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The Thief

Landgangen 1, 0252 Oslo
| +47 24 00 40 00
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The Thief

You’d be forgiven for mistaking this bold design hotel in Tjuvholmen for one of the neighborhood’s many art galleries. Billionaire owner Petter Stordalen is a sponsor of the Renzo Piano–designed Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, which allows him to borrow works by the likes of Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Koons from its collection to exhibit in the hotel. (Your room key grants you free admission to the museum). In addition, the former director of Norway’s National Museum of Art curated original pieces from international and local artists for all 118 of the hotel’s private spaces. The rooms—which have floor-to-ceiling windows, many overlooking Oslo Fjord—blend neutral blues and grays with sexy gold accents; amenities include interactive TVs showing “art on demand,” Norwegian wool slippers, and woolen blankets for wrapping up on the balcony. The Thief’s commitment to creative expression also extends to the soundtrack: Twice a month, the hotel enlists Scandinavian musicians to perform acoustic sets in its lounge or, during the summer, the rooftop bar.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 4 years ago

The Thief

If Old Oslo is Edvard Munch, then New Oslo—as represented by this sleek art-filled hotel in Tjuvholmen, Oslo’s newest neighborhood—is Andy Warhol. Like the island on which it’s built, the Thief rises out of the blue waters of Oslo Harbor, a beacon of the city’s commitment to art and culture in the 21st century, as surely as venerable hotels like the Grand and Continental (a kilometer and change to the north) are anchors to that of the last century. Bedecked with sculptures, paintings, and more esoteric modern art installments (such as the grandfather clock in the lobby that weaves a golden yarn scarf at the rate of one stitch every hour), the Thief could almost be considered a museum.
 
But outstanding art collection aside, the Thief is a hotel, and an exceptionally cool one at that. Rooms are all designed with comfort, style, and entertainment in mind. King-size beds with extra pillows and down duvets are standard in all rooms, as are top-of-the-line espresso machines, Geneva sound systems, Wi-Fi, and 42-inch HD TVs with movies on demand at no additional charge. Bathrooms are equipped with waterfall showerheads and massive designer bathrobes that almost make towels superfluous.
 
Because of the Thief’s unique location, most rooms are blessed with amazing views of the surrounding fjord, making the hotel (especially its rooftop bar) a popular spot for photographers.
about 5 years ago

Fru K/Food Bar at The Thief. Simply Scrumptious.

Enjoyed a remarkable evening at Oslo's uber-hip, The Thief. Starting with cocktails at their rooftop bar (note: If you happen to be popping by over the weekend, don’t miss their Rooftop Sessions featuring the groovy sounds of DJ Dan Bravo and others, live), and then descended the elevators to Fru K, the onsite restaurant, for a super tasty meal. The restaurant’s got a chic ambiance but is decidedly relaxed, plus the staff’s quite friendly, too.
AFAR Local Expert
over 4 years ago

The Thief Spa

So comfortable was my room at The Thief Hotel that I was loathe to leave. In the end I relented, but only because my package included a trip to the hotel's attached spa. Two months later the 90 minutes spent in the spa is easily among the highlights of my Oslo trip. After being welcomed in with a glass of cucumber water I was whisked through a door and into the high-tech locker room, where I stripped, scrubbed & got into my bathing suit. From there it was sheer spa bliss from start to finish, with Finnish saunas (complete with aromatic oils), a series of massage-pulse showers, an extremely bracing crushed-ice bath (followed rapidly by another sauna visit) and a lengthy swim in the elegant warm-water pool. Sitting at the pool's edge post-swim, I was brought a second glass of cucumber water and a plate of fresh fruit. As I watched the steam rising from the pool, I thought I saw a wisp of greenish light. The Northern Lights, somehow channeled inside, or a bliss-induced hallucination? Either way, The Thief Spa remains a must-do on my lengthy list of experiences I very much intend to repeat.