Norway's cool capital got its first waterfront hotel when The Thief opened on Jan. 9 in Oslo's trendy urban renewal area of Tjuvholmen, in the city center. The area is actually an islet in the Oslo Fjord where criminals were once brought to justice. But today, Tjuvholmen is Oslo's hip center of new urbanism and home to excellent restaurants such as Tjuvholmen Sjomagasin, where you can tuck into freshly caught seafood straight from the fjords. The Thief is a foodie destination of its own, too--the hotel's Fru K restaurant focuses on local and organic ingredients such as salted fish and specially cured hams. And if you like your hotel digs sleek, stylish and with a flair all their own, you'll love the 119 rooms here decorated with custom artwork and all outfitted with balconies looking over the fjord and Tjuvholmen's canals. Other in-room perks include Nespresso machines, his and hers wool slippers, bathrobes designed by a local fashion maven and Playstations and Wiis on demand.
Image courtesy The Thief