A Check On Hotel Rates in the World's Most Expensive City
Given that Oslo is considered to be one of the world' most expensive cities for American travelers, we were surprised when we saw that its average hotel rate was lower than that of New York City. And it appears it's not just hostels dragging down the average -- we found three pretty solid hotel options in the city center with reasonable rates. Turns out, a room in Oslo won't cost you an arm and a leg.
The Thief: We did a big write up on this luxury hotel when it opened last year. It is easily one, if not the, nicest hotel in the city (think lights that turn on automatically when you walk into the room). The name comes from its location on an island once referred to as "Thief Island" in reference to its tendency to harbor seedy loiterers. Rates start at $274/night, but the most common rate a few months out was $323/night.
Rad Blu Oslo: The Rad Blu (also called the Oslo Plaza) towers over all of the other buildings in the city's skyline, its height of 384 feet making it the tallest in Oslo. Because of that, it's the best of the bunch when it comes to views, and you can expect all the same quality you are used to from other Rad Blu properties. Rates start at $166 per night.
Thon Opera House Hotel: This hotel gets its name from its location across the street from the Opera House, which opened in 2008 and is a major landmark of the waterfront and city center with its walkable rooftop. This Thon property also sits beside the train station, meaning easy access to and from the airport (20 minutes). With rates starting as low as $96 per night, it is a great option for those looking to explore Oslo on a one-night stopover.
[Photo: The Thief/Thon Hotels]