Where to stay in Oslo: Thon Panorama Hotel

Posted on 02. Nov, 2012 by in Europe Travel, Norway, Press Trips, Reviews

The Thon Panorama Hotel in Oslo is definitely a great pick if you plan to stay in Norway‘s capital for a few days. Let’s see why.

Thon Panorama Hotel - The Location

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As you can see, the hotel is ideally located in the center of Oslo - a few minutes walk from the train station, the waterfront, and the shopping district. The Opera, the castle and the Radhus are also within reasonable walking distance, which are all a nice destination for a spontaneous evening walk! Coincidentally the surroundings of the hotel are also very safe, and surprisingly calm at night for such a central location.

Thon Panorama Hotel - The Rooms

To my great surprise, I was assigned a spacious studio apartment for the three nights I stayed at the hotel. It was beautifully designed, in classic, low-key Scandinavian style, with pops of reds and grays here and there. I took advantage of the kitchenette to cook and save my precious Norwegian money. At first look, this is an amazing room, if only for the incredible view over central Oslo!

But upon closer inspection, I realized that the room wasn’t extremely clean. The basics were covered - the shower and toilet were spotless, as was the bed and dining table. But I noticed a bunch of hair in the bathroom sink, food stains in the fridge and spots on the floor. Nothing major - otherwise I wouldn’t have written this review, trust me. But I feel like the cleaning lady may have cut some corners on that room.

Thon Panorama Hotel - The Verdict

All in all, the Thon Panorama Hotel is a great pick.

Fabulous location and spacious rooms are always big selling points anywhere in Europe, and Oslo is no exception. The staff was very helpful, the hotel is modern, and the buffet breakfast is one of the most extensive ones I’ve seen so far. The little things I didn’t like don’t make much of a difference, all in all. Just make sure you have a good look at the room before you unpack, in case there are some unwanted souvenirs from the previous visitor. Other than that, you’re good to go!

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Visit Norway on this trip. As always, all opinions are my own.


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