Best Western Karl Johan Hotel
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Situated on Oslo’s main street and in the heart of the city centre, the 3* Best Western Karl Johan Hotel is a magnificent historic building dating back to 1899. Next door to the Parliament building, this hotel is within short walking distance to a variety of museums and attractions, as well as many shops, bars and restaurants, and is less than 500m away from the Royal Palace, making it an excellent base for exploring this metropolitan city. The Stortinget Metro Station is also just around the corner.
Each of the 114 rooms at the Best Western Karl Johan Hotel offer friendly and comfortable accommodation with satellite television, tea/coffee making facilities, a mini bar and internet access, and some rooms also have a balcony.
Guests staying at the 4* Best Western Karl Johan Hotel receive a full breakfast each morning, and there are many restaurants on the doorstep for a delicious evening meal. The hotel also boasts a 24-hour reception with friendly and multilingual staff, which will be more than happy to assist you, as well as a business lounge with complimentary newspapers and Nespresso.
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- Overall: based on 669 reviews
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Fantastic location, terrible sound-proofing!
Stay Date: 10/2016, Lalan06 wrote this review.
The location was fantastic- great for exploring the City, galleries and museums. It is close to buses, trains and ferries. The breakfast was decent and convenient. The staff were helpful and friendly (though on check out the guy at the desk spoke onl… See more
The location was fantastic- great for exploring the City, galleries and museums. It is close to buses, trains and ferries. The breakfast was decent and convenient. The staff were helpful and friendly (though on check out the guy at the desk spoke only to husband regarding our booking- despite the fact that it was under my name LOL). The building is in good condition, clean, and the rooms are relatively spacious. Our rooms had a massive window overlooking the street, which was pretty cool. The wifi is also excellent. Unfortunately there is one reason why we will not stay there again- the noise from the pubs downstairs is terrible! We stayed Friday and Saturday nights (after 24hrs of travelling) and could not sleep. There were people partying and yelling out in the streets until about 4am (Norwegians party hard!). Traffic started up again around 3am (presumably people picking up their drunk friends), so there was a lot of honking and cars as well. It's a shame, because the hotel itself was pretty good. I would have given it 4 out of 5, had it not been for the noise. Collapse
Stay Date: 10/2016, Amy L wrote this review.
The GOOD: decent breakfast, which is free. Free coffee and tea in the business lounge and first floor any time of the day. Comfortable rooms, free wifi, friendly staff, phenomenal location on Karl Johan street (which is literally down the street from… See more
The GOOD: decent breakfast, which is free. Free coffee and tea in the business lounge and first floor any time of the day. Comfortable rooms, free wifi, friendly staff, phenomenal location on Karl Johan street (which is literally down the street from the royal palace). The NOT so great: it's a hotel with a lot of "charm", which is to say that it's very old and frankly in need of some maintenance. The bathroom heated floor in our room didn't work and the carpeting is dirty. The wiring is run outside the wall, which really speaks to the age of the place. Overall, it's average. Good value and location, but iffy hotel quality as most best westerns are. Collapse
A little too close to everything
Stay Date: 09/2016, CrofK wrote this review.
For a younger demographic, this might be an OK hotel. For seniors like my wife and me, it wasn't a great choice. First, we got a room on the second floor and almost directly over the entrance. Karl Johans gate is very lively, next door to a couple o… See more
For a younger demographic, this might be an OK hotel. For seniors like my wife and me, it wasn't a great choice. First, we got a room on the second floor and almost directly over the entrance. Karl Johans gate is very lively, next door to a couple of sidewalk cafes and with lots of motor traffic. On a warm September night, the windows had to be open and the noise was unpleasant. (It was also noisy the next morning.) Second, the bathroom had one of those quaint high-walled bathtubs. When you're young and limber, maybe that's OK; in your 70s, taking a shower shouldn't be a life-threatening experience. The breakfast room was small and crowded, offering a standard Scandinavian selection with the addition of sunny-side-up eggs cooked hard. The front-desk staff were fine, but perhaps the desk could have been staffed with more than one person. Sometimes several guests needed attention at one time. The staff did find us a quieter room for our second night--no view, and a steady hum from the ventilation system outside, but far more peaceful. If we were to revisit Oslo, we'd certainly look for a quieter, more modern hotel a bit farther from the city center. The city's public transit system is good, and got us where we wanted to go without much fuss. But younger, more affluent visitors might find the Best Western Karl Johan very acceptable. Collapse
Sorry I picked this hotel
Stay Date: 09/2016, N231SD wrote this review.
As I sit here at 2:40 AM in the hotel, on my second night, I've resigned to the fact that I made a mistake. With two more nights to go in Oslo, I am looking to see if I can simply check out, eat the 2 more nights at this hotel and get some sleep and … See more
As I sit here at 2:40 AM in the hotel, on my second night, I've resigned to the fact that I made a mistake. With two more nights to go in Oslo, I am looking to see if I can simply check out, eat the 2 more nights at this hotel and get some sleep and rest somewhere else. I'm a Diamond Member in Best Western and have stayed at numerous Best Westerns around the world. Here are my grievances regarding this hotel: - Small rooms with barely any storage for clothes, to hang or put in a drawer. - After flying 16 hours all I wanted to do was eat and sleep. I attempted to order room service at 7:00 PM and was told that the restaurant was too busy for room service and to come down. - The bathroom is small and outdated. No amenities, i.e. Lotion, shampoo, etc. The bathroom contains the all-in-one bath, gel, shampoo bottle in the shower. - The TV has just a handful of channels. And the worst of all is the music that plays at night. As mentioned earlier it's 2:47 AM at this time and am wide awake because of the loud music now playing for a second night in a row. I don't recommend this hotel to anyone coming to Oslo. Collapse
Good and Bad.... depends on where you room is located
Stay Date: 08/2016, Ashley Y wrote this review.
First off, I can not say enough great things about this hotel. We took the metro into the city and you come up the ramp, make a left on the main street and walk a short distance to the hotel. You kind of can't believe it's location. It is right on th… See more
First off, I can not say enough great things about this hotel. We took the metro into the city and you come up the ramp, make a left on the main street and walk a short distance to the hotel. You kind of can't believe it's location. It is right on the pedestrian only street that runs from the parliament down to the palace. Filled with shops, restaurants, and a park. It is probably the best location one could hope for. You can walk to everything and the view from my room was on the street side so you had a picturesque window looking out on the park. Yummy food and all the sights right there. The staff was great, friendly and helpful at checkin/out. Smiling and greeting when entering everyday...I was just blown away with this hotel overall. My one complaint was how loud it was at night. Being that we were right over the street we could hear people talking and the music was so loud we couldn't sleep until they stopped at 4am. The hotel rectified this situation for us, which I was thrilled about. It's a catch 22, I wanted that beautiful view but you have to be able to sleep. It was warm and with no ac you need the windows open. Even with the windows closed the music was too loud. Thank you BW for helping us out with this problem and to the guests wanting to stay here, please do...just don't stay on the side of the hotel facing the street. You will love the location and the staff!!!! I would stay here again. Collapse
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