Businessman and hotel operator Petter Stordalen is keen to invest, along with bank and insurance firm DNB Liv, NOK 1 billion (USD 124 million) to greatly expand the 63-year-old Hotel Royal Christiania, located just across from downtown Oslo’s central train station. Plans call for the hotel to get a new wing with 16 floors.
The hotel was originally built when Oslo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1952. It later fell into disrepair but was renovated in the early 1990s and became part of Stordalen’s Nordic Choice hotel chain.
Now newspaper Aftenposten reports the expansion plans will add 283 new rooms through the new wing and a project to raise the existing nine-story portions of the notel to 12 floors. All told the hotel would then have 815 rooms, more than the nearby Radisson Plaza that today ranks as Norway’s largest with 676 rooms.
City officials are giving the project a green light. “Our ambition is to create a first-class international conference hotel in the middle of Oslo,” Stordalen told Aftenposten. The hotel, he said, would also have what he called a “high environmental profile,” with alternative energy sources, lots of bicyle parking and the highest level of sustainability certification. The hotel is also located at a major public transport hub, with bus, tram, metro and train service literally out the front door.