Where To Stay In Oslo – The Best Hotels By Neighbourhood

Oslo is one of the most magnificent and unique cities I’ve ever visited. However, it’s also one of the most expensive. As such we decided to only spend a short amount of time here, which is why where we stayed was essential in us maximizing our visit.

If you’ve only 24 hours in Oslo then the best place to stay is Sentrum. However, the cost of staying in the city center is significantly higher compared to some of the other nearby neighborhoods.

When deciding where to stay on our trips we first decide on the neighborhood/region and then look for the best hotel (within our budget) in that region. With that in mind, that’s exactly how I’ve broken down this post;

Best Neighbourhoods In Oslo

There is so much to do packed into every district in the city so I am going to look at the most popular districts and show you what they have to offer in the way of interests and accommodation.

Sentrum For Those In Oslo For Just 24 Hours: Sentrum is the city center 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.

Frogner For Exclusivity: An exclusive residential and retail district in the West End of the city of Oslo. Homes here sell for millions, and the hotel design and prices reflect this level of luxury and desire.

Grünerløkka For Youthful Vibes: One of Oslo’s hippy areas, Grünerløkka is known for street art, stylish bars, and mellow cafés.

Best Place To Stay In Oslo

Now you’ve likely decided on the district you’d like to stay in during your trip to Oslo, let’s look at the best hotels and hostels within each district.


Sentrum is Oslo’s highly compact and bustling downtown. Home to both historic buildings such as the 13th-century Akershus Fortress and contemporary architecture such as the Oslo Opera House and the National Museum it’s the perfect location for those only visiting Oslo for a short period of time.

City Box – Best Budget Hotel

This is where we chose to stay during our first visit to Oslo back in 2017. Situated just 250 yards from Oslo Central Station each room comes with a private bathroom and shower, a work desk, and an armchair.

There’s also a large seating area on the ground level with snacks and drinks which can be purchased from the vending machine alongside a microwave where you can cook small meals – which really helps to keep the costs down in a city where a burrito is likely to cost you €15

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Smarthotel Oslo – Best Mid-Range Hotel

Smarthotel Oslo has situated just a 5-minute walk from Karl Johan shopping street. Each of the rooms has complimentary Wi-Fi, soundproofed walls, contemporary furnishings, a comfortable bed, and a flat-screen TV.

Down on the ground floor, you’ll find the communal TV lounge and a furnished terrace area as well as a small kiosk that sells snacks and beverages.

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Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel – Best Luxury Hotel

Just a five-minute walk from Oslo’s Royal Palace and the National Gallery is the four-star Raddison Blu Scandinavia Hotel. Alongside a well-equipped fitness area, sauna, wellness center, and indoor swimming pool you’ll also find the Summit Bar.

Located on the 21st Floor, the Summit Bar offers an impressive panoramic view of Oslo City and the Fjords.

The gourmet on-site 26 North Restaurant Social Club offers a menu inspired by the fjords, farms, and forests of Norway. This is also where breakfast is served on a morning, which can be added to your stay for a small fee.

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Frogner is best known for luxury shops, fancy restaurants, and luxury apartment blocks. In this region, you’ll find the highest residential home prices and the highest hotel prices too.

Frogner is named after the old Frogner Manor which is located on the corner of Frogner Park which is the largest green space in Oslo. Home to the Vigeland Sculpture Park it’s the perfect place to picnic on a summer’s day in the city.

Cochs Pensjonat – Best Budget Hotel

Located inside an early 1900’s building, Cochs Pensjonat offers a range of single and double rooms with shared and private bathrooms.

Each room has complimentary Wi-Fi and wooden floors. While the hotel itself is surrounded by shops, bars, and restaurants. Both Homansbyen and Dalsbergstien tram stops are just a three-minute walk.

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Oslo Guldsmeden – Best Mid-Range Hotel

This eco-friendly boutique hotel is the perfect mid-range hotel for couples looking to stay in Frogner. Situated just a 5-minute walk from the Royal Palace and a 12-minute walk from Karl Johan Gate the hotel features a unique combination of luxury Balinese-style décor and Sami-inspired pelts.

Organic breakfast is available for an additional fee as are self-service saunas. Each of the rooms is equipped with organic bathroom products, a flat-screen TV, and a digital radio.

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The Thief – Best Luxury Hotel

Without a doubt, the best luxury hotel in Frogner is The Thief. This five-star designer boutique hotel is situated just a five minutes walk from the promenade of Aker Brygge.

The hotel offers 24-hour access to the gym, in-room spa treatments and has an on-site luxury spa center. Meanwhile, each of the rooms has a private balcony, an in-built sound system, Nespresso machine, mini-bar, and rainforest shower.

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On the east side of the river, you’ll find Grünerløkka. A popular shopping district with original design shops and a magnitude of vintage and second-hand stores shuffled in-between small cafés and independent organic restaurants.

Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget – Best Budget Hotel

Located just around the corner from the famous Rockerfeller Music Hall in Oslo is the Comfort Hotel Xpress. This contemporary hotel features graffiti mural walls and a rooftop terrace.

Guests are able to relax with a beer on the rooftop terrace, work out in the gym or play pinball or on the Playstation down in the lobby.

Each of the rooms features a high-definition flat-screen TV with cable channels and complimentary Wi-Fi. There are also microwaves, kettles, and refrigerators that are available for use within the hotel.

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PS:hotell – Best Mid-Range Hotel

This eco-friendly hotel focuses on the value of people and is a project for bringing more people back to work. Situated just across the road from the hotel is the popular Mathallen Food Hall where you can pick up some tasty traditional eats.

Each room at PS:hotell is air-conditioned and has a private bathroom with a shower and complimentary Wi-Fi.

A complimentary breakfast is included with each stay and is served each morning in the dining room. In the evening guests can enjoy both traditional and international dishes in the restaurant and bar.

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Hotel Continental – Best Luxury Hotel

The only five-star hotel in Norway, the Hotel Continental is located on the border between Centrum and Grünerløkka.

Each of the rooms in the hotel is individually decorated and includes a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a minibar, and an in-room safe. The bathrooms include a separate shower and bath and luxury amenities.

The hotel has a 24-hour gym, as well as a luxury gourmet restaurant Eik Annen Etage. Meanwhile, drinks and snacks can be enjoyed at the on-site maritime-style Steamen Café.

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