- Getting to Oslo
- Exploring Oslo - The Attractions
- Exploring Oslo - The Hotels (Radisson Blu Plaza Oslo & Doubletree by Hilton Oslo City Center)
- Oslo to Tromso on SAS
- The Hunt
- Exploring Tromso
- Review of City Living Apartments, Tromso
- Tromso to Oslo on SAS
- Oslo to Doha
- Exploring Doha & Review of Ramada Encore Doha
- Doha to Kuala Lumpur with a visit to the Oryx Lounge
We spent two nights in Oslo. Hotels as with everything else in Oslo is EXPENSIVE. A room at a decent hotel would cost about $200-$300 USD per night. We ended up splitting the two nights with the first night at the cheaper Radisson Blu Plaza thanks to a friends & family rate and the second night at the Doubletree to get a stay count to eventually get a free night as part of Hilton's Q4 Promo.
Radisson Blu Plaza
The rooms were pretty small but adequate. As with the other hotels we stayed in Norway, the beds were on the soft side. Free internet access was included in all rooms in this hotel. The bathroom was stocked with pretty good amenities and best of all, there was a bathtub.
What we liked most about this hotel was the gym and pool on the top few floors of the hotel. It was somewhat difficult to get to it having to take the elevator to the 33rd floor and walking the rest of the way up. Even though the gym was pretty small and pretty basic, it was great having a run enjoying the view from up top in the morning. The pool was just nicely heated and was a great way to stretch out the body after the long flight from Malaysia.
|View from the pool/gym|
Overall, we would not hesitate returning to this hotel especially for the rate we were paying. Some may complain about the location in that it's not right in the city center but Oslo itself is compact and the public transport is efficient.
Doubletree by Hilton Oslo City Center
Our second night in Oslo was spent at the Doubletree. The Doubletree is located much more in the city center than the Radisson where we earlier had stayed in. It was right next to the National Theatre and Karl Johan Street where the shopping and restaurants are. It was also a short 5 minute walk to the water front area of Aker Brygge. There are also a couple tram and bus stops close by to the hotel.
The rooms at the Doubletree was much more spacious and new. We checked out the floor plan and it looked like we were given one of the larger rooms. We liked the layout and the furniture of the room. The bed was still on the soft side but much firmer than the beds at the Radisson. We were also provided 2 bottles of complimentary water and some candy and chocolate. Nice touch!
The bathroom however was somewhat spare. There was no bathtub.