A relatively new and modern hotel in the self-service model, Citybox is a fine budget hotel choice for those looking to stay right in the centre of the city. Starting from around 665 NOK/night for couples, Citybox offers great value for its location. You'll find automated check-in, free Wi-Fi, and comfy rooms in various sizes and configurations.
Citybox offers 216 rooms catering for 1-4 guests. The standard options are available, from single beds to twins and doubles. Single and double rooms come in two sizes, small or standard. The upgrade could set you back anywhere between 25 and 150 NOK depending on demand. Alternatively, check TripAdvisor for a free upgrade offer. Family rooms are also available and they include two bunk beds in addition to a double. As you'd expect, the rooms feature a minimal design but have all the necessary features including a desk and chair. There are no TVs in the room, with the hotel banking on their Wi-Fi being fast enough to keep everyone entertained. They do have a couple of TVs in the comfy first floor lounge though, just in case.
It's a no frills attitude at Citybox, handy for keeping costs down in an expensive city. Check-in is completed via a machine, so make sure to read the check-in instructions emailed to you. If something goes horribly wrong there is always a "host" around to help (Westworld anyone?). They can also lend you a hairdryer and dig up an extra towel. While there is no hotel restaurant, you will find a common fridge and microwave to store and heat up your food. Citybox is also connected to the organic bakery next door, called Rent Mel. There you can find pizzas, pastries, sandwiches and coffee. Being entirely organic ensures the prices are steep and you will find better deals elsewhere. After 11am guests can get a 10% discount which lessens the pain somewhat, but if you're after pizza, Mamma Pizza is an excellent alternative just around the corner.
Citybox's location between the main street of Karl Johan and the harbour is perfect for quick access to Oslo's most famous landmarks, but lacks a bit of charm. The area is known to attract some of Oslo's more unsavoury characters at night, but some common sense will see you home safely. Unless you're desperate to stay right in the city centre (and if you are, please let me know why), I'd recommend checking out Comfort Hotel Xpress at Youngstorget which is still very central and has 6pm Sunday check-out, or an apartment in Grünerløkka.
You'll find the best rates if you're coming to Oslo on a Sunday or a weeknight. Otherwise, check the online price calendar for the best deals, book in advance, and try to snaffle that free upgrade.
Price: From ~665 NOK/night for 2 people and from ~550 NOK/night for 1. Family rooms from ~1,095 NOK/night.
Address: Prinsens gate 6. 5 minute walk from the central train station.
Check-in/out: 3pm/12 noon.
Book: citybox.no, firstname.lastname@example.org, +47 21 42 04 80