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Britannia Hotel

Dronningens gate 5, 7011 Trondheim, Norway
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Britannia Hotel

Why we love it: A Norway classic since 1870 that recently underwent a head-to-toe renovation.

The Highlights:
- Scandinavian spa with heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, multiple saunas, an ice bath, and six treatment rooms
- Six restaurants including one from Bocuse d’Or Silver medal winner, Christopher Davidse
- Live music with an artist-in-residence program

The Review:
Thought to be the world’s most northerly palace hotel, this historic gem in the city of Trondheim just 60 miles south of Arctic Circle was originally opened in 1870 for aristocratic Britons in search of the world's best salmon fishing. After 150 years of operation, Norwegian billionaire Odd Reitan closed the property for four years and a $160 million renovation, reopeining it in Spring 2019. Now a member of the esteemed Leading Hotels of the World, Britannia boasts stylish rooms with details like crystal chandeliers, crown molding, silk brocade pillows atop Hästens mattresses, and spacious marble bathrooms—some with shiny gold stand-alone bathtubs.

Dining is a highlight, with six restaurants including Speilsalen, a fine dining gastromonic paradise led by 2017 Bocuse d’Or silver medal winner Christopher Davidse. Historic Palmehaven is the hotel’s dining hall that dates back to 1918. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and a classic afternoon tea, and occasionally hosts live music. Jonathan is a fun, interactive tabletop grilling experience and Brasserie presents classic French food in a casual setting. For drinks, head to the Britannia Bar for a cocktail featuring aquavit, send to be created in Trondheim, or book a tasting inside the underground wine cellar that’s home to 8,000 bottles. Once you can’t fathom eating anymore, make your way to the spacious spa and take advantage of the heated indoor lap pool, Jacuzzi, three Nordic saunas, steam room, infrared cabin, mineral pool, ice bath, and six treatment rooms. Massages, wraps, scrubs, and facials uses products by Elemis, Vitalis Dr Joseph, and Pino, an organic line from Germany.