I asked for a room with some nice view if possible. Didn’t hear anything from them so i didn’t think about it before we got there. We got our keys from the lobby, got a map we had to follow the way to the apartment. We had to drag our suitcases in the streets a bit further away from the lobby. First impression is that ir was not so nice building, it looks old and poor. Then when we got inside in the apartment complex and we could not find our apartment. We didnt get information on wich floor it was, so i called to get some help to find our apartment, but after several calls i got no answere. So we litteraly had to leave our luggage on the first floor in the hallway (where other people comes and goes as they actually live there for full time) and go check out every floor and every door to see if we found our apartment. When we finally found it we got in. It was not so nice as the pictures seems, it didnt look cozy or anything like the photo. THe shower did leave a mess, and it was no broom or something to take the water away from the floor. The pillows felt old and overused as they were flat. It was an annoying buzz sound from the ventilator above the stove in the kitchen at all times. It’s not able to turn down because its aircondition for the hole complex. So we could not regulate the air in it when we made food either. The internet didn’t work the first day we was there aswell. It was not pillows in the sofa, so it was very uncomforting to sit there. The view was just buildings with offices faceing towards us so they could see us at all times. Very uncomfortable, it does not help with see thru curtains when they were working at late hours and we had light on in our apartment. I had so high expectations of this, but i ended up a little bit dissapointed. I will not stay here in my future visits in Oslo.
I’m sure the Bjørvika Apartments are a perfect accommodation variant for Oslo City Center. It’s very good organized for a suite, which I don’t prefer, but this is a fully exclusion. The flats are very clean and comfortable. I also liked the location of my suite near the railway station and the main sights, too. The single problem I had was the TV. It was complicated to turn on and showed only one channel in Norwegian. So, I would recommend Bjørvika Apartments.
Bjorvika Apartments is a set of contemporary apartments available for short term rental in several parts of the city. We stayed in what turned out to be my favourite area, the Barcode Project, a row of architecturally grand high-rise buildings named for its appearance when viewed head-on from afar. An Espresso House (the largest coffee chain in the Nordic countries) and a Joe & the Juice was near, as well as a couple of small supermarkets. It was a beautiful place to start and end each day, and I found I couldn’t stop taking photos. I think you’ll understand why!
The apartment I chose was the ‘One Bedroom Opera Superior’, located in the furthest building to the east. It was more spacious than I expected, decorated in a very sleek white, minimalistic and Scandinavian manner. It consisted of a joint living room and kitchen, perfect for those on a budget and self-catering like we did, as well as a separate bedroom with a double bed, and a tiled bathroom/wet room. We even had a private balcony and communal roof terrace to enjoy (though it was a little too cold that time of year).
The apartment key needs to be collected from their main office a short walk along the bridge that crosses the central station’s train tracks. My tip is, instead of walking out of the station and circling round to the main office via the long way, make your way to the end of tracks 3 and 4 where you’ll find an elevator and stairs that takes you directly to the bridge.
PROS: The apartment building was so close to Oslo Central Station and a grocery store was around the corner on the same block. All appliances in the apartment were in good working order and the wifi was fast. The apartment was clean and the beds were comfortable. Main check in bldg was also very close and it was a great facility for families. Communication via email to the front desk was easy. The kitchen was supplied with pots and pans, dishes, cups, utensils, dish soap, brush and towel. There is also a hot water kettle and microwave. There is also a dishwasher with tablets and the washing machine had washing pods available! Balcony was also great.
CONS: The 2nd day, someone came in the apartment without our knowledge or consent. Had I known this, I would've taken our personal items (i.e. Passports) with us. We noticed a toothbrush holder placed in the bathroom and all the kitchen cabinets were left open. When I asked about a housekeeping service, they said cleaners came into the room to replace some kitchenware. I recommend at least installing a SAFE in the room if you are going to allow staff into the space. It would be nice if the kitchen had some paper towels. Also, fluffier pillows. Other than that, we really enjoyed the apartment.