A Stay at the Grand Hotel Oslo

I’m excited to finally kick off the start of my Scandinavia travel posts with our incredible hotel in Oslo, Norway! And let me tell you, our stay was nothing short of “grand!”

The best hotel in Oslo, Norway!


The Grand Hotel Oslo was founded by a pastry chef in 1874 and initially opened with the Grand Café (the hotel’s restaurant today), and within a few years, became the meeting place for the people of Kristiania (now Oslo). In the early 1900s, the building was refurbished and the Grand Hotel was unveiled, featuring 120 rooms and 50 baths. This took place at the same time the city held its jubilee and the building was so large, so the name was a perfect fit.

Today, the hotel is the most well-known and prestigious hotel in Norway, hosting international guests, world leaders, celebs, and Nobel Peace Prize winners.

A look at Norway's most famous hotel, The Grand Hotel Oslo!A look at Norway's most famous hotel, The Grand Hotel Oslo!


When we first arrived to Oslo it was already dark out and since we didn’t feel like lugging our bags down the streets when it was dark and we had no idea where we were (it usually takes me a couple hours to get my bearings straight), we took an Uber from the bus stop to the hotel. Since some of the roads were one-way and our drive took about 15 minutes, I was a little nervous that our hotel was kind of far from everything, but when we arrived at the hotel and I looked around, I knew we were staying at the BEST spot in town.

Not only was the Christmas market happening literally across the way from our hotel, we were in the center of the big shopping area, and the train station/downtown area was a 10-minute walk straight down the road. We literally couldn’t have asked for a more perfect place to stay.

The Room

Where do I begin?! Our room was AMAZING. Upon first entering, we had a hallway with a mirror lining the wall and two coat hangers right next to the door. At the end of the hallway, another door leading into our suite. The first thing we noticed was the awesome welcome fruit tower + sparkling water the staff left for us, which was a wonderful surprise after a LONG day of travel!

A look at Norway's most famous hotel, The Grand Hotel Oslo!A look at Norway's most famous hotel, The Grand Hotel Oslo!

The living room area featured a cozy couch, two chairs, a desk area, and a TV. The TV also had internet capabilities, so I was able to check in on Small Towns & City Lights at the end of the night too, loved it!

A look at Norway's most famous hotel, The Grand Hotel Oslo!

Against the wall, two windows, one of which opened to a mini balcony where we could poke our heads out to admire the shining lights of the Christmas tree and market just below us. The hotel also had our balcony (along with the others) decked out in Christmas lights. As a person who is all about Christmas, this was a dream come true!

Behind the living room couch, another TV and the comfiest bed! If you ask my mom, she’d let you know that she’s never slept in a bed so comfortable and actually started researching the mattress company (in case you’re wondering, it’s Jensen Beds, and unfortunately, they’re not in the U.S. – we’re on the hunt for beds as comfortable here!) and was eager to find out where pretty much everything in the room came from because she wants to design her house just like the Grand Hotel did. Scandinavia just really knows how to do home design!

The hotel also provided nighttime turn-down service and spoiled us even more with a bottle of water each and a chocolate coin! 

The bathroom included both a tub and shower and had two sinks, which was incredibly helpful considering it reduced our getting ready time in the morning! There were also two options to choose from for the showerhead (the overhead or detachable) and the water pressure was perfecto!

A look at Norway's most famous hotel, The Grand Hotel Oslo!A look at Norway's most famous hotel, The Grand Hotel Oslo! A look at Norway's most famous hotel, The Grand Hotel Oslo! A look at Norway's most famous hotel, The Grand Hotel Oslo!

Service + Amenities

First up, let’s talk breakfast. Because nothing beats the European breakfast buffets! Each morning breakfast was served in the hotel’s restaurant and was completely packed (no wait, just every table filled)! There were several stations from bread and yogurt to hot items and beverages. Literally something for everyone!

The Grand Hotel Oslo also recently relaunched their rooftop bar, Eight, which we loved! The view of the city lights at night was incredible and we appreciated that in addition to the outdoor seating, we were also able to warm up in a cozy booth inside!

A look at Norway's most famous hotel, The Grand Hotel Oslo!

If you’re wanting to squeeze a workout or some relaxation time in, the hotel also has a gym, pool, and spa available to guests. Be sure to check the times in advance though, as they aren’t open 24/7!

A look at Norway's most famous hotel, The Grand Hotel Oslo!

If you’re interested in learning more about the Grand Hotel Oslo follow along on Facebook and/or Instagram

Stay tuned for more on our time Oslo to come next week! 

I received a discounted rate at this hotel. All opinions are my own.


    • January 16, 2017 / 10:15 PM

      It was an incredible place! I wish I lived there full-time, ha!

  1. January 5, 2017 / 5:43 PM

    Loved getting a sneak peak at your time in the hotel! The room looked stunning and definitely seems like a wonderful place to stay! Thank you for sharing your experience as well as the lovely photos!

    • January 16, 2017 / 10:16 PM

      Glad to hear it :) It was incredible! I hope to get back again in the future!

  2. January 5, 2017 / 11:55 PM

    Lucky you for getting to be able to go to Norway and stay in this fab hotel!! My husband’s family is Norwegian and traveling there is on our bucket list. So I’m definitely pinning this!

    • January 16, 2017 / 10:16 PM

      How cool! I hope you guys are able to get there – definitely keep this place in mind if/when you do :) You’ll love it!

  3. January 6, 2017 / 8:33 AM

    This hotel looks beautiful!!! I love the hotel room!! Everything looks so elegant!! Another place to add to my bucket list!

    • January 16, 2017 / 10:17 PM

      It was beyond incredible! Definitely one for the bucket list, Mistle!

  4. January 6, 2017 / 9:05 AM

    This place looks dreamy! Hotel stays will always be fun in my book.

    • January 16, 2017 / 10:17 PM

      It was! I love hotel stays too – each one is so unique!

  5. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.
    January 6, 2017 / 9:10 AM

    I rarely find a hotel with a gym that looks as good as that one! This place looks great :)

  6. JamieSplendry
    January 6, 2017 / 9:21 AM

    This hotel looks AMAZING! I spent a day in Norway back in college and have always wanted to go back! This is tempting me even more!

    • January 18, 2017 / 9:36 PM

      It was! And you should totally do it :) What part of Norway did you get to stop in?

  7. January 6, 2017 / 9:31 AM

    Gorgeous! Looks like such a beautiful place to stay!

    • January 18, 2017 / 9:37 PM

      It was the best! Definitely made us feel incredibly important in such a luxurious room!

  8. Katie Kinsley
    January 6, 2017 / 9:54 AM

    Beautiful hotel! I hope you had a great trip <3

    • January 18, 2017 / 9:37 PM

      Thanks, Katie! It was a blast + the hotel definitely helped with that!

  9. Ashley Stephenson
    January 6, 2017 / 10:30 AM

    This is a beautiful hotel! I love the lights for the holidays!

    • January 20, 2017 / 8:10 AM

      We loved it! The lights really were that extra cherry on top!

  10. January 6, 2017 / 10:39 AM

    What an absolutely beautiful hotel! Looks so festive and pretty for the holiday. I certainly wouldn’t mind camping out there for a while!

    Clothes & Quotes

    • January 20, 2017 / 8:11 AM

      It was the best! Their decorations were such a nice touch. We were sad to leave!

  11. January 6, 2017 / 11:23 AM

    such a beautiful hotel! looks like a blast!

    • January 20, 2017 / 8:11 AM

      It was, Tianna! Thanks for reading!

  12. January 6, 2017 / 11:36 AM

    This is so so stunning – what an amazing trip! Such a gorgeous hotel.

    • January 21, 2017 / 11:42 AM

      It was so great! Can’t wait to get back one of these days!

  13. Candy Kage
    January 6, 2017 / 11:53 AM

    What a truly grand hotel in everyway. Built by a pastry chief now what a fun fact.

    • January 21, 2017 / 11:42 AM

      Isn’t it?! I love hotels with a lot of history!

    • January 21, 2017 / 11:42 AM

      It was fantastic! I definitely want to go back again in the future!

  14. January 6, 2017 / 12:36 PM

    How amazing does this look! And that bathroom is so gorgeous! Glad you had a great time hun xx

    • January 21, 2017 / 10:54 PM

      Right?! We loved it! Can’t wait to get back again!

  15. Sahar
    January 6, 2017 / 2:22 PM

    This hotel looks amazing! Whoever decorated it is a genius!

    • January 21, 2017 / 10:54 PM

      I couldn’t agree more, Sahar!

  16. January 6, 2017 / 2:50 PM

    This place looks absolutely stunning! And that rooftop bar is so amazing, looks like you had a blast.


    Lee Anne


    • January 22, 2017 / 11:12 AM

      It was amazing! Wish we were able to stay for longer!

  17. Jessica
    January 6, 2017 / 3:40 PM

    Beautiful place and the cheese and breads for breakfast, a total win!

    • January 22, 2017 / 11:16 AM

      Oh for sure! It was easily one of the best hotels we’ve stayed in!

  18. Nicole Parise
    January 6, 2017 / 4:05 PM

    I would love to visit Norway! The hotel looks beautiful, and bummer about the beds!

    xx nicole

    • January 22, 2017 / 11:17 AM

      It’s such a beautiful place! I can’t wait to go back and explore more of the country! I’m hoping the beds will make their way over here eventually – we seem to be hopping on a lot of the trends from Scandinavia already!

  19. Rachel Kendall Koller
    January 6, 2017 / 4:12 PM

    Wow! I need to go there. Thanks for sharing all of these amazing pictures. Stunning!

    • January 22, 2017 / 11:17 AM

      Definitely a place to add to the bucket list, Rachel!

  20. Kristina Wiggins
    January 6, 2017 / 7:26 PM

    Wow looks like an amazing stay! how do you research your travel? Do you book direct? I’d love some tips :)

    • January 22, 2017 / 11:23 AM

      It was! My research process is pretty intense, haha. I check third-party sites and the hotel’s site to compare prices and offers to see what the best deal is – it’s about 50/50!

  21. January 6, 2017 / 7:39 PM

    That looks like a gorgeous hotel! If I ever go to back to Norway, I know where I want to stay!

    • January 22, 2017 / 11:23 AM

      It’s an incredible place, Beth! This is definitely the place to stay!

  22. January 6, 2017 / 8:00 PM

    This hotel looks gorgeous! Norway is pretty high on my travel wishlist and I think I need to look here. :)

    • January 22, 2017 / 11:25 AM

      It’s SO gorgeous! Definitely look into planning a trip to Norway – you’ll love it!

  23. January 6, 2017 / 9:33 PM

    What a beautiful hotel! Love the blend of old world and modern touches here.

    • January 22, 2017 / 11:28 AM

      Same! It was the perfect place to stay in Oslo!

  24. January 7, 2017 / 9:19 AM

    What a cozy and beautiful hotel. I hear lovely things about Norway. I’m excited to read more about your trip!

    • January 22, 2017 / 11:29 AM

      It was! Can’t wait to share more on the trip – lots to come :)

  25. January 7, 2017 / 12:13 PM

    This hotel is stunning! I’d LOVE to stay there. Can’t wait to hear more about your trip :-]

    • January 22, 2017 / 11:30 AM

      Thanks, Leanna! So excited to share more – it was the best trip!

  26. January 7, 2017 / 2:41 PM

    You always have the best hotel reviews, this one looks stunning!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • January 22, 2017 / 11:31 AM

      Thank you, Katie! It was – one of my all-time favorites for sure!

  27. Ashleigh
    January 7, 2017 / 2:51 PM

    Ok so this hotel looks pretty amazing! I’ve been planning a trip to Norway and will have to look into this hotel to stay in! Thank you for sharing your experience, I’m so jealous!

    • January 22, 2017 / 11:31 AM

      It truly was! SO excited for you planning a trip to Norway! Which part(s) are you looking to visit? I highly recommend a stay here!

  28. January 7, 2017 / 3:28 PM

    This hotel looks awesome!! First of all, it’s gorgeous, second of all, I’m with you on the Christmas lights, and third of all, that bed!!! It looks soo comfy.

    • January 22, 2017 / 11:31 AM

      Haha, YES to all of those things! We didn’t want to leave!

    • January 22, 2017 / 11:55 AM

      Thanks, Kali! It was such a nice, high-class place!

  29. January 8, 2017 / 10:24 PM

    Oh my word this looks INCREDIBLE! I’m half Finnish and I sooo want to see Scandinavia. But I kind of picture the places to stay as being a little blah (I don’t know why I think this!) but this totally turns that around. Love it!

    • January 22, 2017 / 7:15 PM

      Oh no – there are some pretty fantastic places to stay in Scandinavia! This one definitely sits at the top though! I hope you can plan a trip soon, you’ll love it!

  30. January 9, 2017 / 9:28 AM

    Amazing photos. What a great hotel. The place looks amazing. That bed does look incredibly comfortable. Looking forward to reading more about your trip. Enjoy!

    • January 23, 2017 / 10:43 PM

      Thank you! It was a fantastic place to stay!

  31. January 9, 2017 / 5:07 PM

    Looks so lovely! Love Oslo and this would make it even more enjoyable!

    xo welltraveledwife.com

    • January 23, 2017 / 10:43 PM

      It definitely did! We can’t wait to get back again!

  32. Molly O'Connor
    January 13, 2017 / 8:58 AM

    Wow, what an awesome place to stay! I loved learning about the history. Oslo is such a cool city, too!!


    • January 23, 2017 / 10:44 PM

      It was such a great place! So glad you enjoyed the history. Oslo is filled with it!