While this would be one of the trips for which Airbnb could make the most sense, we booked 5 hotels and took the overnight ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo.
Our hotel in Copenhagen was the all around beloved Hotel Kong Arthur(HKA). We got a junior suite which was simply awesome. The hotel’s location will put you within one train stop (from Noreport)or a quick 10-15 minute bus ride or 15-20 minute walk to most of top the attractions. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants around. You would also be just a couple of blocks from Torvehallerne (fresh food market). I have to give huge props to someone at the Kong Arthur’s sister hotel, the Ibsen Hotel which is connected to the HKA and you can always access the HKA via the Ibsen. This wonderful man, helped us with our luggage and was so warm and welcoming that I might stay at his hotel just for that. We would definitely return to the HKA, but if it were not available we would consider: 71 Nyhavn (this can be too expensive for families)Hotel, Nimb Hotel, The Square, Scandic Palace, Ibsens (of course), Front, Alexandra, Marriott and SPF 32
The best way to travel via Copenhagen and Oslo is the DSDF overnight ferry. 17 hours on the ship really flew by! We booked one of the premium cabins with access to the Commodore lounge and we were extremely pleased with the entire experience. It was a great way to relax after 3 days of extreme exploration.
In Oslo, we stayed at the Thon Hotel Terminus, this is a well regarded hotel which offer breakfast and a light dinner buffet. As its name implies, the hotel is located next to Oslo’s main train station(Oslo S). This is a business hotel, but it served our purposes rather well. If we were to spend more time in Oslo, we would have probably considered Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz Oslo, The Thief, Hotel Continental and Grand Hotel. I almost switched our reservation to hotel Continental last minute.
After the Norway in a Nutshell, we arrived at Hotel Oleana. We can’t fault the hotel’s location and the room was funky and spacious, however I don’t think the Oleana is necessarily ideal for families. It worked well for us, however if you are traveling as a couple or you are single and looking to mingle it doesn’t get better than this hotel in all of Bergen. Our top choice for this beautiful city, the Havnekontoret and Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz Bergen we’re not available for our dates. The Hotel Park Bergen would also have been a great option.
In Paris we decided to stay near the airport our first evening since our flight from Bergen would arrive by 8 pm. Why pay for a top notch Paris hotel if you only need a place to sleep? For a airport hotel, we considered the Hyatt Regency and the Marriott CDG. We ended up staying at the Marriott and we would return to this hotel in a heartbeat. As Platinum Premier Elite members, we were upgraded to a nice room. The breakfast was excellent. On arrival I had ordered the 5-cheese plate, but I lost count of how many great French cheeses were included as part of the breakfast.
This hotel is well known for its great breakfast and we could not agree more!
Our last hotel in this journey was the Renaissance Arc de Triomphe. We wanted to stay at one of Marriott’s high end properties before they went up in price. The Marriott Champs-Élysées was our top choice, but we thought staying even closer to the Arc of Triumph would make sense, also the reviews for the Renaissance were better.
What I did not like about staying at this hotel has nothing to do with the place itself, but rather with the kind of upgrade that we got. We were upgraded to a family room which was a bit underwhelming as an upgrade for a Platinum Premier. I wish Marriott would simply show you which rooms are available 48 hours before arrival and allow us to select our room just like we select seats on a plane. Until that happens, stating that one is eligible for the best available room at check-in including select suites is simply BS. Now to the good part which totally eclipses our not getting the best possible room.
The staff was very attentive and seemed committed to our having the best time at the hotel and Paris, Foude was particularly great to us and recommended non-touristy restaurants for us.
The hotel is located closer to the Arc that the maps led us to believe. This is a great spot from which to explore all of Paris.
The Renaissance was recently refreshed our room was big by Paris standards and everything was close to state of the art. The breakfast was the best we had during our trip and the one at the Marriott CDG beats most hotel breakfasts, however the Renaissance as should be expected for a hotel costing several times more than the Marriott, takes the top spot.