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Today is a long travel day as we leave Lofthus and travel to Oslo. Another 6-7-8 (6 wake-up, 7 bags out, 9 on the bus), don't be late day. We went to breakfast at 7:00 when they opened, back to the room to pick-up our carry-ons, and then onto the bus. We sat in the back again. No ferry boat today, just a straight bus trip. We were on those narrow. …
rain, rain, rain. First went to the harbour, bought some shrimps, shelled and ate them, then went to the amazing opera house. In the evening I had a great 15 course dinner in the BAGATELLE restaurant, wow wow wow. Itīs worth to spend a lot of money.
great breakfast, then went to the opera house …
We stopped off for a couple of days in Oslo on the way up to Svalbard. We only had time to see the main sights within walking distance of the city centre and a couple of hours boat trip in the fjords but we really enjoyed it. We had a lovely sunny day on the first day for our walking tour around. After quickly dismissing the tourist traps in the …
My second trip to Oslo was brief. One day of meetings with a smaller group, dinner with the customer. We took a stroll to the fort and found a really good restaurant nearby. This time we all stayed at the Grand Hotel. I got a nice suite on the main street. The guys didn't fare so well, with smaller rooms and no hot water. Lots of complaining. We …
We left a once again rainy Bergen to head back to Voss to spend the day watching some extreme sports before we headed back to (gasp!) drop off the car and spend a few days in Oslo. The Voss Extreme Sports week seemed to be a big deal from what we heard. When we arrived, the town was a little quieter than we expected...but nonetheless there were …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Oslo
Charming and with great location, but could need some upgrading
Spent two nights this fall, standard room for about 1000 NOK/night (standard room). Room was alright - nice beds, decor fair enought, but nothing exceptional. Could need an upgrading. Pool ok (nice view). Nice breakfastbuffet.
Hotel has charm and atmosphere. History. That's the best part of it - plus that the hotel has a location that can't be beaten. Right in the middle of everything.
If you're looking for a high-tech-minimalistic-brand-new place to stay, this is not your hotel. You should propably look for something new and fancy. If you want a hotel that has atomsphere and history- PLUS the best location; Grand is the best... in this capital with "small city-feeling"...
We stayed in Grand Hotel Oslo one week-end, and it wasn't up to our expectations. Or maybe we wanted too much for USD 220 per night?
Great hotel, great location
Me an my boyfriend spent a weekend on Grand in september. We booked a superiour room which was huge and very nice! Booked directly through the hotel and paid 1300 NOK. We asked for bathrobes and that and slippers was in the room. There is a pool om the top were you can swim and have a drink. The breakfast and the breakfastroom was lovely! The location could not have been better, in the middel of Karl Johan, close to everything. Do not belive the negative critic! You should trust me and go. Grand or Continental is the best hotel in Oslo!
This is 5 star quality ?!?!?
I had the misfortune to spend a long weekend here in early August this year. The road outside is a contruction site, nowhere to park, a tiny underground guest car park that charges extorionate rates. Fair enough, the road works are out of their control and will ultimately be completed but what is on the inside is little better.
Understaffed reception, decor that is peeling off the walls, bathrooms with mould stains around the tub and sink, loose fixtures, stained and worn carpets/furniture. a pool/beauty area which looks more like a health hazard. Everything just looks sad and run down.
A relief to check out.
I was initially very optimistic about staying at one of Oslo's most prestigious hotels, however, my enthusiasm quickly turned to dismay, for the following, numerous reasons !
A Norwegian Treat!
Just returned from a family vacation to Norway. We, my wife our two children and myself. We spent a week at the Grand Hotel and I just cannot say enough good things about it! The staff was efficient and courteous. The rooms were quite nice, and the location is the best in Oslo. Having the indoor pool on the roof to relax in at the end of the day, and the very lovely breakfast which is included, really rounded out the experience nicely. Well worth the price.
Pleasant stay, good location
We stayed at the Grand August 2004 & paid NOK 1040 per night for a double room, bearing the price in mind, we thought the hotel was very nice & good value. The room was very comfortable, quality furnishings & had everything you would need for a short stay. We found the reception staff & porter very friendly & helpful. My only negative comment would be about the breakfast room, not enough staff, therefore tables not cleared quickly enough, coffee not filled etc, also food was not sufficiently replenished. We would stay in this hotel again it has an excellent location & well priced for Norway.
I stayed one night in a Junior Suite right before Cristmas 2003. The hotel is old, full of tradition and very pitcture perfect. Almost 'ritzy'. But when you start looking at the details, it starts falling apart. Service and staff seem at bit stuffy. They do not show you to your room as do many of the great hotels in other countries. (I have not experienced that in any other Norwegian hotel, either). The room is not serviced in the evening, so there is no turn-down of beds etc. Toiletteries are of the standard hotel chain type. But, as mentioned, everything look very elegant and well designed. With a little effort, this could be a truely great hotel. As it is, it feels like an upmarket chain hitel (and it actually is).
Unbelievable bad services, for such a friendly country
Booking with reservations was seemless, the hotel was very picture perfect, we had a fantastic room above the main entrance overlooking the square. We were very happy until we picked up the telephone; the conceierge was useless, the room services was abosolutely shocking....."sorry we cannot make a sandwich for you, but only give you one piece of bread" The bars appear to open when they felt like it and the restaurant was full of incompetent staff who really didn't care. What a shame the management have no interest in running such a beautiful hotel well. The only time I saw someone remotely resembling a door man or porter was when we checked out...obviously expecting a tip for not helping with the bags or opening the door at all!!! Stay elsewhere I advise.
Once, one time too many.
What was, I would imagine, a truly great hotel is now but a shadow. On arrival not a soul to assist with cases, in the restaurant poor quality food served with unimaginably bad attitude. Clearly the management neither know not care what happens to guests. After visiting Oslo for the past 15 years I finally found the worst place to stay.