We stayed here for 4 nights during Sep 2017. boutique hotel,centrally located,we had a superior room.Reception desk was friendly.There was supposed to be a rooftop bar but it was closed maybe it was too late in the season. there was also supposed to be a restaurant which was closed. Breakfast was very nice with a lot of products.The problem was with the room- to use efficiently the lights of the room and the bathroom you need to have a degree in rocket science which we do not have. There was no light at all on one side of the bed and the bed was artificially high and you could hardly reach the floor with your legs Funny. Frankly speaking we have never seen before such a room and this was supposed to be a superior room.By the way the bar in the room was completely empty so you could put there your own drinks if you wanted. Without any fault of the hotel there were " Working girls" right opposite the hotel every evening which was not particularly pleasant at least for us. By the way the hotel is very expensive. P.s: if i remember well i am not the first guest to mention the electricity problem in the room:
"Very Disappointing Hotel Experience."
I have too say I haven't been this disappointed over a hotel experience for a very long time. This hotel wasn't cheap in comparison to others I have stayed in within Oslo. The website looks great, the photos look amazing. They over state this hotel! When I arrived the hotel bar on the roof was closed, I suppose you can let that go as it was October. Then I was told the restaurant was close due to refurbishment, and yet they were open for breakfast'''' The rooms were really tired and need looking at, internal room so no view and a tiny bathroom. The only thing that has stopped me from giving terrible instead of poor is the staff member who checked me in knew they were talking the absolute piss as he was apologising almost straight away. I would give this place a miss until some major updates are done!
"Ok but let down by rooms "
Firstly the hotel is well located and within east walk of the main sights. The public areas are the highlight - all very cool in a 'scandi' way. The downside is the rooms, which look a little dated and are just too small, especially with two people in it. It's fine for a night, but would need something larger for a longer stay.
"Classy, Modern, Well Located Base for Exploring Oslo"
The black facade, with burning lanterns outside the revolving door gave us the first hint of the atmosphere of the First Hotel Grims Grenka, and it had a unique style, one that we really liked. You walk into a reception area segregated from a bar and seating space by a huge bookcase, on which we found both interesting 'coffee table' books to flick through plus vouchers and leaflets which enabled us to make the most of our 3 days in Oslo. The area is really dark, with low lighting and has a dark and moody style - in a good way! The reception staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and always there to assist. The complimentary Nespresso machine in the corner (rather than in our room) was appreciated too as we could head out into the city with a coffee each morning. The rooms continue the style, with all manner of types of lighting that you can even personalise should you be so inclined. The room is well furnished, and the bed was both enormous and enormously comfortable. The bathroom had a great shower and we liked the glass box style of it, complimentary toiletries were both plentiful and good quality too. We didn't hear anything from neighbouring rooms or other floors. The roof terrace was closed when we stayed (late September) but we went up for a look anyway and imagine it would be a nice place to have a drink, as was the bar in reception. Breakfast was a huge array of options, both hot and cold. It is set in Manu, which appears to be a restaurant but wasn't open any evening we were there. If this meant they left it set for breakfast then that was only better for us. The variety was great, the food was delicious and the staff were great. There was also another fancy coffee machine to get your caffeine kick before heading out. We felt the location was great, near to the metro but frankly just walk everywhere, and get a sense of Oslo. Also worth noting is that the hotel has a 20% discount arrangement with Viking Bike Tours who are two streets away. We did a morning trip with Curtis and an excellent bike tour was even better with a discount! Overall, a great base, clean, comfy and a great breakfast to get you going!
"Style over substance. Too trendy for its own good"
Some people like trendy, boutique hotels. I thought I did, until I discovered I needed a degree in electrical engineering to operate the battery of light switches, none of which gave me what I wanted. The room needing the most light, the bathroom, was permanently too dark (oh, and a decent mirror might have helped), and the frosted glass wall between the bathroom and bedroom meant that any mid-night visit to the bathroom flooded the bedroom with light as well. There are mirrors, but these are on the floor and on the main door, for some reason. The hotel is well located in the centre (but a walk from all public transport stops), and is stylish in appearance from the moment you walk in. Room numbers are marked in strips on the carpet - not a good idea. The staff were friendly and the free wifi worked well. The breakfast was fine and well-supplied, but the room was poorly lit and, most significantly, had a large artificial waterfall at its entrance, creating the impression that it must be raining outside, when it was not. Chairs scraped incessantly on the stone floors. So, not for us, but perhaps for others. See the photo of the light switches- I never expected a catwalk! (and never found out what it was, either).
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM