The Thief is a design hotel located on Tjuvholmen (Thief Island), formerly site of the executions of criminals, now urban renewal area. The hotel features original artwork, selected by curator Sune Nordgren which includes video art by Julian Opie in the elevator, and works by Sir Peter Blake and Richard Prince adorn the walls of the communal spaces. Furniture chosen reflects up-to-the-moment design without sacrificing comfort by the likes of Tom Dixon and Boca do Lobo.
The spacious rooms and suites play with shades of cozy gray, warm gold, and earthy beige. Each features high quality furniture from trend-makers B&B Italia and Brand von Egmond, plus bespoke woolen blankets, slippers for him and her, and bathrobes by upcoming Norwegian designers. Room facilities include air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, built-in sound system and Nespresso machines. Most rooms have balconies with water views and there is 24-hour room service.
In addition to a free buffet breakfast, amenities include the sophisticated Fru K restaurant serving Norwegian-inspired cuisine, the Thief Food Bar, chic rooftop terrace and a lounge.
The Thief Spa includes a steam bath, sauna and swimming pool and the hotel also offers in-room spa treatments, a resident personal trainer as well as a hairdresser and make-up stylist. 24-hour gym.
• 118 rooms
• Architecture: Mellbye Arkitekter
• Interiors: Anemone Wille-Våge
• Unique: free entrance to the Renzo Piano designed Astrup Fearnley Museum next door.