As you may have seen previously, we spent a snowy week in January exploring Norway, spending a couple of days in Oslo and a few days in and around Bergen. Our final night before we flew home was spent at The Thief Hotel located in the Tjuvholmen region, which translates as ‘Thief Island’. This region of downtown Oslo used to be a haven for smugglers and thieves, today it is one of the most upcoming regions of the city lined with restaurants, bars, shops and more.
Everything about The Thief screams decadence, luxury and escape. Filled with unique art, designer furniture The Thief is decorated in rich, dark colours and luxurious textures; leather, velvet, glass and marble in abundance.
The building itself, designed by Mellbye Arkitekter, was created to reflect its surroundings. Large, bold panes of glass mirror the impressive icy fjordscape. The hotel has its own art curator who hand-picks every piece of artwork for each room within the hotel.
Stepping into the hotel through the revolving door, you are faced with the impressive open plan and high-ceilinged lobby, with mood lighting, statement artwork and an instant feeling of warmth and wealth.
At The Thief, we stayed in a Superior Room, with sleek wooden floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony overlooking the fjord. The hotel decor is definitely unusual and we particularly enjoyed the contemporary design, with statement blocks of colour.
The bed was large and luxurious, decorated with an abundance of cushions, giving the feel of over the top extravagance. Plush robes hung in the wardrobe and the bathroom, hidden behind a slick sliding door had separate bath and shower, separated by frosted glass complimentary to the elegant white tiles.
The little details of the hotel such as the unique armchairs designed by Antonio Citterio, the textures, shapes and spaces had been thoroughly thought-through for the guest’s ease and convenience.
From bedside light dimmers, speakers set up to play your music of choice and electronic blackout blinds for summer days, The Thief really does steal the show on innovation, perfectly combining practical features with beautiful design.
The room comes equipped with coffee machine, luxurious toiletries and a drawer of any items you may have left at home, ready for you to purchase from the comfort of your own room. From a spare white shirt to fine fragrance, sewing kit to cufflinks, they have it.
Although the amenities of our room were not too dissimilar to those of many other hotels, it is the uniqueness of The Thief that stole my heart. It truly is a hotel like no other, where the movie stars, musicians and high flyers choose to reside. Only recently Ed Sheeran stayed here and while we were at the hotel itself, Youtuber and Instagram famous Jon Olsson pulled up to stay in his ‘Batmobile’.
The hotel restaurant provides a Nordic fine dining experience to be topped off at the cosmopolitan bar where the barman will carefully whisk you up a premium cocktail in minutes.
Escape and relax, well away from the bustle of the surrounding city in the hotel wellness area which combines rituals from Turkish Hamams, Moroccan Rhassouls and German Aufgusse in its rich and varied spa menu.
The hotel website states ‘A sanctuary has never felt so comfortable and secluded yet connected’ and I could not agree more.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Thief hotel. It was a hotel experience like no other and is a must-see place to visit in Oslo, even if just for a cocktail.
Our room at The Thief was provided at a discounted media rate in exchange for this blog post. All images and opinions are my own.