We are hoping to go to Oslo in June. We are on a budget. We usually book ahead. What experiences have people had with going to the TI for a place to stay at a reasonable price? Also, my wife is allergic to cats. We were thinking about a B&B or private home. Do Norwegians commonly keep cats?
I think you will have better luck if you book in advance. Some hostels will offer double rooms and you might also check the Thon hotel chain.
its hard to know what "budget" or "reasonable price" is in terms of Norwegian Krones, the local currency.
using one of the online currency exchange sites, it appears that for the moment that 1 USD = approx 7 NK. Its actually 7.4 something something something, but 7 is good or if you want 7.42431 or more.
Also, if you're way off base, others will chime in to let you know.
I stayed at a "Pension" when i was there in 2013 but i fly solo and it was a "single" room without a bathroom. The room did have a sink and there were 3 bathrooms on the floor that was shared by 4 or 5 other rooms. I had no problem using or finding one to use when i needed it and that included in the AM. I found it reasonable but it wasnt in the core area, but only a 10~15 minute tram ride or a longish walk.
just so you know, cats are in Norway along with dogs.
if you're allergic to pets (cats) when making reservations, make sure to ASK! Some people will travel with pets too!
We stayed at the Citybox Oslo in September and were very pleased. Walking distance from the train station and very budget-friendly. The room was tiny but that didn't really bother us as we were there to see the city! We made reservations in advance on their website, which had the best rates.
Recently booked five nights in late September at the Thon Hotel Panorama - prebuy at $125/ night with breakfast , location looks very convenient .
FYI. Thon Hotel rooms or a "single" are literally one person rooms with a one person bed.
Edgar , Hello ! not sure if your post is in my direction but for clarity , the room I booked is a double . if not , my wife would have made sure I would be dressed in wooden coat when we left ;-- )