The Thief, a criminally comfortable hotel in an art district in Oslo
Why would any hotel call itself, “The Thief?” Well, when you stand on a little island in the fjord just southwest of downtown Oslo, called the Tjuvholmen, you are on the Thiefs’ Islet, and it earned that name because thieves were brought here and executed in the 18th Century. Today, the Tjulvholmen is a docking and marina area in the art and entertainment district of Aker Brygge, the liveliest neighbourhood in Norway’s capital city. This is where the Thief Hotel, a five-star luxury affair in an ultra-modern setting, promises to steal you away from the cares and woes of everyday life.
The Thief shares a setting on the docks with the modern art space, the Astrup Fearnley Museum, literally across the walkway from it, and all guests receive a free entry to the great displays of the facility as well as the sculpture garden that surrounds the entire dock space. At the foot of The Thief, mooring for boats can be had, while the eight stories of reflective glass, each decorated with angular balconies, rise up above the marina. At the top of the hotel, the Thief Roof, well serviced by the Thief Bar, can offer guests incredible views of Oslo’s Old Town, as well as the new high rise skyline over the Gronland District, and the deep blue Oslo Fjord wending away far to the south. If you wish to explore the city, the Concierge will be glad to provide recommendations for your itinerary, as well as make arrangements for bespoke tours of the city.
Pillaging the Plush and Living Well
The Thief is a big operation, featuring 118 guestrooms, each of which have floor to ceiling windows and private balconies, while almost all have views of the city. The overall look of the hotel, created by Norwegian designer Anemone Wille Våge, puts an emphasis on black and gold patterns, as befits such a rakish establishment. The rooms are divided into five categories, and the penthouse selections include the Broom Suite, the Thief Suite, the Brit Suite, and the top-ranked Oslo Suite, which features Peter Blake artworks (he was the creator of the Sergeant Pepper album cover) and designs by Patricia Urquiola and Antonio Citterio, as well as a private roof terrace. All of the guestrooms offer large bathrooms with rain showers. The Thief Spa has “stolen” therapies from all over the world, including a Turkish Hammam and a Finnish sauna. Situated in its own facility next to the hotel proper, the Spa offers a twelve-meter swimming pool, experience showers, five treatment rooms, and separate VIP-treatment room for total makeovers. You must be at least sixteen years old to enter the Thief Spa. *
Stealing Away to Exciting Places
The Thief is deeply involved in the music and art of the city of Oslo. The schedule for music on the Rooftop Session includes an Unplugged Festival during the summer months, and the Concierge will be glad to direct you to music played at city venues of all types. Bespoken tours of the city can be designed to match your interests; downtown Oslo is, of course, filled with gorgeous scenery, variety, and history. The sculpture garden of the Vigelands Park has drawn a tremendous amount of attention online recently, and just across the bay from the hotel, the Akershus Festning district is filled with the monuments and museums of the old city and the Norwegian nation. You might enjoy a play at the Nationaltheatret, the National Theatre, or a short trip to suburban Bygdøy Island, where Viking dragon ships are preserved at the Vikingskipshuset. On your return to the Thief, you can refresh yourself with a luxurious dining experience at the Fru K Restaurant, where Head Chef Johan Laursen blends Nordic seasonality with modern twists. All in all, there is no better way to experience Oslo than to put your trust in the Thief.