This historic spa hotel is a haven in the heart of Trondheim, just a few minutes' walk from the Nidelva and Trondheimsfjord, the two main waterways that hem in the city. 257 newly-renovated rooms offer a 5-star luxury experience, decked out with sumptuous furnishings and gilded decor. With atmospheric dining opportunities and a luxurious spa, this is one of Norway's premier properties, and a part of the Leading Hotels of the World.
Several gourmet eateries offer a choice of dining experiences during your stay. Speilsalen – the Mirror Hall – is reminiscent of a palace ballroom, serving an elegant menu of Norwegian and international delicacies curated by hosted by World Champion Chef Christopher Davidsen. At the Palmehaven – fittingly decorated with lush fringed palms – breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea are served in suitable style, while Jonathan Grill takes its inspiration from traditional Japanese table grills. For something a little more urban – but ever so refined – dine at Brasserie Britannia on comfort classics, with a selection of beers on tap. Oenophiles won't want to miss the Vinbaren either; this unassuming cellar is lined with 8,000 of the world's best wines.
Accommodation choices range from the Small Superior Rooms, boasting queen-sized beds and classic furnishings, to the hotel's Signature Suites, complete with marble bathrooms. Comfort is a priority – expect plush Hästens beds with silky duvets and pillows from Høie, complimentary robes and slippers and a turn-down service as standard. In the biggest of the suites, entertain friends on your balcony or soak in a golden bathtub. There's even a private glam room, with Hollywood makeup mirror. And, all rooms come with included access to the Britannia Spa and Fitness centre.
The Britannia Hotel is well-known as the luxury spa in Trondheim, so book an appointment from an extensive list of treatments, and make the most of the heated lap pool, ice bath, mineral pool, sauna and steam room while you're here. In Trondheim itself, start with the a wander along the glassy waters of the Nidelva river. A visit to the imposingly Gothic Nidaros Cathedral is also worthwhile, noting the intricate stonework of the facade that has survived almost a thousand years. And of course, the surrounding mountains and fjords beckon for a wide range of all-season outdoor pursuits.