Where Design Meets Luxury in the Heart of Oslo's Cultural Hub

Vivienne Tang

The Thief

The Thief is a 5-star waterfront hotel in the heart of Norway's capital

Located on the Tjuvholmen (Thief Islet), The Thief hotel is situated in the modern waterfront area of Oslo overlooking the picturesque Oslo fjord. The opulent rooms and suites come complete with every luxury you could wish for, an array of art and design books and comfy blankets and throws to snuggle up on an evening. The Thief is one of Norway’s most popular luxury hotels, designed by the award-winning Mellbye architects and opened in January 2013. The hotel is a creative blend of art and design in a trendy area of Oslo.

Modern art installations and dark, atmospheric colour schemes paired with chic gold details give this stylish luxury hotel its 5-star rating. Original art chosen by Sune Nordgren, the former director of the Norwegian National Museum, features in all the rooms, including works by the likes of Andy Warhol, Peter Blake, Magne Furuholmen and many more.

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The Thief Spa is a combination of spa cultures from around the world. Influenced by the Turkish hammam, Moroccan Rhassoul, and Finnish heat therapy, this spa is a perfect urban escape. The hotel has a separate elevator connecting each floor directly to the spa, giving guests a private entrance to the facilities. The spa surrounds a 12-meter swimming pool dimly lit by candles and bathed in starlight from the roof. Surrounding the pool are a steam room where you can enjoy aromatherapy experiences, sauna, a range of rain, fog and massage showers and six treatment rooms where you can indulge in a range of facials, massages and other body treatments such as a bamboo scrub, until your heart’s content.

The spa also contains a state-of-the-art gym with high-end TechnoGym equipment and a wellness boutique. The hotel is also situated in a great area for taking a stroll to enjoy the amazing views of the Oslo fjord and even taking a dip in the water if you are feeling brave.

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The artwork in this hotel is something not to be missed, each piece has been specifically selected from The Thief art collection. A mix of original Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Julian Opie and Sir Peter Blake and many more. Perfect for those art and culture lovers out there. It’s estimated the value of the art alone in the hotel is around US$4million.

The 118 rooms all have floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. The beds are as comfy as they look with luxury bedding, and spacious bathrooms. All rooms also include a television, a Nespresso machine, an iPod docking station, and a radio. Think down-filled duvets, rainforest showers, cosy bathrobes and slippers, wool blankets, floor to ceiling windows, pure luxury comfort.

The extravagant suite rooms feature a curated selection of artwork and furniture. There are 12 rooms with fire alarms designed for hearing or sight-impaired guests, bathrooms equipped with emergency alarms, toilets accessible to those with disabilities, as well as showers sized to be wheelchair-friendly and specially lowered sinks and towel racks.

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  • One of the first things you will notice on entering the hotel is the amazing collection of contemporary art and design. The hotels own art curator hand-picked individual art for each room and suite of the hotel from The Thief art collection. Also, hotel guests are given complimentary entry into the Renzo Piano designed Astrup Fearnley Museum close by.
  • It’s hard not to miss the views out over the Oslo fjord. You forget you are actually in a city, it is so quiet and serene. The fjord looks beautiful at all times of the day, whether you are an early riser and catch the sunrise or are more of a night owl and prefer to relax whilst watching the sunset. Make sure to book a room with a view of the fjord.
  • Breakfast is included in the room price and includes a breakfast buffet, with dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. There are a variety of choices from fresh bread, fruit, smoothies, juices, cheeses and ham to hot dishes such as made-to-order omelettes, eggs, sausages and bacon. Something for everyone to enjoy.
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  • Make sure you have time to visit the Thief Roof bar for a drink (non-alcoholic cocktails are available) and admire the amazing views out over the fjord.
  • Also find some time to spend in the spa, have a swim or enjoy the saunas and steam rooms. Early morning or late evening are the best time to find a quiet spot for yourself.
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The hotel’s spa covers 800 square meters on the ground floor and includes a sauna, steam room, pool and a fitness centre, as well as offering a superb range of treatments such as an excellent hammam.

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During the summer months to enjoy the stunning views from the hotel over the fjord. Take your time to enjoy exploring the nearby Vigeland Sculpture Park and the beautiful Norwegian landscape.

However, the hotel is also very comfortable for visits during the winter months, just take some warm clothing and make the most of the sauna and steam rooms after a day out in the city.

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