21 Oct Review: Hotel Continental, Oslo
Situated slap-bang in the middle of Oslo, the Hotel Continental is a classy affair and Norway’s only member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
The hotel has been built up by a single family over four generations, and this is reflected in the warmth of the customer service. Upon arrival I was greeted with a friendly smile and check-in was a breeze.
You really can’t beat the location of this hotel as you literally a stone’s throw from the Royal Palace, Karl Johan shopping street and the trendy waterfront area of Aker Brygge.
What I loved most about the hotel was its classical, traditional charm and elegant furnishings. Each of the 155 rooms at the Hotel Continental offers its own unique character and the lobby bar is adorned with a large collection of prints by Edvard Munch.
I stayed in one of the Junior Suites, which was very spacious with a bedroom and living area. Each of the suites are individually designed with hand-picked furnishings and art, so no two rooms are the same. My suite for instance had a terrace overlooking the National Theatre, but some have balconies with views of the Royal Palace, the Parliament building Stortinget or Akker Brygge and the Oslofjord.
The Junior suites measure over 40 square metres and feature a king size bed, television with international channels, home cinema on demand, a mini bar with a selection of drinks and snacks, free Internet and an in-room safe.
My bed was ultra comfortable and I had a large living space with sofas, chairs and a work desk. I loved the tasteful decor and it was great to be able to spread my stuff out and get some blogging done!
The mini bar was well stocked and the wardrobe was equipped with an iron, ironing board, bathrobes, slippers, coat hangers hairdryer and umbrella.
The modern bathroom featured a separate bathtub and rain shower, and was stocked with Molton Brown toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion.
There were a few gifts waiting for me in the room; a complimentary bottle of Voss mineral water, a box of Molton Brown toiletries and a plate of fruit and chocolate truffles!
The covered terrace was without a doubt the best terrace I have ever had at a hotel on my travels. It was so nice to be able to sit at the table out here with a coffee and the paper in the morning. I had a fantastic view of the National Theatre, as you can see from the photos!
The Hotel Continental is home to five restaurants and bars that are open to guests and the people of Oslo. I missed breakfast (sad face!) but I did get to enjoy the best nicoise salad I have ever eaten in the Dagligstuen lobby bar. Make sure you take the time to browse the collection of Edvard Munch prints!
If you feel like splashing out for dinner, make a reservation in the famous Theatercaféen, which is a Vienna-style cafe that has been a popular dining and meeting place for over 100 years.
To book a room at the Hotel Continental Oslo, visit hotelcontinental.no
Note: I received a complimentary one-night stay at the Hotel Continental for the purpose of a review. All opinions, however, are my own.