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
Loved this hotel! Super friendly, helpful and views are spectacular. The rooms are modern and fun! The spa is fantastic. Rooftop bar beautiful and lower bar has fun vibe. Restaurant was great for breakfast and dinner. Loved that they brought hot water and tea and cookies at turn down service and a big bottle of water. They are doing a fantastic job!
Situated in new water front area that once was home to shipping docs, this location is akin to battery park in New York City. Hotel is boutique in feel. Rooms are extremely comfortable and modern. State of the art smart features great you upon entry include sensing light systems that require no action on your part to light your way. Many restaurants, cafes and bars can be found near by.
This hotel is in a great location in the newly developed port area of downtown Oslo. The room was well appointed but small. Ask for a room with a view as many just face the plaza or the alley. The breakfast is outstanding and a great way to fill up before exploring the city. We used the gym as well. It was fairly small and only a few pieces of equipment. There is a treadmill and a recumbent bike as well as some free weights.
We didn't eat at the hotel for dinner as there are numerous places within a short walk. The bus/train stop is about a 10min walk from the hotel.
I have visited The Thief on my way to Sydney and I LOVED everything! The Front Desk was amazing and I would like to send a special THANK YOU to Hannah at the Spa. I am a well travelled Spa user and I have it commend you for having such a wonderful therapist! Hannah is worth traveling to Oslo for!
The Thief hotel is one of the best hotels I have stayed in. Perfectly located next to the Fjord, the rooms have stunning views of the water, marina, and islands. Here you are steps away from several shops and restaurants. The buffet breakfast is exceptional, as well as the service from all the staff members, especially Valentina. I had dinner in the hotel my first night and the scallop was the best scallop I have ever eaten.