NEW YORK - After a four-year, US$160 million renovation, Norway's iconic Britannia has its grand reopening. A member of Leading Hotels of the World, the 246-room, 11-suite property is set in the city of Trondheim, located on the fjords of central Norway and just sixty miles south of the Arctic Circle.
Originally opened in 1870 for aristocratic Britons in search of the world's best salmon fishing, the property was long considered the world's most northerly palace hotel. After 150 years of operation, Norwegian billionaire Odd Reitan closed the property for a head-to-toe restoration, ushering the hotel into the 21st century with the latest technology, enhanced amenities and cutting-edge 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, infrared cabin and more.
Under the helm of Bocuse d'Or Silver medal winner, Christopher Davidsen, all six restaurants and bars began serving guests today, 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.