When I googled for "Bed and Breakfast in Oslo" I found Hasleveien which is run by two friendly Norwegian guys. Hasleveien offers private rooms with shared toilets and showers. Breakfast is not included in the price, but you have access to a kitchen. Apart from that, a few supermarkets are just round the corner.
Jorn and Claudia's place was very easy to find. They are located directly across the street from Vigelandsparken in Oslo. All we had to do was catch tram #12 at the train station in the direction of Frogner to the Vigleands tram stop.
Claudia will provide breakfast each morning at your request. There is an additional charge for breakfast. We bought pastries and juice each night before returning to our room. We used this for breakfast each morning. There are several places to purchase these items in the near by area.
We got to meet Jorn, Claudia, their three children, and even their cat while we were here. It was a very pleasant experience. The room was not fancy, but it was comfortable and clean. The neighborhood was nice and Vigelandsparken was right across the street for convenience.
When the guys in hat travel they like to stay some place local. Hotel chains are very nice and can be very accommadating but there is something really nice about staying with local people. We usually try and book a bed and breakfast or rent a room in someone's home when we travel. In Oslo is was very easy. I went to Google and keyed in Bed and Breakfasts Oslo. The very first link lead to a bed and breakfast owned by Jorn Jensen and his wife Claudia DeBrunner. I have a copy of the link listed here for your information.
Service was definitely with a smile and a friendly face. 'Wow!' was my exclamation when I stepped in the door, the price for this hotel was pretty good - but the place looked amazing! Neat, clean and a bit posh. My room was beautiful and very comfortable, I even had a private balcony with table and chairs!!! The room was spacious, large bed, couch, big wardrobe and a tv. The bathroom was right across the corridor and was very big (and clean) as well.
This bed and breakfast is stunning, the neighbourhood is quiet as well (with lots of big leafy trees lining the streets nearby).
St. Katarinahjemmet (Saint Katarina home) is a catholic convent in a nice and quiet area in Majorstua, in the middle of Oslo. They have studenthomes where young women can rent a room while they study, but they also have a guesthouse for tourists.
The convent is located very central, and is close to many of the main attractions in the city. It's just a few minutes walk from the shoppingstreet Bogstadveien, and close to Vigelandsparken which is one of the most popular and most visited places in Oslo. Buses, trams and metro are all close to the home.
If you want a singleroom it costs 300,- (NOK) pr night, and a doubleroom is 450,-. Breakfast is 35,-, packet for lunch 25,- and a light dinner is 30,-. It's not possible to rent the room for just one night, there is a minimum of two days.
This is a very nice and different place to stay. It's a small ship in the fjord with 12 rooms for rent, a café and even a small theatre. It is a good view from the boat and the terrace. Every room has it's own bathroom, and breakfast is included.
The price is 400,- (NOK) for a single room and 700,- for a double, a few of the doubles can also take three people.
There are some different places that offers bed & breakfast around Oslo. Many of them are private people that rent rooms or appartments to tourists. Some rooms have private bath, but most of the time the bath is shared. Normally they just take cash, but some accept creditcards too. Be sure to ask if you plan on paying with your card.
The different places are situated all around Oslo. Some are close to the city, and some are more far away. Prices vary depending on the location and facilities.
Contact Bed & Breakfast Norway for more info about accomodations.
Renting a lighthouse when you go on holiday has been very popular in Norway the last years. There are not so many in Oslo, but you can find many more down the Oslofjord and in the rest of the country. Some of them can also be rented for parties.
It might not be the cheapest place to stay, but you will definetly get a very different holiday.
On these two pages you can read more about renting a lighthouse. They are both in norwegian, but at least you can find more contactinfo on the pages.
Yes Oslo is expensive, but your stay doesn't have to cost loads of money. The Hostelling International Norway (www.vandrerhjem.no/english) Has a complete list of hostels in Norway. You can stay in Oslo for less than $20 a night including breakfast. If you want your own room it's about $30. It's about $3 extra for non-members. It's smart to have a membership, it will also give lots of nice discounts, take a look at the pages. You have to be a member of your national organization. Check www.iyhf.org for details.
Bjølsen student town was built in 2003. Everything is new. You'll find a room for all needs. They have single rooms, Apartment for couples, for disabled persons etc. Almost all rooms and apartments have their own bathrooms and kitchen is shared with 4-5 other students. For this solution you'll pay around 3000-3500 NOK in rent. if you cant afford it, you should try Sogn studentby (student town) or kringsjaa studentby. I guess the rent is from 2000 NK each month but you'll probably have to share kitchen an bathroom with several others. But If you choose Sogn or Kringsjaa, you'll be close to Sognsvann and the nature in general.
: in the middle of the Student town there is a big grocery store. A cafe is located in the student town. The place it self i quite urban with shops and cafes around the Bjølsen area. it takes around 30 minutes to walk to the university. The Buss goes every fifth minute
Oslo is surrounded by a big forest, with lots of cabins. Many of these are for rent, and it's great to stay there. If you come to Oslo to see as much as possible in a few days, it is better to stay somewhere in the city. But if you have a bit of time or have been here before, you can concider one of these cabins instead, at least for a day or two. There are all kinds of cabins, from small and simple to big and luxurious.
If you come in summer you can go walking around in the forest, enjoying the beautiful nature and swim in one of the many lakes. In wintertime you can go cross-country skiing almost everywhere around in the forest. There are also some hills where you can try slalom, downhill, snowboard or telemark.
Unfortunately this page is only in norwegian, but there are links to different organisations renting cabins, so you can contact them and get more info.
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I got married in the beautiful white
...and spent my honeymoon night in the wonderful three floors' tower suite, yes the one located just in the middle of the Oslo Grand Hotel.
View from the balcony of the Grand Hotel Suite -->
The Grand Hotel built in 1874 has turn of the century architectural styling with all the modern conveniences a business or leisure traveler could want. Centered in the heart of Oslo close to the city’s air terminal and fairgrounds.
Karl Johans gate 31, N-0159 Oslo
Tel: +47 23 21 21 00
Fax: +47 23 21 20 00
it has just opened on nov, 6th, 2006
great design, i couldn't believe i paid only 59 euros for such a hotel
wireless, great beds, huge flat screen tv, SUPERCLEAN, super kind and friendly stuff
only 5 minutes by bus from Gardermoen intl airport
As I have lived in the neigbourhood I have never had a need to stay overnight, but I have visited for conferences and day visits, their restaurants etc. The restaurants of these hotels alone may be worth a visit.
The hotels are:
Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica (www.holmenkollenparkhotel.no), tel 22929000.
Lysebu Konferansesenter (www.lysebu.com), tel 22142390 (conferences mainly).
Soria Moria (www.soriamoria.no), tel 23222400 (conferences mainly).
Voksenåsen Kultur & Konferansehotell (www.voksenaasen.no), tel 221413090.
All these hotels have a good view of the city, good recreational facilities within an armlength's distance, are well equipped for conferences and business needs, extremely well developed menus and restaurants. The only hitch apart from their rack rates are the distance from the city centre: you need a bus or to take the metro downtown, a good 20 mintutes plus. If after a late, late night in town wants to get up to Holmenkollen again you may discover that taxi is the only option, and that will set you back more than a few NOKs.
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