First Hotel Grims Grenka
What We Love
- A luxurious and stylish suite at a five-star design hotel in central Oslo, with breakfastEnjoying five-star comfort paired with high-end Scandinavian design
- Sampling the much-raved-about modern Scandinavian cuisine at MADU
- Staying in the heart of Oslo, close to the shops and sights
With its sleek Scandinavian design and striking, modern aesthetic, the five-star First Hotel Grims Grenka certainly makes its presence felt in Oslo. Voted coolest Norwegian design hotel by online newspaper Nettavisen, the hotel is, not surprisingly, a favorite for photo shoots and launches. Here, you can stretch out on the designer furniture, admire the modern artwork and maybe even get some design ideas to take home with you.
There’s much more to this hotel than just its good looks, though. The acclaimed MADU restaurant, with its cutting-edge Scandinavian cuisine, attracts plenty of attention, and the lobby bar offers exquisite craft cocktails and an appealing array of Scandinavian microbrews. You can enjoy the view from the rooftop bar during the warmer months, or, when it gets colder, head to the cozy Brooms & Hatchets bar for a drink that’ll warm you right up. To top it all off, the hotel’s central location puts you within walking distance of many of Oslo’s most popular sights.
The suites are spacious and tastefully decorated, with color palettes and stylish accents that evoke the different seasons of the year. You’ll find sleek, contemporary furnishings, beautiful wooden flooring and high-end fixtures and finishes. The Garden suite starts you off at 462 square feet and offers views of the atrium. For more space, upgrade to a Loft suite, decorated in elegant red and black hues, or a 750-square-foot Autumn suite, featuring soothing fall colors.
Restaurant MADU mixes old and new cooking techniques to create a modern twist on traditional Scandinavian cuisine. The menu features seasonal ingredients, and the chefs here always strive to always use organic and locally sourced products. The restaurant was honored with impressive reviews from two leading Norwegian newspapers, Aftenposten and Dagbladet.
Boasting an ideal city-center location, First Hotel Grims Grenka is less than a mile from Oslo Central Station, a 15-minute walk from the renowned shopping, dining and entertainment district of Aker Brygge and only a few blocks from the harbor. The 13th-century Akershus Castle, the waterfront Astrup Fearnley Museum and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet are all within walking distance, as well.
How to Get There
Location is great and the breakfast selection is good. Reception is clean and welcome coffee and sweet pastries are more than welcome. But the rooms are small and very dark. The view of the room was inside the building (atrium view). We traveled with the baby and our flight was early in the morning. We asked (via booking) an earlier check-in, unfortunately it was not possible:(
After a very smooth and easy check in my wife our baby and I got into the room and noticed it was a bit cold. We tried to switch on the heating and more than 10 minutes later the radiator was still cold. Therefore, we decided to call reception to ask for help. To our surprise answer was: janitor is not here and won't return for the whole weekend. This was quite surprising for an hotel that is rated at 5* in booking. At the moment we asked for a solution expecting either a change of room or an additional electric radiator. The second was offered, but just after insisting very much. Honestly the radiator could not heat the room at the pace we needed, specially because we had to bath our baby. We contacted again the reception asking this time for a change of room. Answer was negative under the excuse that hotel was fully booked. Nevertheless in order to put the problem aside the receptionist offered to check if it was possible to change room for the next day. Since there was an available room he offered to change but JUST IF THEY DIDN'T SELL IT TO SOMEONE ELSE. Asking to speak to a manager I got the same answer as for the janitor: weekend = do not disturb and find your own solution client.
Will never come back to this hotel. Fortunately Oslo has enough offer.
Reception and restaurant are of good standard but the rooms are poor. No coffee or tea making facilities, very dark and average decoration. The hallways are marked and we noticed the same bit of dirt for 3 days. Never cleaned up.