Oslo is one of Europe’s fastest growing cities and the ongoing waterfront restoration project is also proving to be booming for tourism. The Munch Museum and National Museum have opened in the last 12 months, putting Oslo firmly on the map of art and design tourism.
For many years the hotel world in Oslo has undergone few changes. But in recent years, impressive new hotels and renovations have taken place that offer the curious traveler many more options.
This summer was no exception, with two brand new hotels opening their doors along with a highly anticipated reopening. Curiously, all three hotels are outside the center of Oslo, making more of the city accessible to visitors than ever before.
Thirties style at Sommerro
Housed in a dominant 1930s building in Frogner, the highly anticipated Sommerro has quickly become the place to stay in Oslo, despite its location slightly west of downtown.
A seductive 1930s-inspired design is laced through the 231 rooms, designed by Alice Lund and Adam Greco of London and New York-based GrecoDeco.
Dining options include the bar and brasserie open all day Ekspedisjonshallen and the Nordic-Japanese fusion cuisine from Swedish chef Frida Ronge at Oslo branchthe only rooftop restaurant in town.
While fall visitors are sure to enjoy the sparkling new hotel and spa treatment rooms, the full luxury spa experience won’t arrive until November 2022. By then, Oslo’s former city baths will have been revived in a 15,000 square meter fitness and wellness center.
Radisson Red core
Urban design and sustainability are at the top of the Radisson Red Økern hotel. Radisson’s Red brand is aimed at a younger audience than the business-oriented Blu hotels. That’s apparent before you enter the new Økern hotel, thanks to its bright red exterior and red tiger statue, complete with shades.
The hotel’s location supports Økern Portal, Oslo’s sustainability-focused business park, but is only 15 minutes from the city center by public transport. A rooftop restaurant and bar offers impressive views of the entire city.
In the Radisson Red’s 204 rooms, visitors will find the latest technology to control lighting and climate.
Scandic Holmenkollen Park
Perched high above the city, Holmenkollen Park has a rich history dating back 128 years. After a 15 month renovation, the hotel is finally open again and has never looked better.
Modern concepts and solutions have been carefully added to this sprawling hotel while retaining as many original features as possible. There are now 376 rooms spread over 10 buildings. 27 of those rooms are in the striking National Romantic Dragestil style main building.