Historic downtown apartment - with artistic touch - full of life and warmth. We offer you a comfortable room with your own privat bath /toilet for rent. The perfect combination of privacy and family connection - in the heart of Oslo. Welcome home!
Charming old building dated 1896 with historic atmosphere. Our home is warm and cozy, with a very personal touch. We have no TV, but lots of books and quite a selection of LPs - and we still read old-fashioned newspapers! You are welcome to join us in the kitchen - that's where we live! The living room is more like an artistic workshop - quite chaotic at times....
Please note: not suitable for guests arriving by car - public parking space is limited and very expensive.
Our apartment is on the 4th floor - be prepared to climb some stairs! But don't worry, we are happy to help you with your luggage. The room is located toward the quiet back yard, no traffic noise. But you will notice that other people live in the house. During weekdays we get up around 6.30 / 7 - which you definitely will notice.
Children are welcome in our home - but please note that our home is not particularily toddler-friendly, Top floor without elevator and typical gadgets concerning safety are missing (window / drawer locks etc) - we have no baby bed or high chair available.
You have your own bath room connected to your room. You are welcome to join us in our kitchen. We make good coffee - and have a wide selection of teas available. Our refrigerator is quite small - but we usually manage to make some extra space there.
Interaction with guests
We are passionate and long experienced hosts. We've previously had a B&B from 2000-2008 and hosted around 1500 guests. We have also been very engaged in the couchsurfing community. Claudia is an official Oslo guide and can give you plenty of ideas of what to do in Oslo. We are happy to share meals with guests - if it fits into each other's schedule.
Other things to note
We are not able to host for longer periods of time - as we have quite a few regular guests/friends visiting.
Late arrivals: If your plane lands after 22.30 - you will most likely not reach our apartment before midnight. We will then deposit the key to our house at the luggage lockers at Central station. (additional fee for this service is NOK 50 ,- / approx. EUR 5,5)
We have no need to establish detailed rules - we value open, straightforward communication!
We are not happy unless you are happy! So please let us know if there is anything we can do for you to have the best possible airbnb experience!
Please note that this is a non-smoking house but you may of course smoke downstairs in the back yard. Fire safety is important to us - please be careful and follow our safety rules.
Our workplace is located just a few minutes from our home so we try to be flexible with check in and check out times of our guests. Let us know what your plans are!
Take good care of the house key. Please don't loose it - a replacement would be very expensive (approximately EUR 200,-) - expenses that we would expect you to cover if you lost them.
If you would like to invite visitors to your room that you have not previously mentioned in your reservation, you must ask for our permission.
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We are a Norwegian-Swiss-American family enjoying life in Oslo. Both Jørn and Claudia work in tourism, Claudia is a licenced tour guide in Oslo. Long experience as BB hosts - years before airbnb existed - and within the couchsurfing community. Even after many, many years of hosting - we are still very excited and curious to meet new people. Relations with people - it is the essence of life!
Claudia has an artistic touch, loves to create things, most of all jewellery, Jørn is very interested in history and current affairs. He loves his wooden boat and sometimes invites guests on a cruise on the fjord.
We often spend the night outside - in the forest and/or by the fjord. There is nothing like sleeping under the open sky - to watch the treetops move and hear the birds early in the morning. ..
To make a living- well, we organize travels, mainly groups, corporate clients and senior groups. So we do a decent amount of traveling ourselves - just to be sure we know what we are selling! Our children have mostly left their nest.... Our oldest daughter just moved home after living abroad for the past 6 years, our son has just moved to a student flat here in Oslo but still comes home occasionally. You might meet either of them as hosts when their parents are traveling. Our son spent his second year of High School as an exchange student in Brazil and he speaks therefore Portuguese... Our youngest daughter is 17 and she has just moved to China as an exchange student. Struggling to learn Chinese now, but we know she will manage eventually!
So now we have suddenly several empty bedrooms in our apartment - and we are very happy to welcome guests.