A member of the Leading Hotels of the World group, the Britannia Hotel reopened in April 2019 following a three-year €140 million (£122 million) programme of renovation. The totally re-imagined hotel and spa are now a celebration of cutting-edge Norwegian and Scandinavian art and design. While something of the hotel’s golden age has been recaptured, there is nevertheless a very contemporary look and feel to its 255 guest rooms, including 11 suites; six restaurants and bars, including its original Palm Court; plus a spa, a gym and an indoor swimming pool.
The hotel’s renaissance was the brainchild of Norwegian financier Odd Reitan, who was born in Trondheim in 1951 and is reported to be one of the richest men in Norway, featuring prominently in the Forbes and Bloomberg lists of global billionaires. Reitan founded the Norwegian grocery chain REMA 1000 in 1979 and today is co-owner and CEO of Reitangruppen, with business interests in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania and Latvia.
After visiting the Britannia as a teenager, Reitan, dreamed of one day owning it. “Every time I have discussed hotels and my experiences in them, my thoughts have always drifted towards Britannia,” he explains. “Everything starts with a vision – daring to dream big and committing to it. I’ve waited to welcome guests to the Britannia Hotel as an owner since I was 14, so it feels great to be able to do this and fulfil my dream.”