The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Mak­ing an art of Nordic cool


CON­TIN­U­ING our se­ries on the world’s hottest ho­tels and the celebri­ties who fre­quent them, SARAH TURNER vis­its The Thief in Oslo.

STAR QUAL­ITY: Adele, Bill Gates, Jay Z, Ri­hanna, Justin Bieber, Se­lena Gomez and He­lena Chris­tensen.

VI­TAL STATIS­TICS: Opened in 2013, this tem­ple to moder­nity is owned by bil­lion­aire Pet­ter Stordalen and houses some of his art col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing an Andy Warhol can­vas in the restau­rant.

There’s more art in the bar, but in sum­mer months na­ture takes cen­tre stage. Head up to the rooftop bar for panoramic views of Oslo and the sur­round­ing moun­tains.

The 118 rooms are full of de­signer touches, in­clud­ing Geneva sound sys­tems, and TVs and air-con­di­tion­ing con­trolled by tablet. In the depths of the build­ing is a spa.

Ul­ti­mately, this ho­tel is seem­ingly made for mu­si­cians on tour. Su­per­group Ap­pa­ratjik, whose mem­bers in­clude Guy Ber­ry­man of Cold­play and Magne Fu­ruhol­men of Nor­we­gian pop band A-ha, pro­vided the mu­sic for the lobby and one of the suites.

Stay here, and if you’re feel­ing a bit lonely you can have an im­age of one of the band’s mem­bers pro­jected on the space next to you on the bed (al­though dur­ing Justin Bieber’s stay in Oc­to­ber 2015, he had ac­tress and pop star­let Se­lena Gomez for com­pany). An­glophiles can opt for the Brit Suite, de­signed by Ter­ence Con­ran. Most serene – and the big­gest – is the Oslo Suite, de­signed by artist Sir Peter Blake. It comes with its own roof ter­race and out­door shower.

LO­CA­TION RE­PORT: On a man­made is­land with its own jetty, mean­ing that Ri­hanna could be whisked away from here by speed­boat to visit the fjords.

The Thief is around the cor­ner from the Astrup Fearn­ley mu­seum, stuffed with even more con­tem­po­rary art – your ho­tel key acts as an en­try ticket.

KEY AT­TRAC­TION: Nordic cool en­cap­su­lated in ul­tra-mod­ern form, con­tain­ing all the key Scan­di­na­vian con­cepts of the 21st Cen­tury – de­sign, lo­cally sourced cui­sine and en­vi­ron­men­tal sen­si­tiv­ity in a cur­va­ceous build­ing that juts out on to the wa­ter.

IN THE NEWS: Singer Adele was The Thief’s most re­cent celebrity guest in May last year, and she kept things down to earth. ‘Nor­mally when I do a show I just stay in my ho­tel but I went fish­ing this morn­ing,’ she told the au­di­ence at her con­cert. ‘I went on a boat and we caught a salmon trout. Me and my lit­tle kid, we cooked it for din­ner. It was great.’

GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE REST OF US? Nor­way is a coun­try that caters best for those on mul­ti­al­bum deals. A meal at Fru K costs about £100 a head, mean­ing that the £280-a-night rooms in­clud­ing break­fast at The Thief (through mrandmrs­ are a bit of a bar­gain.

GET­TING THERE: Bri­tish Air­ways ( flies to Oslo from Heathrow from £84 re­turn. Nor­we­gian (nor­we­ flies from Gatwick, Manch­ester and Ed­in­burgh, with one-way fares start­ing at £35.30.

 ??  ?? GLITZY: The restau­rant at The Thief. Right: Se­lena Gomez
GLITZY: The restau­rant at The Thief. Right: Se­lena Gomez

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