Clarion Collection Gabelshus
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... like many European cities, the main airport for Stockholm is located well outside the City itself. In this case, the 45 minute drive was easy and the cabbie talked about his family in Houston (everyone seems to have a cousin/uncle/dear relative in the States), and whatever else came to mind.
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... WWII the Nazis overtook the fortress and used it for prisoners. In the fortress there were a few museums and we decided to go into the WWII Resistance Museum. We walked along the bay, saw the city hall and the newly constructed board walk and apartments. We went to a few shops that were open and everywhere there were Norwegian ...
... we didn't know how to work the bus.
Then got help with the right bus number and made our way back into town. By the time we found the next gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Art, we had wasted an hour on the buses.
The next gallery was quite good. The ground floor was Norwegian artists exploring forms of infinity and they were quite attractive. The upstairs floor was given over to political protests of various forms. There was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Clarion Collection Gabelshus Oslo
Reviews don't give full picture
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.
We had two young children with us and they found this hotel quite amazing.Our family room was massive and very nicely decorated. the bathroom though small was clean and had heated floor tiles.
The biggest plus of this hotel is the free evening buffet that starts at exactly 6pm. Do not go any later as the desert will definetly be gone. The kids loved the waffles that were served between 3 to 6 pm. The breakfast surpassed our expectations..it was gorgeous. All of this helps a lot when you are in an expensive city like Oslo.
I would recommend this hotel to everybody..beautiful ambience,lovely decor,free tea and coffee in the lounge. Free internet access was also provided. All in all, looks like a beautiful country house and I can picture myself living there forever. Cannot fault it.!!
One tip is to buy the fjord pass which costs 100nok for the whole family and this saved us three times its cost on this hotel alone. You can buy this pass of the internet.
Lovely atmosphere, staff, location and extras
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.
The hotel had a really nice feel to it and a homely atmosphere. The staff were extremely friendly and the hotel is very pretty, both from the outside and on the inside. Chairs everywhere to sit down and relax whilst drinking the free tea and coffee. Oranges in bowls at the reception and in the reception area, which were free. Please note that the light evening meal is not free for everyone. It depends on how you booked your hotel room and what rate you got. We were told that it would be about £13 for us each for the light evening meal, so gave it a miss because there was not anything we liked on offer there. We decided to chance it and see just how expensive it was to eat out in Oslo. After reading reviews here about prices in Oslo, we were prepared for the worst!
We have concluded that whether or not you will find eating out in Oslo expensive or not depends on where you come from in the UK (or elsewhere for that matter). If you are from the South-East or another fairly expensive part of the UK, you will not find restaurants in Oslo particularly expensive, as long as you have the common sense to move away from restaurants right by the train station or in very touristy/busy parts. People say that lots of places are expensive, e.g. Geneva, but as soon as you move away from the main train station and the city centre, the restaurants get cheaper. We did not find it expensive to eat out in Oslo, and ate in two different restaurants, plus looked at the menus and prices outside of numerous other restaurants. Yes, there are expensive restaurants, but there are expensive restaurants in every capital city and other major city. You don't have to choose to eat at them! You just have to use your common sense and realise that where there are lots and lots of people arriving (i.e. right slap bang in the city centre and near the stations) there will be higher prices in souvenir shops, restaurants and everything. I have travelled a lot, and wherever I have gone, e.g. Brussels, Geneva, Paris, stuff is always more expensive in the very hub of the city.
On the other hand, little things are indeed noticeably more expensive in Oslo, so you should be prepared to need more spending money than for many other holidays. For example we found bottled water and bananas in a 7/11 shop extortionate compared to what we pay for them in English supermarkets. Tram fares are higher than bus fares in England, but at least the trams arrive on time! And are clean!
The rooms in this hotel are pleasant. Nothing special, but perfectly comfortable and cosy. The showers in our two rooms were spacious, but were not very powerful. Good hairdryers. We had two single beds, which was a shame, but typical European. Breakfast was nothing special for me (vegetarian), but a perfectly acceptable spread.
Location of this hotel is fantastic. Really quiet location away from the city centre, but easily walkable distance if you want to walk. Or just hop straight on the tram, the tram stop is two minutes from the hotel. But it's a really pleasant walk to/from the city centre. You pass restaurants along the way, particularly if you glance down side streets as you walk past.
Very nice casual hotel
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!
Our room was very clean. Bed was actually a queen size (not 2 beds pushed togeather),very soft bed and pillows.The decor of our room was rather simple,but after all it's a 3*hotel and we had everything we needed in there for a comfortable stay. Shower was pretty big and bathroom had heated floor.
Locationwise, hotel was very close to the bus stops and tram stop, that would take you anywhere. Or you can walk to the center of the city in 15-20 minutes. Totel is located in the nice and qiet area.
When I 'll be in Oslo, I'll definetely stay in this hotel again!
Where old meets new in this very fine hotel
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.
A Casual Treat
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