I was slightly dubious about staying at the Comfort Hotel Xpress because it was ridiculously cheap for Oslo. We paid just over £50 per night for a twin room which by Norway standards is an amazing price.
The location of this hotel is quite simply phenomenal. You exit the station, cross the road and it’s just there on your left hand side. The reception area is warm and welcoming with comfy sofas and iPads that allow you to check yourself in. Sadly these weren’t working when we arrived but I think it’s a nifty little feature to have,
Our room was on the second floor and as soon as I entered I was VERY impressed. It had a luxury feel for being a budget hotel with twin beds, a desk with chair, flat screen TV and even cushions so you could sit on the sills and admire the view out of your window. Sadly our view was that of a brick wall but some of the higher up rooms had lovely views over the city and the premium rooms even come with their own private balconies.
The beds were super comfortable, there was plenty of room for luggage and still plenty of space to move around with my case and belongings sprawled all over the place. The TV even had a couple of English speaking channels which was fab but somehow we found ourselves watching the Norwegian news a lot!
My absolute favourite thing about this hotel though? The bathroom. For a budget hotel it was positively huge with a sink wide enough for two people to get ready at the same time, an excellent powerful shower and the best part of all: underfloor heating! I’m not even kidding. I can’t think of any hotels I’ve stayed in, not even four or five star ones, that have heated floors so this was an amazing surprise.
There aren’t any miniatures provided by the hotel so be sure to bring your own and they also don’t clean the room or replace your towels during your stay unless you specifically request this and there is a small additional fee for these services. As we were only staying for two nights that wasn’t an issue for us but if you were there for any longer you’d probably at least want fresh towels. I also felt that this made the room feel more secure because the one thing it was missing, in my opinion, was a safe. I don’t know about you but when I’m travelling I like to lock my passport and the majority of my money in the safe while I’m out so that if anything happens – like I lose my wallet or god forbid I get mugged – then I can always get home again.
That is literally the only negative I have to say about this hotel. The guy manning reception during our stay could not have been nicer. (I wish I had made a note of his name so I could assign praise appropriately.) He was very accommodating when I asked for somewhere to leave my case for a few hours and even let us sneak up to the seventh floor after we had checked out so we could take in the views of the city. I believe whoever is covering reception also acts as bartender as drinks are available to enjoy in the lounge area at very reasonable prices. We didn’t drink there during our stay but I did take a peek at the menu before leaving!
I honestly can’t recommend this hotel enough and I’m a pretty difficult person to please. If I ever come back to Oslo (and who knows as there are still loads of things that I would like to see and do there that we didn’t have time for) then I wouldn’t even look at booking anywhere else.
Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station
Fred Olsens gate 11