Oslo was the tenth most expensive city in the world in 2007 according to CNN, but travellers can still afford to make the Norwegian capital their next holiday destination. Here are some low-cost Oslo hotels to start with.
A centrally-located Oslo hotel which has received much praise from its patrons is Perminalen Hotel, near the Akershus Castle, Karl Johans Gate, and the harbour. Members of the Norwegian Army used to frequent the hotel, which today caters mostly to travellers. For a budget fare, guests get a clean dormitory room, modern amenities, and a buffet breakfast. It has a solarium, cafeteria, and three work rooms where one can mingle with other visitors.
Along the lively streets of Grünerløkka is Best Western Anker Hotel, part of the world’s largest hotel chain. It offers newly renovated rooms with the basics like private bathrooms, Internet access, TVs, and a parking area within the building. Relax by the beer-garden or lobby bar after a stroll by the Akerselva River.
A budget hotel in downtown Oslo is Thon Hotel Astoria, which opened in January 2008. An “Eco-Lighthouse,” it is certified by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment for its eco-friendly practices. The restaurant offers Scandinavian cuisine and buffet breakfasts at reasonable prices.
Hospitality is Carlton Hotel’s main asset, with its unbeatable service and its accommodating staff. Chesterfield furnishings give the rooms a home-away-from-home feel. Enjoy a drink at the café or bar, relax in the spa tub, or use the wireless Internet service available in the public areas of the Oslo hotel.
Soria Moria Hotel in Holmenkollen, a ski area, is the choice for outdoor types. Kids can play in the nearby park or swim in the hotel pool.