4.5
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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Design-forward hotel on Oslo’s “Thief’s Island” with oversized bathrooms, a stellar restaurant, and a cutting-edge modern art collection

The Lowdown

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

THE THIEF
Landgangen 1
Oslo, 0252 Norway

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 2103 Reviews
Four or five stars?
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel is nice, great, modern and well located, but I still wonder where the last and fifth star comes from. For me, "that little bit" lacks in this hotel.

Check-in:
Early check-in, otherwise check in as any hotel.
Gentle, correct and attentive with a welcoming smile.
Reception might bit a small during rush?

Room:
Spacious and nice with large windows and a nice little balcony.
Good bed.
A little disappointed with the view. Had expected more after the description on the website.
Large shower, but it seems that Stordalen has put in "water-saving-showers". Had to "run around and chase the water" when using the "rainforest"-shower.
The rest of the room is like any other modern high-class hotel, and has a typical hotel-room feeling with som closets and a desk. No real WOW-factor. Nice light-controls next to the bed.

Cleaning:
Okay, not "approved" in the bathroom. Stains / remnants of unknown origin around the toilet.
(I chose not to complain, and arranged it myself myself. I am sure it would have been taken care of if I gave notice but such should be unnecessary)

Breakfast:
The breakfast was lovely and in "higher class". There are, however, many hotel breakfasts that can compare to this one.

Conclusion:
The hotel is absolutely great, but I didn't feel like a "rock star" and wondering what makes it 5 star?
The hotel lacks "the little extra" or some sort of X-factor that makes it feel unique. Now I experienced checking in at a 4 star hotel at a 5 star price.

Great service, fabulous breakfast buffet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the location right on the water. The staff was very attentive and friendly and the rooms were comfy with all the amenities. The highlight for us was the breakfast buffet - OMG - just delicious. Wonderfully fresh bread and croissants, House made jams and juices, yummy granola with a great selection of fruits and seeds, quality cold cuts (including reindeer salami), and a made-to-order counter where my husband got a wonderful smoked salmon Benedict.

Good hotel but overpriced
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed there for 5 nights for New Year 2018 and the room and hotel were very nice. Yet, it does not have anything outstanding and we had an issue with room service one night that was quite annoying (ended up eating cold food).

In the end, the value for money is not that good but it is still a very good hotel !

Disappointing stay
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hotel location and facilities are good but toilet floor was stained, room maintenance was less than satisfactory, there was no one to assist with luggage on arrival and room amenities were provided only on the first night. Overall, pretentious appearance but average service and not value for money

The Thief
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing hotel with absolutely lovely people and places! The room was beautiful, wonderful breakfast and on top of it all, the spa!
Had some wonderful nights here!!

I would recommand this hotel to everyone!😁