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TravelPod Member ReviewsThon Hotel Astoria Oslo
While our room was okay and the service friendly, this hotel is on a rather noisy, dirty street. It was close to where we wanted to be, but the rather unsavory characters hanging out in places across the street might make some folks uncomfortable.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Thon Hotel Astoria Oslo
A nice enough place
A really nice, clean hotel, which for Oslo is very well priced. The bed was particularly delightful. The hotel is well positioned in relation to the train station. It is a resonable walk to the harbour. Night times might trouble some people as there a plenty of prostitutes hanging around the streets, and all that goes with that, but the hotel was untouched by this sort of action.
Staff were friendly and helpful. There is a free internet service. The breakfasts were very well organised, the food was good and plentiful.
The hotel suits business people very well, but for budget conscious tourists it fits the bill.
I have stayed in this hotel every year for about eight years and look forward to visiting under the new management.
the hotel could not be situated more perfectly - it's at the east end of oslo, about 300m from the train station which is where you arrive once you've been transferred from the airport. It's not pleasant an area, in that you haven't got a very lovely view from your hotel room (you'll see a block of flates), but when you walk out of the hotel, it's literally a 10 second walk and your on the main street, Karl Johans street, which is where all the shopping is, the university, the national theatre and the palace. It's also about a 5 minute walk from the water front, where you can get night boats out to sea or sample some of the food from the posh restuarants that are about there!
We stayed for eight nights the end of May, beginning of June. The first room we had was facing the street and it was a Friday night and it was very noisy out there. We discovered there were three pubs on that street. We asked to have our room changed. They gave us ear plugs and moved us to a room in the courtyard. It was now Saturday night and the noise was even worse. It came from a nightclub on Karl Johan. The noise would float into the courtyard and become even loader. They were open from 10 to 3 pm. Needless to say we had a very hard time getting to sleep. The staff was very nice and tried to help us out, but there wasn't much they could do. The hotel was booked. They are extremely pleasant, from the reception people, to the maids. For the money it was a great hotel. Very clean and the breakfast was pretty good.
I stayed for four nights at the end of May. On the first night (a Thursday) there was a lot of noise from the nightclub across the courtyard, the next day we received an apology letter and a complimentary bottle of coke (which at Norwegian prices is more generous than it sounds!) and the remaining nights were quiet.
Clean, friendly but small
We stayed in this hotel for one night at the start of our holiday. The room was very clean, but bathroom was tiny. There was also a lot of noise from the bar/nightclub during the night - so ask for a room NOT facing the main street if you can.
The breakfast was lovely...make sure you get up for it!
The hotel is very near the train station, which is why we picked it.
All in all, for the price and location it was fine.
Good price, small room
Stayed there for four nights in August/September 2004.
I booked this hotel because of the price that seemed to be very reasonable for Oslo.
Staff, location and breakfast were great... only and main problem was our double-room which was very small, there was only space for two pieces of luggage.
I know my English is not good enough to explain the following but I just try, sorry: in the bathroom there is just the courtain but no step or anything else between the shower-zone and the toilet-zone, that means everytime you take a shower the whole room gets wet and you have to clean it (thought about this being a norwegian tradition but decided to doubt it...).
Would probably stay there again, if price was ok!
Good hotel, close to train station
Stayed for a weekend break in September 2004. Good clean room. Very central and only 10 minute walk from central train station. Lots of restaurants and shops near by.
Beware of Single Rooms
Just spent a few nights here and had a single room (511). Not the smallest room I ever had but the worst designed. There were no drawers, no shelves, no closet, etc. Just three little hooks on the wall to hang all of your clothes and, for the rest, you live out of your suitcase.
Yet there is a mini-bar, trouser press, hair dryer, etc. Not having even a little shelf to store things made this the most uncomfortable room I have ever occupied. I saw other rooms with normal fittings but not mine. Beware.
Excellent, clean hotel for price. Extra nice people!!!!