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Best Western Karl Johan Hotell
Ranked #39 of 103 Hotels in Oslo
Reviewed 20 September 2017

This hotel definitely charges for the location! The hotel rooms have old furnishings in need of renovation and updating. The front desk and reception areas are also old. The personnel are friendly, but don't offer anything above and beyond. Definitely disappointed in cost in relation to the service and furnishings. The breakfast room was small and crowded. Wouldn't stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled on business
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Leiv R, Daglig leder at Best Western Karl Johan Hotell, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Dear LindaJoan57

Thank you very much for your feedback and for taking the time to write about your experience.

We highly value such constructive feedback from our guests and your concern about renovation and updating we will be given utmost consideration to take necessary corrective actions.

On behalf of the entire team we all hope to see you again.

Best regards
Leiv R.
General Manager

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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I stayed at this lovely Hotel last weekend. What a perfect location for our first visit to Oslo - positioned at the far end of Karl Johan Gate, a short walk from the station, with the Parliament building to one side and the Royal Palace a five minute walk away. The Hotel is an old building in appearance though the interior is gorgeous with interesting paintings adorning the walls and gold light fittings and mirrors. Reception staff are very pleasant and helpful. We requested a quiet room by email and were allocated a room on the fourth floor at the back of the hotel which we were pleased about.. There was a little noise from what appeared to be a heating system but it did not bother us too much. The room was very spacious with a small wardrobe and table, TV, and a mini bar and fridge. The bathroom was compact with a sink, and a walk in shower, and hairdryer. There was no kettle in our room but on the third floor there is a communal lounge area where you can help yourself to tea/coffee etc.,

Breakfast was served on the fourth floor, conveniently right next to our room! My daughter was very impressed with the provision of both soya milk and lactose free milk! There was a choice of cereals, cooked breakfast, fruit, bread etc., as well as fruit juice and tea/coffee.

You can pick up lunch in any of the deli shops near the Hotel, We found a really lovely Vegan restaurant called Norvegan round the corner from the Hotel opposite the Ice bar and we found ourselves eating there each evening during our 3 night stay.

This was our very first visit to this beautiful City, and we both agree that the choice of Hotel was perfect for us! Thank you for a most enjoyable stay!

Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Leiv R, Daglig leder at Best Western Karl Johan Hotell, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Dear greenock9

Thank you so much for your wonderful review and your comment on TripAdvisor.

We are overjoyed to read that you had a wonderful time in our beautiful hotel with the best location in Oslo.

We certainly look forward to welcome you back.

Best regards
Leiv R
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

The room was tiny, but it suited me well because I was traveling solo. For couples or families traveling, they should look for rooms at least triple the size of single occupancy rooms. The breakfast was good. The best part about the hotel is how it is located in the ideal location in Oslo - either 5 or 10 minutes away from every major tourist spot and surrounded by restaurants.

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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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Leiv R, Daglig leder at Best Western Karl Johan Hotell, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Dear sanr791

Thank you so much for your wonderful review and your comment on TripAdvisor.

We are overjoyed to read that you had a wonderful time in our hotel.
We certainly look forward to welcome you back

With kind regards
Leiv R
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Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

This hotel was very easy to get to from airport, just catch the direct train to National theatret station and it is one block from exit. Loved Karl Johan street with its shops, restaurants and fountains. We found it very easy to use the public transport from this hotel. The hotel itself is a lovely old building. We were given a small dark room first but we went back to Christian at reception who was always very helpful and he gave us a lovely big room on the 3rd floor with a small balcony which was nice to watch the world go by below. The room itself was spacious and the bathroom a good size but it had no shelves. Had to store toiletries on table on lounge area. The bathroom is so big I don't understand why they haven't installed some shelving. There was no safe in the room but there was a fridge. Breakfast was great and varied. We got this hotel at a good price and would happily return. We loved Oslo, its clean and people are very friendly.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Leiv R, Daglig leder at Best Western Karl Johan Hotell, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Dear Janet D

Thank you very much for a very nice feedback. Nice to hear you enjoyed the breakfast, room and location. Good to hear. Good to hear that my employees are doing a good job.

Hope we'll see you again.

Best regards
Leiv R

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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This hotel is located at the one of the most important streets in Oslo and opposite the Norwegian parliament, royal palace, city hall and other main attractions are on walking distance.
We had the superior room, our room looked a bit "old", shower could have been better, beds were comfy, wifi connection could be better but in general this hotel is very recommendable. Breakfast is very good and there is free coffee and tea in the reception for all guests.

I would book this hotel again if I go back to Oslo!

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Leiv R, Daglig leder at Best Western Karl Johan Hotell, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Dear adolfovp

Thank you very much for a nice review regarding your stay at Best Western Karl Johan Hotell. So lovely to hear that you enjoyed the breakfast, the location and your recommendation to stay at our hotel.

Hope we'll see you again.

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Additional Information about Best Western Karl Johan Hotell

Address: Karl Johans gate 33, Oslo 0162, Norway (Formerly Norlandia)
Region: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo > Sentrum
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 103 Hotels in Oslo
Price Range: RM 506 - RM 947 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Karl Johan Hotell 3*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On Oslo's main street and in the heart of the city centre lies this historic hotel from 1899. Next to the Parliament and within immediate walking distance to a variety of museums, attractions, shops, bars and restaurants. The hotel has 114 rooms, as well as 5 meeting rooms with a maximum capacity of 70 people. ... more   less 
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Best Western Karl Johan Hotell Hotel Oslo
Norlandia Karl Johan Hotell Oslo

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