A fabulous makeover for a Norwegian grande dame

Once a magnet for high society, the Britannia hotel in Trondheim is restored to its glamorous glories

One of the six restaurants in Trondheim’s fabulously restored Britannia hotel
One of the six restaurants in Trondheim’s fabulously restored Britannia hotel

A faded old hotel has emerged from a gobsmacking $150m renovation looking rather fabulous, in a rather unexpected place for such fabulousness: modest Trondheim, on the coast of Norway – population about 200,000. For close to 150 years, the Britannia (britannia.no; from £240) was the crossroads of Arctic exploration and Norwegian high society, hosting well-off Britons in search of prime salmon fishing and the odd royal, including the Thai king. Its new owner, billionaire grocery-store magnate Odd Reitan, dreamed as a child of its return to glory; the 257 rooms (including a grand suite fitted into the dome of the building), indoor pool and six restaurants promise to deliver on the dream. It’s the ideal place from which to launch a fishing or Northern Lights-viewing adventure.

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