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The Thief, Norway

The Thief

Oslo, Norway

Arguably the most sumptuous hotel in Norway, The Thief is a chic boutique located in a fashionable district just a brief walk from all of Oslo’s major attractions. The unusual name stems from its location on the islet of Tjuvholmen (‘Thief Island’), once an enclave for the scoundrels and smugglers who frequented Oslo’s waterfront.

Rooms and suites are modern and stylish, with clean, cool-gray decor accented by the occasional pop of daffodil yellow or ruby red, as well as an extensive collection of original modern art. You’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows in all the rooms, and most enjoy a private balcony where you can take in the waterfront view.

The hotel’s Thief Foodbar serves a hearty menu, and there’s a popular bar, but there are ample restaurants within a very short walk of the hotel if you want to try something else. You can also indulge in a beauty or wellness treatment at the spa or hammam.


With waterfront views, luxe amenities and one of the best locations in Oslo, this is one of our top choices for visiting the city. We particularly appreciate how walkable everything is from here.

OUR RATING: First Class

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Spanning over nine categories, the 119 rooms and suites were designed with a clean, modern style and thoughtful attention to detail. You’ll find a cool-gray palette throughout, enlivened by bold accent walls, pops of jewel tones and pieces drawn from the founder’s extensive modern-art collection. There are also living plants, deep-pile carpets and a veritable riot of bed pillows, creating a welcoming atmosphere.

All the rooms have king-sized beds, large bathrooms with rainforest showers, and floor-to-ceiling windows, to flood the rooms with light. Many offer private balconies, where you can sit to admire views over the water.


The islet of Tjuvholmen, aka Thief Island, is located in the heart of downtown Oslo, just steps away from Aker Brygge. The hotel is surrounded by fashionable boutiques, elegant restaurants and some of the city’s best shopping. Most of Oslo’s major attractions are a short walk away.

Food and drink

  • Daily à la carte breakfast served in the dining room.
  • Thief Foodbar restaurant serves hearty cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Thief Bar offers drinks in the evening with armchairs by the fire.
  • Thief Roofbar and Thief Roof Grill are open from April until late autumn, serving light grilled meals and innovative cocktails with a view.


  • Connecting rooms available.
  • Suites come with separate bedrooms and living rooms, suitable for families.

Facilities and activities

  • Well-equipped gym.
  • Spa offering a variety of treatments.
  • Turkish hammam.
  • Indoor swimming pool.
  • Laundry service.
  • Bikes to rent.


  • 12 of the rooms are suitable for wheelchairs.

Tour ideas in Oslo

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at The Thief as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

Location & places nearby

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can't be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area's inhabitants.

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      Drawbridge over the moat

      Fredrikstad and Hvaler Islands

      Fredrikstad and Hvaler Islands

      This private tour gives you a chance to venture outside Oslo to stroll the cobbled streets of Fredrikstad’s medieval old town. You’ll also take a boat trip to explore the Hvaler archipelago, and visit the Christmas shop and office of Julenissen (Santa Claus) in Drøbak.

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    • Half day city walking tour
      Norwegian parliament building

      Half day city walking tour

      Half day city walking tour

      See Oslo your way on this private walking tour. Your guide will tailor the experience to your interests, which may include the Royal Palace and gardens, Akershus Fortress, and the independent shops and cafés of the city’s modern waterfront.

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    • Taste of Norway gastronomic tour
      Shrimp and oysters

      Taste of Norway gastronomic tour

      Taste of Norway gastronomic tour

      Discover Norway’s cuisine and Oslo’s history on this private food tour of the city. With an expert guide, you’ll stroll along cobblestone streets and hear stories of the city’s past, with pauses to nibble cured meats, local cheese and chocolates.

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