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
Great location, helpful staff, good bar, excellent restaurant. What you would expect from a 5-star hotel. The room was well appointed and comfortable. Highly recommend. Restaurants are within a short walk, as is a fantastic museum (next door).
My husband and I spent a total of four days at The Thief in Oslo. Staff at the front desk were polite, highly personable, and very knowledgeable (with the exception of the one staff member who told me that the ferry to the museums was still running, when it had essentially ended two days before our arrival for the season). Upon check out, front desk was able to print a document that I needed to review on my flight home.
Lots of beautiful artwork in the attractive lobby area.
Clean rooms, comfortable bed. Plenty of pillows.Could not seem to get the thermostat in the room to go below 20°C; this was slightly problematic for a woman just beginning her changes (LOL). We were unable to receive many of the television channels, and we were also unable to stream Netflix from our iPads. or the TV itself. Not a major problem, as we spent very little time in the room. However, with the time change and terrible insomnia, this would have been helpful.
BEST hotel hair dryer I've used in a LONG time. Nice big towels.
We did not realize that we had to lock the door to our room with our key card once we departed. We just happened to forget something in our room to find it unlocked when returning to it before the elevator arrived. It seems as though door remained unlocked; I may be wrong, but I think it may have locked after certain period on its own. However, no one informed us that we had to lock it, so I may be slightly misinformed about this. Waiting for the hotel to respond.
View from the room was fantastic, and a short walk from the beautiful harbor and Akershus fortress.
We diid dine at The Thief Foodbar; this will be reviewed separately.
Been in Norway is such a magical deal, Oslo is a beautiful city, without pretending to be the perfect city because it naturally is.
But being in Oslo at The Thief has been such a great decision. The hotel is in a perfect location, even to get to the center. Is confortable and everything that you need is given immediately. The chef and kitchen is magnificent! Everything is delicious. The hotel is impressive but, the people who attended us, were spectacularly friendly and client oriented so much that they accomplished with the mission statement of “stealing you from everyday life”.
I just live it and love it.