Where To Stay In Oslo

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Are you looking at where to stay in Oslo? Oslo is certainly one of the more expensive cities to visit, however, it’s also incredible and somewhere that should certainly be on your list of ‘places to visit’.

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In this post, we’ll be breaking down the city by region offering you a choice of both affordable and luxury accommodation options. We’ll also be sharing our favourite hotels for groups or large families who’d like to save money by staying in more of an apartment setting rather than a hotel.

Where To Stay In Oslo By Region


The Sentrum is the city centre of Oslo and is an ideal location for those spending just one day in Oslo as the majority of the main attractions are within walking distance.

However, due to this close proximity, you might find the accommodation prices are higher than you might be able to find in some of the other regions of the city.

Anker Hostel – Budget Option

One of the cheapest places to stay in Oslo Sentrum is Anker Hostel. Here you can stay in a single-sex dorm for around 300 NOK per person, per night.

The hostel has fantastic reviews and also a range of other room set-ups including affordable private rooms, for those looking to stay on a budget but also looking for privacy.

Smarthotel Oslo – Affordable & Stylish Midrange Hotel

Smarthotel is very similar to CityBox in which Helen and I stayed in during our visit to Oslo. The rooms are small, clean and very functional. The communal areas of the hotel are designed to enable guests to have an affordable trip to Oslo with drinks and snacks facilities as well as a large seating and dining area.

You’ll find private single and double rooms at Smarthotel Oslo for in the region of 1,000 NOK per night. However, you can also upgrade to the slightly large superior rooms at the hotel for an additional 300 NOK (on average).

Raddison Blu Plaza Hotel – Luxury Mainstream Hotel

If you’re looking for a central location and a little luxury on your trip to Oslo, then we’d recommend a stay at the Raddison Blu Plaza. The 37 story hotel is complete with a swimming pool, state of the art gym which is open 24/7.

An upgrade to this level of luxury in our opinion is relatively affordable compared to the mid-range hotels we’ve featured at 1,700 NOK per night on average.


Frogner is a highly exclusive retail and residential district in the West End of Norway. Here you’ll find apartments and homes selling for millions of Norwegian kroner alongside the incredible Frogner Park. All of this is just a short walk or tram ride away from the centre of Oslo.

The Theif – A Luxurious Boutique Hotel

The Theif hotel is a five-star boutique hotel with rooms featuring an in-built sound system, private balcony, extensive mini bar and an incredible rainforest shower. The hotel features a roof-top restaurant serving contemporary Norwegian cuisine and a spa which includes a Turkish hammam bath, sauna and swimming pool.

Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus – Country Style Hotel

If you’re looking to an incredible country-style hotel in the heart of Frogner then look no further than Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus. Equipped with a fitness room, sauna, library and large garden terrace the hotel has something for everyone.

Rooms come in both a single and double format, with a range of double styles depending on the budget you have available. The popular breakfast buffet offers a wide variety of hot and cold options, although be sure to double-check when you’re booking exactly what you’re getting. Some of the prices including evening meals, and breakfast.


Known for its street art, stylish bars, mellow cafes and indie boutiques, Gr?nerl?kka is a popular place to stay in Oslo with young tourists. The place has grown so popular over the past decade since it’s regeneration it’s been featured heavily in major publications including Vogue.

Anker Apartment – Hostel, Ideal For Solo Travellers & Travellers On A Budget

Anker Apartment is home to a range of dormitory-style rooms (alongside a number of private, slightly more expensive rooms) which are perfect for the budget traveller. The complex is in the heart of Gr?nerl?kka with a nearby supermarket, and the nearest tram stop into town just a four-minute walk away.

Where To Stay In Oslo With Large Families or Groups

Airbnb remains a popular choice for those looking to stay in a more apartment/house setting with multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and washing facilities. You can get money off your first Airbnb booking with the code:

Alternatively, here are some specific places we’d recommend when looking at where to stay in Oslo with large parties;

Bj?rvika Apartments

Bj?rvika apartments have a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments that can sleep up to six people in total. The apartments benefit from a highly central location with a 5 minutes’ walk to Gr?nlands Park.

While the price does depend on the length of the stay, and time of year, one night in the three-bedroom apartment will cost you somewhere in the region of 3,800 NOK / ?380.

Anker Hotel

Anker hotel offers a fantastic, very spacious family room that sleeps up to five with five single beds spread across the room. While it doesn’t have the kitchen facilities you might find in a house or apartment it’s still a great choice for families and groups visiting Oslo, thanks to its complimentary breakfast for guests and central location.

Based on five people sharing the family room, you’ll be looking at somewhere around 2,500 NOK / ?250 per night. Again, the price will vary depending on the availability/time of year you plan on visiting.

Sonderland Appartments

The largest apartment I’ve been able to find right in Oslo is the Sonderland Appartments. This 1000 square foot apartment sleeps up to 9 people over three bedrooms and the living room. It’s situated in the Gamle region approximately 1.2 miles from Akershus Fortress and has two bathrooms, a large balcony and well-equipped kitchen.

Based on the full occupancy of this apartment you can expect to pay in the region of 3,400 NOK / ?340 per night. Again, the pricing is subject to change depending on the time of year and availability.

That concludes our guide on where to stay in Oslo. We hope you’ve managed to find a place that suits your needs or at the very least a region that you’re planning on focusing on moving forward.

We’d love any feedback you have on this post. Would you like us to highlight more options? more regions? different accommodation options? Let us know in the comments down below.

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