What We Love
- Checking out the hotel's original artwork curated by Sune Nordgren, including video pieces by Julian Opie in the elevators and a Warhol in the restaurant
- Swimming by candlelight in the spa pool
- The mini-bar for toiletries, which sells everything from earplugs to condoms
- The mind-bending Apparatjik Suite, designed by the eponymous band-turned-art collective, decorated with disco balls, video art and images of collective members (like Guy Berryman from Coldplay, and Magne Furuholm from A-ha) projected onto the bed so you can “sleep” with them
What To Know
- Pick up one of the hotel’s shopping guides for a map of the city’s most notable stores, such as fashion label Mardou & Dean
- The motion-activated lights in the rooms can be a little complicated
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Built on car-free Tjuvholmen (“Thief Island”), a trendy arts district just off the Oslo waterfront that’s getting new nightlife and restaurant options all the time, this Mellbye Architects-designed hotel is a particularly good spot to make your Oslo base. There’s fabulous modern art in all the public spaces (some pieces are borrowed from the museum next door), as well as furniture by Tom Dixon and Boca do Lobo. The 118 rooms, whose floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the Tjuvholmen canals and the Oslofjord, eschew their own kind of Scandinavian cool with orange and gold fabrics, B&B Italia and Brand von Egmond furniture, and bespoke wool blankets and slippers from upcoming Norwegian designers. Chef Johan Laursen helms the chic Fru K restaurant, which prepares modern Nordic cuisine (like reindeer fillets); follow dinner with an Aquavit-spiked cocktail at the bar.
In the Area
Walking or cycling around Tjuvholmen is a pleasure – there are no cars, plenty of interesting architectural details, and lots of galleries and trendy shops. The Renzo Piano–designed Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art is right next door to the hotel, and guests get free entry: the collection has pieces by Cindy Sherman and Matthew Barney. A ten-minute walk brings you to the Aker Brygge waterfront, home to dozens of bars, boutiques, and seafood restaurants—try Tjuvholmen Sjømagasin for a more inventive menu than most. In the summer, a temporary beach forms here, and there are food festivals throughout the year.
How to Get There
Exciting, cutting-edge, quirky, relaxing and luxurious. These are all words I would use to describe my exceptional stay at The Thief Hotel in Oslo!
However, these words only describe the hotel at face-value and I believe that no description, however extraordinary, would be enough to tell you how incredibly amazing my stay here was.
Upon entering this popular hotel, you immediately notice that it is a place like none other- you are immersed in its atmosphere of trendiness and its unique wow factor. Whether you decide to partake in their world-class gastronomy, take in the cutting-edge art or simply relax in your comfortable room, you will find all the stresses of daily life disappearing as you enjoy what it has to offer.
I took a premium room with a wonderful view. The room was incredible. A private balcony, a more than a comfortable bed, a desk/work area, a large bathroom with a rain shower. Besides having plenty of room to spread out, it came complete with some amazing details and features, giving the space a huge amount of styles like the chair designed by Antonio Citterio and the blanket from Røsos Tweed.
It was such a pleasure to wake up to the gorgeous view of Oslofjord from my private balcony or through the floor to ceiling window. You don't experience this every day! Though it was so hard to leave the king size bed from Hilding Anders and to stop cuddling under duvets and pillows from Høie of Scandinavia. I got so inspired by the bed that I want to have one at my home. It's the best option for those who only settle for the very best, for people who value the supreme comfort of use, highest quality, and elegant design.
Ultimately my stay at The Thief was almost perfect. The food, the room, the grounds, and the spa were all sensational. But a special shout out should go to the staff. The young, helpful staff are happy to share their insider knowledge of the city and make for a cozy, quiet base for city exploration. As usual, I always believe that the staff truly makes a stay amazing. Couple with the Thief other beautiful attributes; this made my trip to Oslo well worthwhile.
We had a great stay. However, the hotel needs a bit of renovation to live up to its standard. Also attention to detail used to be better. Overall value for money could be improved. Breakfast was great and staff very friendly.
Great experiance! Food and winepairing was very good, spa om friday with angfus was really worth the trip, and breakfast with Raj at the foodbar was excellent! Would recommend it, and you get free entry to Astrup Fernly museum.