I am about to share one of Oslo’s biggest secrets, an affordable place to stay that will please the most discerning traveler. In a city that has been named one of the most expensive in the world, finding cheap accommodation is as rare as finding a pint of beer for less than ten pounds. (Fifteen bucks for you Americans.)
Hostel Oslo Central, part of Hostelling International Norway, only recently opened up it’s doors. The location is incredible, a short walk from Oslo Central Station, smack in the middle of everything you’d want to see. At this point you are probably thinking, ‘But Jess, it is still a hostel. of course it is cheap.’, but the quality of accommodation, great service, and amazing breakfast are unlike any typical hostel.
Oh, they have coffee. Good coffee. If you have seen any of my other reviews such as this one, or this one, or this one, you know that I take my coffee very seriously. Thank God, the Norwegians do too. (It makes sense, Norway has the second largest consumption of coffee per capita in the world behind Finland.)
I was invited to stay at Hostel Oslo Central on my recent trip to the city, in my quest to find amazing things to do on a poor writer’s budget. I expected a clean bed and safe place to stay, but I was incredibly surprised when I arrived to a luxury hostel nicer than any hostel I had ever stayed in before.
The main reception was modern, and open. A spacious lounge area with plenty of seating, a flat screen television, and computer area made up the larger portion. Staff were friendly, very helpful, and knowledgeable about getting around the city. Any questions I had that they were unsure about, they quickly found out for me with no issues.
The sixty-one rooms are spread out amongst the various floors, and are accessible by elevator. The hostel would likely be a great choice for older or disabled visitors as well for this reason.
I was booked in to one of their single rooms, with en-suite bathrooms. The room was small, but very nice and comfortable for one person. A hostel with decorative pillows, a television, and modern shower was, I must admit it, a new one for me. These rooms would be suitable for any single travelers, even business professionals who find themselves in Oslo on a limited budget. Yep, this hostel is nice enough for you business types.
After a long day of rainy and cold sightseeing around Oslo, I was more than happy to relax in the cozy bed while catching up on social media and browsing aimlessly through the Norwegian television channels.
I woke up bright and early to catch the train from Oslo to Bergen. I went down to breakfast about 20 minutes earlier than it officially started, but everything was already out and ready to be devoured.
For me, food is one of the most rewarding experiences while traveling. You learn so much about a culture by what they eat, and I hadn’t expected the Norwegians to be breakfast folk. I had imagined that like the Dutch, Norwegians put more effort into later meals of the day. While the food was still far simpler than a stack of buttermilk pancakes with hashbrowns, bacon, and eggs on the side- the smorgasbord of food at Hostel Oslo Central was a delight.
Random fact: The term ‘smorgasbord’ we use in English originates from the Swedish word Smörgåsbord. It refers to a buffet of various foods set out on a table. This is traditionally done in Scandanavia with both hot and cold dishes. We adopted the word after the 1939 World’s Fair in New York after Sweden prepared a traditional Smörgåsbord celebratory feast in their pavillion.
Breakfast at the hostel was a welcome way to start the day. With a large selection of fresh fruits, cold meats, cheeses, breads, and different types of pickles and cold salads- they offered something for everyone. Breakfast is included in the price of your room, so you really get a great deal here. There was great coffee aplenty, as well as your typical juices and the like. I can honestly say that my breakfast at Hostel Oslo Central was the best hostel breakfast I have had in any hostel in the world.
Rooms at Hostel Oslo Central range from 275 NOK for dorms to 690 NOK for a single room. ( £27-68, $44-110) Towels, linen, and breakfast is included in the price.
Although I received a complimentary night at Hostel Oslo Central in exchange for a review on my blog, all opinions are 100% my own. (Feel free to read my Disclosure Policy for more info.) I was so pleased with my stay at this hostel and would have no problem recommending it to anyone looking for a great place to stay in Oslo.