Jul292014

Making choices on Choice Hotels Oslo, Norway

There are 22 Choice brand hotels in the vicinity of Oslo, Norway. The Thief, Oslo’s top ranked hotel on TripAdvisor.com, is a member of Ascend Collection and 20,000 Choice Privileges points per night. I checked periodically over the past couple weeks and I do not see any reward nights for The Thief during my trip to Norway in September, or reward availability for any date in any month at that hotel.

The other 21 hotels include 13 hotels in Comfort Inn and Quality Inn brands, two Clarions and six Clarion Collection hotels.

Choice Privileges members in the USA can book hotels in Europe within 60 days prior to arrival. This is an advantage over members in Europe who only can book hotels within 30 days of arrival, unless Choice Privileges elite.

Nordic Choice Club is another consideration for USA-based Choice Privileges members. Choice Privileges members can redeem points for hotel stays in Norway and Sweden, but will not earn points for paid stays at hotel in Nordic Choice Club.

Oslo Hotels TripAdvisor ranks two Choice Hotels top in city

  1. The Thief, Ascend Collection = 20,000 points per night or $460 USD.
  2. Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret = 16,000 points per night or $220 USD.

Oslo Choice Tripadvisor

The Thief offers free WiFi, but no free meals, except afternoon tea.

Clarion Collection Hotels offer both free breakfast and evening receptions. The opportunity to pick up free meals is important on my budget that I want to keep at around $1,300 for thirteen days and nights in Norway.

This Norway hotel provides amenities like:

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free wireless high-speed Internet access
  • Free coffee

Guests of this Oslo, Norway hotel can enjoy additional features like the on-site exercise room, public computer with Internet access, fax service, afternoon tea and a nightly manager’s reception.

Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret, Oslo

Nordic Choice Club members pickClarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret, Oslo as #1 hotel breakfast of more than 170 Nordic Choice Hotels.

Clarion Collection Gabelshus is #5 on the TripAdvisor.com list.

Oslo Clarion gabelshus

Clarion Collection Gabelshus is 16,000 Choice Privileges points or $278 USD.

Guests of this Oslo, Norway hotel will enjoy amenities and features like a free organic breakfast and a light evening buffet. Coffee, tea and fruit are available 24 hours a day for all our guests. An exercise room and wireless Internet access are provided.

Clarion Collection Gabelshus

Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion is #8 on TripAdvisor.com of 88 Oslo hotels. This hotel is also 16,000 points per night or $214. The option to dine on a free breakfast and a light evening buffet is a major money saver on the cost of food in Oslo.

Oslo Clarion Bastion

Choice Privileges have fantastic redemption value in Norway.

This Oslo, Norway hotel takes pride in giving services with a personal touch. Guests will enjoy a free organic breakfast and a light evening buffet. Coffee, tea and fruit are available 24 hours a day for all our guests. After working out in the exercise room, relax in the sauna.

Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion

Following TripAdvisor is not a sure bet, but generally a good guide. Four Clarion Collection hotels in Oslo in the top 10 ranked hotels on TripAdvisor.com is sufficient travel research coverage to find a good selection from one of these hotels using Choice Privileges points. Since The Thief appears unavailable, my reward search will focus on the other three hotels.

There are two more Clarion Collection hotels in Oslo with Clarion Collection Hotel Savoy (16,000 points) and Clarion Collection Christiania Teater (20,000 points).

My trip planning for Norway is officially underway as I booked my first hotel reward stay for Oslo for the first two nights after arrival in September at Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret for 16,000 points per night. Cancellation with no penalty is possible up to 4pm day of arrival.

I plan to book another seven or eight nights at Choice Hotels in Norway. I’ll be writing pieces of other Choice Hotels options as I check out areas of Norway to visit. My interest is staying in some urban locations like Bergen or Trondheim with more nights in rural hotels with easy access to scenic outdoor trails to spend my days hiking. There are so many choices across the immense country of Norway.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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