The Grand Hotel Oslo is a luxury hotel in the center of Oslo. It opened in 1874 and over the years has become a renowned landmark of the city of Oslo. For more than 140 years, the hotel has hosted world leaders and Nobel Peace Prize laureates. I stayed at the Grand Hotel for two nights on my way back from Tromso in northern Norway. In this post, I talk about my impression of the hotel.
1. Checking In
I arrived at the hotel in the late evening hours. From the airport I took the Flytoget train which brought me to the National Theatre (Nasjonalteateret) underground station, only a few minutes walk to the hotel. As soon as I arrived at the hotel, my luggage was immediately taken care of by the attentive concierge. After waiting for a few minutes, a very kind Norwegian lady checked me in. I think she blocked 20% or 30% from my room rate on my credit card for incidentals.
The hotel had a rich and stylish decor and I could very tangibly feel a casual old world charm permeating the modern ambience. It felt somewhat nostalgic and definitely grand!
3. My room
My room was designed in an elegant old style luxury with a touch of modern. I had a superior double room with a small balcony facing the city square. The day I arrived at the hotel, it was also the International Woman's Day. On opening the door to the balcony, I was a little amazed to discover thousands of woman walking across the square for the Woman's Day march. It was also snowing. All this made my first evening in Oslo unsually surreal.
5. The Grand Café
The Grand Café is the renowned Norwegian restaurant and wine cellar of the Grand Hotel in Oslo. It also opened in 1874 and has hosted world leaders and celebrities. Even though I did not have the time for a grand Norwegian lunch at the Café, I did stop at the restaurant for a late afternoon cup of coffee.
Read my post on the Grand Café.
6. The Grand breakfast
The first morning at the hotel, I had ordered breakfast in the room. On the second day, I enjoyed several courses of the delicious and very extravagant Grand Buffet Breakfast at the Grand Café. I was also flying to Amsterdam the same day and wanted to make sure I had enough to eat for the day!
7. The Palmen Restaurant and the Othilia Lobby Bar
Both the Palmen Restaurant and the Othilia Lobby Bar are located on the lobby level next to each other. While you can enjoy lunch, dinner and Afternoon Tea at the restaurant, the Othilia Bar serves drinks in a casual luxury environment.
8. Eight, the Rooftop Bar
Eight is the Rooftop Bar of the Grand Hotel. Even though I don't drink, it was worth a visit to enjoy stunning views of the square and the city of Oslo in a mystical late evening light that had spread over Oslo.