Hotel Guldsmeden, Oslo $$$$
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On a leafy street in Ruseløkka, a short walk from the bars and restaurants of Solli Plass and the Aker Brygge, this boutique hotel is a perfect mix of comfort and class. Opened in January 2011, the 53 rooms are bright and cheery and full of Balinese imports, including hollowed-out river-stone sinks in the bathrooms, colorful woven rugs, and gourd-shaped floor lamps. The Indonesian pieces are balanced with rugged Norwegian touches such as the goatskin pelts draped on the four-poster beds. The bathrooms are outfitted with organic towels made in India from 100-percent cotton, and the bath products, in large, refillable bottles, are made by Denmark's Fischer Pure Nature. A small Turkish-inspired hammam in the basement with a steam room, dry sauna, and a lounge area is perfect for warming up on a cold Nordic night. The hearty buffet breakfast is included in the room rate, and coffee and tea are available throughout the day in the cozy dining space just off the lobby decorated with seashell lamps and knotted wood furniture.—Terry Ward
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