Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rating Park Inn Hotel Oslo Airport

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I had expectations when booking a room at Park Inn Oslo Airport. Not only is it one of the newest hotels in Oslo, but the design is supposed to be best Scandinavia has to offer. The building is designed by the famous Norwegian architect Niels Torp, and the interior and furniture has that Scandinavian look!!! Our stay at Park Inn Oslo Airport was, however, disappointing. Our room was small, the interior was smart enough, but the Scandinavian design made the hotel cold, bare, nay - hostile. 

Rating Park Inn Oslo Airport: BBBB- (3,59 points)
  • Location: BBB+
  • Service: BBB+
  • Room: BBBB-
  • Breakfast: BBBB
  • Facilities: BBB
  • Price: BBBB
Park Inn Oslo Airport location is practical, as it is directly connected to the main terminal building via a glassed in walkway. From the main terminal building you are only 17 minutes away from Oslo city centre by the airport express train.  Convenient - yes, charming - definitely no. Park Inn Oslo Airport is, as most airport hotels,  a place to stay, nothing else. Convenience and comfort is the most important matter.

The staff that welcomed you at the reception desk, in the bar and breakfast room, was serviceable enough.

Were were given a moderately sized double room dominated by one king-sized bed. The bathroom was also rather small. There were storage, as well as a small desk.

In spite of the simple and light Scandinavian interior design theme, the room at Park Inn Oslo Airport seemed, funny enough, rather small and dark. It did not feel as welcoming as you would expect a modern design hotel to be. As Park Inn Oslo Airport is a completely new hotel, there were no mark of wear and tear, it was still immaculately maintained.

Another major problem was the thick wall to wall carpeting throughout the hotel - both in corridors and in room. Combined with the fact that the air-conditioning did not work, made staying there a claustrophobic experience. I will recommend those of you allergic to dust to book an allergy room, if available.

The room also had:
  • 32" flat-panel television
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • High-speed, wireless Internet access (Free)
  • Individual climate control (Not in working order)
  • Safe
  • Tea and coffee provisions. (Great!!)
Breakfast is served from 5:00 to 09:30 AM, Monday to Fridays, and from 5:00 AM - 10:30 AM Saturdays and Sundays. Perfect for us as we were to catch an outbound flight at 7 AM. We enjoyed a wholesome breakfast buffet at Park Inn Oslo Airport, to anyone's taste and even better - it included in the price.

We helped ourselves to scrambled eggs and bacon, but there were several alternatives as cold cuts and cheese, jam, healthy options as fruit, cereal and yogurt. There were whole grain, as well as white bread, and you could help yourselves to juice, coffee or tea.

Hotel facilities:
  • Entire hotel smoke free
  • Inhouse bar and restaurant: RBG Bar & Grill serves a versatile menu that includes mouth-watering signature dishes from the grill. We found that the interior design made the restaurant and bar bare, cold and unwelcoming.   
  • Hotel bar  
  • Access the well-equipped, on-site fitness room.
  • Conference facilities with 46 meeting rooms, a large ballroom, a flexible pre-function area and full business services.
  • Resting area 
All public areas in the hotel was immaculately clean and brand new. As previously mentioned, the interior design was not to my taste. The large open spaces felt bare and unwelcoming, it was quite difficult to find a cozy spot to sit down.

The room was priced at NOK 1295 (USD 235 / EUR 165)  per night, including breakfast. As the air conditioning system did not work we were offered another room or a discount. We chose the latter and got 50% off the original price. This raise the total score quite bit, but the Park Inn Oslo Airport did not meet my expectations at all.

Park Inn Oslo Airport
Henrik Ibsens Vei 73, 2061 Gardemoen, Norway
Phone: +47 67 02 40 00

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