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But you don’t need to break the bank on lodging alone: The city offers plenty of budget options that offer a place to crash at the end of a day of sightseeing for not a lot of kroner—and no, they’re not all hostels.
We’ve rounded up nine of the best picks, whether it’s business, a family trip, backpacking through Europe, or just an overnight between flights that brings you to Oslo. (There’s even one hotel where you can catch the stunning Northern Lights through the windows.)
From a hotel located centrally near top sights and attractions (as well as conveniently within walking distance of the train station) to one with bunk beds in the family rooms, there’s bound to be one great stay on this list for every traveler.
Best Overall: Citybox Oslo
Citybox’s business plan takes hotels back to their basic function: providing a place for weary travelers to sleep. So they’ve gotten rid of TVs, bellboys, daily housekeeping, minibars, and all the extra costs that would normally add to the cost of a night’s stay—then they pass those savings right on to guests looking for a comfortable bed and a place to hang their coat in a clean room.
Families will love that there are rooms with bunk beds, and they can also order in an extra child’s bed before their arrival if needed. Again, there’s no TV in the room (they’re in a lounge on the first floor) but there’s free Wi-Fi throughout the property, so you can still kick back with your favorite Netflix show at the end of a long day of sightseeing.
Breakfast is offered for purchase at Rent Mel, an eatery adjacent to the hotel’s entrance. P.S. If your travels in Norway take you beyond Oslo to the charming harbor town of Bergen, there’s also a Citybox location there.
Best Location: Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget
With stylish Scandinavian furnishings and a wallet-friendly price tag, the Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstoget is a great place to stay during a trip to Oslo—and it’s hard to beat its location, which is right in the city center for easy access to the sights you’ll be seeing as well as close to a ton of nightlife and the train station. Its 175 rooms are clean and comfortable and decorated well but simply (we get IKEA vibes, which isn’t a bad thing), and we love the free coffee in the morning.
Note that housekeeping comes every four days to keep costs down. Wi-Fi works great across the hotel, so you can do all your research for the day on site before heading out, and there’s a gym on site—a nice perk for a budget place. Check-in and -out are both self-service, and the whole hotel is cash-free, so as long as you have a card, you’ll be set.
Best for Families: Saga Hotel Oslo Central
The Saga Hotel group’s Oslo hotel is a great spot for families visiting Oslo to rest their heads at the end of a long day.
We love that it’s right in the center of the city, so there’s no need to bundle the little ones onto public transit throughout the day to see everything on the list, and picky teenagers will love the cool modern design of the hotel, with exposed brick walls and modern art set off against neutral Scandi tones in the common areas.
In the rooms, the hotel offers special family room configurations that sleep up to four, with twin-size bunk beds adjacent to the double bed (made up two twin-sized beds pushed together) for, presumably, the parents.
Don’t expect a lot of frills at this clean, efficient hotel, but Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, so everyone can catch up on Facebook and Instagram before they head out for the day.
Best Airport Hotel: Comfort Hotel RunWay
If you have a late-night arrival or super-early departure from Oslo’s airport, you’re going to want to crash in an airport hotel versus heading all the way into the city (and incurring the expense of that transit).
Comfort Hotel Runway, from Nordic Choice Hotels, is a great option: It’s located right next to the airport with a shuttle bus that leaves every 15 minutes for the 10-minute drive to the airport.
Breakfast is also geared toward those with those early morning flights: It starts at 4 A.M. each morning. Each of the 303 rooms has excellent Duxiana beds, and rooms are kitted out with noise-reducing windows for a soundproofed sleep.
There’s also a gym on site and restaurant, so you can grab dinner if you get in to the hotel during the evening. Just note that the hotel is cash-free, so be sure to have a card on hand.
Best View: Thon Hotel Astoria
This budget hotel is located just off of Oslo’s main shopping street, handily also close by the central train station.
Although that might not immediately spur visions of idyllic scenes from the windows of your room, you just need to look up for the good stuff: the Northern Lights. If you time it right—and pay a bit more—you can get a room that overlooks Oslo’s bay and catch the spectacular wonder of the Northern Lights from your windows.
Besides its front-row seat for nature’s wonder, the hotel overall offers clean rooms with super-comfortable beds, as well as free tea, coffee, and Wi-Fi. Rooms are a little on the small side, but if you’re just coming back here to crash at the end of the day, they’ll be just fine.
Plus, breakfast is always included here—a perk for any European hotel—so fill up before you start the day’s adventures to save a little extra cash.
Best Hostel: Saga Poshtel Oslo Central
AddressKongens gate 7, 0153 Oslo, Norway
You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled upon a nice hotel when you walk in this hostel’s doors–and, in a way, you have: This property is shared by Saga Hotel Oslo Central.
The company wanted to open a hostel that offered great design and high standards for an experience slightly above what you’d have in a regular hostel, and they certainly did a great job: Rooms are clean, with private showers and toilets, and sleep no more than 12 in a room.
If you’re traveling in smaller groups or with a friend, there are rooms with one, two, and three, and four bunk beds you can rent privately (some have shared bathrooms, so just check that before you book).
It’s located centrally, so you can walk to most sights and save on public transit along the way, but should you need to venture further, trams, busses, and the central train station are right outside.
Best for Business: Park Inn by Radisson Oslo
One of the benefits of corporate travel is that you can quickly rack up hotel points with reward programs from major chains and hotel groups—plus there’s a standard of service with international groups that can be of assistance if something goes wrong.
The Park Inn by Radisson Oslo is a great pick for business travelers; located in the heart of the city, it’s close to the central train station, with plenty of space in each clean, modern room to spread out (a plus in Oslo, where many hotel rooms are on the small side).
There’s a breakfast to take one step out of what can be hectic mornings of meetings and appointments—just try to avoid the 9 A.M. rush, and book ahead for the best price if your work’s picking up the tab.
We love all the USB ports in the room to make charging all the gadgets you need for the day easy—and we suggest asking for a top-floor, non-connecting room for the quietest stay.
Best for Short Stays: Smarthotel Oslo
This hotel keeps things smart and efficient for Oslo tourists, though the size of its small rooms make this a contender for a great short stay versus a longer one: There’s just not a lot of space to spread out or stow luggage.
For those that don’t mind the compactness, though, there’s a great shower in each ensuite, a comfy DUX bed, a TV, and a work desk. To cut down on costs, housekeeping only comes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
If you’re out and about after checkout, there’s a locked luggage room to store your things in—and if you really head out, there are two electric smart cars you can rent for a reasonable amount.
There’s a gym close by, but you’ll have to pay for access. Best of all, if your flight gets in at an odd time, there’s 24-hour check-in available. Like a few other hotels on this list, payment at this hotel is by card only.