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.
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Nice hotel, very central situated nearby shops, town hall, harbor etc.
Rooms are clean and good size but the bathroom is very small!! The working of the lights was a bit strange.
Breakfast very good and very friendly staff.
For a city trip a nice hotel to stay
We had a brilliant stay at the First Hotel Grims Grenka. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a very friendly and helpful receptionist. The friendly service didn’t end there, the staff throughout our whole stay whether it was on the rooftop bar or at breakfast were friendly.
The rooms were very clean and done to a high standard. The breakfast was amazing with lots of variety to suit all needs!
We are very happy with the stay but the hotel wasn’t the cheapest in Oslo. It is in a great location and close to public transport which made our life very easy. If you don’t mind paying a little bit more you will not be disappointed with your stay.
Firstly the hotel itself is lovely and the room we had spacious and modern.
The issue we had was that on returning to the hotel around 8.30 pm to eat we were told the kitchen closed at 8.00pm and no food at all available, the only way we could get food was to order a take out! We were not told the kitchen closed at 8.00 when we checked in and it clearly was not true as there was a private party going on in the dining room, so the kitchen WAS open. In addition to this the notice at the entrance to the restaurant stated food and drink available until 9pm on Sunday.
The only conclusion we could reach was that the kitchen was dedicated to the private party - clearly some guests are more important than others.
We had intended to stay two nights but decided to check out instead