Adam Coghlan

The Thief

  • Where:Oslo
  • Why:A weekend away friend’s 30th in Oslo…
  • When:April 2015
  • Who:My girlfriend, Hannah, and I.
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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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 44/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Hotel, celeb favourite, adjoined to modern art museum and home to one of Oslo’s most ambitious restaurants.

  • Vibe

    Pumped-up, modern glam with an emphasis on art.

  • Location

    In a fast-developing quarter, on a peninsula overlooking the Oslofjord, just a 15 minute walk from the city centre.

  • Rooms

    118

  • Music

    Agreeable house; loungey, jazzy.

  • Year Opened

    2013

  • Designed By

    Bruno Rainaldi, Tom Dixon, Anne Haavind and StokkeAustad all played a part in the design.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes, plus a spa with sauna, hamam and range of treatments, imbued with Nordic serenity.

  • Restaurant

    Modern Norwegian, focused on locally-sourced produce.

  • Bar

    Yes, dark, brooding, perfect for any of: a date, soiree or clandestine business deal.

  • Minibar

    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.’

  • Children

    They’d certainly be welcome, but the place is more grown up.

  • Price

    Expensive luxury, unrivaled in Oslo. Whether you’re yourself or Rihanna, you’ll be extremely well looked after.

 Oslo’s foremost museum of modern art.

The Astrup Fearnley Museet, across from the hotel

Strandpromenaden 2, 0252 Oslo, Norway

 Oslo’s foremost museum of modern art.

A café and coffee roaster in the Grünerløkka area and one of the world’s foremost purveyors of coffee.

Tim Wendelboe

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.

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.

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.

The Thief

Landgangen 1, 0252 Oslo, Norway

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