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Anker Hostel

Storgata 55, N-0182 Oslo
Tram 12, 13, 15 Bus 30, 31, 32
Tel
22 99 72 00
Reception open
winter 7am-11.30pm; summer 24 hours
Price
Bed in 5- or 6-bedded dorm NOK 210

Bed in 4-bedded dorm NOK 235

Single room NOK 545

Double room NOK 545
Prices are in Norwegian krone and are inclusive of all taxes.
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Anonymous
Good price for a basic bed in a very expensive city
15 April 2006
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My wife and I stayed at this hostel in March 2006. It is within walking distance to both the train and the bus station and is close to a small supermarket. There is a nice common room on the ground floor with TV, bar and foosball table. They serve breakfast, but they charge for it. They require all visitors to have their own sheets (including pillow cover) or else they will charge you to use their house ones. The rooms were very clean and they had kitchenettes and cooking equipment (you have to borrow the pots and pans from the reception). There are also lockers in the rooms which you can use if you bring your own padlock. Our room had its own bathroom, which was basic but a little smelly, but it was adequate with toilete paper and soap. The bunks were comfortable and the blankets were warm. Security is ok, you go past reception to get into the hostel and each room has a lock and you get a key at checkin. This hostel really had everything I would expect in a hostel. The reason I didn´t rank it higher was that it feels quite institutional, by that I mean that it didn´t ´feel´nice, and that is just a personal thing. However, I would stay here again if I went back to Oslo, but only because the price is good.

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Anonymous
okay, but not perfect
19 November 2005
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Good things: *Very nice reception area. *Friendly staff. The room was okay in terms of cleanliness and comfort. *Every room includes a kitchenette and bathroom. *Far and away the cheapest accomodation in Oslo. *Very close to a Narvesen convenience store (cheap food, very cheap postcards, and stamps for most everywhere in the world) and Ica supermarket. *Relatively centrally located. *The #12 tram (the main line in the city) stops right in front. Irritating things: *The bathroom did not have hand soap. *The six bed rooms are made up of two sets of bunkbeds (ew) and two individual beds. *Two of the three nights I was there, I was the only female sleeping in the mixed rooms (I was traveling with a male friend but had I been alone, I would have had major issues with that). *There were only four hangers in the closet and no lockers in the room I was in, but there was a paid-locker room adjacent to the reception area. *Sound carries from the bathroom into the sleeping area. *I would like to second the complaints about anyone being able to walk into the elevator, and the fact that the rooms do not have self-locking doors. Storgata is definitely not the nicest neighborhood in Oslo, but I didn't feel unsafe walking down the street.

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Bruce Baracooda
Anker Hostel = Oslo`s seedy underbelly
16 October 2005
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The hostel was clean, the staff were friendly and helpful but we found out 4am that half of oslo has a key to our room when a skaghead/whore/theif entered our room. Fortunately for us, we were sharing our room with a drug f##ked - psychopathic pomy who removed them from the residence. Stay here if you dont value your possesions, sleep or personal safety. F%&K Anker Hostel, F#&k it up its stupid ass. And it stinks of curry!

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Anonymous
Central and functional
7 October 2005
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As hostels go this place fits the bill. Unless you're picky this place is fine. Central location, very friendly and helpful staff, free baggage locker, modern decor, well cleaned rooms, friendly atmosphere. Only downside was the stairwell which smelled like curry... and needed a clean.

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Kate
Close to city
14 July 2005
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Stayed in a 6-bed mixed dorm room with bathroom and kitchen * Bathroom was a bit mouldy. Kitchen has no utensils! It's such a tease seeing the kitchen and then opening the drawers to find absolutely NOTHING in them! You need to go all the way down to reception to hire something (which has a time limit) so you don't bother, and go out and buy something; * Lockers in room, but they are too small to fit a backpack in and in a 6 bed dorm, there were only 4 lockers; * Security - anybody can walk into the reception area and go up the lifts to the rooms. You have a key to your room, however the doors are not self-locking when they close, so you need to trust that your dorm-mates lock the door before they leave, which is a bit dodgy if you ask me; * The staff are not very hospitable. They weren't very enthusiastic about the city and what to see and do. Maybe it is because they are busy? Or that permanent residents live there? * Storgata does not seem like a very nice street - lots of beggars and people just 'hanging around'. It didn't make me feel that safe, but hey, it's only a 5 min walk to central Oslo - what can you do?! Stayed in this hostel 6 years ago. Not much had changed except the new reception area, and the walk from Oslo S down Storgata to the hostel was decidedly "seamier".

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Simon
Not bad, but nothing spectacular
28 March 2005
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Anker Hostel is ideally located, within close proximity of the bus and train station, and a short walk to the city centre. The rooms are spacious, and it was a pleasant surprise to find a shower and toilet within the room. I think Anker hostel has untapped potential, as the social/reception area is disproportionately small in comparision to the size of the hostel, thus making it difficult to meet fellow travellers because of the claustrophobic atmosphere in this area ('I'm a traveller! Get me out of here!'). From what I remember check-in was a time consuming process, hence the queues out onto the pavement at busy times. I'd go back, but not as a solo traveller.

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travel_kamikaze80
Great facilities, good location
30 September 2004
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Anker hostel is not an average hostel building, it is an apartment block. The best things about it are that you get a bathroom in every room and kitchen. I thought the rooms were clean and the beds comfortable. Its a 5 min walk into the city centre and there are lots of supermarkets in the area. The only bad point to this place is that it is hard to socialise with others because the communal area isnt very inviting and checkin only happens at the end of the day, so there is a loooong wait.

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astraea
yuck
19 September 2004
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Am going to have to agree with the prison likeness. This place is really strange. It's like a huge, gross apartment complex complete with nasty cooking odors in the halls and creepy people roaming around. I did not feel at all safe there. The rooms were fairly big with private baths, but not very clean. There is a little kitchen area, which is a plus. Location is ok, but I didn't feel good walking back alone at night. The lobby is the nicest and cleanest area, so don't judge the rest of the place til you see a room.

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jasebri
All good except
4 September 2004
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The hostel is perfect. It is not like a prison, nor it is dirty. And it is very close to the city center. The only problem is that they lack of a good check in proccess, and the two times I have visited it, the queues went out the door and far away. I would go there again without doubt. Also remember that if you have Scanrail Pass you get a discount because it is a VIP Backpacker hostel.

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Anonymous
I don't think so
5 November 2003
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The hostel feels like a russian prison during the stalinism, with bars, dirt and old ugly furniture. The staff was barely helpful and the clientel that just seemed to hang around the hostel made you worry about robbery and drug-dealing.

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Paul Martin
BEST HOSTEL IN TOWN!
25 March 2003
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I am a real travelling fan.I was disspointed about higher prices in Norway.My first experience in Norway,without meet nobody was 2 nights in this place.I love it.Nice girls,friendly people,enjoy a great experience.Check about any store pupper jente:-)The best choice by far!

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niniweg@yahoo.com
A pleasant stay in Oslo
9 October 2002
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The Albertine Hostel is part of a complex with a hotel and a student housing. It does not look inviting from the outside. The price paid is very much worth it, the dorms are nice and quiet, the people friendly and good breakfast served (in the hotel). Next to the price stated, linen and towels can be rented,as far as I remember breakfast is NOK 50. The location is just right, about 10 mins walk and you are in the center of shopping streets, cafés and sights. Reservation recommended especially in Summer.

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Lars
A nice place to stay
18 August 2002
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What i really liked about this hostel is,that it is only 10 minutes away from the Karl Johans Gate. The rooms are very clean and comfortable,you even have a refridgerator to store things,that's great. If in Norway again,i'd come here again without any doubts.

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Anonymous
Nice place
14 February 2002
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Ok, from the outside it is a little scary, but the people are nice, the rooms are clean and you get your own bathroom (in the doubles at least) They have the best breakfast. The rooms are big and the Tram is right outside and I think they remodeled it last fall (2001)

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