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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed at this hotel for three days. Super clean and modern hotel. There were three of us in room but we had plenty of room. Only complaint is shower is very small. Staff was very helpful in orienting us. We were a very short walk to get to Oslo station. We didn't eat here but there was quite a...

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Reviewed 5 September 2016

Staff is usually not willing to help you if you have a problem with anything even if that is the reservation, there is only credit card payment with no posible option to pay cash or with any other way, and they dont care eather, no parking avlb for the hotel at all, rooms have no chairs and no tables at...

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HTLOslo, Ferdinando Vicinanza at Scandic Karl Johan, responded to this review

Dear Konstantin Thank you for your review, we are really sorry to see that your experience at HTL wasn t like you expected. UNfortunately we are a cashfree hotel and we can t handle valuta directly. At the same time i want apoligize for the staff that it wasn t able to make you feel welcome. Our room are minimalistic...

Colchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Central location, close to pretty much everything i.e. train station, the royal palace, restaurants, bars, opera house are all of walking distance from the hotel. The room itself was spotless and very modern. The hotel staff were very friendly and the check-in can be done using their automated check-in system. Overall, a perfectly located hotel in the heart of Oslo.

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HTLOslo, Hotel Manager at Scandic Karl Johan, responded to this review

Dear Dkekilli Thank you so much for your review, get a full score is always nice:) we are happy that you enjoyed your stay and the nice words about our staff welcome back! Ferdinando

Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Thus hotel was affordable and clean. It was a block from the main strip. It is self service check in which ment there really wasn't a person there to ask questions of or get directions or great you or say goodbye... I wish there had been... I'd rather pay a little more for that...

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HTLOslo, Hotel Manager at Scandic Karl Johan, responded to this review

Dear Jess Thank you so much fro your review, We are happy to see that you enjoyed your stay despite of the self check in, we will change our concept in a few month, and, if you will visit us agian thre will alway someone to greet you: welcome back:) Ferdinando

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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

I stayed for three nights and I cannot tell you how amazing the location is. I can't imagine staying anywhere else it's so great, so central (1 min to parliament, 3 min to metro). But the staff: oh my goodness. I have never seen hotel staff so blasé, so unwilling to help, not having accurate information (we asked about a...

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HTLOslo, Hotel Manager at Scandic Karl Johan, responded to this review

Dear Eagertraveller123 Thank you so much for your review, we are happy to read that you enjoyed your stay at HTL Karl Johan, our location is absolutely one of our strenght. At the same time we are really upset to see that our staff didn t meet your expectation, that s why your review is even more important for us,...

Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

This hotel is highly recommended.The room is cozy,small space but it's not an issue for budget traveller like us,good amount per night,good location,helpful and accomodating staff. Advice: 1.Choose the room not close to the road/street because it's noisy in the morning.(delivery trucks) 2. Request for higher floor if your planning to go on summer,the room does not have AC so...

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HTLOslo, Hotel Manager at Scandic Karl Johan, responded to this review

Dear April Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate all the good informations you provide to the other travellers that would like to visit Oslo and our Hotel. This review should be printed on the Oslo cityguide:) welcome back Ferdinando

Cirencester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 August 2016

The Karl Johan is located quite close to the centre - just a short tram away from central station. The hotel is in quite a noisy area since there are a number of night clubs around. The room we had was very small and not well thought out in that the bed was shoved up against the wall so the...

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HTLOslo, Hotel manger at Scandic Karl Johan, responded to this review

Dear Kenneth Thank you so much for your review. we are happy to read that you enjoyed the breakfast, despite of the glass in the youghurt. We have differents kind of rooms on the backside, if you will visit us again, due to avoid the noise from the city center i wish you a great day Ferdinando Vicinanza

Mayfield East Sussex
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Stayed here on a 1 night business trip and fortunately it was only the one night and only need the room to sleep in, any more would have been impossible. The room was so small you could not have swung the proverbial cat in it. Probably would have struggled with a mouse. The room was less than 500mm wider than...

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HTLOslo, Hotel Manager at Scandic Karl Johan, responded to this review

Dear Splester Thank you so much for your review, we are sorry that you our Hotel didn t meet your expectations, but is always important for us to get feedback from our guest. We have different room type our hotel, and 612 is unfortunately one of the smallest, we have also room on the backside to avoid the noise from...

Milan, Italy
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

The triple room we were given was pleasant, adequately sized, and with a look that made it stand out from the standard hotel room. breakfast was good with plenty of choice. Check in was a rather express affair, but we managed. An excellent choice given prices in Norway.

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HTLOslo, Hotel Manager at Scandic Karl Johan, responded to this review

Dear Unviaggiatore Thank you for you review, we are happy that you enjoyed both the room and our breakfast. we wish you welcome back kind regards Ferdinando

Saffle, Sweden
Reviewed 11 August 2016

A clean nice hotel with good breakfast and good service. Location perfect if you want to do Oslo:). Perfect for families and friends. Close to Karl Johann and the Parliament building, shops, castle. Good size at room and bath room.

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HTLOslo, Hotelldirektör at Scandic Karl Johan, responded to this review

Hello 12JeanetteH, Thank you for a nice review, it was a pleasure having you with us at HTL Karl Johan. We are glad that you had a nice trip to Oslo and that you appreciated our great location in downtown Oslo. Hope we get a chance to welcome you back soon again. Take care, Therese Fredriksson

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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Additional Information about Scandic Karl Johan

Address: Arbeidergata 4, Oslo 0159, Norway (Formerly HTL Karl Johan)
Region: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo > Sentrum
Price Range: $118 - $227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Scandic Karl Johan 3*
Number of rooms: 108
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“Phenomenal location, walking distance from Opera house and Royal Palace, bars etc.”
 of 5 bubbles DKekilli, 4 Sep 2016 | Read review
“If you must stay here don't stay in room 612 unless you are on your own and a very very small person.”
 of 5 bubbles splesterL, 22 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Ask for separate beds if you like your on space... otherwise it will be too cosy :P”
 of 5 bubbles Jebentwatjeeet, 25 Jul 2016 | Read review
“413 is quiet double room, but less area in room”
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 of 5 bubbles Patt12345, 9 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Make sure you keep a copy of your reservation regarding bed size and rooms. Our room was terribly small and had no space for luggage.”
 of 5 bubbles msoussou34c, 25 Jun 2016 | Read review
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