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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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).
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.
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!)
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