With things Scandinavian so in at the moment, it’d be easy to imagine cities throughout the region overrun by tourists in search of a minimalist, clean living, knitted-jumper-wearing Valhalla. And while that may be close to becoming a reality in the Swedish and Danish capitals, Stockholm and Copenhagen, Norway’s number one town is still an almost entirely undiscovered gem. Founded by Harald Hardrada back in the 11th Century, it’s not a showy city, but it is an excellent door into authentic Scandi living, remarkable in its proximity to nature and the warmth of its cosmopolitan population.
Caution budgeteers, Oslo frequently ranks as one of the most expensive cities in the world, meaning finding cheap accommodation here is not easy. However, we at TravelMag have searched high and low so you don’t have to and found these five high-quality hotels all at impressively a-fjord-able prices!
From €78/ night
Modern warmth and comfort combine in this large, centrally located hotel, which is one of the best value options in all Oslo. Don’t expect a luxury stay, though at the same time, all your basic needs will be met here, and then some! The design is classic smoothed-surfaced Scandi, and the staff are helpful and pleasant. There’s even a breakfast terrace that offers a view of the city: an ideal place to start your day before hitting the streets.
From €80/ night
Ticking those tricky two boxes of being right in the heart of the action but also perfectly tranquil, the Scandic Karl Johan is another great budget option from which to base a stay in Oslo. Aware that the weather can get a little dreary in the winter months, this hotel has countered with fun, brightly coloured rooms, which come equipped with all the conveniences you could need. Think, WiFi, TVs, and deposit box security. There’s also a bike rental service, so if you’re here in the summer you can take a turn on the city streets in two-wheeled style.
From €85/ night
A real break in style from the previous two, this hotel is housed in an early 1900s building, which still bristles with period trimmings. It too is centrally located, surrounded by great shops, bars, and restaurants. It’s also close to the city’s parks, making it a great option for guests who like a stroll. And though it may be an older building that doesn’t mean that its draughty or lacking in mod-cons: the Norwegians have been bracing themselves against winter for centuries, meaning there’s never a chill to be felt here. The free WiFi, meanwhile, is available in all rooms.
From €75/ night
Set inside a super-modern building of glass and steel, this hotel represents another strong budget showing from the Scandic company. The vast-windowed rooms are tastefully decorated in a modern style, and the large, buzzing lobby offers a strong sense of Olso’s ever-growing status as a truly international city. The hotel is also right in the middle of the city, walking distance from the best sights and museums of Oslo. Designed for your comfort and convenience, it’s a really terrific budget choice.
From €75/ night
So what if it doesn’t have the most inspiring name on the list? Book at the right time and this four star is undoubtedly one of the best deals in town. The rooms boast an effortless style, seamless in their crossover between hotel and apartment living, and sure to make anyone feel right at home mere moments after checking in. In terms of location, it’s also central, just a short walk from the internationally renowned Munch museum. Combine that with its onsite restaurant and bar, and this truly is a deal you’ll scream about for weeks to come.