Hotels in Oslo
FJORD CITYSCAPES IN OSLO
With its beautiful fjord, outstanding scenery and incredible museums, Oslo is truly a destination with a difference! Choose from luxury Radisson Blu hotels located in the city centre close to all the top sights, or in peaceful waterfront surroundings just outside the city. For early or late flights, there’s no better base than the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, with its rapid train connections into the heart of Oslo.
Like most other large cities, Oslo is divided up into districts, each with its own charm and identity. Grünerløkka is young and hip, Frogner is cultivated and Sentrum is commercial, yet with an exciting mix of the traditional and the modern.
Facing each other at either end of the Karl Johan main street are the Castle and Parliament House. These buildings have kept an eye on one another since the parliament building was completed in 1866, and the symbolism is not insignificant. Nestled between these two magnificent buildings is the small park of Studenterlunden, where you can go ice skating in winter, or take a stroll with an ice cream in summer. Here you will also find a third magnificent building, the National Theatre, where Henrik Ibsen sat on the front row on opening night and who's statue now guards the building from a pedestal outside.
Grünerløkka has many small niche shops and a young ambiance. The district embraces innumerable small cafés and restaurants and it is almost impossible not to feel at home here. «Løkkas» counterpart is probably Frogner. This area is home to exclusive interior design boutiques, cheesemongers and a wealth of art and auction shops. Here the buildings are stately and the pace of life slower. At the same time, Frogner has a cosy atmosphere, even if you just want to browse. At Bygdøy you will find several of Oslo's most popular museums, and in the summer the beach at Huk is often full of people.
Oslo is a growing city with new quarters emerging all the time. Tjuvholmen and Bjørvika are the latest additions, and have given the city new and exciting areas to explore.
Something else that makes Oslo special is its easy access to nature. The city is cushioned between fjord and field; no other capital city will give you the same nature experience as Oslo. A short subway ride from the centre lies Holmenkollen with its iconic ski jump silhouetted against the sky, and its own ski resort. From here you can explore the surrounding nature on skis in winter and on foot or by bike once the snow has melted. Ferries depart from Aker Brygge to the islands outside Oslo and the tram will take you on an exciting adventure.
Oslo boasts several excellent Radisson Blu hotels to choose from. If you like being high up above the city, then Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel might be the place for you, while Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel is just a stone's throw from the Royal Palace, where you can lose yourself in a tiny oasis that lies right in the heart of the big city.
In the area around Egertorget is the Sten & Strøm department store with exclusive and specialist shops such as Ralph Lauren, Lexington and Hamleys, the oldest toyshop in the world. In the same area you will also find Gucci, Hermes, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton alongside retail chains such as H&M, Benetton, Mango and Dressmann. The Eger department store and several jewellers are also here.
If you walk from Radisson Blu Hotel Scandinavia towards Majorstuen you will cross Hegdehaugsveien and Bogstadveien. These are Oslo's two main shopping streets. This is where you will find both niche boutiques and retail chains, exclusive shops and budget affairs. Bogstadveien has undergone a genuine 'renovation' in recent years and the street is now better suited to shopping. Here you will find shops such as Zara and Massimo Dutti, as well as several excellent shoe stores, florists and much, much more.
Grünerløkka is an area for alternative shopping. A short walk from Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel are small independent shops that sell original clothes, jewellery, pottery and art - everything from boutique affairs run by young, Norwegian designers to hip vintage shops. There are some great second-hand shops in Grünerløkka, and Markveien is the queen of all vintage streets: Ugler i Mosen, Robot and Frk Dinas Salonger are just some of the exciting shops here. Velouria Vintage in Thorvald Meyersgate is also worth a visit. In addition to the vintage shops, there are many other small shops here, such as Trøye at Olaf Ryes square, which specialises in great T-shirts with fun prints. Sundays are usually quiet in Oslo, but at Grünerløkka Sunday is market day with markets around the Blå and Birkelunden flea market. At Blå you can find designer products and vintage clothing, while at Birkelunden you can find items from the 1940s right through to the 1980s.
Oslo is a typical and an atypical capital city. More and more international brands find their way here and the range of shops is now bigger and better than ever. Whatever you're looking for, you'll find it in Oslo. Here you really can shop till you drop.
The best-known attractions are Vigelandsparken, the museums at Bygdøy, the Munch Museum and Holmenkollen. Vigelandsparken is fascinating and is just a short subway ride from both Radisson Blu hotels. Sinnataggen and Monolitten are probably the best known sculptures, but with over 200 to look at, there is plenty to see. Let the subway take you further from Majorstuen up to Holmenhollen, the roof of Oslo, where you can look out over the city from the ski jump and learn all about skiing at the Ski Museum. If you're a keen ski jumper, put yourself up on the bar and set off from Holmenkollbakken with the Kollensvevet, a zipline of 361 metres that runs from the top of the jump and down to the end. From the top to the bottom is 107.5 metres and the view out over Oslo is unbeatable. Once you've got your legs back on terra firma, enjoy a slice of apple cake and a cup of hot chocolate at Frognerseteren before taking the subway back.
Once back in the city centre, take a trip to the City Hall square (Rådhusplassen), then down to the ferry port for a ferry to Bygdøy. Visit the Fram and Kon-tiki museums and learn more about Thor Heyerdahl, Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen's adventures. See the Viking ships from Oseberg and Gokstad before boarding the ferry back to the city. Visit the National Gallery and see the sensational paintings by Norwegian and foreign artists, then visit Tøyen to see Edvard Munch's amazing art. You can see contemporary art at the Astrup Fearnley Musuem, or perhaps you would prefer Dronning Maud's dresses at the Museum of Art and Design?
Oslo has something for everyone and all the activities and attractions are within easy reach. And even though the hotel beds at Radisson Blu are incredibly comfy, it's no excuse not to explore Oslo from north to south and east to west.
But coffee alone won't sustain you and in Oslo you can choose from a wealth of restaurants to eat at, including cosy informal inns serving delicious food to Michelin Star restaurants for special occasions. Not far from the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is Maaemo, Norway's first restaurant to serve only organic food using natural ingredients. Maaemo has two Michelin Stars and the food is wonderful. The Enzo Bar & Restaurant at Radisson Blu Scandinavia is popular with hotel guests and local residents alike and many also enjoy an after dinner drink at the hotel bar.
A short walk through the Royal Palace park from the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel will take you to Solli Plass, the place to go for nightlife on the city's western side. Here are many of Oslo's best nightclubs, so you can go on a club-crawl to find your favourite.
Oslo is also a city of festivals. You can attend all types of festivals here: music, theatre, film and food. The range of entertainment is vast - from church music to heavy metal and stand-up comedy to Ibsen. You will always find something to do here. In addition, you'll find a myriad of concerts, reviews, plays, book cafés and cinema showings throughout the year. In short, Oslo is a city with plenty to offer. There's no limit to what you can do here.