The copper-towered, luminescent Grand Hotel has been a cultural staple of Oslo since 1874. Some of the world’s most notable socialites and former presidents, including the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Henry Ford and Dwight D. Eisenhower, have graced its halls. It remains one of the best hotels in Norway and, rather than feeling tawdry, it has a modern atmosphere about it which complements its 19th century grandeur. Hyper-modernized electronics adorn plush armoires to update an already enthralling interior. If you find that the 3,000 NOK per night rate might be a tad out of your price range, take a trip instead to one of its many restaurants and bars to rub elbows with Europe’s elite.
The Grand Hotel, Karl Johans Gate 31, Oslo, Norway +47 23 21 20 00
Operating for over a century, Cochs Pensjonat is one of the best value accommodation spots in Oslo. In a city known for extravagant pricing, Cochs Pensjonat is a bit of a godsend to the thrifty traveller. Its well-to-do exterior serves as an excellent introduction to the postmodern ambiance of the rooms and furnishings. Here, you are treated to high ceilings and simple styling that give it an albeit bare feel, but still an incredibly comfortable and pleasant atmosphere. There are not many amenities or services, but with an in-room kitchen and a nearby restaurant, you won’t be hard pushed for food options. Out of the 88 rooms, only 10 do not have a bathroom and kitchenette.
Cochs Pensjonat, Parkveien 25, Oslo, Norway +47 23 33 24 00