As Oslo is a popular destination for business travellers as well as tourists, the city has an increasing amount of accommodation. Oslo also has a broad range of accommodation, from hostels and bed and breakfasts to hotels of varying quality.
Unfortunately, due to the high demand for accommodation, hotel prices do tend to be quite expensive in Oslo. However, you can save some money by booking a hotel between July and August as during these months the city hotels lose the bulk of their business travellers which consequently lowers room prices. In addition, as a lot of people travel to Oslo on business, you may find that hotel rates are cheaper at the weekends; this makes Oslo perfect for a weekend city break! The most difficult time to find accommodation in Oslo is during the months that important business conferences are held (May, June, September and October).
Most of the accommodation in Oslo is centrally located, which mean it is not too far from Karl Johans Gate. Oslo’s newer hotels tend to be situated in close proximity to the station. With the exception of Linne Hotel, generally, the further you are from the centre of Oslo, the cheaper accommodation prices tend to be.
While nearly all Oslo hotels have internet connection and phones in the rooms, not all hotels offer private bathrooms. Though hotels with shared amenities may be cheaper, understandably, a shared bathroom is not to everyone’s taste. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, be sure to ask hotel management before you rent a room.
As Oslo is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination, always makes sure that you book your accommodation well in advance to get the best deals and avoid the stress of searching for somewhere to stay upon arrival. However, if you do arrive in Oslo with no pre-booked accommodation, make your way to the Oslo Tourist Information Office and they will do their best to find you somewhere suitable to stay.
Oslo is home to a number of famous hotels, such as the prestigious Hotel Continental which is the only Norwegian member of the elite Leading Hotels of the World consortium. The historic Grand Hotel is another impressive hotel and is often regarded as a city landmark.
If you are looking for somewhere quiet to stay, away from the noise of the summer tourist crowds, have a look at the accommodation available in the elegant neighbourhoods behind the Royal Palace, Frogner and Majorstuen. These areas have a collection of luxury hotels, a range of restaurants and numerous high-end shops. In addition, these neighbourhoods are still within walking distance of the downtown.
If you are looking for somewhere cheap to stay, why not consider staying in one of Oslo’s many bed and breakfasts? While they may not offer all the creature comforts provided in an international chain hotel, this type of accommodation certainly has a lot of character!