my last European stay in Norway.
After two months of European exploration, I landed in my final city of the tour: Oslo, Norway. The brisk air hit my face as I walked out of the train and stared in awe. The morning light bounced off the city’s modern architecture mixed with the old, vintage buildings.
In my five days spent in Oslo, I stayed at two separate Comfort Hotel locations, but both were located in the center of the city.
As they say, Oslo starts here.
first stop: grand central comfort hotel.
I quickly fell in love with the city during my short walk to Grand Central Comfort Hotel. But really, part of the hotel is made from an old station building – it is close, which makes transportation simple. Grand Central is the epitome of trendy style with a twist of modern design, and it doesn’t disappoint the second you walk into the doors.
Also, don’t forget the free coffee and tea available 24/7 in the lobby. I would make my way down to the cafe stand almost five times a day!
The room was a rock and roll dream. The all black interior made me feel like I was entering one of the hottest clubs. From glittered floors to the Rolling Stones tongue on the wall, I was nothing short of impressed when I stepped into this room.
The rocker elements in the Rolling Stones room were found everywhere. The glass bathroom door had Rolling Stone tongues etched into it, the leather desk had metal studs and the high vaulted ceilings were covered in black drapes.
second stop: grand central karl johan.
If you’re looking for the place to be in Oslo, it is Karl Johan. Just opened in March of 2016, Karl Johan has provided hospitality for A-list musicians like Kygo and Bebe Rexha. The catch is, there is a recording studio in the hotel. I know you’re curious – yes I had a tour of the studio, but no I did not record an album. (Don’t worry).
As if the musical attraction couldn’t get better, there is also an event every Friday after work that provides live music, drinks and socializing with some of Oslo’s most artistic socialites.
Going from the rock and roll room to my space at Karl Johan, I was in awe at how two sister hotels could be so different. The exposed brick, white tile bathroom and playful pink walls made us feel cozy when I wasn’t in the Oslo cold.
There are 181 rooms in Karl Johan, yet you will find a different design in each room. Yes, each room. So no matter when you stay, you can always count on Karl Johan for a different view – but always the best experience.
wake up & smell the coffee (& bacon).
Breakfast at both Grand Central and Karl Johan is served from 6 to 9:30 a.m. each weekday, 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday and 7 to noon on Sundays. Don’t forget the ‘Lazy Sunday’ rule, you don’t have to check out until 6 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to relax and recover from your fun weekend in Oslo.
The breakfast is an American-styled buffet with plenty to eat for everyone’s taste. The classic bacon, eggs, potatoes and sausage were our favorite – it was just like home! There was also plenty of fresh fruit, cereal, bread and drink choices. As you all know, I love my breakfast and I wasn’t disappointed at either spots.
around the town.
Venture to this urban neighborhood filled with graffiti. Around every turn, I found a new piece of art being created.
What kind of girl doesn’t like a castle? It was a blast running around this nature-filled beauty, I could have spent my entire day there. I even met this cute world-traveling couple!
Oslo Opera House
A modern building in a city of history. Climb the ramp of the building to find the best view of the river and skyline of Oslo. I promise it is worth the climb, even the birds agree.
I spent my Halloween weekend in Oslo, therefore I had to celebrate. Although this city doesn’t go as crazy as the Americans, I still had fun getting in the dress-up spirit.
And off to America I go… Thanks for an unforgettable experience, Europe!