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Historical Traveler Reviews Scandic Byporten Oslo
This hotel was so convenient...inside the train station! Small, clean rooms. Great shower by European standards! Friendly, helpful, and very efficient staff at the front desk. The best part of our stay here was actually the FABULOUS buffet breakfast!
I had two two-night stays at this hotel in July 2005. It's a very modern hotel, with clean and attractively-designed rooms and a wonderful breakfast buffet in the Egon restaurant next door. The standard rooms are a bit small, but typical for Scandinavia. The second time I stayed there, I was given a very large sixth floor room with a large curved window overlooking the square (Jernbanetorget) with a view out to the harbor. The location is terrific - many sights are in walking distance, and since it's right at the train station, all of the major bus, tram, train, and subway lines stop right nearby, and both tourist information and transit information centers are just steps away from the hotel. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
Very convenient hotel, well managed
Arrived at this Scandic about noon after a transatlantic journey. It is very convenient to the train from the airport, which arrives in the Central Station just below the hotel. We also rented a car from Europecar/Hertz, which had an office on the shopping level of this complex, which saved us cabfare and luggage hauling. The smallish room was very pleasant and comfortable and the candle lit breakfast was terrific.
Nice room for good price ($130 single)
Overall a nice hotel, I liked the hardwood floors and the free high-speed internet access. Bathroom was nice as well with heated floor. Breakfast was in the restaurant next to the hotel in the shopping mall and was quite good and was included in the rate (as always). Also free ice cream for the asking in the hotel lobby. Also, had an actual double bed, not two single beds placed next to each other -- unlike most other hotels in Norway. Lobby pretty cheap, but who spends much time in a hotel lobby, anyway?
My room was quiet but without a view, but I don't think one could have a view of the city without it being noisy. Central location is great, I would stay here again. I paid $130 for one night, not bad by Norway standards! I'd rate this a nice 3-star hotel by US standards.
Best hotel in central Oslo
This is definitely the best hotel in central Oslo. I've stayed in the hotel about 40 times within the last 1 year, all on business trips. It's attached to the Oslo central station and is located within the Byporten shopping complex. The main pedestrian street Karl Johansgt is just a few steps away. You can find a range of eating and shopping outlets at the surroundings. The area is safe and yet enlightening. The service is good. Make sure you enroll in the free HHonors membership and get free soup between 6 to 9 pm in the lobby.
Cool hotel, but read fine print on prices
The hotel is clean, comfortable and trendy and we loved the location - right by Oslo Central Train Station. Be sure to ask for a room with a view - ours overlooked a busy square (great people-watching), with the Oslo Fjord in the distance. With window closed, our room was quiet due to thick glass. Hotel staff were friendly and courteous although!!! they never managed to fix our room refrigerator in a 3-night stay. Be sure to read the fine print on web prices!!! My mistake, I did not fully read or understand the Bonus Cheques reservation program and had to pay 50% more than I had planned on. However, still an affordable hotel for Oslo.
An unexpected find at Oslo S rail station
This hotel was an unexpected pleasure. We booked it for convenience because we were taking an 8:10 am Oslo-Bergen train, with the usual low expectations about hotels at rail stations, and found it way above expectations. Rooms are small in the usual Scandinavian-hotel way, but are clean and bright and use space very efficiently, with big windows that open & great views over the city (at least from upper-floor rooms facing the Jernbanetorget plaza). A better-than-average breakfast is included in the room rate, at the Egon restaurant across the hall (e.g., smoked salmon, not just herring). Rates are reasonable, especially by Oslo standards. Easy 5-minute walk to the train platforms, and most city buses stop nearby, so it's ideal for a one-night stop for a rail traveler, or even a longer stay. This would also be a fine substitute for an airport hotel if you want to explore Oslo - the Flytoget airport express train takes only 20 minutes, while all of the "airport" hotels (except the Radisson SAS) are off-airport in Gardermoen -- effectively almost as far away from the terminal and nowhere near the city of Oslo itself. Strangely, the hotel's almost invisible when you're at the station - you enter through a retail floor of a little shopping mall (Byporten) at the station. Access by car is also tricky - the only secret door seems to be from a garage entrance on the west (Jernbanetorget) side of the station. Definitely worth finding, however.
We had a long weekend in Oslo. The hotel was perfectly placed to see the sights and all transport was close by. The reception staff all gave helpful information about the city and were very friendly. Our room looked out over the harbour and was quiet despite close proximity to the railway station.
It was a comfortable room with good aircon to deal with the heatwave in August. We would recommend this hotel to our friends.
Nice place to stay!
We stayed here in mid-July for 3 nights on a 2 week tour of Scandinavia. The hotel was modern and our room had a view of the Oslo fjords which were beautiful. The room was a bit on the small side, but still comfortable. The staff was okay. The girls that are part of the reception desk were neither nice or too friendly when we checked in. But one of the guys at the reception desk, was very friendly towards us. The hotel is located inside a shopping center but also connected to Oslo's central train station, so it's very convenient when arriving in Oslo via train. The hotel is central and is within walking distance of everything in Oslo. The breakfast was also very good. I would stay here again.
Also, when visiting, it is a must to see Norway's fjords! It was so breathtaking. No wonder why National Geographic named it #1 as a must see natural destination!
A lovely hotel with a very friendly welcome. The receptionist spoke perfect English and we were able to transfer to our room quickly and easily. The room looks very much like an IKEA style(what do you expect you are in Scandinavia!!) bedroom and was exceptionally clean if somewhat compact. The hotel as you may hear form other sites is a little dificult to find as it is built on the top of a shopping centre.
Don't let that put you off as it is very central(Oslo is quite small anyway) and there is no noise from street level(triple glazing helps).
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