterion for selecting a hotel. We were there to see Oslo, not a hotel, and it offered us the ability to easily walk to sights and transportation, while providing a comfortable place to rest at the end of the day. I don’t know if I would stay there again, simply because I like to try new things, but I would stay in the area again and wouldn’t rule out the Hotel Bristol.
Stayed: May 22 – 24, 2010
Current rate for standard double room with breakfast: $265/300 (non-refundable/flexible)
(price quoted is per company website at the time of writing, but rates seem to vary significantly)