Scandi Stays: The Thief Hotel in Oslo, Norway

“Before The Thief opened in 2013, the Oslo hotel scene was very glamorous old world; done very well, of course, but not modern. We wanted to offer an alternative. The Thief is the alternative,” Guest Relations Manager Dominic Gorham says. Modern may be an understatement. The Thief, located on islet of Tjuvholmen (Thief Island) is a modernist dream created by Norwegian Mellbye Architects. With an incredible view of the Oslo Fjord (“We could have named the hotel Fjord View Hotel, but no one would have asked me what it means, would they?” Dominic muses) and a sleek, minimalism-meets-opulence look to the interior, The Thief makes every guest feel like a glamorous jetsetter.

The hotel is located directly next to the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, and all guests can visit the collection free of charge. The Thief itself has an incredible collection of art, both located in public areas of the hotel and in each room. Each piece was hand-picked by Sune Nordgren, the former curator of Norway’s National Museum.

The food and drink available means you don’t really have to leave the hotel to have a good time; there’s a casual rooftop bar with a fabulous view of Oslo as well a more posh bar area called Thief Bar. For fine dining, visit Fru K, specialising in fish and Nordic flavors. For your more basic cravings, The Food Bar has all kind of comfort food like hotdogs and burgers. In essence: if there’s something you want at The Thief, it’s probably there.

Take a peek into The Thief Hotel, including their incredible views of the Oslo Fjord:


Book yourself into The Thief (and thank us later).

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Rebecca Thandi Norman

Rebecca Thandi Norman is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief at Scandinavia Standard.