Set in the hills on the edge of Oslo, Soria Moria is a large hotel with a conference centre in a quiet area of the city. Easily accessible by public transport – its nearest station is Voksenkollen metro stop – Soria Moria was an opportunity to stay in a quieter location but still within easy reach of the city. It also features an indoor pool which was another big selling point for me.
We’d selected Soria Moria for one night as I liked the idea of staying somewhere slightly more in the countryside for one night and I was also very keen to visit the nearby Holmenkollen ski jump.
To reach the hotel, we walked up from the metro stop which took about 10/15 minutes with signs directing the way. It is slightly up hill and does involve some road walking so a taxi is advised if you have a large amount of luggage.
Sizeable, modern and with plenty of light throughout, Soria Moria is set in a location surrounded by hills, woodland and countryside to explore. The communal areas of the hotel had a variety of small seating areas and the corridors were clean, bright and welcoming throughout.
Our room continued in this vein. It was spacious, with a contemporary design, plenty of lighting and a good-sized window. There was also a mini-bar (which we used as a beer fridge instead) and a TV – although considering the size of the room and how big the bed was, the TV felt a little small in the space.
Soria Moria’s leisure facilities were to a high standard. The changing rooms were accessible by your room key card and as well as lockers, showers and space to change, there was also a sauna available. The pool itself was clean, a moderately cool temperate and a good size for either lane swimming or just having a more casual swimming session.
We’d decided to eat in the hotel’s restaurant and the food was good but we had one issue – a vegetable soup my partner ordered was found to have bacon in it which wasn’t listed on the menu. This was disappointing but it seems quite standard for Norway which is not the most vegetarian-friendly country and the staff were apologetic and provided him with a larger main to make up for it.
After dinner we had planned to stay in the hotel for the evening but we decided to take advantage of the public transport and head out in central Oslo. The metro was fairly frequent and we were able to easily catch services in the centre and back with no issue.
Breakfast was a busy affair but there was plenty of room to ensure there was space for all the guests. Hot and cold dishes were available including eggs, cheese, meats, fruit, cereals and yoghurts although there did seem to be a limited supply of more standard bread with most of the choices on offer seeming to be of the fruit or rye varieties. A highlight of breakfast was the futuristic method of dispensing hot and cold drinks – it was ordered on a tablet. A selection of tablets were set up with multi-purpose plastic cups provided (the insulated type, not your disposable flimsy ones) and you simply put your cup under the tablet, selected your drink and it was poured out. Great fun!
A large luggage room is available so in the morning we took full advantage of it by checking out, walking to Holmenkollen and then returning to collect our belongings in time to check in to our next hotel in the heart of the city.
Soria Moria Hotel is well-appointed with good facilities and a modern design throughout. As it was in a quieter area, I could see it being more suited to those travelling on business or families but due to its proximity to public transport we still found we were able to enjoy the city’s nightlife anyway, and it’s a good option for those looking for somewhere a bit more upmarket but still affordable in an expensive city.
Cost: 1102 NOK (£104) for two people in a double room for one night with breakfast.
Score: 9/10 – excellent hotel even if slightly out of town, comfortable bed and loved the pool.
Voksenkollveien 60, 0790 Oslo – soriamoria.no (Norwegian)