"At the heart of Oslo’s former criminal underworld, steal yourself away to the best Hamam spa this side of the Mediterranean."
Need to know
- 118 Rooms
- Norway, Oslo
- An elegant, contemporary and luxurious hotel
- Unlimited free entry to the nearby Astrup Fearnley Museum.
- Hotel’s rooftop bar and terrace with waterfront views.
- Hot breakfast buffet.
- Chic restaurants and bars along Aker Brygge harbor are steps away.
Just a stone’s throw from the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art, brainchild of Renzo Piano, THE THIEF sits opposite Akershus Fortress on the Oslofjord. The hotel pays a healthy homage to its cultural surroundings, exhibiting an array of oeuvres, both local and overseas in origin. And the art is quick to strike: a Gormley-esque life-size metal sculpture kowtowing obliquely to the hotel’s entrance is the X that marks a treasure chest of contemporary wonders within. Once inside, dazzling golds absorbed by dark shadows and sleek black furnishings create a sultry and stylish feel. A couple check in ahead of us but before we know it we’re treated to a warm Nordic greeting from a trendy young blonde. He guides us upstairs in a lift with the company of an unusual liftman: a computer animated sim of a Far Eastern beauty. In an ingenious sidestepping of facelessness, THE THIEF flaunts lateral thinking in a vertical device, and if nothing else, shows flair for irony. A trip to the spa should be central to your stay. Cooly directed by the lovely Anette and her consummate accomplice Jennifer, THIEF SPA is ready to pamper you with an exotic range of treatments, thieved from a rich gamut of practices worldwide. From their Rhassoul combining volcanic Atlas Mountain mud and regenerative salt scrub, to their Babor intensive mud wrap, the treatments at this spiffing spa will leave you feeling calmer than a Hindu cow. Without a doubt, THIEF SPA’s Hamam was a crowning, restorative delight 50 minutes of bubbly bliss perfected with massage, fragrance and utter tranquility.