Need to know
116, including 10 suites.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm, but earlier check-in or later check-out can be arranged for NOK250 an hour, subject to availability (with some exceptions).
Double rooms from $308.09 (NOK2,593), excluding tax at 8 per cent.
Rates usually include a Nordic buffet breakfast and entrance to the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, across the road from the hotel.
The hotel’s nooks and crannies hold artworks curated by Sune Nordgren, former director of the National Museum. These are no washed-out watercolours: big-ticket names such as Anthony Gormley and Sir Peter Blake and respected Nordic artists Bård Breivik and Kjell Nupen provide a colourful splash of pop. Art tours through the hotel are available on request. Private meals can be arranged on the roof terrace too.
At the hotel
Spa and hammam, sauna and steam room, gym, library, personal-shopping service, iPads and newspapers on request, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: a Geneva sound system with iPod dock, 42-inch Plasma TV with movies on-demand, Nespresso machine, selection of teas, minibar and Carita bath products. Playstation and Nintendo Wii consoles are available on request.
Our favourite rooms
Do you like to boogie? Check in to the disco-ball-inspired Apparatjik Suite, a sprawling space with a literal silver lining, hand-picked records and books, art installations and a roof-mounted video projector. The Terence Conran-styled Brit Suite will suit more demure guests, and Deluxe room 818 is in an enviable position, near the top of the hotel with a fjord-facing balcony. You can also watch the sunrise from this side of the building.
The freshwater, heated indoor pool is in the spa (open to over-16s only). Its sultry setting has textured concrete walls, rows of candles, and neat lines of starry lights cast a glow over the turquoise water. Hard-to-leave ergonomic sunloungers wait by the pool’s side for post-dip lazing.
True to its name, the Thief has pilfered the best international treatments for its oh-so-cool spa. Guests are pampered with a Turkish-style hammam, Moroccan <i>rhassoul</i> therapies and German <i>Aufguss</i> sessions (a multi-sensory experience in a Finnish sauna), and light-fingered masseurs and facial experts prettify patrons. Serious spa-goers can book a Dr Babor skin peel or surgery-free Carita facelift, but the ‘scrub and massage’ is reliably satisfying. There’s a small gym with treadmills, make-up lounge and hairdressers, and all treatments can be booked in-room too.
The Thief’s concierge has mapped out shopping routes covering Oslo’s best fashion, beauty and home wares. Grab a guide from reception and clear some suitcase space for achingly hip Norwegian brands like Mardou & Dean.
Public areas are wheelchair accessible, lifts go to all floors and facilities are offered for the hearing-impaired. There are 12 specially equipped rooms for mobility-impaired guests. Orthopaedic pillows, a humidifier and ioniser can be ordered in room.
On arrival, pups get a Very Important Dog hamper with a toy, treat and clean-up bags. Beds, blankets and bowls can be added to your room, and pampered pooches can have doggy room service menu, dog-walking and sitting services, and even birthday parties. See more pet-friendly hotels in Oslo.
Welcome. The restaurant has a kids' menu, with dishes such as ‘Spongebob’s favourite’ (pasta with tomato sauce). Child minding, baby monitors, cots, highchairs and prams are available on request and games consoles can be added to rooms.
Tweens and teens, who will appreciate the up-to-the-minute tech extras and stylish decor.
Only rooms in the Deluxe, Superior and Suite categories are big enough to fit a baby cot (NOK250 per stay) or extra bed (NOK750 per night). The Junior Suite is the least pocket-pillaging.
You can request a Playstation or Nintendo Wii for your room, otherwise there's the library and giving kids a crash course in modern art on a tour through the hotel. In summer, kids can splash about on the pebbled beach behind the Astrup Fearnley Museum, or play in the sculpture park. There's a small playground just behind the hotel too.
The sophisticated spa pool is open to over-16s only.
Highchairs and booster seats are available and the hotel is happy to heat up baby food or milk. There’s a cute kids' menu with healthy, simple dishes named after cartoon characters. Baby food and healthy children’s snacks can be bought onsite too.
Babysitting is available for NOK500 an hour (a minimum of three hours must be booked). Book two days in advance.
No need to pack
Buggies can be borrowed from reception. There’s Netflix in each room, you can borrow iPads from reception. Changing mats, playmats, craft materials and books are offered too.
Children are welcome, although some parents may be jittery about wayward toddlers around the hotel’s pricey artwork. Close to the hotel, there’s plenty of child-friendly fun, with a temporary beach, festivals and events in summer, and a sculpture park where kids can clamber on the artwork.
Very: energy in rooms is automatically managed (lights go on and off as you come and go), and water consumption and waste handling is energy efficient. The hotel sponsors the Rainforest Foundation Norway and pays carbon compensation for staff commutes. Restaurant Fru K uses locally sourced ingredients.