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It’s no secret that Norway is an expensive place—and in the Scandinavian nation’s capital of Oslo, prices can give the wallet even more of a shock.
Thankfully, lodging is one area where you don't need to break the bank. The city offers plenty of budget options—and no, they’re not all hostels. Whether you're backpacking through Europe or on a business trip or family vacation, there's an option for you. Here, we've rounded up eight of the best picks, from a hotel where you can catch see the Northern Lights through the windows to one with bunk beds perfect for small children.
Best Overall: Citybox Oslo
Citybox’s business plan is all about the basics—in the best way. With no in-room TVs, minibars, bellboys, or daily housekeeping, the hotel can keep its running costs low and save you money; rooms often go for less than $100 per night. But rest assured that the hotel doesn't skimp on quality: each streamlined room is equipped with a comfortable bed, a bath, a desk, a chair, and a place to hang your clothes.
Families will love that there are also rooms with bunk beds, and you can request an extra child’s bed before your arrival if needed. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, so you can kick back with your favorite Netflix show after a long day of sightseeing. Breakfast is offered for purchase at Rent Mel, an eatery adjacent to the hotel’s entrance.
Also, If your travels in Norway take you beyond Oslo to the charming harbor town of Bergen, Citybox has another location there.
Best Location: Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget
It's hard to beat the location of the Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstoget. It's right in Oslo's city center for easy access to sightseeing destinations and nightlife, as well the city's main train station, which is great if you want to take a day trip. The property's 175 rooms are clean and well-decorated with stylish furniture. Each has Wi-Fi and a high-definition TV. Although housekeeping comes every four days to keep costs down, you can request an in-between cleaning for a small fee. There’s also a gym on-site—a nice perk for a budget price—as well as a roof terrace. Check-in and -out are both self-service, and the whole hotel is cash-free, so as long as you have a credit or debit card, you’ll be set.
Best for Families: Saga Hotel Oslo Central
This hotel, one of four Saga Hotels properties in Oslo, is a great spot for families. Located in the city center, there’s no need to take little ones on public transit to see everything on your list. Picky teenagers will also love its contemporary design, with exposed brick walls and modern art in the common areas. The hotel also offers special family room configurations that sleep up to four, with twin-size bunk beds adjacent to a double bed (made up of two twin-sized beds pushed together). Although the property is fairly no-frills, Wi-Fi is available throughout the space so everyone can catch up on Facebook and Instagram heading out for a day of sightseeing, shopping, or eating.
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 instead of heading all the way into the city. The Comfort Hotel Runway, from Nordic Choice Hotels, is a perfect option: it's located right next to the airport with a shuttle bus that leaves every 15 minutes for the 10-minute drive. The hotel's 303 rooms have excellent Duxiana beds and each is outfitted with noise-reducing windows to ensure a good night's sleep. Breakfast is also geared toward those with those early morning flights, beginning at 4 a.m. every day. There’s also an on-site gym and restaurant, so you can grab dinner if you arrive in the evening. Just note that the hotel is cash-free, so be sure to have your card on hand.
Best View: Thon Hotel Astoria
This budget hotel is located just off of Oslo’s main shopping street and close to the train station. Although that might not immediately spur visions of idyllic scenes from the windows of your room, all you need to do is look up for the good stuff. If you time it right—and pay a bit more—you can get a room that overlooks Oslo’s bay and catch the spectacular Northern Lights from your windows. The hotel's rooms are clean and have 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 to sleep at the end of the day, they'll work just fine. Plus, breakfast is included, so fill up before you start the day’s adventures and save a little extra cash.
Best Hostel: Saga Poshtel Oslo Central
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—which is located on the same premises as its sister hotel, the Saga Hotel Oslo Central—offers great design and a higher-quality experience than you'd normally find in a hostel. The rooms are clean, with private showers and toilets, and each sleeps no more than 12 people. Plus, if you’re traveling in smaller groups or with a friend, there are rooms with one, two, three, and four bunk beds you can rent privately. (Some have shared bathrooms, however, so just check that before you book.)
Like its sister hotel, the Saga Poshtel is close to many sightseeing destinations, but should you need to venture further, trams, busses, and the central train station are right nearby.
Best for Business: Park Inn by Radisson Oslo
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. Each of its 118 clean, modern rooms has enough space to spread out—a plus in Oslo, where many hotel rooms are small. All rooms also come with free Apple TV, free Wi-Fi, and several USB ports to charge your devices. For the quietest stay, we suggest booking a non-connecting room on the top floor. Breakfast is served daily—book ahead for the best price—and six meeting rooms make the property even more business-friendly. This hotel also partnered with security consultants Safehotels Alliance to ensure its team is as prepared as possible for any emergency.
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Best for Short Stays: Smarthotel Oslo
The compact size of the rooms at the Smarthotel Oslo makes it a great spot for short stays. But don't worry—each has more than enough amenities, including a shower, a DUX bed, a flat-screen TV, a work desk, and an allergy-friendly carpet. To cut down on costs, housekeeping only comes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. If you want to take a day trip during your stay, you can rent one of the hotel's electric smart cars for a reasonable price. Guests can also rent bikes for free. Best of all, if your flight gets in at an odd time, 24-hour check-in is available—and, if you want to stow your suitcase post-checkout, you can do so in a locked luggage room. Like a few other hotels on this list, payment at this hotel is by card only.