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TravelPod Member ReviewsBEST WESTERN Hotell Bondeheimen Oslo
We've stayed at the Best Western Hotel Bondeheimen in Oslo and I'm please to say that this is an excellent choice if you want to stay in central Oslo at affordable prices. Here's my review on the following aspects:
STAFF: The staff is uber-friendly and always available to help you with a smile. Everybody (and I really mean everybody) says "hej" and if you have any questions or needs, don't hesitate to ask for help. You will be very well served.
CLEANLINESS: Nothing to say about it. Everything was extremely clean and no complaints at all. We've stayed in the 5th and 6th floors (on both times we've stayed here in this trip) and the room, the linen and bathroom were in perfect "cleanliness shape"!
ROOM/BATHROOM: We had two room in our stay. The first one was on the sixth floor and it was an interior room. Very quiet, average size and with two beds (-) that together felt like one (+: they didn't move, and the gap was ultra thin). It has wired Internet access (-), minibar (+), LCD TV (+) and safe (+). Bathroom was also average size with shower. The decoration is catchy and modern style.
LOCATION: Central Oslo, at a 5-7 minutes walk to the Royal Palace. It's near everything (10 minutes walk to Oslo Central Station), 2 minutes to the Hard Rock Cafe. It's in a great location and away from noise (which, by the way, is not much in Oslo).
BREAKFAST: Meals are in Cafe Kafistova (next to the Reception) and it has a huge variety of bread, fruits, coffee, milk, juices, ... it's impossible to leave without tasting everything. Kafistova is also where you can have lunch or dinner, and as an hotel guest, you have 20% discount. In Oslo, it's worth it!
RECEPTION: It's open 24/7 and like everyone else of the staff, they are uber-friendly and helpful. You have a machine at your disposal where you can make tea, coffee, cappuccino, caffe-latte, etc. absolutely free. Also you have two PC (free) with a printer available to access the Internet if you forgot your laptop.
OVERALL: It's a great place to stay!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Hotell Bondeheimen Oslo
Late arrival means a smoking room....
We arrived on the train from Bergen at 11pm on a Monday night and our several month old reservation for a non smoking room was not honored..."we don't have any other rooms". (all told the staff seemed young and without experience..)This room had at least three cigarette burns on furniture etc., smelled semi bad, and had a dirty looking chair with a clot of gum or somesuch on the upholstery. (carpet seemed newer)Other than that, the room was certainly a decent size ( for Europe) and very clean, though noisy on front street entrance. We could have changed rooms the next day, but didn't want to take the time as we were wanting to explore. We did ask that the phone be fixed ( it didn't work the three days we were there..) and that a lightbulb be replaced -it wasn't. (We were told we could use the lobby phone. ) The location is terrific, the breakfast is crowded but good, and the airport bus stops right in front. My advice is to get there early in the day, so you are not stuck with an unpleasant room. We talked to other guests and they were happy with what sounded like refurbished rooms.
Pleasant accomodation in Oslo: to be suggested
I would suggest the hotel since (i) it is located in the city centre, close to the Karl Johan Gate, to the Parliament, to the harbour and to the Royal palace, also within a reasonable walking distance from the Railway station and Bus terminal; (ii) the rooms are clean, comfortable, newly refurbished, with fully renovated toilet, with tv-colour and minibar; (iii) the buffet - breakfast is very generous, with juices, bacon & eggs as well as smoked salmon, taken in a pretty location (the Kaffistova, which is a normal bar - restaurant during the day). Very good cost-benefit ratio.
We regulary stay at Best Western hotels throughout Europe, and this hotel was one of the worst. Firstly we had booked a double room for 2 nights and was given a room with 2 single beds. We were able to change after the 1st night to a double room that overlooked the street, but were then unable to sleep due to noise from the bars across the street and then the street cleaners in the early hours of the morning. The rooms are extremely small and simple (esp the double bed), and the bathroom does not have a seperate shower, creating a 'wet room' feel. Also, the curtains on the window are not block-out so light streams into the room at sunrise. We are not ones to complain and at least the room rates are reasonable and location is very central, but when you compare this hotel to other Best Westerns in Europe, it is definitely at the bottom of the scale. The only thing that is recommended is the great Scandinavian breakfast included in the room rate.
Seriously good value for money
Stayed 3 nights in mid-February. Could not be more centrally located, but a bit noisy in the early hours as Norwegians like to party late! Got a great deal for under £50 per night bed and as much breakfast as you could eat. Rooms were generously sized, well equipped and very comfortable. A real "find" in a city where costs are otherwise seriously expensive. The in-house cafe is also excellent and well patronised, with a genuine 20% discount for residents. A good standard hotel overall and higly recommended for a weekend break.
Very convenient location if taking the airport bus. Bus stops right outside the door every 20 minutes and even takes credit cards! It is a bit of a hike from the train station, but not unmanageable. The hotel staff was extremely friendly and helpful, even helping me track down an item that I had left/lost at the train station. The free breakfast buffet is served in the restaurant right next door (an interior doorway is available for hotel access). The buffet is large and varied, making it suitable for any breakfast taste. Also, a 20% discount for lunch and/or dinner is available to hotel guests in the restaurant. This comes in very handy considering the high prices of restaurant food in Norway. Also, a delightful snack/late dinner of soup and bread, along with tea or coffee is available free of charge each evening in the lobby. Our room was small, but serviceable and very clean. I loved the heated flooring in the bathroom - what a wonder! I couldn't be more pleased with our stay and highly recommend the Bondeheimen.
The Bondeheimen is in an excellent location in the city centre (which is very compact anyway). The Hotel Bristol is across the street and the Grand Hotel is around the corner.
Although the hotel does not have a bar there are several less then a minutes walk away. The excellent retaurant Kaffistova serves a first class hot and cold buffet breakfast and is also open for food and drinks until 9pm on weekdays and 7pm at weekends. Hotel guests get a 20% discount, which is very welcome considering the cost of eating out. The menu is a little limited, but portions are generous.
Soup, bread and coffee are provided free of charge in the hotel reception after Kaffistova closes. It's self service and the food usually runs out after an hour. You can eat in the comfortable reception area or take it to your room.
The double room we had was quite small and the bathroom had a shower in it making the whole room a "wet-room". However, there were no problems with flooding the bathroom when showering. Heated floor too! The decor in the room was reasonable but nothing special. All the fixtures were new however, carpets not worn or dirty and beds were very comfortable.
There are also ice machines in the hotel corridors - handy for a cold drink or two in your room before hitting the rather expensive bars (£6 for a litre of beer).
The only problem which the hotel suffered from was noise as it's on a busy main street. So you can hear traffic, people walking about and some music from nearby bars. We were there in October, so it wasn't very busy. Perhaps it would be noisier in the Summer. Being sad gits we always take ear plugs on holiday with us, so we just stuck them in and got a good nights sleep!
All in all we would go back to the Bondeheimen.
Wins on location
The Bondeheimen claims to be typically Scandinavian in style and ambience, with rooms recently refurbished in interesting colours and Norweigian design. Our room was on the 6th floor (top) facing inwards and was quiet and clean - although you have to be able to live with the "wet room" principle of a bathroom with open shower area. The room was on the small side but had all we needed for 3 nights stay. At 790 NOK per night it was the best town centre deal we could find on a busy August weekend and included an excellent full breakfast in a cafe style restaurant. There is no bar in the hotel but several nearby. It scored high on location, close to all the sights and the waterfront; and the Airport SAS Flybus stops right outside the hotel door every 20 minutes (fare one way 110 NOK but better the return ticket at 160 NOK). Staff were very pleasant and helpful - all spoke good english. Recommended.
Good location, OK hotel
Stayed at the Bondeheimen 21st-24th May 2004. Booked via e-bookers and requested non-smoking, when arrived were placed in a smokers' room which was absolutely awful - the room stunk and the decor was pretty awful. Phoned reception and explained that we had booked a non-smoking rrom - they swapped us straight away to a room on the 6th floor which was relativley nice - not a great amount of storage but clean and comfortable with a claen bathroom. Very pleased with the response. The hotel location is great, right in the centre of Oslo, just around the corner from the main street, Carl Johans Gate, and a 5 minute walk from the harbour. Breakfast in the hotel was very good with a good selection which was varied slightly each day - hot bacon, scrambled eggs and potatoes, fresh bread (lovely!), fruit, hams, cheeses, fish!, cereals, etc.
Oslo is a lovely place for a weekend but is extremely expensive!!!! Around £5.00 for a pint of beer, average cost for a main course around £15.00!!! Look for places off the beaten track where you can get cheaper (though not much!), eg The Dubliner - the ubiquitous authentic Irish pub that every city has!! - decent food at a relatively decent price, though beer wtill costs the same as most places but they have live Irish music and there's a good atmosphere.
If going to Oslo, take a train up to the end of line 1 up to the top of the city and look back on the view - you can also wander around the park areas up there. On the way back, call into Majorstuen and head for the Frogner park (Frogner-Parken), a 10 minute walk from the station - lots of sculptures (beware with children as most are of naked persons and are very detailed but nonetheless very good!!) and fountains, etc. Various cruises available - 2 hour is good, as is 50 minute which takes in some slightly different sights outward. Visit Bygdoy (20 Kroner for the ferry) and visit some of the museums - walk, don't take the little train as you'll miss out on some some sights of lovely and sometimes slightly unusual houses.
In summary - hotel was pretty good with a good location; Oslo has lots to see over a weekend; Very, very expensive!!
Central Location, cheap (but you get what you pay for!)
I booked this hotel for an unexpected dash to Olso, which priced both the Radisson hotels outside what I was willing to pay. It's very conveniently located, which is something that it has in its favour, but with Central Oslo being so compact that's not a unique compliment.The hotel is neat and tidy, the room I had was small but adequate. Everything was clean - the bathroom spotless. The walls are pretty thin, so you can hear other people tramping around, swishing water etc, and (like me) listen to their enthusiastic phone call at 3 o'clock in the morning. Why !?The hotel is attached to a sort of canteen place where breakfast is taken and lunch can be bought (I didn't). There is no bar, I repeat, no bar! That is bordering on uncivilised, but there is a very nice place on the adjacent corner.Overall I'd say this is a perfectly acceptable place to stay if you are on a budget (about ?45 pn). However, knowing that if you book a few weeks in advance you can stay at either of the Radisson hotels for ?67pn as a web-only deal, I'd recommend stretching the budget slightly - as I shall do when I go back.