As I strolled off the train and into the warm sunlight that bathed Oslo I was excited to be back in my favourite city. It’s a bold statement I know but there is an atmosphere and a charm that I have yet to find anywhere else.
After exploring the bustling streets for hours, I must have walked over 20 kilometres. I headed to my hotel, my home for the night was the Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station.
Located just a stones throw from Oslo Central Station the Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station is tucked away just behind the main thoroughfare – Karl Johan Gate.
From the exterior you would probably not know that the building housed a 167 room hotel. Understated and sleek, the exterior is true scandi architecture at its best.
On entering the lobby I realised that this wasn’t quite like any other hotel I’d visited. The chilled scandi design continues inside but with a bohemian, rustic twist. I spotted different seating areas for lounging, working and eating, reception tucked up in the corner. The lobby is dark, atmospheric and felt like somewhere you can wile away the evening.
The first thing that greeted me was a round table titled “check in station” with several touchscreens, payment stations and hotel key cards (I’ll explain shortly). My usual technology savvy self decided that after a day exploring the city, messing with technology was likely to end up with me sleeping on the street.
So I headed for the “Barception”….yes you read that right. It pretty much does what is says of the tin. Check in or out and buy beer/gin/wine, in either order I’m sure. The kind gentleman checked me in with little fuss and advised that whilst the hotel didn’t serve breakfast, there was a nice selection of cereals, fruit, yoghurts, breakfast bars etc to purchase. He advised that the hotel is open 24 hours a day, so should you arrive in the early hours even if the “Barception” isn’t manned you can check in and get your head down using the self serve check in desk.
Up to the 6th floor I went to find room 612. Down a dark narrow corridor, with a trippy carpet and neon lights showing the way.
I was really surprised at how large my room was, it was a superior double but considering this hotel is regarded as a relatively budget friendly option (for Oslo) I think I had expected a Harry Potter under the stairs style room.
The dark moody tones continued in the room. You enter into narrow hallway that leads to the main bedroom area, the bathroom is located directly off the hallway.
The bedroom area featured a large double bed nestled under the large window, desk and dressing area, television and hanging space for clothing. There are even drawers under the bed for storage. Whilst minimal in design everything had a function.
Next up was the all important bathroom tour. Small, clean, modern and hot water is how I would describe the bathroom. Perfectly adequate for any travellers needs.
What I really liked was that even though the room was simple and basic, it felt stylish and would be somewhere you’d happily come back to after a day exploring.
I slept really well and it was lovely waking up to the sun streaming through the enormous windows.
There are several room options at the Comfort Hotel Xpress including the superior double, standard twin room and superior double with a terrace!
Free high speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
I have visited Oslo several times and can honestly say that should I be fortunate enough to visit again, I would always head to the Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station if it was available. It really is all about location with this hotel, close to transport, restaurants, bars and Oslo’s main tourist hot spots. Aside from that though it’s just a really modern, chilled, clean and budget friendly hotel. As a solo female traveller I felt completely safe, even coming back late at night. All in all this is a great place to stay!
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