Sunday, August 10, 2008

A designer hotel in Oslo – at last



















Danes and even Swedes have been in forefront of Scandinavian design, so also in the latest wave of smart designer hotels. The Danish capital Copenhagen, may boast of its Hotel Skt. Petri, where the queen of hotels, Paris Hilton strangely enough booked in with her boyfriend the other day. Swedes are even more chic, as their two largest cities, Stockholm and Göteborg may boast of two designer hotels – each! Now Oslo may boast of their first and only designer hotel, and the prestigious Wallpaper magazine has found it to be one of the best 50 designer hotels in the world for business travellers – and hey, there are no other Scandinavian competitors!

I have to admit that if anyone had mentioned Grims Grenka to me, I would have mistaken the name for an Icelandic dish, or an old Norse dance. It is, however one of the designer flagship for the First group, a Scandinavian hotel group running 47 hotels in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Grims Grenka presents itself as: “the only design hotel in Oslo and a member of Design Hotels. This five-star urban resort features sensual, colour-schemed accommodation in large deluxe rooms and suites – many larger than 70 m2 – and a range of sleek urban amenities such as an organic tea and cocktail bar and a rooftop lounge.”

Seasons and colour schemes

The hotel has been designed by Kristin Jarmund. It has summer and winter rooms reflected in different colour schemes and woods. It may even boast of its own rooftop lounge and private cinema for business use, and an organic tea room. It is located close to Oslo Stock Exchange and the Bank of Norway, in downtown Oslo.

Paying for design

Grims Grenka is not the cheapest option when booking a hotel in Oslo. I have visited their website and had a peek and it looks delicious. All the delicious design will however cost you, even in a city this expensive. From September 1st to 2nd, a room for one will start at NOK 1650.

Here are the rates for one night at these dates for one for different rooms available.

A summer room – NOK 1650 (€206)
A winter room – NOK 2050 (€256)
A winter lounge – NOK 2495 (€311)
A summer lounge - NOK 2795 (€349)
A loft – NOK 4995 (€624)

50 hotels chosen - 10 will fight to be the best business hotel

50 hotels are competing to be awarded the best business hotel 2008. Grims Grenka will have to convince a jury that it is better than hotels as New York Plaza, Ritz-Carlton Moscow, Hyatt Regency Kiev, Mumbai Four Seasons, and London Haymarket. In this company it is impressive to be among the 50. To become one of the remaining 10 would be a sensation, and a tribute to Scandinavian Design in general, and over all to the architect Kristin Jarmund herself.

Good Luck!!

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