Where to sleep in Oslo: best areas and hotels where to stay

If you are headed to Norway and you want to know what they are the best areas to sleep in Oslo, in this short guide we will give you all the information on the various neighborhoods and advice on the best areas to stay.

Oslo is the capital of Norway as well the main tourist destination of the nation. The standard of living in the city is quite high, which is why it is considered a luxury city with a good portion of exclusive and expensive accommodation.

Though hotels are certainly not cheap, is one of the most interesting European capitals to visit. Moreover, in a few days it is possible to see and do a lot. Just consider that the visit of the city lasts on average 2 or 3 days.

The best time to visit the Norwegian capital goes from June to August. There are numerous low cost airlines connecting cities to Oslo. Once you get there, you can move easily and comfortably by public transport: metro, trains, taxis and buses

Where to sleep in Oslo

La best area to stay in Oslo is the city center, in Norwegian Sentrum. This district can also be easily explored on foot. The area has the largest hotel offer in the city and most of Oslo's attractions are located here.

Although in our opinion the Sentrum district is the absolute best choice to stay for various reasons, we will describe you also other 3 areas, for those who want an alternative choice: Gamle Oslo, Grünerløkka and Frogner.

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Where to sleep in Oslo: best areas and hotels where to stay
Map of the best areas to stay in Oslo


The district of Sentrum, it is the heart of Oslo, and also includes the area around the Royal Palace and the island of Tjuvholmen. This area develops around the main street of the city, Karl Johan street, and Akershus Fortress, which overlooks the harbor and the great Oslo fjord.

The center is the best area to stay when you visit Oslo and lets do a tour also on foot of the most important places in the Norwegian capital. Even shifts with public transport is very comfortable, easy and fast.

La most attractions of the Norwegian capital are concentrated in this area. There are also hundreds restaurants, pubs and shops, for both day and night entertainment. Furthermore, the presence of many hotels, makes the area the cheapest to stay in all of Oslo.

Among the main places to visit we find the Royal Palace, the Cathedral, the Parliament; and the various historical buildings such as: the City Hall, the modern Oslo Opera House and the National Museum. The whole area around the port is also not to be missed.

For fun and free time there are numerous shopping malls, such as Oslo City and Byporten, exclusive cafes, discos, party rooms and jazz clubs, most located around the main boulevard, Karl Johans Gate.

The best hotels in the center of Oslo

Citybox Oslo – economic solution

DFDS Ferry – Oslo to Copenhagen (a great solution for those who want to take a short cruise across the fjord and also visit Copenhagen). To book the return DFDS Ferry – Copenhagen to Oslo

Smarthotel Oslo - economic solution

First Hotel Millennium - luxury hotel

Hotel Verdandi Oslo - best quality / price ratio

Saga Poshtel Oslo Central - best quality / price ratio

Old Oslo

Where to sleep in Oslo: best areas and hotels where to stay
Oslo, Norway - Photo from Istock

Gamle Oslo rappresenta the historic center of the city of Oslo. It is an interesting area to stay at because close to the main attractions of the city and with a decent hotel offer.

Sleeping in this area allows you to enjoy great views of the harbor and Oslo fjord. Also in the area there is the medieval park of Middelalderparken, within which there is an artificial lake and the historic fortress of Akershus, an ancient royal estate.

Best accommodation in the Gamle Oslo area

Norwegian Hotel

Best Western Kampen Hotel

Central City Hostel

Clarion Hotel Oslo


After the central area and the historic area, the Grünerløkka district is another good area to stay in Oslo. Even if the hotel offer is not very wide, this is it one of the most interesting areas to sleep in in Oslo.

Once it was a popular area, today this neighborhood has become the center of fashion and culture of the city. Walking through its streets is very pleasant, there are many nice little shops, modern cafes and some art galleries.

Unfortunately, the hotel offer is not very wide, and it is difficult to find cheap hotels in the area.

Best accommodation in the Grünerløkka area

Anker Hostel - the best economic solution

Scandic Volcano

Anker Hotel


If you look for a good alternative in the central area of ​​Oslo, Frogner can be an interesting choice where to stay. In the area there is the Vigeland Park, one of the main attractions of the city.

THEhotel offer is quite wide and you can find it too some budget hotel. However, if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing area to stay in Oslo, Frogner can be a good choice.

Best accommodations in the Frogner area

Frogner House Apartments - Skovveien 8

Saga Hotel Oslo

When to go to Oslo

Although it is one of the northernmost European capitals, Oslo's climate is rather temperate. This is thanks to the warm air carried through the Gulf Stream that flows along the Atlantic Ocean.

Il best time to visit in Oslo is from June to August. Summer is mild and pleasant, with frequent periods of heat and many long sunny days. It is also the period with the highest accommodation rates, as it is the most popular time of year. If you want to visit Oslo in the height of summer, we recommend that you book your flight and hotel well in advance.

THEwinter although not excessively cold, it has temperatures that fluctuate just above or below freezing. During this period, heavy snowfalls can occur and it is the best period for those who want to make a cheap trip in Oslo. The fares for flights and accommodation are the lowest all year round.

How to get to Oslo

The city of Oslo is served by 2 airports, the Oslo - Gardermoen Airport (OSL) and the Sandefjord - Torp Airport (TRF).

The first it is about 45 km from the city and landing companions such as Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Norwegian Air Shuttle and Vueling land there. The second one it is about 115 km away and mostly low cost airlines land there, such as: Ryanair, Wizz Air, easyJet and Norwegian.

Le cities that have direct flights with the 2 Oslo airports are: Milan, Verona, Rome, Pisa, Olbia, Naples, Venice, Catania and Palermo. With a stopover you can reach the Norwegian capital from all airports.


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