Nordic Hotels will open Sommerro in Oslo this year • Hotel Designs
Nordic Hotels & Resorts has announced that it is bringing one of Oslo’s most iconic buildings back to life. Sommerro – a new luxury hotel which will open its doors in September 2022.
With panoramic views of Norway’s capital, Sommerro is housed in the former headquarters of Oslo Lysverker, the city’s first electricity company, and will be a modern tribute to Norway’s cultural heritage, with a strong focus on eco experiences. -conscious. A community in its own right, the 231-key art deco hotel, complemented by 56 branded residences, will house four restaurants and three bars, meeting and event spaces for up to 150 people, a gilded 100-seat theater , a gym and wellness area, plus the city’s first year-round rooftop swimming pool, sauna and terrace.
“Sommerro will be an open house for all where visitors and locals can work, sleep, eat, play and recharge.” – Jarle Moen, General Manager of Sommerro.
“Our vision is to redefine Oslo’s hotel landscape by creating a new type of hotel built on Frogner’s classic and creative neighborhood spirit,” said Jarle Moen, Managing Director of Sommerro. “Created by the local community, Sommerro will be an open house for all where visitors and locals can work, sleep, eat, play and rejuvenate. Together, we’re creating an inspiring space where kindred spirits and culture makers can gather in cozy nooks or drop by for a range of experiences from intimate get-togethers and business meetings to late-night film screenings and wine tastings in our library.
Drawing heavily on the building’s beautiful architectural details, Sommerro will pay homage to a fusion of neoclassical contemporary aesthetics with original elements that have been meticulously restored and expanded by a local firm. LPO Architects in collaboration with a studio based in New York and London GrecoDeco. Notable art deco details include oak parquet floors, bespoke furniture covered in 1930s Norwegian patterns, and sleek bathrooms with custom tiles. Original artwork by renowned Norwegian artist Per Krohg is featured throughout the hotel, with unique pieces including a giant mural and ceiling mural that nods to the building’s heritage, highlighting evidence life after the wonders of electricity.
The crown jewel of Sommerro’s social spaces is its year-round rooftop terrace, home to the contemporary restaurant Tak Oslo. The hotel will also offer Lysverker Scenean alluring 100-seat golden theater that will host intimate events open to the public. Vestkantbadet, one of the few remaining public baths in all of Norway, has been brought back to its former glory and expanded into a 740 square meter underground wellness paradise – the largest of any city hotel in the Nordic countries. Open to hotel guests and the public, the wellness area will include a series of treatment rooms, restored Roman baths, a gym with an infrared sauna and cold pool offering a traditional Nordic thermotherapy experience, all with soothing, eco-friendly spa products. .
Set to become one of Oslo’s most coveted culinary destinations, the hotel will feature four restaurants, including outposts of local favorites Barramon, a Spanish tapas and wine bar, and Plah, one of the city’s most popular offering fine dining by the best Norwegian restaurants. Thai chef’ Terje Ommundsen. Ekspedisjonshallen, an all-day dining venue located in the former hall where the public once paid their electricity bills, will come to life with regular DJ performances accompanied by a brasserie-style kitchen, and the central sunken floor of the hotel will be transformed into a lively bar dominated by the vast mural by Per Krohg.
Next door to Ekspedisjonshallen will be To Søstre, an elegant home for mimosa afternoon teas served on decadent cake carts and accompanied by regular classical concerts. The sky’s the limit on the hotel’s seventh floor at Tak Oslo, a Nordic-Japanese restaurant by award-winning Swedish chef Frida Ronge, where guests can experience hyper-local seasonal dishes made with sustainable Norwegian produce and seafood .
The hotel will invite groups of 12 to 150 people to congregate in its vibrant array of meeting and event spaces, which include Sommerrostuene, a relaxed and playful collection of four rooms; Salongen, a casual change room; Storstua, a chill-out area serving packed lunches; Biblioteket, a cozy library filled with books with whimsical Nordic touches; and Kinoen, an intimate screening room. On the Heritage Floor, eight historic rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology and again adorned with original ceiling murals by Per Krohg, will also be available for hire.
As Nordic Hotels & Resorts’ newest independent venture, Sommerro will maintain and enhance the group’s commitment to eco-sustainability through a variety of meaningful on-property practices and amenities, from the food served in each restaurant to the materials used to design and build the rooms and the property as a whole. A year-round destination with stunning views of Norway’s capital, visitors to Sommerro can explore the local neighborhood of Frogner while enjoying guest experiences hosted in this historic building full of inspiring design and great stories.
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