Walking into the lobby of Oslo’s Thief Hotel, it is hard to imagine the wow factor can get any – well – wow-er, as an iconic Richard Prince painting hangs casually in the lobby. But walk towards the elevator, and you’ll greeted by a Julian Opie video installation. Get off on the second floor and have lunch beside Andy Warhol’s famed Ladies and Gentlemen. Retire to your room and walk by Bryan Ferry’s iconic Kate Moss photos.
If you’re not in awe already of a hotel that doubles as a contemporary art museum – with the most highly insured art collection in the world - here are some other reasons why The Thief will steal your heart away:
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION:
The Thief is located in Oslo’s Tjuvholmen neighbourhood (say THAT ten times fast). The name (Tjuv – meaning thief, and Holmen – meaning islet) pays homage to its shady past – the district was once synanymous with criminals and debauchery. Today, the neighbourhood is characterized by gorgeous architecture, trendy restaurants, world-renowned galleries, as well as stunning views of the Oslo Fjord. It really is the place to see – and be seen.
The Thief’s 119 rooms are nothing short of extraordinary. From the Antonio Citterio designed armchairs to the nine plus (look in the closet for a surprise!) pillows on your bed, The Thief has thought of absolutely everything to make your stay the most comfortable one you could ever imagine. Seriously. That Parlux 300 hairdyer in your marble bathroom? That will be the best blowdry of your life. The automatic screen outside your window? That will ensure the ultimate privacy when you don’t want to be disturbed by the sun. That fancy tea and those delicious biscuits? Those will be waiting for you when you come back from a wonderful, but tiring day of exploring the city. Did you suddently get invited to a fancy dinner party on another hotel guest’s yacht (the hotel does have yacht parking, afterall) and forgot your cufflinks? No worries, your room has a shelf dedicated to an incredible selection of items you may have forgotten to bring.
EAT & DRINK
On the second floor of The Thief, you will find Fru K, the hotel’s restaurant where you can bask in the glory of an aforementioned Andy Warhol painting and enjoy a Nordic breakfast buffet which includes locally sourced cheeses, cured meats, salmon, fruits, vegetables and a delicious assortment of baked goods and jams. Personal favourite was the hotel-made pate. Still dreaming about it.
During the summer season, enjoy a cocktail – with a view to boot – from the hotel’s rooftop terrace. It offers to most magnificent panaromic views of the city and the fjord.
No detail has been overlooked and no expense spared to ensure your stay at The Thief is a memorable one. For those looking to be inspired, why not book one of the five available meeting rooms at the hotel. These beautifully decorated spaces are a surefire way to inspire new ideas and get creative juices flowing.
From the Tom Dixon lights adorned to the entrance of each guest room to the coat racks in the restaurant disguised as just another opulent form of decor, everything inside The Thief is a brilliantly calculated move in aesthetics.
OTHER WOW FACTORS:
- The Thief has a partnership with the neighbouring Astrup Fearnley Museum, whose collection includes Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman and Damien Hirst, amongst others. Your Thief room key gets you free access to the museum!
- Arriving by boat? You can park it in front of the hotel’s entrance on the marina.
- Bringing your pooch? The Thief makes it even better with their Very Important Dog (VID) program, which caters to all your pet’s needs with a tailor-made hamper, list of available pet services, as well as a custom made pet bed and pet blanket. How adorable!