Clarion Collection Gabelshus
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We arrived to a very hot (29 degC) Oslo yesterday and made our way to our hotel after experiencing our first fast European train ride from the airport (why can't we manage to get fast trains in Australia?). The hotel is nice but not coping well with the heat... to Charlie's delight they were overbooked in twin rooms so we ended up with two separate …
... the rocks, and even these are very muted colors. Even the water itself isn't particularly blue. Its kind of a brown-gray-green sludgey color. Next, we had very ****** visibility in some places, although apparently as it's colder the visibility improves. For divers who had only been in tropical waters, I recommend at least once trying an area like this. Maybe it's not as exciting scenery, but it's neat in its own novel way. Plus, it's interesting to learn dry ...
... hello to a few dogs and then when it got chilly I went inside.
Yesterday I ventured to Frogner Park which contained The Vigeland Sculpture Park - with works by the artist Gustav Vigeland. It was lovely! I think he was trying to mainly convey life from birth to old age in different sculptures. I took a few photos of the ones I liked.
However, as you can see, the grey clouds were even worse than Sunday ...
... a spectacular modern building inspired somewhat by the Sydney Opera House, but is quite surreal as you walk over the top of the white marble roof.
We had arranged to have dinner with Pete's niece Emily and her friends, so met her at her hostel, dining at the local Palestinian kebab place...it was great to see Em at the beginning of her travels, before her exchange at Leeds University. They were all excited about their travels onward through France and Italy; lovely young ...
... Also inside the fortress was the Resistance Museum which documented the resistance movement in Norway during WWII. We made our way to the Main Street and saw the sights. One thing about Norway - Mondays are a day that things closes. Even so - we did see a lot of things and learned how to get around town. The town was packed with kids - we soon learned the Norway Cup in soccer was going on. This just meant packs of kids going around together. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Clarion Collection Gabelshus Oslo
I did not share the same experience as other reviewers. The location is approx 3 km out of town, but on the tram line. If you book on the internet, you will only be allocated an old room at the back of the hotel. Updated and refurbished rooms as shown on the web site are not bookable via online web sites. Also you cannot upgrade or book a suite online. There was no free dinner as some previous reviews mentioned. Dinner was 150NOK and was grossly overpriced for what was on offer. A better option is to eat at one of the many local cafes for better vaue. Breakfast was OK and included in room price. Free wireless internet is available. Room was clean and tidy, bathroom small, shower did not work properly and it was impossible to stop water from flowing onto the floor. Poor lighting, and very small TV. Generally poor value for money.
We stayed at the Clarion Gabelshus in June and absolutely fell in love with it.
Stayed at this hotel with my husband and mum for one night in June 2006. Although our stay was brief, we enjoyed it and would stay at this hotel again if (when!) we go back to Oslo. What we enjoyed most was the cosy atmosphere and location.
We stayed in this hotel for 1 night on 1st of April and we loved it. It's a very comfortable and wel run hotel. Public areas were very clean and well decorated. It has a couple of fire places in public area, which is nice to have on in winter months. There are also a lot of places to sit down and relax, or read and watch TV(big nice plazma TV in the ''library'' room). Throught a day you can have free coffe or tea(6 different kinds)and drinking water. In the afternoon they have free waffles, with fresh cream and tasty berry's preserves. Briekfast was really nice with wide variety of cheeses and cold meats, boiled and scrambled eggs, grilled sausages and tomatoes, fresh veges, cerals, yougurt drinks, juices, norwegian crackers(very healthy), freshly baked breads and more. They also have dinner buffet(free, if it's included in your rate). It's nothing special, but if you are on a budget and it's include in your room rate then go for it. Just make sure you get there right at the time when it opens up, because if you come later then you might not find much to eat there. There is always fresh fruit(apples and oranges) in vases for you to eat, and it' free too!
I took my partner for a two night Christmas break. You will find that this hotel has been recently refurbished to your taste whether you like modern or vintage decor. The rooms are a decent size, all are en-suite and are modern in design with some vintage features. The hotel is situated in a residential area surrounded by very nice appartments, not to worry though it's very pleasant to walk the streets at night time. When you come to choose a hotel please keep in mind that this hotel offers a free breakfast and evening buffet, a very nice one too. This must have saved my wallet a good couple of hundred pounds as a simple pizza with two drinks will set you back £35 in their equivalent to Pizza Hut - Yes Olso is expensive and it's not just the beer, double everthing the cost it is at home and add a little more. The hotel also offers free tea / coffee and fruit which I've never experianced before. The hotel has bars to go for a drink 5min away and city centre about 15mins. I would go back to this hotel anytime! Take your shorts for the Sauna situated in the basement I missed out on that.
The Gabelshus is within easy walking distance of the centre of Oslo, in a quiet residential area (along Drammensveien) or 2 tram stops to National Theatre. The room was lovely, great buffet style breakfast to start the day and in the evening the hotel also provided a hot and cold buffet. Such a saving as restaurant prices in Oslo are expensive. Can highly recommend the hotel - great location, great room and great breakfast and free dinner. Also great price with booking through Ryanair Hotels. Had a smashing weekend in Oslo and will be returning.
The Gableshus is a recently renovated group of hotels, merged and updated in a contemporary and eclectic style. The look of the public areas as well as our room was right out of a design magazine, chic and very comfy. The location of the hotel, although not central to downtown was easily reached and for us, preferable due to the access to good restaurants and cafes and the upscale locale. Our room was nicely furnished although the bath was small and the shower open to it, leaving everything wet- thank goodness for the heated floor. The staff was cordial except for some at the desk who had to work to be pleasant. Breakfast was very good, plentiful and tasty (except for the liquid eggs!) and although the included supper buffet was marginal, it was a welcome relief for us one night as the cost of eating out in Norway can be ridiculous. The dining areas extend out to a small sidewalk terrace and were open throughout the day with coffee and tea available continuously. Numerous cozy public spaces filled with antiques and art gave a comfortable residential feel. The Gabelshus was a real treat overall, a boutique hotel that only needs to lose the tacky yellow "Comfort Inn" street sign
The rooms are large and quiet and the beds are fine. The hotel offers a free buffet breakfast and a free light dinner buffet during the summer. The dinner had salad, breads and a hot dish, and was adequate for our evening meal.
Its about a 15-20 minute walk to the downtown tourist areas and 10 minutes to Frogner Park which is a must see for the statues there. There was ample free parking on the street right outside the hotel.
Blissfully quiet and very modern
Stayed in the Gabelhus for five days in February. Room was clean, modern and comfortable. Hotel was refurbished last year. This has been done sympathetically, with modern stoves, large plasma TV etc in lounge areas but still retaining atmosphere of traditional Norway within the house.
Service was friendly and helpful.
Although not advertised, the free informal buffet in the evening was much appreciated by guests - including myself who found Oslo even more expensive than they anticipated.
Charming in a threadbare sort of way
Stayed here in June- very impressive ivy clad exterior, and inside reception was old fashioned and charming in a slightly threadbare way.We had a large room at the front with a decent bathroom, and a small balcony.Breakfast was good- fruit cheese eggs and delicious breadsHotel had easy parking, and we walked into the centre of Oslo every day- although the tram was close by. W eliked being in a quieter area, and there were several excellent restaurants close by