Oslo, a key cultural centre for both Scandinavia and Europe, offers a wide variety of well-heeled places to stay where art is just as highly prized as a good night’s sleep.
Famously home to Edvard Munch, the enigmatic and iconic painter, Oslo has much to offer on an artistic and cultural level. Indeed, many of the city’s best hotels use this rich artistic heritage as a jumping-off point for their designs and services, with the best art and culture hotels in Oslo more than enough to make your stay something to scream about.
Built as a theatre and office in 1917, this chic urban hotel has culture right up to its elegant eyeballs. Sitting opposite the National Gallery (currently home to Munch’s The Scream) and the National Theatre, its downtown location is a perfect spot from which to explore everything the city has to offer. The popular Aker Brygge waterfront is moments away, with its trendy restaurants, shops and bars, while the Royal Palace is just next door.
This historic hotel is closely linked to the pro-Norwegian movement and cultural life in Oslo. It was established during the late 19th century when the hotel provided a home for young people coming to the city in search of a better life. This legacy lives on today, with a percentage of the profits from the hotel going towards financing theatre, music and dance projects. In each of the 145 rooms hangs a portrait and key text from a cultural figure connected to the hotel’s history in its ‘Literary Project’.
The extensive art collection housed within this modern hotel is as good a reason to visit as the ski trails and mountain-top views. The Nils Holgersson restaurant, high above Holmenkollen, offers breathtaking views over Oslo, as well as the best locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Although a little out of the city, the short drive is worth it for the fresh air and spectacular panoramas.
For more stylish and cultural places to stay in the Norwegian capital, see Oslo’s best boutique hotels, bookable with Culture Trip.
Andrew Kingsford-Smith contributed additional reporting to this article.