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
Spent three nights at The Thief with kids, it’s a nice hotel, but with kids it’s necessary to take taxi if you want to go into town. Breakfast is excellent and the staff is very friendly. Probably the most trendy hotel in Oslo!
We stayed here as part of a package so we did not pay for this separately and it is hard to assess what we would have paid. The breakfast (included) was incredible and the service during breakfast was excellent. All the food at breakfast is labeled for allergens and there were abundant gluten-free options. There is interesting artwork throughout the hotel. Even if you don't stay there you should stop by and see some of it in the public spaces, especially if you are also going to the nearby Astrup Fearnley. There are shops and restaurants nearby (including a grocery store) and the public transportation trolley stop at the end of the waterfront making getting around pretty easy.
Advertised as a five star boutique hotel and it certainly is. Pros: large room, very comfy beds, large bathroom with shower and tub, lots of space around the sink in the bathroom, actual desk and chair if you need to work a bit while you are here, lots of shopping and restaurants around hotel, might have great view of harbor from room depending on side of hotel, excellent AC, fast wifi, ice machine close to elevator and thermos with hot water brought to you at night to make tea. Cons: at one end of the harbor so it is a little walk to main part of harbor and downtown, area invaded by locals when the sun came out to swim and play, very good breakfast but expected excellent breakfast at five star hotel. About a ten minute walk to Theatre train station for trip to airport or elsewhere. After they finishing building the new museum on the harbor then it will be close to hotel. Would certainly stay here again. Had a refrigerator in room but little to no room for any leftovers or snacks.