Grand Hotel Oslo
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better than expectedfrom rickysmom
I am sure the bathroom could have been nicer but I've learned not to expect the same luxury in European hotels that I am used to in the states.
The breakfast was very good, but we had difficulty finding a table if we didn't get there early and the wait staff had no system for seating people. Also, several times I had to get my own coffee, sugar, etc. Kitchen staff had trouble at times keeping the various buffet stations stocked.
There is no doubt that the front staff had a little 'tude at times but I refused to take them seriously and mostly dealt with the bell staff who were great.
My son utilized the pool and sauna several times. It is small but provided a diversion for him
I really have no idea what we paid since my travel agent gave us a package price. During our walks around the city I saw several other hotels that looked fairly upscale so I'm not sure we would stay at the Grand again. But based on it's reputation, it was a good choice for us on our first trip to Norway
This is Not a 5-star hotel!from skrosvik
Grand locationfrom peacocks
We did not eat in the restaurants apart from breakfasts which were typical for this type of hotel.
The location is extremely convenient and we had lovely views from the balconies.
It would have been good if the pool had been open slightly longer hours as we did not manage to use it at all.
We were there in June which was a noisy month due to the very long hours of daylight and perhaps a criticism would be that the curtains were too flimsy.
It was a very good stayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Both rooms during my stay were very nice, large enough even if they were single rooms and the bathroom was ok (however perhaps better suited for a 4* hotel than a 5* hotel). It is true that perhaps there are some details that make the difference between a 4* hotel and a 5* hotel, but could be easily adapted by the hotel management.
I did enjoy the breakfast at Grand Cafe, it is such a nice place and the buffet was good.
The first evening I had dinner at Grand Cafe and the person in charge was very nice, as the restaurant was full (and I forgot to make a reservation) she said to come back in 20 minutes. When I come back, I had a 4-seats table in a nice place even if I was all alone. I should I say, I always had very nice table in restaurants in Oslo and Bergen even if I was alone (that is not always the case in all other countries, especially if you are a single lady!)
The last night of my stay I arrived very late to Oslo from Bergen (about 11:00 p.m.) and I phoned to room service for getting something to eat. The person in charge was very nice, he brought in about 10 minutes two open sandwiches with apple juice for a very good price (indeed I payed one sandwich plus the juice!)
The hotel is very central and this make my sightseeing very pleasant. Moreover, the whole place is very charming. I think I will come back to Grand Hotel for a next stay in Oslo.
A truly Grand Hotel!from llillywhite
Great hotel, great locationfrom Cobi00
Old Elegancefrom Fijura
What a wonderful way to spend a vacation!!!!from A TripAdvisor Member
The common areas of the hotels have lots of charm and you can even feel its age and history. The swimming pool is not so big, but there is a sauna next to it and a beautician. Now, the hotel has so many different rooms but after all it was built to be a hotel in 1874. You can enjoy the sun on the roof top terrace with sea view overlooking the Oslofjord.
Lots of Stars and Heads of State are using the hotel as their residence. The hotel has its own security department, not because it is needed but as an extra service to the guests. The hotel is located in the safest area of town.
The staff was extremley pleasant and accomodating. The food in the restaurants very good. Overall, I would not be afraid to book this hotel.
This is five star?!from A TripAdvisor Member
Unhappy New Year!from Beergander
The location and retaurant are good. (However Oslo seems to have half its streets dug up at the moment so is not at its best).
As for the hotel the family room was loacted above a lively bar, so was noisy until 3am. You could only have all the room lights on or off. Not great if you need the bathrom during the night. (they did offer to put a free standing light in the bathroom! I decided that I'd prefer not to be electocuted, so declined the offer). The pool area is very 70's. They ran out of fruit juice at breakfast! But the best part was that they decide to put on a private party in the rooftop bar at short notice on New Years eve. Closing all the other hotel bars. So despite being hotel residents we were refues entry and told that we would have to find a bar in the street. Happy new year Oslo style.... Generally unhelpful staff, no doorman, bag help etc. (Normal attributes to 5 star service).
In summary don't stay here unless you have to. Especially over New Year.
Top Local Tips for Oslo
Bagatelle Great two star Michelin rated restaurant in the centre of the city. Not over-the-top prices either for this quality of food and client service.
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Vigeland Park Loved this park!! Great play area for children.
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