Norway’s 246-room, 11-suite Britannia has officially reopened following a four-year, $160 million renovation.
First opened in 1870 for aristocratic Britons in search of the world’s best salmon fishing, the hotel was in operation for 150 years before Norwegian billionaire Odd Reitan closed the property for a full restoration. The goal was to bring the hotel into the 21st century with the latest technology, enhanced amenities, and modern Norwegian and Scandinavian design and art.
The new Britannia Spa features a heated indoor pool, six treatment rooms, multiple saunas, an ice bath, relaxation room, Jacuzzi, gym and infrared cabin. Christopher Davidsen leads at the property’s six restaurants and bars, including: The Palm Court, the glass-domed cafe that was originally the “meeting place” of Trondheim society; Speilsalen, the fixed-course, fine-dining restaurant; Jonathan Grill, the casual dining; the Britannia Bar, a chic cocktail bar and lounge; and Vinbaren, a wine bar serving directly from the hotel’s 8,000-bottle cellar.
Photo: Courtesy of Britannia