It is a bit rusty but still a good choice for a comfortable stay… but not a luxury one anyway.
Don't forget about the price, much smaller than the rest.
And, if you are first time in Norway, believe me... this is very important.
A “cheap hotel” here means anyway the expensive one in Europe.
I have to recognize that all of the hotels in Norway have at least a minimum standard and they are all clean...
The hotel is then good enough in my opinion, if you don’t look for the new and modern ones…
Unique Quality: Good position, not far from the city center, with the special mention to be back at the hotel earlier in the night.
The area is not the best one in the city anyway...
Here is he only place in Norway I have smelt the fear… or it was cocaine?
Or it was a bit from both of them?
Directions: Less then 1 km from the Akershus and 500 meters from the train station...
I found a cheap deal over the internet in this hotel. It's a very comfy 4-star place in the centre of the city: walking distance to the railway station, Karl Johans Gate and the harbour. The rooms are very clean but the single rooms are small.
Unique Quality: Apart from a very good breakfast buffet, the bed can be adjusted electronically, which is heaven for people with weary feet after a long day strolling around Oslo!
I spent almost a week in the Bastion but I can't say that the level of the service was so outstanding as somebody else stated.
The area doesn't look that safe but never had a problem with that, just know that everytime you want to go to Karl Johan (just five minutes away) you'll have to go through the red light district.
To be fair, I've to mention how clean was the room and the hotel as well and how nicely furnished it was.
Anyway, what disappointed me the most were the guys at the desk. During the day most of them were probably too busy to smile, greet and worst of all, provide useful advices ("just go to Aker Brygge or Karl Johan and you'll find something" was the standard answer for someone).
So, at the end, the only ones who didn't address me to the main areas whenever I was looking for something were those who took care of the night shift, unfortunately not enough.
I've to admit that even if the hotel is how it looks in the pictures I'm not able to suggest it unless you don't consider important the help you're supposed to get at the desk.
Directions: South of Oslo's train station
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Address: Skippergaten 7, Oslo, Oslo, 0152, Norway