A truly budget option in pricy Oslo, Lovisenberg offers a range of rooms from miniscule with shared bathroom to vast rooms with posh ensuites and has the same feel as a French auberge, with traditional and shabby-chic furniture in all the rooms. Housed in an ocher-hued palazzo built in 1887 and run as a daikon (Christian organization), the guesthouse has a dramatic history; over the years it has been requisitioned as a hospital and acted as a hiding place for Norwegian Jews in World War II. Today there is a tranquil little garden retreat behind the complex, but very few amenities—for example, no TVs in rooms, just a small TV lounge downstairs. A very simple buffet breakfast is not included in the room price and there are basic cooking facilities and shared fridges available too.