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Trondheim’s Britannia Hotel (image: Leading Hotels of the World)

Legendary hotel reopens after $150mn refit

Once a meeting place for local and international society, Trondheim’s Britannia Hotel has been dragged into a new era.

Trondheim’s Britannia Hotel has been relaunched with a grand reopening following a three-year, $150 million “top-to-toe renovation”.

The legendary 256-room, 11-suite hotel was first opened in 1870, aimed at aristocratic Britons in search of some of the finest salmon fishing. The property was considered the world’s most northerly luxury palace hotel for a century or more.

Norwegian billionaire Odd Reitan, co-owner and chief executive of the Reitan Group of retailers, closed the property for a comprehensive restoration, hauling it into the 21st century with the latest technology, enhanced amenities and Scandinavian contemporary design and art.

A member of the independence worldwide collection Leading Hotels of the World, it now features a new spa with heated indoor pool, six treatment rooms, multiple saunas, ice bath, relaxation room, Jacuzzi, gym and infrared cabin.

Fine dining
It also has six F&B concepts, one of which will be led by well-known chef and Bocuse d’Or silver winner Christopher Davidsen in Britannia’s Speilsalen restaurant, where four-time Norwegian sommelier champion Henrik Dahl Jahnsen also has an influence.

Speilsalen is a fixed-course, fine-dining restaurant, the other places to eat being the Palm Court, a glass-domed café that was originally the meeting place for Trondheim society, the Jonathan Grill casual dining location, the Britannia Bar, a chic cocktail bar and lounge, and Vinbaren, a wine bar serving direct from the hotel’s 8,000-bottle cellar.

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