Where to Stay in Oslo: Best Areas and Neighborhoods

by Anjali Chawla

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Wondering where to stay in Oslo? Our guide to the best neighborhoods to stay in Oslo and the best hotels in Oslo by the neighborhood is here to help!

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Where to Stay in Oslo: Best Areas to Stay in Oslo for Families

There’s no dearth of beautiful neighborhoods in Oslo. Each neighborhood has its own mood and energy. Some are good for budget travelers while others are perfect for families and so on. We have listed the desirable neighborhoods and their forte to help you choose one of the best places to stay in Oslo depending upon your travel style and budget.

Sentrum Oslo or City Center

The Downtown or City Center is the most convenient location to explore Oslo because it’s where all the best restaurants, attractions, hotels, and shopping outlets are located. You can walk to most of the attractions and food outlets meaning no transport hassle. It’s easy to get to the nearby islands as ferry lines (Sentrum Oslo sits along Oslo Fjord) start from here and you can take amazing day trips effortlessly as Oslo Central Station (Oslo S) is located here. Plus, almost all the guided tours start from the Rådhusplassen in City Center.

I’d strongly recommend booking accommodation in Sentrum
• if you are a first-timer
• if you’re short on time
• if you’re traveling with young kids
• if you want to save on transportation
• if you want to stay close to the action

Rådhusplassen (City Hall Square), Akershus Fortress, Oslo Opera House, National Museum, National Theater, the Historical Museum, Karl Johans Gate, and Stortinget (Parliament) are some of the best attractions in Sentrum.

Best Hotels in Oslo City Centre

Citybox Oslo
Karl Johan Hotel

Grand Hotel
Anker Hotel
Scandic Oslo City
Thon Hotel Opera

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oslo city center sentrum

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Aker Brygge

Part of the Sentrum, Aker Brygge, once the site of a shipyard, is now known for its bustling pier and waterfront promenade that’s sprinkled by restaurants and bars. There’s also a summer boat bar anchored along the waterfront. Aker Brygge is sure to tickle a foodie in you.

Some of Oslo’s best cultural attractions, restaurants, shops, theaters, and luxe apartments are located here.

Oslo Fjord cruises depart from here. You can’t miss Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art and Nobel Peace Center when in Aker Brygge.

There are not many hotels in Aker Brygge but you’ll likely find a nice Airbnb here.

Best Hotels in Aker Brygge

The Thief
Hotel Christiania Teater
Thon Hotel Vika Atrium

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aker brygge aerial view

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Once a working-class district, Grünerløkka has beautifully grown into a trendy, lively, and coolest district. You’ll find cozy cafes, hip bars, vintage stores, flea markets, chic loft-style apartments (transformed from old industrial buildings), music venues, and unique street art here. Oslovians fondly call it Løkka.

Travelers who’d love to explore the nightlife of the city can book accommodation here.

The Munch Museum, Mathallen Foodhall, and The Botanical Gardens are must-visit attractions in Grünerløkka. Walking along the Akerselva River through Grünerløkka’s many parks is one of the best ways to experience the neighborhood.

Best Hotels in Grünerløkka

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget

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Maya Apartments

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Sofienberg Church Grunerlokka

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Gamle Oslo or Old Oslo

Just about a 2 km walk by the promenade from Sentrum, Gamle Oslo houses the historic Old Town (Gamlebyen), a multicultural neighborhood of Grønland, and a port area of Sørenga. Each area has its own charm.

The Old Town has a traditional and authentic feel. If you want to soak up the Norwegian tradition and culture, it’s where you should stay. Do check out Norwegian Resistance Museum and the Old Town Hall when in Gamlebyen. All in all, it’s a perfect place for family travelers who love history and culture.

A melting pot of cultures, Grønland is famous for the ethnic food outlets selling Middle Eastern food. It’ll not disappoint the food and culture connoisseurs.

Once an old container dock, Sørenga is an emerging residential neighborhood by the Oslo fjord. Sørenga Seawater Pool attracts locals as well as visitors. It’s here where you can dine and wine by the waterfront with stunning views of the most famous attractions in Oslo – Oslo Opera House and Akershus Fortress.

Best Hotels in Gamle Oslo

Forenom Aparthotel Oslo
Clarion Hotel Oslo
Scandic Helsfyr
Oslo Centrum Apartments

Bjørvika Apartments

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gamle oslo old

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An affluent neighborhood to the west of Oslo Sentrum, Frogner is well-known for the iconic Frogner Park aka Vigeland Park. The largest park in Oslo not only serves as a green lung of the city but has unique installations by Gustav Vigeland that make it the largest sculpture park in the world.

With its high-end shopping outlets, the district is also a major shopping hub.

Best Hotels in Frogner

Frogner House Apartments – Oscars Gate 86
Frogner House Apartments – Huitfeldts Gate 19
Frogner House Apartments – Gabels Gate 3
Frogner House Apartments – Odins gate 10
Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus
Scandic Solli

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Part of Frogner, Majorstuen, like Oslo City Center is a major public transport hub with most of the metro lines, tram lines, and bus lines running through it meaning easy and fast access to all the places in Oslo.

If you want to stay away from the hullabaloo of the city center but still want to be close to the action, Majorstuen is the best bet. With some amazing restaurants and the exclusive shopping street of Bogstadveien, the area is also famous for its lively dining and shopping scene.

Best Hotels in Majorstuen

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Saga Hotel Oslo
Thon Hotel Slottsparken
Camillas Hus

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Bogstadveien Majorstuen Oslo
Pic Credits: Wikipedia

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St. Hanshaugen

Famous for the stunning views across Oslo and the fjord, St. Hanshaugen is a beautiful residential neighborhood located on a hill. It has a quiet vibe.

St. Hanshaugen Park and Oslo Reptile Park are the main attractions here. If you’re traveling in summer, don’t miss the free outdoor cinema at St. Hanshaugen park. The area is sprinkled with charming restaurants, quaint cafes, and bakeries.

Best Hotels in St. Hanshaugen

Scandic St. Olavs Plass
Thon Hotel Munch
The Apartments Company – Bislett
The Apartments Company – Majorstuen

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st. hanshaugen park oslo
Pic Credits: Wikipedia


Located in the borough of Ullensaker in Akershus, Gardermoen is perfect for travelers who want to stay close to the airport.

Best Hotels in Gardermoen

Gardermoen Hotel Bed & Breakfast
Radisson Blu Airport Hotel
Comfort Hotel RunWay
Park Inn by Radisson Oslo Airport
Quality Airport Hotel Gardermoen
Thon Hotel Gardermoen

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Gardermoen oslo airport


A part of Vestre Aker borough of Oslo, about 35 minutes away from the city center, Holmenkollen is a neighborhood that’s particularly famous for Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower.

If you are traveling in winter and love to ski, this is the place!

Best Hotels in Holmenkollen

Scandic Holmenkollen Park
Lysebu Hotel

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Holmenkollen ski museum and tower

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Anjali Chawla

A story-weaver, and a writer, Anjali is a true-blue traveler. Her passion for travel and writing inspired her to handcraft this space she calls her virtual home. She travels far and wide to experience new cultures and bring back stories to share with her readers. Her hubby and her 14-year-old daughter are her best travel buddies. Join her as she unclothes the beauty and culture around the world, one place at a time.

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