In January, an agreement with Pandox and Eiendomsspar was signed for Scandic to take over eight hotels* in Scandinavia – our largest deal since the acquisition of Rica Hotels. Five of these hotels are located in Norway, with 1,136 rooms in total. Recently, Scandic also took over operations of Ambassadeur Hotel in Drammen with 287 rooms. Altogether, this has boosted our Norwegian hotel portfolio by 8 percent to 15 658 rooms, including all pipeline hotels.
Henrik Ibsen’s favourite place
Of the Norwegian hotel additions, one is definitely standing out – Grand Hotel in Oslo. Its pedigree is incomparable. Since the opening in 1874, it has been a landmark in the Norwegian capital. The hotel is strategically located on the main thoroughfare – the Karl Johans gate – right between the Norwegian Parliament building and the Royal Palace. You can’t find a more central site than that!
The famous author Henrik Ibsen used to eat here every day. Probably now and then pondering why he never got the Nobel Prize in Literature. By the irony of fate, today the hotel hosts the annual Nobel Peace Prize banquet and the prize winners stay in the Nobel suite at the hotel.
Considering the prime location, the outstanding reputation, the renowned clientele of guests and the fascinating history, it is no surprise that Grand Hotel will become Scandic’s sixth signature hotel. In the last 18 months, the hotel has undergone extensive renovation by Pandox and Eiendomsspar.
Svein Arild Steen-Mevold, head of Scandic Hotels in Norway says: “The underlying theme for the work has been ‘Past and Present’. And this is the story Scandic will adapt to and further elaborate to attract picky guests from all over the world. With its inherent unique character, Grand Hotel is by breed a signature hotel. We will do our outmost to preserve and further manifest the strong heritage”.
Close to 300 new rooms in Drammen
Equally famous as Grand Hotel is in Oslo, is Ambassadeur Hotel in Drammen. Dating from the late 1800s, this classic hotel is located just 50 metres from the railway station, which connects directly to the Oslo Airport.
Scandic has signed an agreement with Utstillingsplassen Eiendom to take over not only Ambassadeur Hotel, but also the adjacent Globus Hotel. Both hotels are undergoing a complete renovation to be integrated into one single hotel. Work is scheduled to be completed at the end of the year. In the meantime, the hotel is open for business (and has been since January 2017), operating at 75 percent capacity. When ready, Scandic Drammen will offer close to 300 rooms, 13 conference rooms as well as restaurant and bar facilities.
* Scandic Sluseholmen, Grand Hotel by Scandic, Scandic Hafjell, Scandic Sørlandet, Scandic Valdres, Scandic Lillehammer Hotel, Scandic Prince Philip, Scandic Kista