Satisfactory Modern Hotel
My 3-night stay at the Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo was very satisfactory. Location immediately adjoining the central train station (including the airport express train) was very convenient. Air conditioning was inadequate with outside temperature in low 80s--had to open balcony door in the evening to get cooler. I would rate as an upscale 3-star hotel. Three free computers for internet access. Friendly staff. Dinner buffet is inexpensive and acceptable. Breakfast buffet was average.
Not the right location
Have just spent four days in Oslo staying in the Thon Opera Hotel - note this hotel comes first and tenth in listing with different names. The hotel's fine, the breakfast was good (not fantastic but good value in Oslo), the room was clean and comfortable (our bathroom had a shower no bath and was not large). The hotel is convenient for the station and the underground but otherwise there is no reason to stay in this part of Oslo. The area around the station is a bit seedy though nothing to worry about and we used the tram, bus and metro to travel around but began every day travelling away from the hotel so if I went back to Oslo I'd stay nearer Aker Brygge or in Frogner. There was a Thon hotel just behind Aker Brygge which would be more convenient for sightseeing using ferries, no 12 tram etc though not so near the station or bus station for arrival.
Great Breakfast, great locataion, nice room
We stayed here in Aug 05 and enjoyed the few nights. We have lived in Europe for several years and visited a number of cities - Oslo is not one of the must see destinations in our opinion (apart from the museums which are great). The fjords in the west however are a 'must see'. We drove from Oslo to the west coast and camped along the way - a magical way to see Norway. Our camping spots had views to die for and for less than EU10 a night, it was quite cheap! Back to the hotel..good location..be prepared to pay quite a bit extra for parking on top of the hotel price, but the railway station is next door and town a 5 minute walk away. Rooms were very nice, staff were great (checked us in at 10am no problems) and the eating out interesting. Expect to see whale on the menu! Breakfast was excellent - Scandanavian breakfasts seem to offer so much choice - everything from cereal, to salmon and meatballs! It is a large hotel with lots of guests, but there was always enough of everything. In terms of Museums, the contiki museum was great as was the Arctic museum. Most tourists tend to go to the Viking museum, but you can see the main attraction (the big viking ship) from the entry hall. Expect to spend lots of money on eating out and especially on alcohol. Everything else is not that expensive.
Good buy, great location!
You can't beat the location if you are coming from the airport on the train. Nice, modern hotel, very soundproof (they are building the new opera house next door). We were warned that the train station area is the seediest (for Oslo) but we have no trouble. The abilitily to walk to most everything and have the transportation at your doorsetep is a great asset.
Great breakfast, mind the park
We stayed as a family for 4 nights. The cultural side of Oslo was great, though the opening times of the museums etc was a little limiting, considering it was light 'till about 1.30 am. Prices in Oslo are very high. An Oslo pass is great if you can cram enough in - but if you take your time around each museum - you may not get the full value of the pass in the time available.
The hotel was very clean and efficient, and the breakfast very, very good. The choice of food was amazing, and the quality excellent. Eat enough to set you up for the day!
The hotel is located next to the central train station, and the park between the hotel and the city centre was constantly full of spaced-out drug abusers. Take care if you have kids, that they do not run ahead and play under the trees - the nesting place for sharp objects - we've never seen so many spent needles in such a public space before (except maybe Amsterdam).
There was very little hassle from the users, only a bit of begging.
To one side of the hotel is a busy road interchange, however, the soundproofing in the rooms was excellent. Beyond the roads is the new Opera House - which is still being built. Beyond that again is the main ferry port - with loads of huge shiny cruise ships going back and forth. Beyond that again is the 'pier' area, where you can get boats to the folk museum, day trips and so forth. Beyond that again is the 'must see' Nobel Peace Centre and the Aker Brygge quayside redevelopment (complete with street theatre of varying quality and annoyance).
In the other direction from the hotel is the main shopping street, loads of sights - and at the far end the Royal Palace. Drug abusers also line the main stret, and also congregate on some other street corners. The central McDonalds even had a permanent bouncer at the door.
If you are arriving by bus (eg the Trop Expressen - after a Ryanair flight) - make your way from the bus station, over a walkway to the train station, carry on right through the station and come out of the North (or was it south?) exit - and the second floor entrance to the hotel is just across the large taxi rank in front of you. The walk takes about ten minutes.
There are other Thon group hotels which are more central - but we were very happy with our choice, and although the "users" were a little offputting, they did not cause trouble, and seemed to be well tolerated.
More than 4 Stars
I stayed at the Opera Hotel in July, and this hotel exceeded my expectations.
The hotel is located adjacent to the Central Station, very convenient for the Airport Express. The Aiport Bus also stops close by.
The New Opera House is just being completed in front of the hotel and it obstructs the Fjord views, however, this is just a minor point; I'm sure when the New Opera House is unveilled it will be a great site to look at.
My room, a Twin for sole occupancy, was a bit on the small side but it was very well furnished. The bathroom was also well equipped and good size, just with shower, no bath.
All major attractions in Oslo are within walking distance, and although the Opera Hotel is at one end of the city, either a short taxi ride or a short walk with take you anywhere in the city.
The service at this hotel is speedy and efficient from check-in to check-out. Excellent value.
loved the opera
Excellent location next to railway station.Very modern hotel bright and clean rooms also very quite.Good breakfast and friendly helpfull staff.Great value for money. Highly recommended.
Loved the Opera!
Lovely hotel - great location, new building, very clean, great service, fabulous breakfast!!!! Wasn't too keen on Oslo compared to the rest of Norway but this hotel is excellent value, the staff are great and it's right next to the station. Make sure you take full advantage of the breakfast as eating out is so expensive! Enjoy!