Oslo has plenty of hotels but also plenty of expensive hotels, and as we were staying in some fairly pricey accommodation during our visit to Norway, we decided to go towards the more budget level for the majority of our stay in Oslo. We picked Thon Hotel Munch – part of a Norway-wide chain which has a variety of locations across the country – as it had a central location and breakfast included.
Reception is on the ground floor which is quite brightly decorated with a small seating area, complementary hot drinks for guests and lifts up to the rooms which are activated by your key card.
However, on the upper floors it just felt a bit…unloved.
In our room, the window handle was broken and the window had been closed up with masking tape. We were on the 4th floor so it wasn’t too much of an issue but if it was lower down I would’ve felt concerned about security.
The carpets in the room were also very unappealing – hard and rough which didn’t feel too nice when you stood on them with bare feet. They seemed to have been chosen to make cleaning easier, rather than for comfort.
The website seems to suggest the rooms have been brightened up with flashes of florescent paint or bright furniture, but our room was very beige.
However, it had a decent TV, a desk, wine glasses and plenty of storage space – and the Wifi signal was strong throughout.
In an expensive city like Oslo, breakfast being included is a great bonus and Thon Hotel Munch had a great spread. Along with plenty of continental options such as cheeses and ham, there were hot options such as bacon, eggs (fried, hard/soft boiled and scrambled) and beans; cereals; pancakes and even a waffle maker to use – although there was often a queue for it. Gluten-free diets were catered for too.
There’s plenty of redeeming features about this hotel and it has plenty of the things that travellers need – a good location, wide ranging options for breakfast and strong Wifi. But it just needs a bit of love to update some of the more tired areas.
Cost: 2852 NOK (£284) for two people in a double room for three nights (Thon webdeal pre-paid in advance direct through their website).
Score: 7/10 – just feels a bit unloved but a good budget option in a pricey place.
Munchs gate 5, 0165 Oslo – thonhotels.com/hotels/countrys/norway/oslo/thon-hotel-munch/
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