publicationstravel journaleuropenorwayoslo Hotel Continental, Norway is a beacon of luxury since opening in 1900 Hotel Continental offers guests the ultimate five-star cultural experience in Norway’s biggest city. 
by Amalie Andersen

In the heart of the capital, Hotel Continental has welcomed guests for over one hundred years but offers far more than excellent suites. Housing one of Oslo’s most famous and traditional restaurant, Theathercaféen, the esteemed hotel remains the go-to location for those seeking a well-rounded creative experience, where eating is a sensory delight and artistic creations are to be adorned.

Hotel Continental first opened in 1909 and it is filled with a fusion of cultural and architectural history. Its unbeatable location in the heart of Oslo, less than five hundred meters from The Royal Palace and overlooking the National Theatret, makes Hotel Continental one of Norway’s most exclusive hotels.

Hotel Continental, Norway is a beacon of luxury since opening in 1900

This luxury escape hosts 155 elegant hotel rooms including several suites such as The Continental Suite, a two-floor corner suite with a home gym and a stunning view over Oslo. The suite has distinctive character unlike any other rooms with its modern layout and selected artwork. With its own entrance, elevator, roof terrace and butler – the penthouse suite is the finest of the suites at Hotel Continental.

Hotel Continental, Norway is a beacon of luxury since opening in 1900
Hotel Continental, Norway is a beacon of luxury since opening in 1900
Hotel Continental, Norway is a beacon of luxury since opening in 1900

The Abel Suite is another remarkable suite, named after the Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel. As the corner suite, it provides mesmerising views of the Oslofjord through its large windows. The interior is modern, yet remaining effortlessly functional: with a generous wardrobe space, an elegant sofa group, dining table and a selection of modern art. The newly renovated suite combines modernity with classic elegance to create a tranquil atmosphere, perfect for relaxation.

Not only can the different suites offer a beautiful outlook of the city. The hotel represents architecture from three different eras as it has been frequently renovated throughout: Art Noveau, functionalism and modernism, making the experience aesthetically pleasing.

Hotel Continental, Norway is a beacon of luxury since opening in 1900
Hotel Continental, Norway is a beacon of luxury since opening in 1900
Hotel Continental, Norway is a beacon of luxury since opening in 1900

Hotel Continental is much more than a luxurious hotel in the centre of a capital, they also offer a piece of Norwegian culture history through the Theathercaféen. Whether you are looking for a place for afternoon tea with scones, clotted cream and homemade Petit Four or a three-course meal of your own choice with courses such as oysters, pan-fried turbot, Steak tartare or vanilla panna cotta – Theathercaféen is the answer.

As well as four other restaurants and bars, Hotel Continental offers a broad and diverse culinary experience. The restaurant Eik Annen Etage is perfect for an exclusive gourmet dinner where the guests have the choice between a three, four or five-course meal, while Restaurant Caroline is the perfect place to start the day with a delicious breakfast.

Hotel Continental, Norway is a beacon of luxury since opening in 1900

For a glass of wine and a freshly made pizza, the hotel’s pizzeria Casbar, is a firm family favourite. The restaurant and bar opened in 2020 and described as ‘the best pizza in the city’. Bar Boman is Hotel Continental’s own lobby lounge for the hotel guest as well as Oslo’s citizens. A perfect location for a cold and handcrafted cocktail.

Hotel Continental is an art and cultural haven, and all guests will be exposed to their rich Nordic history simply by staying within the hotel. At the entrance of the hotel, guests are welcomed by sculptures which are being replaced by a new artist every fourth year. In the lobby bar, Bar Boman, the hotel’s own impressive Edvard Munch collection is on display.

Hotel Continental, Norway is a beacon of luxury since opening in 1900

Within walking distance of Hotel Continetal are Oslo’s finest museum and art venues. The Museum of Cultural History, Norway’s largest collection of historical artifices are housed in the specular Art Nouveau building only a five-minute stroll from the hotel.

A fifteen-minute walk away is the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art which is one of Scandinavia’s most notable museums for contemporary art. The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, twenty minutes away from Hotel Continental is not only a place for classical music and breath-taking ballet performances, but the opera is also one of Norway’s most famous architectural buildings.

Hotel Continental, Norway is a beacon of luxury since opening in 1900

As the only hotel in Oslo with five stars, Hotel Continental is certainly the most luxurious hotel within the city centre. For discerning guests searching for a cultural experience that transports them from their everyday life into a state of relaxation, Hotel Continental remains the perfect choice.

Hotel Continental is 50 minutes by car and 30 minutes by the Airport Express train from Oslo Airport, but the hotel cooperates with Oslo Limousine service to offers private transportation from the airport to the hotel.

For more information, visit hotelcontinental.no

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Amalie is a freelance journalist based in the United Kingdom. As she grew up in Norway her heart beats for the Scandinavian countries and she wants to share their beauty through written content.