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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Great location in the city center and so close to the railway station that you can easily walk over, nice lobby area and i loved the rain shower in the breakfast room. Staff is very friendly and helpful.
This is our honeymoon trip to all the Scandinavia countries where Oslo will be our last stop before we head back to our home country. Certainly everything was good, the room, the services offered, the breakfast buffet, however there’s one thing that bother us a lot which is the toilet in our room. The toilet is extremely small where it barely fits in 2 person. Not convenient at all as the shower station is too narrow. We tried to request for changing the room, however they offered an extra charges of NOK 300 per night (total NOK 1200 for 4 nights), hence we remain our stay in the same room. Overall the hotel is good, however, we would suggest to request for a bigger toilet upon your check in with the receptionist. Enjoy.
Great hotel! Beautiful entrance, great service. We upgraded our room, and trust me, it’s worth it. Bathroom with a huge tub! Big room. Great style. Breakfast is big and lots of choice!!! Would definitely recommend.
Very central location, but still in a quiet neighborhood next to the fortress. Easy parking acroos the street. Clean rooms with good beds. Always friednly staff. Breakfast service is very good. Free newspapers in the lobby
We booked a standard double room for 3 nights but upon arrival we asked if it was possible for an upgrade (without mentioning it was our honeymoon) and they kindly obliged with a superior room -room 509- but had an internal window. Room was easy to find, numbers are on the floor and on the door.
The mood lighting was easy to use (+ or - to turn on or off), and was already lit up with another room key inserted already so no need to stumble around in the dark.
Breakfast was a decent selection of cold and hot foods, coffee came out of one of those push button machines which is ok and drinkable.
Not sure if it's a common thing in this part of the world not to have drinking facilities in the room, but there is complimentary tea, Nespresso coffee and water in reception near the rotating door where you can relax in the foyer. I'm sure you can bring the hot drinks up to the room if needed.
The bed is super comfy, felt like you were sleeping on a cloud! Bathrooms had heated floors (and even in the shower!). Our only gripe was the shower head, aesthetically cool but not very functional. I wouldn't say it was like a waterfall hitting you as such, but wish it could be dispersed a bit more. There is a secondary shower head on the side which seems to use colder water so you either have to turn it away or set the waterfall shower hotter to offset against the colder shower head.
Staff are very friendly and accommodating. Close to the station and public transport to the museums and the toy centre.
Overall, we'd be happy to stay here again and would recommend this place to stay.