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 location and very clean. Unfortunately the rooms, especially the bathroom is very small, you can barely move in it.
The breakfast is really nice, but the coffee machine was broken and only replaced with standard filter coffee. That’s not 5 Star Hotel like.
The gym is unacceptable, it’s a treadmill and a few weights.
I can totally feel the hotel’s slogan “YOUR SECOND HOME IS FIRST”! The receptionists are very helpful and friendly, one is a beautiful girl who assisted me check-in and out (she said her wedding was held on Bygdøy island), and the other whose name is Kristin. I got a missing luggage at the airport, the receptionists helped me a lot! They deserve a praise :)
Nespresso coffee in reception lounge, roof top bar, ok rooms - somewhat dark though, and a bit tired... but the breakfast buffet and the location is superb! High price! The gym not worth mentioning - run a city sightseeing tour instead!
The hotel has a lovely with modern design and decor the rooms were nicely done however the shower I had in my room was a bit claustrophobic compared to my friends rooms which had bigger showers. I was greeted with very polite and helpful members of staff daily the breakfast was lovely just needed more options in my opinion for hot breakfast but this is a standard problem in most european countries. The hot drinks station downstairs was good with freshly baked pastries daily.
The hotel location is amazing 2 mins from the centre lots of shops and restaurants 5 min walk from the train station and easy to commute to the airport way cheaper to use than taxis.
I wanted to highlight one amazing point about my stay on Sunday I was feeling really down and upset felt Oslo didn’t live up to what I heard and most places being closed on a Sunday, I thought it be busy as London and what I’m used to which was a shock plus having a bad experience same day with a forex ATM I wanted to book my ticket home but when I spoke to the lovely Marthe Lunde who reassured me Oslo has many great places to visit and got out a map helping me plan my remain days of my stay where to visit how to get around even helped me find the amazing electric scooters to ride around on, if it wasn’t for her help I would of flew back to London on Sunday and missed the beautiful gems in Oslo so I want to thank her so so much for making my holiday great and getting opportunities to take amazing pictures.
I stayed for three nights for business. It was difficult to dislike or love the hotel. It was a very spacious room, but you can tell that it has reached the end of its life and is in desperate need of an upgrade and refresh - light switches broken, smashed glass, plug sockets hanging, tv remote not working etc. Cleanliness is a bit of an issue in general.
The breakfast room and bar are lovely, but small.
Its not a bad hotel, but its also not a great hotel. With a deep-clean and refurbishment, it could be great.