Located in one of the best areas in Oslo sits the newly opened Clarion Hotel – The Hub. Situated in the city center next to the Central Train Station and minutes to the Oslo Opera house, you can walk to several attractions within minutes. The beautifully designed hotel is the largest Oslo hotel with 810 rooms, 3 bars and restaurants, and 22 meeting rooms. Additionally, this hotel in Oslo contains a pop-up shop, library, and smaller art exhibitions.
Things To Do In Oslo Norway
There are numerous things to do in Oslo and the surrounding area. Depending on the amount of time you have will determine the number of Oslo attractions you can visit.
Clarion Hotel The Hub is located right in the heart of Oslo, Norway. The metro, tram, train, and Flytoget (Airport Train) are at its doorstep. With Bjørvika, Grünerløkka, Karl Johans Gate, and Youngstorget at your fingertips, you are spoiled for options. The city’s best restaurants, bars, and concert venues are steps away.
Go on a tour or see one of the performances at the beautiful Oslo Opera House. Check the list of performances here.
You will want to make sure to visit some of the numerous museums like the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Viking Ship Museum and Historical Museum, and the Munch Museum.
Have a gourmet French haute cuisine dinner at the Michelin guide À L’aise Restaurant – One of the ten coolest places to eat in 2019 according to Forbes Magazine. Book reservations here.
Go on a walking tour of the city with Nordiva Tours. They have several tours to choose from.
Take an Island Hopping Tour or go one of several ferries and visit Aker brygge, Hovedøya, Lindøya, Nakholmen, Bleikøya, Gressholmen, and Langøyene. Alternately you can go on an Oslo Fjord 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise or Set Sail on a 3-Hour Jazz and Buffet Cruise.
Enjoy an Italian dinner at Campo de’ Fiori. Book your reservations here.
The Hub Rooms
With 810 rooms spread over thirteen floors the Clarion Hotel, The Hub is Oslo’s largest hotel. The rooms, with the latest high-tech equipment including room key access through Nordic Choice Hotels’ app, are divided into eight categories and range from the 14 m2 Moderate Double Room to the 50 m2 suites. All rooms are 100% non-smoking rooms and a daily buffet breakfast is included with each guest’s stay. Most of the rooms contain the following amenities:
- air conditioning,
- coffee machine
- iron and ironing board
- free wireless internet
- 55” SmartTv with media streaming capability
- Rituals shower and body care products and a hairdryer
Additionally, some of the rooms include:
- bathrobes with slippers
- a media hub
Several rooms offer magnificent panoramic views of Oslo and some have a private terrace or balcony. This Clarion Hotel Oslo also offers three high-security floors that can be closed off to the public and other guests for private use.
Contact the hotel for more information about their rooms customized for wheelchair users and people with hearing and vision impairments.
Clarion The Hub Facilities And Amenities
As the hotel had recently opened, during my stay the gym and relaxation area was not complete or open. There was a sign posted stating the following:
Due to unforeseen delays, our gym and relaxation area on the lower ground floor is still under construction. You’ll soon be able to enjoy these wonderful facilities, but in the meantime, you are welcome to use the facilities at our sister hotel Folketeateret. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Hub relax-section is designed to include a pool, saunas, and a well-equipped gym. I’m sure when it opens it will be worth spending some time in.
Restaurants And Bars In The Hub
The hotel has two bars and two restaurants. As many ingredients as possible for these establishments are sourced from the GrowHub, the rooftop garden, and used on site.
Hub Bar at Clarion Hotel The ground floor Hub Bar serves continental breakfast and lunch. It is a great place to stop in the morning to grab a coffee, pastries, or some freshly squeezed juice. The Hub bar is open to guests of the hotel and locals. In the evenings, Hub Bar turns into a metropolitan meeting place. Here you can enjoy your choice between beer from local breweries, a large selection of wine, cocktails, and mocktails. Enjoy after-work drinks with a live DJ every Friday.
Breakfast Buffet Restaurant
The second-floor restaurant is where you will enjoy a large buffet breakfast every morning. Breakfast includes various hot and cold foods. Eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, salad, cheese, bread, and pastries are just a few of the items available. Various coffees, teas, and juices are also available.
Norda Restaurant is located on the 13th floor of the hotel. The dishes are created with local meat coming from Norwegian farms and some of the vegetables from the GrowHub on the rooftop. These plates are a combination of Nordic cuisine infused with big city flavors from around the world. The restaurant also has a raw bar with seafood and oysters and a dry age cabinet. It is interesting with all the great wines available in Europe, over half the wines on the menu come from the USA.
Norda also has a chef’s table, where Star chef Marcus Samuelsson, serves you a carefully composed meal.
Bon Bon Bar
Bon Bon Bar is the cocktail club also located on the 13th floor of the hotel. The bar, which was designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible, has a stunning view of Oslo. The bar stocks spirits from the local distilleries Bareksten and Himkok, two of Norway’s foremost producers. Alternately, you can enjoy various Nordic spirits, wines, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Bon Bon Bar also offers an assortment of bar snacks.
On sunny days, the panoramic windows on the 13th floor can be opened up to lead out into an outdoor restaurant area, offering stunning views of the Oslo Opera House, Bjørvika, and the Oslo Fjord.
Sustainability And Green Focus
Like all Nordic Choice Hotels, Clarion Hotel – The Hub has environmental standards and is a strong supporter of sustainability. Conserving energy, recycling, reducing food waste, using environmentally friendly materials, and using sustainable raw materials are just some of the areas that they focus on.
GrowHub is introducing a new way to grow food in the city center. This sustainable and economical way of growing healthy short-lived food produces vegetables and microgreens. These items from the 200 m2 rooftop field are then used immediately within the hotel, giving guests the freshest items and dishes possible.
Special Events At The Hub
Clarion Hotel – The Hub is one of Oslo’s leading business hotels and an understandable choice as the venue for meetings, conferences, congresses, concerts, and other cultural events. The state-of-the-art facilities offer distinctive, new, and innovative solutions for light, audio, and image technology.
The Hub has 22 flexible meeting rooms, including 10 boardrooms, with a capacity for up to 1,150 people. They also have a VIP room of 80 m2. If you are planning a meeting, workshop, conference, team building event, wedding, or large exhibit, the Hub has space for you.
A Great City Center Hotel
The Clarion – The Hub is a nice hotel in the center of the city and I did enjoy my stay there in Oslo. It is a city I would definitely return to during the summer months. It reminds me of a lot of the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. There are many things to do in and around the surrounding area, which makes Clarion The Hub Hotel a great place to stay in Oslo.