Norway’s capital city can be expensive – and if you’re planning a trip here as a group of friends or family, you’ll want plenty of space. We’ve put together a top-notch list of apartments to get the most out of your stay in Oslo.
The Sentrum district is the epicentre of Oslo city life, and these chic one-bedroom flats can accommodate up to four people. You’re within walking distance of some of the capital’s most popular attractions – such as the 13th-century Akershus Fortress and the Oslo Opera House. These contemporary flats are usefully split into two levels, with beds upstairs and the living area downstairs – letting some of your party rest while the others gab away.
While you might not equate Oslo with a beach holiday, the modern custom-built luxury flats at Wright Apartments – just south of Operahuset Oslo, the celebrated Opera House, are only a short distance from the Sørenga Sjøbad waterfront swimming area. Hovedøya Island, with sunbathing and swimming options, is also nearby. If you like natural light (these units were designed to soak it up) and a maritime setting, this is the spot for you.
The affordable 163 units at Forenom Aparthotel Oslo are not far from the trendy, gentrifying areas of Grünerløkka and Torshov in the traditionally working-class east of the city. Choose from fully-equipped premium suites with small kitchenette, or smart one- to three-bed flats. These apartments come with easy access to the central train station, plus plenty of eateries and shops nearby. If you’d like a veranda, opt for an upper-level apartment.
Chose from one-, two- or three-bed options at one of these state-of-the-art apartments, in the Operakvarteret area near the ultra-modern Barcode Project. The Bjørvika Apartments focus on glossy Nordic interior design, famed for its simple, clean lines – and these flats are all about modernity and smart decor. Plus each comes with a private balcony.
Majorstuen is one of Oslo’s more upscale neighbourhoods, near Frogner and Vigeland Park, home to early 20th-century works by Norway’s most famous scupltor, Gustav Vigeland. If West Oslo’s Nordic dining options and upscale surrounds appeal, Saga Apartments Oslo, with 50 modern renovated flats, is a great choice. Couples can book a smaller studio apartment, or opt for the Grand Master Family Apartment, which sleeps five without a hitch.
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Josefines Gate 30, a former hospital, built in 1916, and converted into 53 studios and one- and two-bed apartments, offers the ideal base in Oslo West for solo travellers or small families planning on an extended stay. They come with all the essential amenities and the designers have added modern décor that doesn’t detract from the original style. This classy establishment is within walking distance of the rest of Oslo, but trams are nearby if your feet need a rest.
With brilliant rooms and suites – some with a kitchen and separate bedrooms – this building offers well-equipped living spaces close to the centre. Just south of Tøyen Park (perfect for a long stroll), the Norwegian Hotels and Apartments come with complimentary tea and coffee and optional breakfasts. Large colourful prints adorn the walls to liven up the rooms. If you’ve had enough Norwegian cuisine, Tava restaurant serves tapas, pizza and Mexican dishes.
Anyone who adores modernity will appreciate these downtown flats in a converted 1878 museum. After your automated self-service check-in, head to your apartment (some but not all come with a kitchen) with little to no hassle. Finishes include wood accents, muted grey tones and floral design flourishes, and there’s plenty of natural light in each. There’s an infrared sauna and fitness room, plus room service if you don’t want to go out or cook.
Frogner operates several longer-term letting locations in West Oslo’s swankiest districts, with trendy cafés, shops and restaurants nearby. Our favourite is trendy Skovveien 8, with 57 studio apartments, all with a kitchenette and washing machine on each floor. Rooms feature cosy dark walls, velvet armchairs and bright, modern bathrooms. If you don’t fancy making breakfast, opt for a healthy delivery option with a selection of menus based on your dietary requirements.