Nikki’s Nest: Thon Hotel Astoria (Oslo, Norway)

image sourced from Thon Hotel Astoria website.

Thon Hotels is one of Norway’s largest hotel chains with hotels in Norway, Sweden, Belgium and Holland.  They have 4 types of hotels; City (typically in the city center), Conference (professional conference hotels geared towards business travellers), Budget (simple accommodations) and Resort (suburban accommodations).  I spent 1 night at the Thon Hotel Astoria located at Dronningensgate 21 in Oslo, Norway.  The Thon Hotel Astoria is in their “budget” class of hotels and is centrally located close to the main pedestrian street (Karl Johan), the Oslo S Station, and many restaurants and boutiques and sights.

Promotions

Oslo is expensive.  Seriously.  A small pizza for 1 person averages $40 USD.  With that in mind, taking advantage of promotions is critical.  Thon offers promotions at most of its hotels.  By booking at least 7 days in advance (via their website), you can save money on your stay.  My stay cost 653 Kronor/night (which was approximately $117 USD).

Rooms & Suites

There are 3 types of rooms available:  Standard Single, Standard Double and Standard Triple/Family.  As stated above, this is a budget class hotel which means there are no frills.  I stayed in the Standard Single which had a twin-sized bed, an older tv and a small shower.  While the room is small, it was comfortable enough.

 

The Fitness Center

None

The Spa

None

Dining

Breakfast (the only meal served at the hotel) is included in the cost of the room.  As I left prior to breakfast being served, I cannot review the taste or quality.

Internet

Free wireless internet service is available.  You must get the code from the front desk so I suggest asking for it upon check-in to save yourself a trip downstairs.

Activities

None

Overall

I found this hotel to be comfortable and a great value.  The rooms were clean and cheap.  The only negative was the long line at check-in.  This has been a big complaint from other reviewers.  The lobby is small and there is typically only 1 person working the front desk which makes the check-in process longer than necessary.

I also stayed at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia in Oslo for 1 night (which is considerably more expensive as I paid 1525 Kronor/$284 USD) and I found the Thon Hotel Astoria to be better.  While I can’t give this hotel the rating of a Fabulous 4,  I would definitely stay there again in the future.  Looking for things to do in Oslo?  Check out my city review here and my Norway in a Nutshell review here (if you are looking to visit the fjords).

Nikki’s Rating: 3 “Eh, it’ll do”

Rating Scale 1-5 (1 = GET OUT NOW; 2 = Seriously?; 3 = Eh, it’ll do; 4 = Fabulous; 5 = Absolutely Wonderful)

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