The Britannia hotel in Trondheim, Norway, reopens Wednesday, April, 29, at 11 a.m. after 44 days of closure as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The Britannia was shuttered on March 16 because of the pandemic.
"This hotel has seen a lot in its 150-year history," says Mikael Forselius, the Britannia's managing director. "It has survived two World Wars, the influenza pandemic of 1918-19 and now COVID-19; we are thrilled to be reopening our doors as spring brightens up Norway's third-largest city."
There will be limitations and controls in place, the Britannia says; all guests should pre-book accommodations, restaurant reservations and spa treatments. In the near term, the hotel will only be open from Wednesday morning to Sunday afternoon. Restaurants and bars on property will have shortened open hours, while the spa will only be open to pre-booked treatments. See the hotel’s website for more details on specific hours of operation.
The hotel opened in 1870, a haven for British aristocrats coming to Trondheim for salmon fishing. The 257-room Britannia debuted a new look in April 2019 after a four-year, $160 million renovation. During our visit last April, we found that the renovation was decidedly glamorous, and the hotel was ready to accept a new generation of affluent travelers.
In February 2020, the hotel's Speilsalen restaurant (one of the hotel's six restaurants) and its chef, Christopher Davidsen, received a Michelin star for its multi-course tasting menu.
In other parts of Norway, as reported by our sister publication Travel Agent, Hotel Union Øye, located in the small, remote village of Øye by the Norangsfjord, opened last week.