Dating back to 1900, and sharing a deep connection to the National Theater (which sits just across the street), Hotel Continental is a venerable figure in Oslo
’s arts scene. The family-owned property has long prided itself on being a hangout for local artists, a tradition manifest in its impressive art collection, which is displayed both in public areas and private spaces. Guest rooms juxtapose modern and classical touches, like top-of-the-line flat-screen monitors viewed from classical European divans; 59 recently renovated rooms add gilded elements and marble finishes for an airier aethetic, while a new lobby bar serves up classic cocktails at a circular counter surrounded by blue leather stools. As befits a hotel with a longstanding relationship with the creative community, the Continental offers a number of all-inclusive packages that bundle accommodations, meals, and tickets to shows around town.