I was just about to finish my “In Search of the Northern Lights” cruise on the Viking Star (more on this in a future blog post) and because was I hopping off in Bergen, I decided the best way home was via Oslo and I couldn’t have been happier – what a fabulous city it is! AND….. I got to check into one of Norway’s newest boutique hotels, Amerkalinjen.
Housed in a classic building with a wealth of maritime history, Amerikalinjen has been reborn into a vibrant boutique hotel designed for the modern explorer. The hotel is easily accessed from and within a short stroll of the city’s main train station and the architecturally stunning Oslo Opera House.
Its location is perfect as outside the door lies the pulsating city of Oslo with the luxury shopping in Kvadraturen and nightlife on Youngstorget all within a wee walk.
And when you book with me, you’ll have a chilled bottle of ‘BLA’ waiting in your room on arrival. This non-alcoholic sparkling tea by the Copenhagen Sparkling Tea Company is seriously delicious and one of my favourite welcome amenities ever!
The spacious rooms with large windows (that open!) flood the beautiful luxe interiors with a calming natural light. A slick and stylish monochramatic bathroom, complete with generous sized local Sprekenhus bath products. These argan oil base products have the most addictive scent and clearly my new fave.
Oh and those beds! For any of you who haven’t slept in a scandi-styled hotel … they add these very comfortable mattress pillow tops to the beds, seperate to the mattress. It all adds up to a fantastic nights sleep. Yes these beds are hard to get out of.
Go the Deluxe Room type for maximum space – it comes with a comfortable sitting room
Interiors on Point
Slick modern interiors result in a thoroughly stylish and individual hotel. Public areas are thoughtfully designed with lots of lobby space to lounge and work. I could sit there all day people watching (yes the locals are a handsome bunch!). Haven is also a great guest-only courtyard space to hang out in – a green oasis in the middle of the hotel where you can mingle with other stylish creatives (like yourself!).
Dining Options Galore
I loved the varied restaurant and bar options, in fact I had one of the best meals I experienced in Oslo at the hotel’s Altas Brasserie where the Whole Roasted Turbot with Horseradish Sauce was a particular highlight. From early morning you can enjoy a delicious buffet style breakfast with a scandi twist here … think the freshest salmon gravlax, waffles with brown cheese and sour cream and other delicious local delights. Oh, and most importantly … the flat whites were on point.
If you feel like a cocktail, alcoholic or mock, prop yourself up at the bar at Pier 42, located just off the lobby, it’s staffed by the the most handsome waiters with the biggest personalities and if you want to carry on later into the evening, you can head downstairs to the basement jazz bar Gustav.
There really is no need to leave the hotel!
Take the “Flytoget” shuttle train from Oslo Airport into the city. It only takes 20 minutes and stops right in the centre of the city and directly across the road from Amerikalinjen! It’s super convenient.
And take time to stroll the city, we walked from the hotel through chic suburbs filled with charming cafes and flower shops to the famous Vigeland Sculpture Park. The Oslo of my dreams!
Amerikalinjen is a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels group and I have access to exclusive rates including complimentary upgrades and amenities.
Contact me when you are ready to book your Scandi adventure!