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