The city’s new art and business district
OSLO, NORWAY: The Thief Hotel has brought a new style to the Norwegian hotel scene. Located in Oslo’s up and coming district; Tjuvholmen, this opulent hotel brings a contemporary touch to classic 5 star luxury. There are no stuffy ballrooms and chandeliers in this hotel; instead the place is kitted out with the latest technology and each room is decorated by hand picked pieces of funky contemporary art by curator Sune Nordgen. Staying at this uber-trendy hotel was certainly a rockstar experience!
Location: Tjuvholmen is the Norwegian for Thief Islet and the name is not without reason! Once infamous for robberies and illegal activity. It has since been transformed into the city’s new art and business district with gleaming modern glass buildings and glossy galleries and showrooms everywhere you look. I personally loved staying in Tjuvholmen, the hotel was right on the waterfront and next to several chic bars and restaurants. It was also only a ten-minute walk into the city center.
The Room: Amazing! That is the only appropriate word choice for our room. We stayed in a deluxe double room that had floor to ceiling windows and a large balcony overlooking the Oslo Fjord. The room felt spacious and luxurious and the décor was decadent yet urban and cool. The bed was super soft and had a small mountain of pillows on it – we were definitely living in the lap of luxury. I especially loved that our room was filled with high-end tech gadgets such as a Nespresso machine and a Geneva sound system, and very crucially the wifi was free and fast! Can I move in?
The Bathroom: The bathrooms are done in marble and have either a bathtub or a rainforest shower. I enjoyed being able to slip into the lovely soft Norwegian wool slippers and dressing robe post shower, and the very fancy Carita Paris products were fabulous. I did feel that the bathroom was small compared to how spacious the rest of the room was, but it couldn’t be faulted in terms of how modern and clean it felt… trust me, very important factors when it comes to bathrooms.
The Food: Fru K, the main restaurant at The Thief, serves up a range of Norwegian and Scandinavian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Head Chef Johan Laursen originally worked at double Michelin Starred restaurant Maaemo before bringing his expertise to The Thief. Rather shamefully we did not try out any of the Nordic cuisine, instead we opted for The Thief Burger, which was incredibly delicious and topped with a cheesy sauce that I could eat for days.
Amenities: The Thief Hotel comes complete with a spa and a gym. We had a quick look around the gym but spent most of our time relaxing at the pool. Other facilities include a 360-degree rooftop bar that is open during summer, and when we were visiting we were lucky enough to catch a pop up photography gallery by famous British photographer Terry O’Neill, in the basement of the hotel.
Value for Money: Oslo is an expensive city, second in the world according to the last Newspaper I read, yet for being such an expensive city I thought the room rates where similar to, if not cheaper than other Europe countries. Rooms at The Thief start from around €350 a night and include breakfast. The only pricey part was dinner at Fru K where two burgers and two glasses of wine cost just under €100, though this was similar to meals elsewhere in Oslo.
Best Bit: The hotel has paid so much attention to detail and it really made the stay unique and special. My favorite added extra was the Pukka Night Time Tea and cookies that was placed in our room at night.