Descendants of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg recently opened a luxurious new culture hotel in Bergen. Opus XVI is just one of several exciting hotel projects in Norway this spring.
Published: 13 April 2018
A hotel can be so much more than a place to rest. At its best, the hotel experience not only heightens the sensation of travelling – it becomes a central part of the memories of a trip.
These days, several unique hotels are opening or being constructed in Norway. Here are some of the most exciting ones.
In the old building Bergens Kreditbank – colloquially known by its humorous nickname “Banco Rotto” – a new hotel celebrating one the greatest Norwegian artists ever has emerged this spring.
Opus XVI is named after Edvard Griegs iconic piano concert in A minor, and the hotel is run by Britt Marie Grieg and her husband Alexander, the great-great-grandson of John Grieg, the legendary composer’s brother.
After an intense period of renovation, the hotel’s 65 rooms have been decorated in a classical, yet modern style. In addition to exclusive standards and facilities, the hotel comes equipped with a library and an exhibition providing insight into the life and art of Edvard Grieg.
“Opus XVI will be a lifestyle, where we as hosts will be heavily involved”, Britt Marie Grieg says to Hotellmagasinet.
North of Norway’s mainland, specifically in Longyearbyen on Svalbard, an old hotel pearl has been polished for today’s travellers.
Spitsbergen Hotel, which was originally opened in 1947, has been renamed Funken Lodge after many years as lodgings for single functionaries in the mining company Store Norske. The 2018 version is totally renewed, emphasizing elegance and comfort in surroundings steeped in history.
The library offers a rich selection of polar litterature, and in a redecorated alcohol store, exclusive wine tastings – including some rare champagnes – take place regularly. In addition, Funken Lodge is blessed with a view of the glaciers Larsbreen og Longyearbreen.
In Stavanger, the city’s university now has its very own hotel. Ydalir, the country’s first campus hotel, opened in March.
Even though Ydalir of course is open to everybody, it specifically focuses on the academic scene in the western town – both as a place where guests at the University of Stavanger can stay and meet, and as an arena for research and science. All surplus from the hotel is given to the educational institution.
The rooms themselves are light and airy, with windows stretching from the floor to the ceiling and a nice view of what the hotel describes as “the green backyard of Stavanger”.
Oslo have several promising hotel projects taking shape these days as well. The biggest and most central is Clarion Hotel The Hub, which is being redecorated for its grand opening in the spring of 2019.
The owner and chairman of the board at Nordic Choice Hotels, Petter Stordalen, enthusiastically looks forward to presenting the result to the public next year.
– A great hotel in the heart of the city – Oslo from top to bottom. This will be Norway’s largest hotel, situated in Oslo’s greatest location, he says to Hotellmagasinet.
The hotel, which has been a presence in the townscape since the 1952 Olympics, will have a whopping 810 rooms available, and focus on sustainability and regular pop-up exhibitions are among the announced features.
Also worth noting is Amerikalinjen, which also opens early next year and is owned by Nordic Choice Hotels.
The hotel is located in the former offices of the Norwegian America Line, who transported hopeful Norwegians hungry for the American dream 100 years ago.
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