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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.