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
Really a perfect week-end at THE THIEF !! not my first time here,but what a pleasure to come back it was !
Great room with an amazing viewon the boats at sea to start with.
Impeccable room service on my 1rst evening .
Great people, so helpful and human,,a real pleasure.
I had the good idea to try the rooftop restaurant this time,It was just delicious, and I enjoyed catching the chef going in the " roof garden" to pick up some fresh herbs himself !Thats the way it goes here : refined and authentic ;-)
And I did take a wonderful -and well deserved- break at the Spa, so modern yet so peaceful.
Time flies so quickly when one has such a quality time too bad i had to go back to Paris .
I willl have to come back for the summer though, fot the music festival THE THIEF organizes in July.
Dominic Gorham, THE best guide for your stay in Oslo will be the hosting the event, so It already sounds cool and fresh !!!.A bientôt, tusind tack ;-)
A very nice, modern hotel in an attractive setting. Of course, it is always difficult to complain about Norway in June. The hotel staff is polite and attentive. The rooms, while not largely New York or London standards are large enough and efficiently organized and designed. I would definitely stay here again.
We stayed at the Thief last week and had a wonderful time. The room was spacious, comfortable and well appointed. I was so happy with the very comfortable bed and multiple choices of pillow. We had a big, beautiful bath as well as a separate shower. The staff were all gracious and very helpful. The breakfast buffet is outstanding and I believe it has spoiled me for life. Also, there are many pieces of art throughout the public spaces that are simply delightful.
I recommend going to the Continental.
Unfortunately, this hotel is poorly staffed, rooms falling apart and inconsistent service. The highlight was breakfast.
Check in: Rooms were ready. We mentioned how we wanted to got to the pool and he stated it would be extra. Keep in mind and hotel did not seem overly busy. Service recovery tip: Pool should be free at this price point. Very tacky. Immediately signs to trip advise. Another extremely tacky thing.
Room: First room lovely and great view. Unfortunately a strange odor. Turns out the plumbing was off and sink overflowed. They stated someone could come the next day even though it was still daylight. I was going to wait but room smelled terrible and there was no way to brush teeth. They offered a room across the hall. The room was a downgrade in terms of view and size which was a shame but they have done this perhaps so I could be closer to my friends. At any rate, I took a bath and yep, tub was leaking.
Housekeeping: Average. Missed some details and did not replace toiletry items
Roof: Fun environment but food never arrived so she apologized and offered us two free drinks for the next day. The drinks were then changed to cava only per her. I ignored and requested what we wanted. You can't offer two free cocktails but then only offer cava.
Front desk: Poorly staffed. It was Norway day holidays which they should have extra staff not less.
Overall this was a mediocre experience and not in the best location for a tourist. The highlight was breakfast.
The room, the view, the personal. Guys you can't do any better ! Everything was as we wished it to be. The location is really great and the hotel has a very beautiful furniture and a lot of style. Very cool and modern.