Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania

Address: Biskop Gunnerusgate 3, Oslo, Oslo, NO-0106, Norway | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located in the Sentrum area of Oslo, is near The Storting (Parliament), T-banen, Oslo Spektrum, and Stortorvet.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsClarion Hotel Royal Christiania Oslo

    Reviewed by warrencliffe


    Reviewed Jul 26, 2013
    by (2 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

    A lovely modern hotel with good food and amenities

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Historical Traveler Reviews Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania Oslo

    Rather Disappointed


    Given the cost and rating (on Expedia), we had expected to receive a high level of service during our one-night stay. Unfortunately, we were greatly disappointed (and on the last night of our honeymoon too). Yes, the location is great and the room was clean, but from check-in to check-out, the service was terrible. We had large suitcases with us and were not offered any luggage service to our room, so we had to cart everything up ourselves. When we got to our room, we immediately looked for the 'hotel guide' to find out what ammenities were available in the hotel, including room service. We couldn't find any such guide. When we called down to reception to inquire of its whereabouts, we were told these were available at the concierge desk and that, no, they wouldn't deliver one up to our room but that we had to come down to retrieve one. Right before we left the room the next day we discovered that they do have their list of services on the TV, but b/c we hadn't turned on the TV until then and no one (or no sign) told us to do so, we didn't know about it until it was too late for us.

    Anyway, re: room service, the food on offer is really poor for such a supposedly high-quality hotel. They only have pizza delivery and food from a sports bar (with meal options equivalent to 'Denny's', for you Americans). And there was no wine/beer service to rooms either. We had arrived late and were tired after a long day of traveling from elsewhere and had looked forward to having a nice, quiet evening dining in our room, but no such luck (not with that food). {There was a menu for the Sports Bar in the room, but not the pizza place; we were informed that the latter was also on offer when we called 'room service'.}

    The next incident occurred when we checked out. We handed in our door-keycards and informed the woman at reception that we would like to check out. She tapped at her keyboard a few times and then looked up, without any expression on her face or in her voice, and said 'OK'. Nothing else. We were summarily dismissed.

    We then dared to ask if the hotel might store our luggage while we walked around town a bit before leaving. The same woman pointed us to a door and curtly said 'there.' We took our luggage through the door and found ourselves facing a room completely filled with luggage, and nowhere to put ours. No one was around to help, so we just had to pile up other luggage and find room for our own. We certainly won't be returning to this hotel when we go back to Oslo (itself, a beautiful city). Our experience at The Grand Hotel was notably better 2 weeks earlier.

    P.S. We've never written a hotel review before this one.

    Great location, good value


    We stayed here on July 11 and 12 2006, room was bigger than we expected, decorated very modern as well. The breakfast (included) was unreal - a massive selection - good introduction to classic Norwegian breakfast. We would definately stay here again. Good service too.

    Good Hotel, Excellent Location


    We stayed at the Royal Christiana and have fallen in love with the Clarion chain. The hotels are always in excellent locations, the prices are not unreasonable and the rooms are always well put together.

    Good Hotel


    We have just returned from Osla and stayed at the Clarion Royal Christiania. This hotel was in a good postion in the City. Very near the train station,the underground was just opposite as were the bus station and bus stops....Very handy especially when you have been walking all day. The hotel staff were very helpful and spoke good english. The pool is small, but my husband did talk to other guests there, which was handy as we gained some top-tips for the city.

    There is a shopping mall directly opposite the hotel, unlike England it is not open on Sunday. The breakfast buffet was plentiful, & catered for everyone in our party as we all had different likes and dislikes.

    The rooms were small but done in a contempory design, very tastful. The bathroom was big and had plenty of space to put all my numerous bottles of smellies around. The rooms were warm which was great & meant that our clothes could dry out quickly(we had lots of snow). The rooms do have tea and coffee facilities but we also had coffee from the atrium/breakfast buffet, as this seemed to be available all day. Whether this was meant to be or not, I don't know. As it was a bank holiday the hotel bar was closed. We all took drinks and nibbles with us so we had them there. No one bothered us and other guests seemed to do the same.

    We saw the New Year in at the Marina...many fireworks were let off. If you do go there at the same time of year, be aware that this is not an organised firework display and some people who were letting them off had evidently not heard of 'health & safety'.

    Overall the holiday was great, Oslo was superb, the Norwegians very helpful and speak excellant english...from the bus drivers to the people on reception. The hotel is very nice and a good postion in the city. If & when we return we will definately stay there again & I would recommend it to anyone.

    Reasonable Business Hotel


    This hotel in the center of Oslo is a comfortable business hotel with well-furnished rooms, a very complete breakfast buffet, and good internet access. The staff was well-informed about restaurants and helpful in all aspects of my stay. However, it is not a luxury hotel and its amenities are limited. Little to criticize, but little to love.

    Good hotel in the center of Oslo!


    Me and me girlfriend stayed at Royal Christiania summer 2004. Both were very pleased! It's a very good looking hotel and the staff is nice and polite. The breakfast was good, but when my parents stayed there in oct/nov the selection was much better. So if you want the best breakfast, don't travel to Oslo in the summermonths :) The pool is very small and so is the gym, if you can call it that. But I really recommend people to stay at this hotel, it's a nice hotel and the location is in the very center of Oslo. Just minutes walk to the Royal Castle and Karl Johan (The mainstreet in Oslo).

    A good choice


    We stayed at the Royal Christiana for 6 nights at Easter and found it to be a very pleasant hotel. The room was not huge but we didn't feel cramped despite staying there nearly a week. The room was decorated in whites and browns and was very clean. As one other reviewer said, it's probably time for this hotel to have a little bit of a decorating update, especially in the corridors which were beginning to show the scuff marks of several years without re-decoration. We had a room overlooking the street across from the main train station but we were not bothered by noise as the double glazing works very well. No little bottles in the bathroom (which didn't bother us - less waste) but rather dispensers attached to the wall.

    Breakfast was very good - plenty of choice - although on one day they did run out of bread by 10.00am and they served weak orange squash instead of the fresh orange juice we'd had every other day which I thought was unacceptable.

    The hotel's location is fine. Probably 10 minutes walk from Karl Johan Gate and the waterfront areas but it's right next to the stops for all the different forms of the city's excellent public transport system. It's also very handy for the airport express train which is just across the road.

    The staff were very helpful and all spoke English perfectly (as most Norwegians seem to!) particularly those on the reception desk.

    Be aware though that if you are looking forward to a swim in the hotel's pool that it is tiny, circular and has a huge pillar in the middle of it which makes it pratically impossible to have an energetic swim.

    We enjoyed our stay here and if we are lucky enough to find ourselves in Oslo in the future, we wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

    It's also worth noting that nearly every shop in Oslo (including the Tourist Information offices and the supermarkets) are closed at Easter from the Thursday before Good Friday until the Tuesday after Easter Monday (although quite a few shops opened during the day on Easter Saturday for a few hours). However, having said that, Easter is a great time to go skiing in the Nordmaarka if that is what you are interested in.

    Not so modern at all


    We've stayed at the Christiania for 3 nights on the end of january, at the 10th floor. Rooms are reasonable decorated, for design-lovers a bit out of date (especially the bathroom). Beds are convenient: be sure to reserve an outside chamber (not adjacent to the atrium) because of fresh air and calmlyness. Breakfast is OK, but during weekends very crowded and be sure to be on time. The relaxation area is pool with 3 work out machines adjacent to the (cold) whirplool; the sauna's didn't work properly and are seperated for men and women. Location is good: close to the central station and in the city. The hotels has specials on his own site such as 3 nights for the price of 2 ...cheaper than a lot of other hotel-sites.

    Great value suites


    Stayed here several times in their suites. Really good value, two seperate rooms seperated by a door. Good size bathroom, comfortable beds with duvet's.

    Breakfast is a huge buffet, but be warned, at Christmas it can be a bit of a bunfight! Huge atrium, most rooms look down into it. However, at Christmas they have a band playing for Christmas parties and the noise can be loud in the rooms.

    Great location, very close to the centre of town as well as the station and the buses.

    Small indoor swimming pool (cold at Christmas!), good sauna. Nice little bar.

    Overall, a good hotel - I'm staying there again this Christmas, so it can't be too bad!!!!

    Best value in Oslo


    Modern hotel with a great location in down town oslo. spacious rooms with bath tubs

    TripAdvisor Reviews Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania Oslo

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