Part of a Nordic chain of Balinese-inspired hotels, the Carlton Oslo is perfectly situated in the middle of Oslo's action and run along eco-friendly lines. The public spaces are crammed with an East-meets-West blend of sustainable wooden furniture and artwork while bedrooms are romantic hideaways with muslin-covered four-posters adorned with reindeer pelts, stripped floors, and Indonesian touches such as wooden mirror frames. While most hotels now offer complimentary Internet access as a matter of course, the Guldsmeden chain goes one better and provides Macs in all the rooms. There's a gorgeous steam room and hammam, plus a cozy breakfast room with wicker chairs that serves up a totally organic breakfast; in 2015 a small restaurant will open on the premises too. They also have 5-bed family rooms. This place is a rare and reasonable godsend in expensive Oslo.