It's hard to believe that one of Norway's largest hotel chains was started only four decades ago. Granted, their first property – the Hotel Bristol in Oslo – is as stately as hotels come, adorned with leather club chairs, lush greenery and classic furnishings. Factor in the company's history of having introduced the bed & breakfast to Norway, and their success becomes perfectly understandable. Forty years later, Thon Hotels operates 64 locations in Scandinavia and a handful beyond, separated into budget, city or conference categories to cater to each demographic.
All guests at Thon's Scandinavian hotels enjoy complimentary WiFi, while plenty of exclusive privileges can be accessed by becoming a Thon Member. Members earn bonus points with every spending opportunity, which can be redeemed for stays, gifts and more. The more nights members stay, the higher their membership level – Gold membership starts with only five nights' stays, with which one is eligible for a 10% discount from room rates.