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 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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!