It is located centrally, on the main shopping street of Karl Johans gate, between the Norwegian Parliament and the Royal Palace.
I love old hotels like this, full of charm and stories to tell … if only the walls could talk.
The Grand Hotel continues with traditions – it is where the Nobel Laureate for the Peace Prize stays before being bestowed the award each year in Oslo’s City Hall.
Its breakfast room, which also serves dinner, is the Grand Cafe. This is where the famed Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen would be headed when he walked each day from his home (now on the street renamed Henrik Ibsens gate) to the cafe where he would eat his daily lunch and dinner, and spend time with fellow artists and intellectuals, including Norwegian painter Edvard Munch.
At the time of its construction in 1874, it was Oslo’s only ‘modern’, European cafe. Still, even with the changes, it’s an impressive place to go.
Make sure to visit (or stay in) Oslo’s Grand Hotel on your next visit to the city. For more tips on what to do in Norway’s capital, see my earlier posts on the National Museum of Art, the Nobel Peace Prize Museum, Oslo’s opera house, Oslo’s City Hall and jogging in Oslo.