Oslo, Norway

The Thief

Rates per night from$333.44

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (NOK2,861.11), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Heart-stealing arts hub


In-vogue islet

Set on a fjord-flanked peninsula in Oslo, striking boutique hotel The Thief holds its own in the trendy Tjuvholmen neighbourhood of Niels Torp- and Renzo Piano-designed galleries, shops and eateries. The concrete-lined spa is a super-cool space to slather yourself in rhassoul mud and hop into the hammam; there are Scandinavian-chic bedrooms in sophisticated hues, a restaurant with inventive neo-Nordic cuisine and an eye-catching array of big-name artworks by Sir Peter Blake, Andy Warhol, and Richard Prince come together to form a hip hide-out.

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Free entry to the Thief Spa (usually £20 for each guest from Monday to Friday, £40 on weekends)


Photos The Thief facilities

Need to know


A total of 116, including 10 suites.


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 $333.44 (NOK2,861), excluding tax at 8 per cent.

More details

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 rhassoul therapies and German Aufguss 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.

Packing tips

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.


Pups are welcome in third-floor rooms for NOK750. They get a Very Important Dog hamper filled with treats. Beds, blankets and bowls are provided. There's room service, dog-walking and sitting available, and even birthday parties. Just let the hotel know. 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.


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.

Food and Drink

Photos The Thief food and drink

Top Table

In summer, take in Tjuvholmen’s quirky, cutting edge architecture and canal views from the seasonal terrace. If it’s chilly outside, clock chic locals from Fru K’s window.

Dress Code

Upmarket and au fait; with Norway’s coolest kids and culture-makers dining next to you, style stakes are high. Mr Smith should pack proper shoes and don a jacket.

Hotel restaurant

Fru K (named after a former Tjuvholmen native), serves delightful Nordic fare. Chef Johan Laursen plundered Norway’s best produce for his tasting menus, which showcase Lofoten-caught cod, langoustines from Otrøya island and reindeer fillets from Nordås. Guests sit on velvet banquettes and armchairs. Lunch – either a chef’s choice three-course meal or hot sharing plates and marina-caught seafood – is served in the first-floor dining room or the Thief’s Foodba – the new heart and soul of the hotel. Take a seat in the super-stylish restaurant and tuck into sizzling snacks and hearty comfort foods with a Scandinavian spin. Breakfast is a hefty smorgasbord of homemade paté, fresh bread from Kolonihagan bakery, meat and cheese platters, 'perfect' eggs (cooked at 64°C), fruit salad, yoghurt and fresh juices. Fru K closes over the summer and will reopen 22 August. 

Hotel bar

A Tom Ford light installation dimly illuminates the hotel’s moody art deco-style bar. Muse over objets d’art in gold cubby holes and nod along to DJ-spun tunes while sipping master mixologist Chris Grøtvedt’s concoctions – the Nordic Nina gives you a splash of local flavour, with caraway-flavoured tipple Aquavit, yuzu sake, absinthe and green tea-flavoured syrup, lemon and torched star anise. Book launches and artist talks are frequently held here, and Thief Unplugged live music sessions take place twice a month. From May, sparkling drinks and rum-heavy summer cocktails are served on the roof terrace, which overlooks Holmkollen Ski Museum and Akershus Fortress.


Last orders

Monday to Friday, breakfast is from 6.30am to 10am (till 11am and later on weekends). Lunch is from 11.30am to 2.30pm (1pm to 5pm on Saturdays). Dinner is 6pm to 10pm, and the bar closes at 1am Sunday to Wednesday and 1.30am Thursday to Saturday.

Room service

From 6am to 11.30pm (Monday to Saturday, 11pm on Sundays), omelettes, salads, burgers and sandwiches are served. The night menu has three tasty items: chicken soup, a roast beef sandwich with Thybo cheese, and fruit salad with granola and yoghurt.


Photos The Thief location
The Thief
Landgangen 1


Oslo Gardermoen (a href="http://www.osl.no/en/osl">www.osl.no/en/osl), is the closest international airport, a 50-minute drive from the hotel.


An airport express runs from Oslo Gardermoen airport to Oslo central station in 20 minutes. Three out of every six departures continue to the National Theatre stop – from there it’s a 15-minute walk or a six-minute taxi ride to the hotel.


Tjuvholmen is a short walk from central Oslo and exploring on foot gives you a chance to snap some of the unique architecture and fjord-side views. If you’re exploring beyond the city limits, you’ll probably want a car: there’s an Avis booth at the airport. Reach the hotel via the E6 road. On-site valet parking costs NOK350 a night.


Ferries to Oslo run from Danish cities Copenhagen, Kiel or Friedrikshavn. DFDS Seaways (www.dfdsseaways.co.uk) has several journeys every day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Oslo has plenty to keep you occupied come rain, shine or snow (a fairly regular occurrence). Across the road from the Thief is the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (+47 2293 6060), a must-see if you’re taken with the hotel’s art collection (entry is free for Thief guests). International art stars, such as Cindy Sherman, Matthew Barney and Jeff Koons pop up in their permanent collection alongside notable Norwegian painters and sculptors. Afterwards, take a stroll along Tjuvholmen’s attractive waterways, while admiring the area’s idiosyncratic architecture, before ending up at Aker Brygge, a shopping, dining and gathering hub. Here you can browse lesser-known Norwegian brands, splash about by the temporary beach (in summer) or catch one of the concerts or food and drink festivals, staged throughout the year. Get a bird’s eye view from the top of Lookout Tower Tjuv Titten (+47 81 56 86 66), which spirals upwards like a Bauhaus beanstalk: the view from the top spans Tjuvolholmen’s quirky layout, and the famed beauty of the Norwegian coast. Head towards central Oslo to learn about Norway’s peace-keeping efforts with a tour of the Nobel Peace Centre (+47 48 30 10 00), and Scandinavia’s less-peaceful enterprises at the Viking Ship Museum (+47 22 13 52 80).

Local restaurants

Sushi restaurants abound along Tjuvholmen’s waterfront; Hanami (+47 22 83 10 90, 1 Kanal, Oslo 0252), about a minute’s walk away from the hotel, serves some of the best, with ceviche and black cod alongside a lengthy list of hanami rolls and nigiri. Alex Sushi (+47 22 43 99 99, 2 Cort Adelers gate) is a little further away (a 12-minute walk), but also has an extensive menu of tried-and-true, and more unique, delicacies. Try the black set-menu, with a glass of sake, for their experimental sushi creations. Tjuvholmen Sjømagasin (+47 23 89 77 77, 14 Tjuvholmen allé) – also a minute’s walk away – is a waterside seafood restaurant replete with a crab- and lobster-filled aquarium, offering decadence in varying degrees, from three courses to six. If sharing, opt for the seafood platter or dine on ingenious flavour combinations, such as hake with cauliflower, white chocolate and ginger.

Local bars

BAR Social Eating (+47 40 00 38 34) is a 20-minute walk from the hotel, but this cocktail-bar-cum-diner has enough style and slick wall decor to please artsy types venturing this far out from the Thief. A jovial atmosphere and a range of curious cocktails (the Willy Nelson, anyone?), ensure a lively night and the chance to meet a few locals.


Photos The Thief reviews
Jordan Stephens

Anonymous review

By Jordan Stephens, Professional rhymer

The Thief Hotel. Very tall, very glassy, suave and arty – hardly been there three minutes and I’m already feeling a bit secret agent. Captivated by installations, prints and paintings, my inclination is that I’m about to be charmed by the quaint precision of the Scandinavians. After my jaw drops, I struggle to not hum John Barry, one hand on my carry-on luggage, letting my imagination carry. I'm overexcited and under packed, and a man with a smile as wide as the Cheshire cat makes a gesture at me that is so friendly I fear for a masked agenda or malevolent plan. Turns out he is just really lovely. Feeling bubbly, we float up to the eighth floor in the warmth of no-immediate hurry.

‘Wasn’t that man just lovely?’
‘Yes he was.’
‘Shall we check in again?’
‘Don’t be ridiculous.’

Four doors along a chocolate corridor and we’re in. Magic magnet key gives the magic lock a kiss and then, once again, our pupils are presented with an impressive level of sophistication. The bed's almost as wide as the hotelier’s grin; we set our bags aside and let the feathers give in. Soft and cloudy. More hand-picked fine, slick art decides to hang with us. Rainforest shower. Decent dressing gown. Temporarily occupying this room feels like slipping on a good pair of socks. I hadn’t packed any socks but the room has some in a drawer of practical treasure. Underwear too. I haven’t mentioned the view.

For five stars you’d expect to see at least that amount in a night sky from your window. Tonight it feels like we’ll see the whole universe. The view is a joke. That’s slang for good. The window is a bit Bill and Ted in that you can see ‘far out’ and it was ‘awesome’. I can see the organised, chic layout of the docklands surrounding us. A bit further away I can see some kind of archaic settlement. A cruiseship the size of a small town. I am happy where we are though.

Snazzy is a word that wouldn’t really do this hotel justice. Dinner is on the cards. The magic magnet card was on the table as Mr and Ms Smith fumble into attire they consider to be fabulous.

‘I think I’m going to tuck my shirt into my trousers.’
‘I know.’
‘I think I’m going to wear wedges.’
‘Jesus Christ.’

No one other than us has really dressed up for dinner. Similarly, no one really cares that we have dressed up for dinner. It’s fun to play dress up. Napkin in my collar so my shirt doesn’t get messed up. What’s on the menu? For starters, the restaurant is on the hotel’s roof, so they’d quite literally upped the levels in regards to the view. Ponchos if you’re chilly or just feeling silly. We are. Stuck them on instantly. The service was impeccable. Oslo’s quality of life must be pretty respectable. The remains of meat and vegetables left little else other than satisfied as suggestible, splashed out on a fine wine flowing conversation aided digestion. Less tense, I felt at home.

‘How was the food sir?’
‘Yeah, it was mental.’

Spaaaaaah. Onomatopoeic. The menage à trois of one’s self plus hotel and spa is difficult to surpass. We book a couple of treatments and look forward to what the treats mean for our mental and physical stability. The time comes. Glass elevator… secret ground floor… we spend the whole evening in the spa, couldn’t ask for more. Service deserving of further applause (it’s getting ridiculous now) – I’m even able to purchase shorts (that I hadn’t packed). Encouraged to learn more about Scandinavian sauna traditions – we are in bliss. Beautiful lights. Calming music.

‘You must use the salts in the steam room before you go!’
We’d listened.

Skin fizzing and glistening we saunter into the glass elevator and hope it didn’t shoot through the roof. The allure of the room remained true. In our absence it’d been turned down, ready for the shady hours. On a little table lay two small brownies, two Earl Grey tea bags.

Had this hotel done some personal research on us?

The sparse, contemporary beauty of Oslo twinkled around a darkened ocean.

‘So do you fancy going out and getting smashed then?’
‘I’m easy with whatever to be honest.’
‘Good point.’
‘Let’s just stay in.’


The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Thief’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The location.


Stayed on 14 Jul 2018

We loved

The location.


Stayed on 26 Jul 2017

We loved

The staff, who were incredibly friendly, helpful and courteous.


Stayed on 2 Jun 2017

We loved

Really stylish hotel. Exceptionally friendly staff. Joanna an absolute star and Dominic overseeing guests' requirements. Kolonialen Bislett restaurant is so good. Went to Maemmo which is great, but for atmosphere and local interaction, the former takes some beating.


Stayed on 8 Feb 2017

We loved

All the art works at all kinds of unexpected spaces throughout the hotel, amazing food (really great butter) in the restaurant, stunning view from the balcony, warm turndown service at night. Visit Astrup Fearnley Museum and local galleries.

Don’t expect



Stayed on 23 Dec 2016

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