Amerikalinjen New Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Oslo

Oslo’s newest luxury hotel celebrates the rich history of Norway. The venerable building was once the headquarters of The Norwegian American Line (Amerikalinjen), the shipping company that helped thousands of Norwegians travel to America in search of a better life back in 1919. One hundred years later, a boutique hotel opened in the same historic venue, designed with the modern explorer in mind. The Amerikalinjen hotel is located in the heart of the city, situated right next to the central station and the Opera House. It’s the perfect home base for anyone looking to explore Oslo, whether you’re seeking relaxation, or setting off on an adventure.

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The Floating Bartender brings cocktails to your room.
The Floating Bartender brings cocktails to your room.
AMERIKALINJEN

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This historic building was once the headquarters of The Norwegian American Line – Amerikalinjen.
This historic building was once the headquarters of The Norwegian American Line – Amerikalinjen.

Amerikalinjen – New Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Oslo

This century-old building has undergone a state-of-the-art renovation to provide guests with everything they might need in the modern world. The super sleek gym is open 24/7, and sports its own boxing ring and punching bag, weights, and cardio machines. Unwind after a workout in the stylish spa, and relax in the Finnish saunas, rain showers, and heated mosaic beds. With such incredible amenities, we actually looked forward to going to the gym every day!

Another favorite space of ours was the Haven, an atrium at the center of the hotel with natural light flooding in from the glass ceiling, lots of green plants, plush blue velvet couches, and a cozy fireplace. This chic communal living room is a great place to catch up on some work or grab brunch with friends on the weekend.

Each morning we enjoyed a great breakfast (complimentary for all guests) at the hotel’s restaurant, Atlas Brasserie. In normal times they have a buffet, but in Corona times they make a personal breakfast platter for each guest with a selection of what normally would be on the buffet. On the tray was sourdough and rye bread, scrambled eggs, organic vegetables, ham, and bacon. The exceptionally welcoming and friendly staff always made sure our cups were full with delicious coffee from Solberg & Hansen. We’re looking forward to returning to try the hotel’s New York-style bagels when their in-house bakery opens in August, as well as visit the underground jazz club (which was Corona-closed on our visit).

Our deluxe room at Amerikalinjen hotel.
Our deluxe room at Amerikalinjen hotel.
Gorgeous bathroom with a walk-in shower.
Gorgeous bathroom with a walk-in shower.
The breakfast tray at Amerikalinjen.
The breakfast tray at Amerikalinjen.

Check Into a Deluxe Room

During our visit, we stayed in a Deluxe room which features a luxurious cloud bed and big windows which gives the room a ton of natural light. The high ceilings and mirrored walls make the space feel a bit like a Parisian palace (not unlike the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles), but the wood accents, vintage lamps, and Scandinavian design bring you back to Oslo. Relax in the seating area, which has a plush velvet couch, a wooden coffee table, and chairs. Refresh yourself in the bathroom, which has a spacious walk-in shower and luxury bath and body products from Sprekenhus. Important to note: the Björn Axén Tools hair dryer is so good that after a week of using it, we decided we couldn’t live without it – we actually plan to purchase one for our home! Another room detail we loved was the adorable navy and bubblegum pink-colored slippers, which are embroidered with an A for Amerikalinjen.

Enjoy cocktails in the lobby bar, or in your room!
Enjoy cocktails in the lobby bar, or in your room!
Passionate head bartender Adrian Michalcik making a drink.
Passionate head bartender Adrian Michalcik making a drink.

Pier 42 Bar: The Best Cocktails in Oslo

Whether or not you’re a guest at the hotel, head to the lobby bar, Pier 42, for inspired cocktails with a story. Passionate head bartender Adrian Michalcik and bar manager Slavomir Kytka have created an incredible selection of drinks inspired by important historical events in Norway and America between 1919 and 2019. These are, without a doubt, some of the best cocktails we’ve had in Oslo. Our favorite was the “Emigration” cocktail, which is made with rooibos tea, citrus, and lemongrass, and is served inside a globe. We also loved the “First Man on the Moon,” which is made with Bombay Sapphire, lavender, and gin, and the “XVII Olympic Games” which is made with Absolut Elyx, sea buckthorn, and passionfruit.

If you’re staying in the hotel, you also need to experience “The “Floating Bartender” concept. A bartender from Pier 42 brings a trolley up to you, to prepare specialty cocktails in the comfort of your room. The drink menu is completely different than the one downstairs in the bar, and is full of super fun surprises. (Hint hint: have your cameras ready!)

Pier 42 makes some of the best cocktails in Oslo.
Pier 42 makes some of the best cocktails in Oslo.
Relax in one of the heated mosaic beds in the spa.
Relax in one of the heated mosaic beds in the spa.
Amerikalinjen's gym has its own boxing ring.
Amerikalinjen’s gym has its own boxing ring.
TIger town!
Tiger town!

Have you been to the Amerikalinjen or Pier 42 bar? Leave a comment below.

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7 comments

  • Thank you for a great review! I stayed at Amerikalinjen in a Superior room (Deluxe rooms were sold out) with a friend early July, and I can only echo your praise for this gorgeous hotel. I was particularily impressed with the level of service throughout our stay. Will definitely stay here again 😀

    • Hi Hilde. Glad to hear you had a similar experience! It’s rare these days to come across hotels with such a level of service and hospitality. Did you get to try the Floating Bartender?

      • Hi Anders & Kaitlin! Unfortunately, we didn’t get the opportunity to try the Floating Bartender, as we were told upon check-in that is was unavailable. Too bad, because that sounds like a wonderful treat, to get great cocktails mixed right in your room 🙂
        Here’s hoping the trolley will be available for us next time! 🙂
        And yes, it is rare to come across hotels with such dedication to service and hospitality!

  • Second best bar in Oslo (after Himkok), amazing drinks allover, totally agree!

    • Compared to my last visit to Himkok I even preferred the drinks at Pier 42, but of course, Himkok is a more holistic bar concept.

      • Some of their drinks – like “Emigration” – is definitely up there. Do you know of any equally good bars in Copenhagen? I visited Kyros & Co last month which was very good, but otherwise the range isn’t exactly wide there… right?

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