Travel Diaries : Comfort Hotel Karl Johan

August 31, 2016



have been away from home for almost 2 weeks now, and while I thought I would have more free time to blog and keep you updated, I couldn’t have been more wrong on my original assessment. I flew to Stockholm for the Formex design fair, and I am currently in Oslo for press launches, meetings and the Oslo Design fair on the 1st. On the 2nd I am flying to Paris for Maison et Objet, I am so looking forward to it! As soon as I landed in Oslo I checked in Comfort Karl Johan hotel, one of the nicest hotels I have had the pleasure of staying as of late.

The hotel itself is very new, grand opening was only a couple of months ago, it is fully renovated and it is situated the middle of one of the busiest shopping streets in Oslo, Karl Johan Gate. Aesop store is right around the corner, while I also spotted Burberrys and Bottega Veneta a few steps away. 

I was so happy with my room , from the great big windows and the view, to the little surprises of the linen bed throw and the classic collection of Bruce Springsteen’s vinyl records that I played while drawing and enjoying a bath in the most spectacular bathroom I have seen in a hotel. Even though I hardly had to leave my room, the hotel itself does not disappoint. Downstairs the breakfast bar is held under a big skylight while the bar is in my opinion the best place to sit and relax. During summer or warmer days, there are two different outside yards with tables and chairs to sit and enjoy the sun, while the restaurant will also extend its service there. 
Overall I was sad when I had to check out, so I will be definitely coming back next time, hopefully at the same room. Ask for room 246 if you are looking to stay at the exact same room, the bathroom alone is worth it.

// Photos by Katerina Dima


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Travel Diaries : Revisiting Hotel Olena ( Clarion Collection ) in Bergen

January 14, 2016


//Accommodation was provided by Clarion Collection Oleana.

When I travel I love revisiting places I have been before just as much as discovering new. I am sure many of you experience this for example with restaurants, how many times do we go to a restaurant wanting to try something new but end up getting what we had the previous time because it was just that good? With Oleana Hotel I get the same feeling, it is just one of those times I want to order exactly what I had last time in double portion. Before scrolling down this post feel free to also check my last post about Clarion Collection Hotel Oleana in Bergen for more photos and for more thoughts about my stay there.

My favorite room at Oleana Hotel has a magnificent view of Bergen. Every detail is picked carefully, from the tiles of the bathroom to the comfortable armchairs, although my absolute favorite place to be is in the great bathtub with a glass of wine watching the sun set over the city. I highly recommend buying bath bombs if you stay at Oleana, Galleriet one of the biggest malls, is only 5 minutes away with a huge selection. 

While at Oleana make sure you take advantage of the many amenities and luxurious spaces where you can relax in between your outings. Here in the ground floor just beside the living room with the beautiful fireplace you can eat breakfast in the morning, have waffles for a snack during the afternoon and eat dinner at night. A complimentary light evening meal of soup, a healthy salad buffet, main course and dessert is prepared everyday. I love that the atmosphere is relaxed during this time, you can serve yourself and enjoy some quiet time while eating, then take your coffee at the lounge by the fireplace. Here I spend many afternoons with my Macbook while I make plans for later as I watch the sun set over beautiful Bergen.

Bergen is one of the most beautiful cities in Norway, and regardless of when you wish to visit, be it winter or summer, there is a plethora of things to do and see. If you are somewhere close around Scandinavia it is worth coming on a weekend for a two nights stay to enjoy everything the city has to offer. However you might want to bring your umbrella, nature loves Bergen so much it rains a lot to keep it as clean as possible 🙂

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Travel Diaries : Hotel Olena ( Clarion Collection ) in Bergen

December 10, 2015


//Accommodation was provided by Clarion Collection Oleana.

Flying back from Copenhagen I had planned to stay for a few days in beautiful Bergen, to visit family and friends but also for some meetings. I stayed at the Clarion Collection Hotel Oleana, a newly build hotel of only few months that combines luxury and coziness in a most remarkable way.

Hotel Oleana opened its doors this summer in a historic building in the very center of Bergen. Only minutes away from the central bus the train station and everything around, it makes for the perfect location if you visit Bergen for a weekend or more days than that. For a long or short stay, Hotel Oleana is making your accommodation as comfortable as possible. It was a home away from home for me, I would wake up and have breakfast, then shop, then return for some relaxation and waffles in the lounge of the hotel , then go out for a coffee or a movie with friends. At night there are sandwiches and salad bar, and also the chefs special which is a different meal every night along with a soup of the day, everything is included in the room rate. I find that people were more relaxed, as if eating at home, when afterwards they can sit and drink coffee and enjoy traditional desserts ( usually a selection of two every night). It is great to eat dinner like this then have your night free for drinks or party, I believe I ate there almost every single night.

You can take a longer walk if you wish to visit Bergen but everything you possibly need is a mere minutes away from your room. Coffee shops, restaurants, shops and malls, movie theaters, the very center of Bergen is at your feet. You can see the fish market at the distance when you walk out of the hotel and just around the corner you can take the Funicular that will take you up mount Fløien , one of the city’s most scenic views, you don’t want to miss this! The ride on its own is amazing.

I ended up spending much more time than I thought in Hotel Oleana, mostly because of its luxurious and yet laid back atmosphere. My favorite spot was right at the lobby’s living room by the great velvet statement sofa by the fireplace. I would work on my macbook with a cup of coffee or gløgg enjoying cookies while the rest of the world went by, and even invited friends over to relax for a while before our night out.

I will be posting more about the beautiful Oleana so stay tuned for more photos and sneak peeks of my time there!

Thank you for having me Hotel Oleana, I will be sure to come back next time I am in Bergen.


//Photos and words by Katerina Dima for Only Deco Love

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