Oslo has a wide selection of hotels, ranging from international chains and designer hotels to budgets stays and backpacker hotels. During my visit to the city, I was with my family (and that meant a big group) — and I wanted to choose an accommodation that was comfortable, convenient and affordable. After looking through my list of options, I finally decided on the lovely Oslo Guldsmeden Hotel.
Oslo Guldsmeden Hotel is a three-star boutique hotel located a distance away from the Oslo city center, but it would definitely make a nice few-minutes stroll during summer. However, we were visiting in winter, so during our stay, we took the bus from the Solli stop to get around the city.
The hotel has 50 rooms catering to all kinds of visitors — from solo travelers to family groups. One of the main reasons why I decided to stay at the Oslo Guldsmeden is because it practices an eco-friendly philosophy, and serves organic food.
The Guldsmeden Experience
At first glance from the outside, the Oslo Guldsmeden Hotel looks plain and simple; but as soon as I stepped in, the elegant and interesting interior definitely impressed me. I especially loved the combination of Asian and Scandinavian designs throughout the hotel. The rustic and chic decor makes it all feel extremely homey.
The lady at the reception spoke excellent English and was kind enough to let us leave our luggage at the counter due to our early arrival. I also rather enjoyed hanging out at the pretty lounge area — with its wooden and leather furniture, and cosy fur throws.
During our stay, we booked two rooms — the Family Room for approximately NOK2,000~ US$230 per night, and the Double Room for about NOK 1,100~US$130 per night. There are 5 room types altogether, the other three being the Single, Single Superior and Double Superior Rooms.
The rooms are all beautifully designed with its zen Balinese-style wooden furniture, topped by the furry Sami-inspired pelts. The Family Room is extremely spacious and comes with a four-poster bed, 2 single beds, a living room, an entrance walkway, a his and her bathroom, a stone bathtub in the master bedroom, and a 27-inch iMac instead of tv (that only shows Norwegian shows). The Double Room on the other hand is really small and cramped, with a tiny bathroom.
Facilities and Services
The lovely hotel restaurant, Le Manon, serves an extremely scrumptious breakfast buffet. All these dishes are made of local, organic produce and we ate our fill every morning. From boiled eggs, roasted tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, cereal, homemade bread, dried fruit and nuts; to a variety of tea, juices and coffee — it just made me feel really healthy!
The Oslo Guldmeden Hotel also has a small Turkish inspired spa that includes a relaxation area, dry and infrared sauna, bath tub and steam bath. Entrance to the spa costs NOK 100~US$11.5 per person for hotel guests. There is also free wifi available throughout the hotel. The front desk is 24-hour.
At the End of the Day
The Oslo Guldsmeden Hotel is cozy and welcoming with its stylish decorations, lovely warm lighting and the most comfortable sheets. I was really satisfied with my hotel choice — what really struck a cord with me was the friendliness of the staff and of course, the delicious organic breakfast spread. I will not stop raving about that!
The hotel is a great choice if you prefer an intimate and small hotel without the many frills of a luxury hotel. It served as a great ‘home’ for my family and I to come back to after a whole day out in the cold Oslo winter.