Beautiful accommodation in Oslo

For beautiful accommodation in Oslo look no further than the Grand Hotel.  The hotel is a mix of old world charm with modern elegance. It is considered one of Oslo’s most well known and prestigious hotels. The hotel first opened its doors in 1874.


Located on Karl Johans gate, Oslo’s main street it’s a short stroll, from The Royal Palace. It is also just over a kilometre from the Oslo Opera House. This means the Grand Hotel is perfectly situated in central Oslo.  

The hotel is within five minutes walking distance from four shopping centres with department stores such as Eger Karl Johan and GlasMagasinet. It is also close to the train station which gives you access to trams, buses and underground connections around the city as well as to the airport.

We stayed at the Grand Hotel, between Christmas and New Year.  The park between the hotel and The Royal Palace hosts one of Norway’s best Christmas markets, Winter Wonderland.  The market has food, crafts, a ferris wheel and Spikersuppa, Norway’s most popular public ice skating rink. The markets are open for the month and entry is free.

Grand Hotel, Oslo
The Grand Hotel with The Grand Palace in the background
Grand Hotel, Oslo
A Fearless Girl replica statue is outside the hotel entrance

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As you arrive at the hotel take in the view from the door before, heading into the hotel.  As you enter you are greeted by a large, modern and bright foyer which included a large Christmas tree during our stay.

One of the things I love about the foyer is the art work behind the reception desk.  The wall is covered with intricate lights with golden tassels hanging from each light.

Once you leave reception and head to your room you are greeted by the hotel’s old-world charm. Take time to admire the intricate handrails and beautiful staircase, the art deco light fittings, the funky carpet ad the beautiful art work.

Grand Hotel, Oslo
Grand Hotel, Oslo
Grand Hotel, Oslo
Grand Hotel, Oslo
Grand Hotel, Oslo

Our Room

The hotel has 283 guest rooms including 54 suites.  The rooms are an elegant mix of the old world charm the hotel exudes along with modern comforts.  

Our room had a very comfortable queen bed, chair, desk, mini bar and TV – all the things you expect in your hotel room.  There was also enough room for us to open both suit cases. 

The bathroom was a crisp white and bright. One of the great things about our bathroom was that the hand basin was large enough for both our toiletry bags without taking up all of the space.

Grand Hotel, Oslo
Grand Hotel, Oslo
Grand Hotel Room
Grand Hotel Room

Eat and Drink

There are two restaurants and two bars which gives you choice during your stay.

As you walk into the lobby you will find Othilia Lobby Bar and Palmen Restaurant. The bar is a great place to relax after a day exploring Oslo.

Grand Hotel, Oslo

Eight is the rooftop bar at the hotel.  It should be noted that it is closed from Christmas to New Year so unfortunately we did not get a chance to sit back and relax with a delicious cocktail while enjoying views of Oslo.

Grand Hotel, Oslo

If you have breakfast included with your room, you will be eating at the Grand Cafe.  For breakfast, the cafe serves a buffet style full breakfast.  The cafe opened in 1874 and like the rest of the hotel, retains the mix of historical charm and more modern comfort.

Grand Hotel, Oslo
Grand Hotel Restaurant
Grand Hotel Restaurant
Grand Hotel Restaurant

The Spa

If you need to relax after a long day exploring the sites of Oslo, you can indulge at the Artesia Spa.  The spa has a heated tranquility pool, steam bath, sauna and treatment rooms.


If you are looking for accommodation in Oslo, The Grand Hotel, is the perfect hotel for a central base to explore the city.  While you will definitely find cheaper accommodation options in Oslo, you will be able to make friends and family just a little bit jealous by staying in this beautiful hotel.

Planning a trip to Norway?  If you are heading north to Kirkenes, why not book a King Crab Safari.


Grand Hotel Oslo

26 Responses

  1. Looks like an amazing place to stay! Bookmarking this because I definitely want to stay here when I head to Oslo soon!

  2. Beautiful hotel! Norway hotels have the best food! I remember we once stayed in Oslo and had the most delicious salmon for breakfast. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow, what a beautiful grand looking hotel. I love all the original features like the beautiful staircase and chadelier. The rooms look so luxurious, I can’t wait to see this place when I Visit Oslo.

  4. What a beautiful hotel to stay in! For some reason I just love the pillows with the flowers on them they put on the bed. The staircase is also incredible! I know where I’m staying in Oslo!

    1. I loved the cushions too Nicole! It’s beautiful and very central so definitely worth considering staying there.

  5. What a beautiful hotel. Norway has always been high on my list so if I get there I think I’ve found where I should stay

  6. It looks like the perfect place to stay in Oslo. I love the staircase and interiors in general. So nice floral motives of pillows! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I could have kept taking photos of the little intricate details of the interior Anita. I love all the old world character.

    1. It’s definitely stunning Jessica and it’s definitely amazing if it can make people jealous!

  7. Hi Lisa, My family is planning a visit. To Oslo arriving on Christmas Day. Was the hotel restaurant open from Christmas Day? Or do you remember if it was difficult to find a place to eat? This is a concern of mine.

    1. Hi Dyan
      We arrived late on Christmas night so we didn’t need to find somewhere to eat. You will be able to find a few restaurants open on Christmas day but there probably won’t be many. It is best to check well in advance what restaurants are open and book (we needed to do this for our stay in Vienna for Christmas day a couple of years ago). We found one by a few Google searches. Also check at the hotel where you are staying as they will usually have a restaurant open for at least breakfast.
      Hope this helps
      Have an amazing trip.

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