I had to find The Thief quickly, I was running out of time. It was arranged for me to be at the meeting point for the walking tour in under an hour and had to find it before going there. I walked down quiet, narrow streets and passed through wide-open squares looking for it. I walked around train tracks and over bridges. Just as I passed by a tall grey building, I saw The Thief on the other side of the canal. Tall, dark brown, with a splash of color on the right side. The Thief Hotel Oslo is deemed to be the most luxurious hotel in Norway. It is also on the 2018 & 2019 Condé Nast Traveller Gold List. It is the only one to make the list out of all the Norway hotels.
The Thief Hotel Oslo
Some may think calling this Olso hotel ‘The Thief’ may seem strange. However, when you know the history of the area, the name makes sense. During the 18th – century the area was known as Tjuvholmen, Thief Islet, was filled with thieves, pirates, prostitutes, and was the hub for criminal activity. Not far from the hotel is the area where executions took place.
In recent years, the city and businesses have been revitalizing the area. It is now one of the hippest and trendiest areas in Oslo. The revitalization program saw the area transform with a wider waterfront, several museums, numerous ferries, and countless restaurants. The Thief Oslo Hotel is also within walking distance to the Oslo Opera House, several tourist attractions, and meeting points for various walking tours.
The City of Oslo
The capital city of Norway, Oslo is at the head of the Oslofjord on the country’s southern coast. Oslo is known for its museums, green spaces, and is host to countless events and festivals throughout the year.
The Bygdøy Peninsula, located on the west side of the city center is home to many of Oslo’s museums including the Viking Ship Museum (get your tickets here), The Kon-Tiki Museum, Fram Museum – The Polar Ship Fram, Norwegian Maritime Museum, and the Holocaust Center.
In addition to these museums, the mainly residential area contains a popular recreational area. Locals soak up the sun and fresh air enjoying the beach, including the volleyball court and restaurant at Huk. Additionally, numerous walking and biking trails will bring through lush woods, past historic buildings, and offer views of the royal cows and the sea at Paradisbukta beach.
The ski-jumping hill, Holmenkollbakken, has been host to various World Cups and World Ski Champion competitions. It has hosted the Holmenkollen Ski Festival since 1892. The ski museum, which sits under the ski-jump, showcases over 4000 years of skiing history and is the oldest of its kind in the world. The hill offers panoramic views of Oslo and the Fjord.
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The Thief Hotel Rooms
With only 118 rooms, it would be considered a Boutique hotel in Oslo. It encompasses nine different room categories, creating a room to suit the most selective traveler. The colors of black and gold throughout the hotel have taken traditional Scandinavian design to new extravagant levels. The original artwork in the rooms and throughout the hotel was hand-picked by the former director of Norway’s National Museum of Art, Sune Nordgren. It includes artwork from Andy Warhol, Richard Prince, and Charles Ray or Richard Prince.
Rooms range from 24 m² (258 sf²) to 94 m² (1011 ft²) for the Oslo Suite with a private rooftop terrace. They come with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony for views of Oslo archipelago, the city, or the Oslofjord. The bathrooms contain a rain shower, and some have a bathtub with a separate shower. Toiletries are provided. However, they are the individual size which is environmentally unfriendly as it is a large contributor to the plastic waste in the world.
The casual luxury atmosphere is not complete without the turndown service. Tea and biscuits are left in the sitting area or on the work desk along with a thermos of hot water. If you forgot to pick something up, in-room shopping is available. It a drawer filled with travel necessities as well as some unique and ‘fun’ items.
The Thief Facilities and Amenities
The Thief Spa has taken the best ideas from some of the spa cultures from around the world. Here you can go directly to the spa in your robe from a private elevator at the end of the floor. Enjoy a swim in the pool and relax in the steam room. You can book several treatments including massages, facials, a Moroccan clay treatment, a Turkish Hamam bath, and more.
Keep your regular workout routine here with the use of the gym. Quick access to the gym right from your floor is available on the private elevator.
The Thief Restaurant
At The Thief, you can enjoy a buffet breakfast and menu dinner in the Foodbar. Relax in the indoor lounge with occasional live music. During the summer months, you can enjoy The Theif Rooftop Bar and The Thief Rooftop Grill.
The Thief Foodbar restaurant is warm and elegant. You will be delighted with excellent food prepared by their head chef, David Taylor, who has worked in several Michelin-starred restaurants. Dinner along with the service here was excellent. I ate the best scallop I have had when I was here.
This area is also where the morning buffet breakfast is. The breakfast features everything you could want from hot dishes like made-to-order eggs Benedict, bacon, mushrooms, and roasted potatoes. Various meats, cheeses, bread, cereals are also available. Eating very healthy foods, have chia seed pudding, fresh fruits, and fresh mixed (fruit and veg) energy drinks.
The Thief Bar
The casual luxury atmosphere of The Thief Bar incorporates international guests alongside Oslo locals enjoying signature cocktails created by award-winning bartenders. Currently, Felice Capasso and his team have drawn inspiration from the surrounding area to design a collection of unique cocktails. The collection has something for every palate. From salty and bitter, sweet, citrusy, smoky, to dark and boozy. These along with the regular menu of cocktails, spirits, beer, wine, and food items create an entertaining night.
The Thief Rooftop Bar and Grill
During the summer months, you can enjoy the rooftop bar and rooftop grill with stunning views of the city and Fjord. Enjoy drinks with family and friends and dine on some light summer dishes including seafood and grilled meats. The minimum age for the rooftop bar is 20.
A Luxurious Hideaway
The Thief hotel is not a trendy place, rather a luxurious hideaway in the heart of the city. If you are looking at hotels in Oslo Norway, you will want to stay at The Thief. With space for several yachts to be docked in the canals surrounding the hotel including The Thief’s own luxury boats getting to and from the hotel discreetly can be done with ease. The hotel offers various package deals throughout the year. Check their website for more information. The Thief is the best accommodation in Oslo.
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