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MS Innvik has a great location and is a fun place to stay in Oslo. It is located a short, five- to ten-minute walk from Central Station. At the front of the station, facing the street and large clock tower, you turn left, crossing two streets. At the third street you'll see a bridge walkway, it is impossible to cross the street otherwise (due to a large barrier in center of street). Cross this bridge walkway and you will end up in a parking lot. The boat can be seen from the top of the bridge and when you get in the parking lot. There is a large building in the front of the lot, the ship is behind it, and clearly labelled. Looking at a map it may seem confusing how to get there, but it's really quite easy.

After hours, the entrance to the ship is closed, but you ring a buzzer. There is a small ramp leading to the door. On the entry level, there is stairs leading to the staff areas which you will walk past. Next is a small theater which has shows nearly every night. There are seats outside and a place for coats, as well as restrooms. You go up the next set of stairs to reception.

The next level is the dining room and bar area, as well as reception. It's bright and airy and the staff is friendly. The hostel is run by the theater group that performs and books shows. Guests may attend many events for free, just ask. Shows are always over before 11 p.m., so noise isn't a problem late at night. There is an outside cafe area that looks really cute.

To get to the cabins you walk through the common room, which has books and tables and chairs, to the corridor. There are twelve cabins for up to four people each. Each cabin has a bathroom, bunk beds, a table and a chair, and a porthole which opens. Linens are included. The rooms are clean and comfortable, but small. There is adequate light and a power point. The bathrooms are clean and they provide towels. The floors do get wet when showering though, so you may step in water afterwards.

Breakfast, which included in the price was huge and filling. You you don't need a lunch after having breakfast There's juice, make-your-own-waffles, breads, cheese, meats, yogurt, fruit, and coffee. You can buy soda and candy bars as well.

This boat makes a great base for your stay in Oslo. It is close to Akerhaus Castle, many museums including the Filmmuseet and some art museums, and the train station. It is in a beautiful setting on the water, right where the new Opera House is being built. Perfect place to stay for a view of the new Opera House, especially if you'll be going to a show there.

This is a great place, as long as you don't need a lot of room and can handle the stairs (there's no elevator, so you must be able to climb stairs -- not viable for wheelchairs). The staff is helpful, friendly, artsy types, and there's always something going on there.

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February 2006

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Perfect, very unsusual, nice place to sleep and stay We were there end of August. Sleeping on an old ship in the harbour -- that's nice. It's just opposite to the opera. Rooms are comfortable with electric socket. Go there, they're friendly, it's worth it.  , German ()
4   Heaps of fun we stayed here in september and had a blast! breakfast was great and the shows that we going on during the evening when we'd return home at night were a great treat. recommended!  , aussie ()
4  We stayed here for three nights in late August 2005. It was an easy walk from the train station, but the druggies on the path were disconcerting. I liked sleeping on a boat on the waterfront, and enjoyed the substantial breakfasts. The staff were friendly and helpful. I would stay there again, but would not bring children there, as the sights along the waterfront were a bit alarming. One night a guy came aboard who was not staying there. The staff member treated him in a friendly fashion, but managed to get him to leave.  ()
4  I visited Oslo in September, what a lovely place! During my week's visit, I stayed aboard MS Innvik with my family. A very pleasant atmosphere, the ship clean, rooms very comfortable, the breakfast, wow! the staff very helpful and entertainment nightly. Being centrally located, it was ideal for us. The surroundings posed no threat. My recommendation, we'll be back next year. Well done Innvik.  ()
3  We stayed here for five nights in July 2006. The boat was a good place to stay -- tasty breakfast and clean accommodation and the staff were friendly and helpful. It was also a very central location. However to get to the boat, most afternoons and evenings we had to walk past several drug users cooking up and injecting drugs just outside the building directly opposite MS Innvik. They were not threatening in any way but it was not pleasant to see. In the morning we would walk by their used, bloodied needles left lying around -- I definitely wouldn't want to bring children here to stay. It's a shame as it ruined our stay a little.  ()

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