Scan Magazine | Issue 69 | October 2014

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Scan Magazine | Hotel of the Month | Norway

With 242 rooms and 17 meeting rooms a mere ten-minute ride on the underground train from Oslo city centre, the building is an ideal conference hotel.

Hotel of the Month, Norway

Quality with a view Behind its grey exterior is a hidden historical gem. Quality Hotel 33 is the Oslo hotel that has it all: convenience, location, facilities, food and a panoramic rooftop view of the city.

train from Oslo city centre, the building is also an ideal conference hotel. “Because the hotel opened only six years ago, the equipment we offer in-house is of high quality and extremely up-to-date. We have glass walls that let in a lot of light and very high ceilings,” explains Ravnå. “We get many business people staying, but we also cater to all kinds of events – from weddings to art exhibitions.”

By Maya Acharya | Photos: Quality Hotel 33

Quality Hotel 33, a member of Nordic Choice Hotels, is set in an unconventional location: namely that of a huge concrete building drawn by architect Erling Viksjø, the man who also designed the Norwegian Parliament buildings. Intended as the headquarters of a telephone and cable factory housing 4,000 employees, the building is now the home of a modern hotel that has been renovated in homage to the structure's original ’60s style. From helicopters to fine dining “Many people see the outside and expect something drab, but I think they get quite a surprise when they come in and see the art from different eras and fresh colours, not to mention the top floor terrace which has been converted from an old helicop-

ter landing site into a gourmet restaurant and bar,” says Espen Ravnå, marketing executive for Quality Hotel 33. “It's a great place to rent out exclusively for a birthday, confirmation or a Christmas party.”The bar serves food, including a six-course tasting menu that Ravnå describes as “fantastic”.

During the summer and weekends, visitors often include vacationing families. “You can park your car for free and just jump on the underground from the centre,” Ravnå points out. “In a way, the hotel really does have everything you might need. You get full, smiling service.”

Unlike many other stationary chefs at standardised hotels, Quality Hotel 33 encourages their chefs to use and experiment with fresh produce. The aim is to provide the best food experience possible. Room for everything With 242 rooms and 17 meeting rooms a mere ten-minute ride on the underground

For more information, please visit: quality-hotel-33

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