Hotel names do not get shadier than “The Thief”, and yet this was where I found myself staying at during my one night in Oslo, Norway.
Situated on Tjuvholmen (“Thief Island”), I came to realise how apt the hotel’s name was.
It turned out that even locals sought out this hotel for a quick rendezvous wink wink, stealing out time from their busy schedules to add some spice to their relationship. I only knew that because there was a couple who checked in at the same time, and was on first-name terms with all of the associates at the reception.
While the lobby exuded artsy and playful vibes, the hotel corridors felt rather sterile in comparison. With the muted tones of Scandinavian brown wood and black doors, it kind of spoiled the overall theme in my opinion.
At 24sqm, the standard room was not particularly large, but yet it felt very luxurious from the moment I set foot into the room.
There was a cupboard along the short walkway from the room door to the main bedroom, with the ensuite bathroom accessible from the door beside the bed. This design definitely makes it easier for one to use the bathroom, rather than have to walk out to the walkway.
The pillows on the bed probably outnumbered the total number of pillows I have ever owned! The king-size bed was firm yet soft, and sinking into it after a long and cold day made me drift off to sleep almost immediately. There was even a turndown service, with a nice brownie and a tumbler of hot tea prepared for guests to tuck into prior to bedtime.
The mini-bar setup was interesting to say the least, and featured quite a number of “kinky” items, probably intended for lovers who sought to “steal” some time for themselves. Probably a great idea if you’re looking to inject some spice into your marriage!
The ensuite bathroom had a separate bathtub, restroom, and standing shower, which I approve of completely! Probably the only thing lacking was his and hers double sinks.
- Mini-bar (chargeable)
- Coffee & tea making facilities (Nespresso machine with coffee capsules & tea bags)
- Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner)
- Ironing board & iron
- Bath towels & bathrobes
- Safety deposit box
The hotel gym was located in a separate building a short walk away from the hotel, although it was sheltered all the way. Access to the gym was from a separate lift, and the lift would bring you to the basement underpass.
The gym was co-located in the same building as the spa/swimming pool, which was open to the paying public as well. However, when I visited the gym late in the night, I had the entire gym to myself! Unfortunately, the swimming pool closes at 8pm, and I was not able to check it out during my stay.
There were ample cardio equipment in the gym, and a good range of weights machines as well as free weights. The equipment was new and I had a good workout with both the treadmill and the weights.
Breakfast was served at the hotel’s restaurant on Level 2, and there was quite a good spread of food available. The food was yummy, and I also liked that there was a range of juices, smoothies and healthy shakes on offer.
Laying claim to being Oslo’s modern and luxurious designer hotel, I had no reason to doubt that during my short stay there. I enjoyed my stay at The Thief, and my only regret was not being able to check out the swimming pool, which looks absolutely gorgeous in pictures by the way. Much thought was given to the design of the hotel, and it was really a cool place to stay at. I also loved the turndown service, which came with a very sweet touch indeed!
Ratings out of 10 (10 being the best, 0 being the worst)
Overall Rating: 9
Location: 7 (a bit far from the city centre)
Room: 8.5 (comfortable and luxurious)
Facilities: 8 (well-equipped gym, swimming pool and hotel spa)
Staff: 9 (staff were proactive at breakfast, and always ready to offer help)
Breakfast: 8 (good quality buffet breakfast with a good variety of food)
Landgangen 1, 0252 Oslo, Norway
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With a classy decor and a great location overlooking the city of Oslo and the surrounding fjords, Ekebergenrestauranten was the restaurant I had to have a meal at when in Oslo. Seeing the lit-up city and the fjords below while having dinner was a truly memorable experience for me.
Ekebergenrestauranten – View of Oslo
The cod fish that I ordered was melt-in-my-mouth yummy, and tasted oh-so-fresh!
The dessert of lemon tart with sorbet was superb; the refreshing zestiness of the lemon tart paired very well with the sweet sorbet.