Value Score Average Value
Good For Families
Probably the cheapest option in Oslo...
Probably the cheapest Option in Oslo, Anker Hostel is conveniently located between the central station and the pub/restaurant zone around Thorvald Meyer Gate. As it caters for a broad width of needs, it is neither the typical party hostel nor the low-price family accomodation. Instead, it has something of a classic youth hostel atmosphere. If you are familiar with the A&O chain, it is pretty much comparable.
The bar and reception area is nice and a good place to meet fellow travellers. Drinks, including beer, are available from the hostel bar. The alleys to the room have a prison atmosphere while the rooms themselves are from a typical old-style youth hostel. We booked a twin room and got a room with four beds to use for the two uf us only. Not bad for the price, if you compare it to other Oslo accomodations. However, I would be disappointed if it were in another European country with more human prices.
Directions: To the northeast of the city centre, just walk along Storgata out of the city and you'll find it on the left hand side. Very close to the popular Grünerløkka district.
Large and comfortable hotel close to the city centre. Everything we needed there a decent buffet breakfast included in the price.
No problems and happy to stay here again.
Directions: Hausmansgate tram stop is very close.
Anker Hostel (next to the hotel)
Norway was expensive for us, so we were in need of some cheap nights to get our budget back under control. Anker Hostel is the largest hostel in Oslo and the cheapest.
While there are countless reviews both good and bad, it is important to note that you get what you pay for. While compared to many other countries, $50 per person is expensive for a hostel (private double), plus cost of sheets/towels; this is cheap for Norway.
Our rooms were Spartan, but within reason for what we would expect from a hostel. The staff (there were typically about 3 people at reception) were of mixed help. Two of the girls working there were utterly useless, nearly impossible to get their attention and provided no valuable help/information/assistance without even being polite. There were two guys on the other hand who compensated by giving their best efforts.
If you paid by credit on-line, best to save your reservation since other people checking in had problems with "lost" bookings. If you pay cash, absolutely demand that you get a receipt.
Unique Quality: The kitchen facilities were not all that impressive, but you could make basic meals.
Free WiFi is available in the lobby.
They offer a discount for breakfast at a cafe where you can get bread, jam, cold buffet, juice.
Sheets and towels are available for a fee.
Directions: On Storgata, 1 minute walk up from the intersection and stop at Hausmanns Gate.
Low on Price, Big on Breakfast
I chose the Anker after an extensive search for a double with breakfast for less than Euro, 100 a night.
Though not expecting much, I was very pleasantly surprised by what was on offer at The Anker. I had booked a Twin as 'double' beds in hotels are usually designed for people much smaller than us but was offered a choice when we arrived. We ended up with a king-sized double in a more-spacious-than-average room, at no extra cost. The bed was extremely comfortable ( very important point), the room had been recently decorated and everything was fresh and spotlessly clean. The hotel is currently being renovated and downstairs could certainly do with a re-vamp but the bedroom was perfect.
Breakfast (served from 7 to 10 on weekdays and 7-11 at weekends ) is fantastic. In an expensive city like Oslo, a good breakfast is essential and here you can happily eat enough to keep you going until dinner. We had huge plates of scrambled eggs, fried potatoes and sausages but there was a cold buffet as well. Also plentiful supplies of cereals, bread, fruit and yougurt, with decent coffee and orange juice on tap. A more than satisfying start to the day. At reception there's a small bar, seating area with TV and free tea and coffee available but that's about it as regards facilities.
Unique Quality: The strange thing about the Anker is that its location which used to be held against it , is now one of its prime attractions. Situated right at the end of uninspiring Storgata, it's right on the bank of the Aker river and across the bridge is the hippest area in town - ever-trendy and increasingly popular, Grunerlokka. It's an easy 10 minute walk from Central Station but several tram lines stop right across the road from the entrance.
Staff here were young, friendly and unbelievably helpful. From upgrading our accommodation when we arrived, to checking on airport connections and providing large umbrellas when it rained, nothing was too much trouble. To be honest, I've become so used to indifferent hotel staff that I'd forgotten how pleasant it is to be greeted by a smile and genuine warmth. Absolutely top marks to the reception staff here.
The Anker is not beautiful on the outside but for location, price, top class breakfast and comfortable accomodation, you won't do better.
BTW, I made my booking with hotelbooking.com. The price they offered was significantly lower than the other internet booking sites.
Directions: Right at the end of Storgata, near the Ankerbrua bridge.
Dishonest hostel, be careful!
Beware of giving out your credit card info, do not book this hostel if you could not confirm your arrival date
I did a bed reservation through Hostelworld for staying at Anker hostel on 3rd June 2009. However, due to some reason I can’t make it to Oslo and I have send an email to the hostel on 28th May (which is 7days ahead of the actual booked date) to inform them and one of the staff, Tom Erik replied my email telling me the bed reservation has been cancelled (on 29th May)
According to the cancellation policy, customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival. However, I was surprise to be notified by my bank that there is a overseas transaction showing the balance of the booking (205NOK) has been deducted from my credit card although I have already made the cancellation for my bed through the same email on 28 May.
Just want to share my bad experience contacting this hostel. I have tried to email the hostel 3 times but no respond has been made till today. Giving them the benefit of doubt they were busy or are rectifying the issue, I have been very patience and waiting for more than 2 week but what disappointed me was no single respond have been received.
Therefore, my advise to other traveller is, always make sure you check your credit card transaction especially if you have made any cancellation. Second, do not book this hostel if you are unsure of your arrival. It seems that cancellation is not possible, or rather they are dishonest.
Hotel outside the city away from noise
Unique Quality: This hotel is reachable from The Central Train Station by tram. The stopping station is Hausman's gate. It belongs to the Best Western Hotel Chain. If you have Oslo Pass (the tram is free). so, there's no problem of paying the tram everytime you take a trip to the shopping district like Karls Johan's gate. Bogstad or Parkveien. Oslo pass can be bought at the Tourist Information, Narvesen and most hotels in Oslo. Read more of Oslo Pass at www.visitoslo.com.
Affordable accomodation in the East
I stayed at the Best Western Anker during my most recent visit to Oslo. It was a good value deal - Oslo is a very expensive city, but because I was able to find good rates through the internet, the hotel was well within the realm of reason.
It was my first time staying in this neighborhood, which has both advantages and disadvantages. I liked the proximity to the shops and restaurants of Grunerloka, but the the walk westward - from Anker to the center of town - takes you through a neighborhood that is somewhat depressing and grubby, at least by Norwegian standards.
The hotel itself is good enough. For the first two nights, I stayed in a "standard accomodation" room which was a little "tight" and "bland." For last two nights, I upgraded to a "superior" room on a higher floor, which had more space, a better room, and less Spartan accomodations. The "gratis" Scandinavian breakfast buffet offers plenty of food, but I would have liked more fruit!
The hotel is located only 3 bus stops from Karl Johansgate which makes it centric. Good price, nice, clean rooms. And quiet for being located at a busy street! I got a room with a view and I loved it. The price includes a nice buffet breakfast.
Unique Quality: Good view over the city, friendly staff, good location.
Directions: Take the bus 30, 31 or 32 or tram 12 or 13 and get off at Hausmannsgate. Walking distance from Oslo S about 10-15 minutes (my estimation).
Im a norwegian from the westcoast who stayed in this hotel in August 2006. I've stayed in many other hotels in Oslo, but this time we had to go cheap, and what you get is fair enough. After travelling in Sicily 2 weeks before, we got more for what we paid for here than in Sicily. We paid 700 kr (87 euro). The rooms were small but quite clean and with a nice bed. TV and a small bathroom.
The breakfast was good and about average in Norwegian standard. The hotel have one computer with free Internett in the lobby. The location is central and the area is not as dangerous as the reputation say. If you are not afraid of all the drunk youth on the streets, Oslo is safe!
The staff was nice, but when they hire swedish and danish staff who don't understand norwegian...the hotel should do something about that!! And all of the staff in the breakfast-room were foreigners, and I though I still were in Italy.
And I have to complain about the cleaning of the bathroom. The toilet were not very clean and it even smelled! The cleaninglady was a man, by the way.
And one last comment: When they have this sign on the wall that says something like " If you put your towel back on the hanger, it means you want to keep it one more day", and you do. Why do they change them anyway?
That is not very environment friendly!
Unique Quality: Great views from the top floors
Anker hostel is a 5/10minute walk from the station and is well located for the bars and clubs. Its very clean and has very good rooms because they are very spacious and have cooking facilities. A dorm bed is 220kr in a 5 bed room. its open 24 hours, although check in isnt.
Anker is resident in central parts of Oslo. I have experienced the staff to behave arrogantly and uninterested. The rooms are simple. But the price is relatively low - that's the only good part really. The area is also burdened by the presence of dopedealers and junkies and there has been some violence in the area because of this. Tourists usually wont be bothered - but personally I can't stand any of it.
Directions: East in the central parts of Oslo
Anker Hotel Best Western
If you don't want to stay at a hostel, Anker also have a hotel right next to the hostel. The facilities are better, and the prices are higher. It's very central located downtown and in walkingdistance from many attractions. There are also taxi-, tram- and busstops almost outside of the door.
More info about Anker Hotel
Prices pr person, pr night (in NOK):
1 person 590,-/830,-
2 persons NOK 370,-/490,-
1 person 790,-/1.080,-
2 persons NOK 395,-/540,-
1 person 790,-/1.080,-
2 persons 395,-/540,-
1 person 790,-/930,-
2 persons 445,-/540,-
All rooms have shower, toilet, telephone and TV. Breakfast is included in the price.
This hostel is very central located downtown, about 10 min walk from the bus- and trainstations. There are both taxi-, tram- and busstops almost outside the door. It's in the middle of Grønland and Grünerløkka, and both are very popular areas.
In summer it's open 24 hours, but they close at 24.00 between 16th August - 31th May. The hostel have parking, laundry, internet access and luggagestoring. All of the rooms have private facilities. Bedlinen and towels can be hired if you don't have your own.
Prices pr night (in NOK):
2-bed room for single use; 440,- pr pers
2-bed room for double use; 220,- pr pers
4-bed private room for 4 persons; 680,- pr room
4-bed dorm; 170,- pr pers
6-bed dorm; 870,- pr room
6-bed dorm; 145,- pr pers
Breakfast: 60,- pr pers/day
Bedlinen: 45,- pr pers/set
Towel: 15,- pr pers/set
very good for the price
The stay was quite nice, despite the fact that the surrounding neighborhood is reportedly one of the worst in Olso... walking distance from the train & bus stations, as well as Karl Johanns Gatan, this facility was well kept, and through an accidental misunderstanding, i got a free night!!! WOOHOO!
Cheap Hosteling in the city centre
I arrived at the hostel and everything was booked and my bed was reserved...There were a number of other people waiting in the reception for a room because their bookings weren't made, so I guess you need to be careful.
I obviously picked the cheapest bed in Oslo. This was a 6 person share room, 2 bunk beds and two sofa beds.
The rooms have their own toilet and showers, cooktop, sink, fridge and four glasses per room (even though 6 people are usually in each room). No heating in the room that I noticed (may have been broken) and I saw only one cockroach and a few bugs in the bathroom.
There is no communal living area or Television, which isn't a bad thing (the TV that is) although it does get dark quickly and after buying two pints you are poor enough to come back...at around 4pm). There is a bar, which is actually the reception area and its expensive. They do have internet access there, but it too is expensive and it was never working while I was staying there.
The staff were helpful and cheerful, they all spoke very good English which helped me a bit seeing as I was alone. They were more the happy to answer my lame ass questions.
Directions: Out of the main entrance of the Central Train Station, walk for ten minutes up Storgata, or take any tram thats outside.
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Staying in Bergen and Olso for a few days, any recomendation for good and affordable hotel or B&B near the train stations.
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In Oslo, try Anker Hostel near the station, it starts at around 140 crowns a night and in Oslo its veeeery cheap. And the staff is so friendly...
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