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“Adequate” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Best Western Karl Johan Hotell

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Best Western Karl Johan Hotell
Ranked #37 of 90 Hotels in Oslo
Buckinghamshire
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23 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Adequate”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

Me and my colleagues were on a business trip. On arrival the reception staff were very welcoming and friendly. The single room were on a small side and you would not want to relax in there after a hard day at work. Some of the rooms had broken showers!That said the rooms were tidy and clean. Breakfast selection was fine with all the basics provided in a buffet style.The location was super and a very short walk from National Theatret station (straight connection to Oslo Lufhavn airport). The hotel is in the centre and again a short walk to the Marina and there are plenty of restaurants and bars nearby,

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank safari98
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

I stayed one night at the hotel before attending a course at Gardermoen. I was going to meet a friend for dinner and chose this hotel because of its central location in Oslo. It´s very close to the station "Nationaltheateret" where the airport express stops. I got a surprisingly large room on the 1st floor, with the large window facing the main street, Karl Johan. Despite this fact, the traffic noise during evening and night was at an acceptable level. By all means, traffic could be heard quite well, but it was less disturbing than expected.

My only reason for giving the hotel rating 4 and not 5 is the breakfast (4,5 would be a more appropriate rating...) . The breakfast buffet was OK, but I've had better and more varied breakfasts at other hotels, though.

Staff was friendly.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

Stayed here during a sales conference. The hotel is located on Oslo's main street close to the Royal Palace. The rooms are large, roomy and comfortable. Free wi-fi throughout the hotel is an added bonus. The metro and train station are closeby and thus make traveling a breeze. The staff is friendly and warm. The breakfast in the morning was excellent. Overall a good option while your staying in Oslo.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Leiden, Holland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

During our trip throughout Norway, Oslo was our first stop. We stayed in the Karl Johann Hotel and every single minute of our stay was perfect. When we arrived at the front-desk a very helpful lady told us everything we should know about the hotel and the city of Oslo. The hotel itself is very stylish in a classic way. Our room, 2nd floor and with a view over the central 'park' of Oslo, was stunning. Large, very clean with a great bed. When you walk out of the hotel, you can go practically anywhere, as it is situated in the heart of Oslo, which is one of the most relaxing and beautiful cities in the world.

Other reviews complaining about the noise: we were at the frontside of the hotel but didn't have any nuisance. Only disadvantage I can think of is the fact that the parking possibilities in the Oslo city centre are very limited and very expansive, hotel doesn't have a parking garage of its own.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank OrinocoFlow
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

Met expectations, would recommend, but might stay at the other Best Western property next time...

Location: On Karl Johans Gate, across from parliament.

Staff: Outstanding; helpful, sincere, knowledgeable, warm, efficient.

Room: Booked a suite under the OsloPass scheme, and for once in my life the picture matched the room. It. Was. Huge. Even by US standards. Room decor was dated but clean.

Public areas: Worn, but cleaned regularly (noted daily vacuuming, dusting, etc.)

Breakfast: Typical buffet, usual cold variety with two rotating hot choices.

About the location: You are right in the middle of the 'action', and on three out of four nights, at about 2am, we would hear heavy work on the street outside or neighboring buildings. My personal favorite was re-sanding the gaps between the cobblestones. Seriously. Ever wondered how they do that? Here's how- they spread sand on the stones, then vibrate it into place with a pneumatic rotating flapper. We could feel the vibrations. All this I learned at 2 am. Then I popped another ambien...

If/when I return to Oslo, this hotel will still be in my top 5 choices, but I might opt for one off of Karl Johans Gate.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Best Western Karl Johan Hotell

Property: Best Western Karl Johan Hotell
Address: Karl Johans gate 33, Oslo 0162, Norway (Formerly Norlandia)
Region: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 90 Hotels in Oslo
Price range (per night): $147 - $249
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Karl Johan Hotell 3*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On Oslo's main street and in the heart of the city centre lies this historic hotel from 1899. Next to the Parliament and within immediate walking distance to a variety of museums, attractions, shops, bars and restaurants. The hotel has 114 rooms, as well as 5 meeting rooms with a maximum capacity of 70 people. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Karl Johan Hotell Hotel Oslo
Norlandia Karl Johan Hotell Oslo

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