Don't Get Caught Missing Info On Oslo's New Thief Hotel
Sure weíve heard of former jails turning into hotels (see Boston's The Liberty Hotel, Oxford's Malmaison, and Four Seasons Istanbul), but this is fresh fish on the hotel cell block (ha!)
On January 9th in downtown Olso, Norway, a former 18th-century prisoner colony became the countryís first waterfront hotel. Itís name? The Thief . Seriously, we donít make this stuff up!
The moniker goes back to the days when criminals were brought to the island just off the coast called Tjuvholmen, nicknamed "Thief Island". Today, youíll find art galleries, bars, cafes, restaurants, and funky shops along this Scandinavian cityís mile-long waterfront. What wonít you find? Cars. So the primary way of getting around is via foot or bike--the popular local way.
And itís your feet thatíll lead you to the modern 119-room hotel which is a member of Design Hotels. There are nine-floors at The Thief, including a penthouse suite, that affords panoramic views of the city. Add that and the rooftop terrace and we have a feeling no one will be longing to escape these quarters.
Every room has a flat-screen TV, free WiFi, duvets by HÝie and custom-made blankets. Add the included wool slippers and youíll be set for winter nights. Then there are the other favorite accoutrements we always love, like Nespresso machines, iPod docking stations (complete with Geneva sound system), and bathrooms with rainshowers. You can even request a Playstation or Wii console if youíve toted tots along (or are just a big kid at heart).
In warmer months youíll want to grab one of the hotels bikes to explore the area, or walk to the beach just minutes from the hotel (though we canít vouch for water temps). In 2014 a spa will be added to the hotel, but for now, in-room massages are on the menu.
When youíre done with all these types of reindeer games, you can up your energy level with a meal filled with fresh fish and meats at the in-house restaurant FruK, which specializes in regional and organic Nordic cuisine.
Feel like bustiní loose yet? We're thinking the answer is "nÝ".
Room rates start at KR1890 ($338) per night.
[Photos: Design Hotels]