06th February 2020

Trip: Britannia in Trondheim following multi million pound three year renovation

A trip to run by you – the Britannia in Trondheim. It considered one of the most prestigious hotels in Norway and has reopened after a three years, multi million pound renovation. Luxury bedmaker Hästens is hosting the trip from 2nd to 4th June – might you be available?

Having been converted in 1897 from a farmhouse it has housed the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, Jay-Z and Beyoncé and, before its closure, was considered the most northerly ‘palace hotel’ – just 60 miles from the Arctic Circle.

Norway’s wealthiest man, Odd Reitan, owns it – when he was 14 he saw the building and dreamed of making it his. Once he did he closed it in July 2016 and reopened it in April 2019 after an approx. £140m renovation.He envisaged it as more than a luxury hotel – instead it is an opulent ‘living room for Trondheim’.

The 246 rooms and 11 suites feature top-notch technology. All rooms come with Carrara marble bathrooms, with the addition of gold plated baths in the suites,and famous perfumer Francis Kurkdjia, who is responsible for creating scents for the likes of Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and Armani, provides the bath products.

Handmade beds by renowned Swedish company Hästens – a sixth generation family owned company that makes what are widely considered the best beds in the world – feature throughout. Swathed in Italian marble, the lobby has an English chess pattern floor and artwork by Anne Kyyrö Quinn behind the reception.

The six restaurant and bar choices are overseen by Bocuse d'Or Silver medal winner Christopher Davidsen. Highlights include fine dining Speilsalen and the glass-dome Palm Court, the social heart of the hotel. The Vinbaren wine bar features an 10,000-bottle cellar on full display, which guests can wander among the glass-walled rooms to view. Head bartender Oyvind Lindgjerdet spent months researching Norway’s history with the help of three historians.

The team worked with champagne house Ayala to create a bespoke cuvée and with local brewer E.C. Dahl, which has been providing the Britannia with beer since its opening in 1870, to create its own ale.

Some snaps below – what do you think?

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