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Oslo’s Best Art And Culture Hotels
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Oslo’s Best Art And Culture Hotels

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Widely renowned for its design and artistic brilliance, Oslo is a vibrant cultural destination full of rich historic sites and creative discoveries. To celebrate this unique identity we reveal the best cultural hotels in the city, from boutique to luxury, exploring their exemplary design, enchanting history and inspiring artistic focus.
The Thief
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Richard Prince at The Thief

Richard Prince at The Thief | © Mattias Hamrén and Jason Strong

The Thief

The Thief is an esteemed design hotel that has received wide international praise for its cultural and artistic excellence. The hotel is filled with stunning furniture pieces designed by names such as Antonio Citterio, Bruno Rainaldi, Tom Dixon, Anne Haavind and Stokke Austad, while the interiors are peppered with contemporary artworks by iconic artists hand-picked and curated by Sune Nordgren. Visitors can revel in works by acclaimed names such as Andy Warhol, Fiona Banner, Tony Cragg and Niki de Saint Phalle, giving the hotel the atmosphere of a gallery. The hotel’s restaurant continues this focus on experiential perfection, using only the best local ingredients to create innovative twists on Norwegian cuisine. The hotel’s location will entice any cultural traveler, sitting on an island like peninsula on the Fjord next to iconic Astrup Fearnley Museum.

Landgangen 1, N-0252 Oslo, Norway, +47 24 00 40 00,

 

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First Hotel Grims Grenka
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The Q Lounge at Grimms Grenka, Courtesy of Grimms Grenka Q Lounge

The Q Lounge at Grimms Grenka | Courtesy of Grimms Grenka Q Lounge

First Hotel Grims Grenka

Part of Scandinavia’s leading collection of unique hotels, First Hotel Grims Grenka is a 65 room hotel that features beautiful aesthetics and sophisticated lighting design. The use of space and color in each of its room is simply stunning and follows a seasonal theme that is expertly executed. The design focus continues through to the hotel’s Restaurant Madu, an acclaimed restaurant that serves beautifully presented and flavorsome Scandinavian cuisine. The restaurant focuses on the concept of ‘raw’, fusing traditional cooking methods with local and organic ingredients while also exploring the boundaries of cutting edge, contemporary gastronomy.

Kongens gate 5, 0153 Oslo, Norway, +47 23 10 72 00

 

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Scandic Edderkoppen
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Superior room at Scandic St. Olav's plass | © Scandic St. Olav's plass / Courtesy of Hotels.com

Scandic Edderkoppen

Described as ‘Norway’s first theatre hotel’, Scandic Edderkoppen is a unique destination that unites sophisticated design and entertainment under one roof. The Edderkoppen Theatre presents a wide range of shows including musicals and comedies, and its history dates back to 1942. Celebrating this vast theatrical tradition, the hotel is decorated with the country’s largest collection of historical theatre photographs, further adding to the dramatic atmosphere. The design of the hotel is themed with ‘Nordic colors’ and elegant designer furniture pieces star throughout.

St. Olavs Plass 1, O165 Oslo, Norway, +47 23 15 56 00

 

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Saga Hotel Oslo
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Saga Hotel exterior

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Saga Hotel Oslo

Set on a quiet street lined with beautiful architecture, this charming boutique hotel is located behind the Royal Palace and provides a wonderful combination of convenient location and rejuvenating atmosphere. Saga Hotel Oslo is housed in a 1890s building and its interior has been refurbished by Delotis Design, providing an enchanting mix of old and new. The interior has been praised by national and international media and features sophisticated design pieces and a well executed color scheme. The hotel is close to an exciting range of restaurants, cafes and bars – including the smallest microbrewery in Oslo – and is only a short walk away from the inspiring Vigeland Sculpture Park.

Eilert Sundts gate 39, Oslo 0259, Norway, +00 47 22 55 44 90

 

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The Grand Hotel
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Grand Hotel, Oslo

Grand Hotel, Oslo | © Rica Holmenkollen Park Hotel

The Grand Hotel

First opened in 1874, The Grand Hotel is a landmark structure that has become a part of the city’s cultural identity. The hotel has been proud to stand as one of the most esteemed deluxe hotels in Oslo throughout its 140 year history, and its rooms have been home to many famous Norwegian figures such as Henrik Ibsen and Fridtjof Nansen. Each year the hotel hosts the Nobel Peace Prize laureates, celebrities and heads of state, further emphasizing its cultural significance, and its superior design, service and location justify this prestigious reputation. The hotel is within walking distance of many fantastic museums and is a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Palace Park. An exemplary hotel on the world’s stage, the hotel won the European Luxury Suite Hotel of the year in 2013.

Karl Johans gate 31, 0159 Oslo, Norway, +47 23 21 20 00

 

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Rica Holmenkollen Park Hotel
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Rica Holmenkollen Park Hotel

Located next to Oslo’s iconic Holmenkollen Ski Arena, the Rica Holmenkollen Park Hotel is a beautiful hotel that fuses history with contemporary elegance. The oldest section of the hotel dates back to 1894 and the architecture celebrates this through its evocation of the old Norwegian ‘dragon style’. Its elevated location above Oslo provides guests with breathtaking views of the city and the Fjord, while the nearby Nordmarka forest and the tranquil atmosphere of the hotel make it the perfect destination for those wanting a more relaxing experience. The hotel’s history offers a fascinating tale, it was originally built as a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients and was burned down in 1914; the hotel’s welcoming staff will happily enlighten visitors of this captivating story.

Kongeveien 26, 0787 Oslo, Norway, +47 22 92 20 00

 

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Lysebu
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Lysebu, Oslo

Lysebu, Oslo | © Hotel Bristol

Lysebu

Located away from central Oslo and surrounded by stunning Norwegian forest, Lysebu is both a hotel and a cultural destination. The hotel’s history dates back to the Second World War, as it was built as a monument to Danish-Norwegian Co-operation as a way of thanking Denmark for the support it gave Norway throughout the war. Designed by the esteemed Norwegian architect Magnus Poulsson, the aesthetics were inspired by the traditional national architecture and are noted for conjuring images of Norwegian folktales. The interior design connects this history with gorgeous Scandinavian design and contemporary elegance. Through an arrangement with the Henie Onstad Art Center, the Lysebu also exhibits an array of art works from both acclaimed Norwegian and Danish practitioners, further promoting its history. A destination for all of the senses, the hotel’s restaurant serves magnificent Nordic cuisine made from local and natural ingredients.

Lysebuveien 12, Oslo, Norway, +47 21 51 10 00,

 

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Hotel Bristol
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Hotel Bristol, Oslo

Hotel Bristol, Oslo | © Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Hotel Bristol

Located in the heart of the city, Hotel Bristol is a charming venue that exudes an atmosphere of elegance and history. The hotel is proud of its 90 year past and its aesthetics emphasize this through favoring traditional, sophisticated design over contemporary trends. The hotel’s marvelous Winter Garden and Library Bar are central to the hotel’s cultural identity and are described as a place where ‘politicians, authors, musicians and actors have found inspiration since 1920’. Today live music, delectable dishes and tempting cocktails can be enjoyed here while reveling in live piano performances. The location of the hotel is near unbeatable, set on Karl Johans gate and within walking distance of the Royal Palace, many museums and the waterfront area Aker Brygge.

Kristian IV’s gate 7, 0164 Oslo, +47 22 82 60 00

 

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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

The largest hotel in the city and the previous winner of both the Best International and Norwegian Hotel Chain, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel offers a range of suites and rooms that feature sleek and modern design. The hotel stands over 35 stories tall, allowing visitors breathtaking views of the city, while the architecture’s focus on glass means that every room offers a unique perspective of Oslo. The hotel’s 34 Restaurant and SkyBar attract both hotel guests and city visitors to their 110 meter high vantage point, and create an intoxicating atmosphere of sophisticated interior design, sensational Nordic and international dishes, and some of the city’s best views.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, 00 47 22 05 80 00, Sonja Henies Plass 3, Box 9206, N-0134, Oslo, Norway

 

 

 

 

 

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