by: Adam Coghlan
A weekend away friend’s 30th in Oslo…
My girlfriend, Hannah, and I.
Hannah, posing outside the hotel entrance.
The low-lit lobby, displaying some of The Thief’s vast art collection.
Sculptures in the lobby by the hotel lifts.
The enormous Swedish Hilding bed with more than enough pillows and cushions.
The Thief flags blowing in the wind, from our balcony.
The downstairs bar in the early evening.
Seductive photography on the stairway to the spa.
The kitchen, shining bright at breakfast.
A smorgasbord for breakfast.
A static sign post.
The front of the hotel, which is located on the peninsula near Aker Brygge in the southeast of the city.
Highs + Lows
King size bed from Hilding – probably the comfiest bed I’ve ever laid in.
The Carita cosmetics, which are truly luxurious (I’m told).
The sheer volume of brilliant artwork throughout the hotel.
The restaurant, which should be celebrated in its own right, produced the most exceptional and diverse breakfast.
Dominic, the GM... a wonderful host and a man with many a tale.
Perhaps a little less black and a little more light in the décor.
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
Luxury Hotel, celeb favourite, adjoined to modern art museum and home to one of Oslo’s most ambitious restaurants.
Pumped-up, modern glam with an emphasis on art.
In a fast-developing quarter, on a peninsula overlooking the Oslofjord, just a 15 minute walk from the city centre.
Agreeable house; loungey, jazzy.
- Year Opened
- Designed By
Bruno Rainaldi, Tom Dixon, Anne Haavind and StokkeAustad all played a part in the design.
Yes, plus a spa with sauna, hamam and range of treatments, imbued with Nordic serenity.
Modern Norwegian, focused on locally-sourced produce.
Yes, dark, brooding, perfect for any of: a date, soiree or clandestine business deal.
As well as a bar, an extraordinary male-oriented mini ‘shop’ with shirt, tie, cufflinks, boxers, hair wax. For women? A sanitary wipe hilariously branded ‘I love my muff.’
Yes, free throughout.
They’d certainly be welcome, but the place is more grown up.
Expensive luxury, unrivaled in Oslo. Whether you’re yourself or Rihanna, you’ll be extremely well looked after.
In the Area
The Astrup Fearnley Museet, across from the hotel
Strandpromenaden 2, 0252 Oslo, Norway
Oslo’s foremost museum of modern art.
Grüners gate 1, 0552 Oslo, Norway
A café and coffee roaster in the Grünerløkka area and one of the world’s foremost purveyors of coffee.
The Internasjonalen bar
Youngstorget 2A, 0181 Oslo, Norway
At the base of the Labour Party HQ, which borrows its name from the socialist anthem, ‘The Internationale’. Pricey, but great cocktails slightly at odds with a revolutionary tradition in a room imbued with scholarly spirit.
Landgangen 1, 0252 Oslo, Norway
Hotel Location: Landgangen 1, 0252 Oslo, Norway