The Thief, Oslo – Norway

Among locals, the Thief, perhaps an odd name for a luxurious hotel, is wordplay in triplicate. First, it pays homage to its neighborhood, Tjuvholmen — Thief’s Islet in Norwegian. Second, it alludes to recent art thefts, including the high-profile pilfering and recovery of “The Scream” by Edvard Munch. But most of all, the name of this nine-story, 118-room hotel underscores its mission to “steal you away from everyday life.” The Thief, the crown jewel of the Nordic Choice Hotels chain, may be the most opulent hotel in Norway, and arguably all of Scandinavia. Modern art is the theme, with works displayed in the lobby, elevators and guest rooms. The Thief reflects the sensibilities of the company’s self-made, art-collecting billionaire owner,Petter A. Stordalen, a Norwegian. Over the top but never overbearing, this hotel is the go-to place for rock star treatment.

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