Fodor's Expert Review Britannia Hotel

Dronningensgt. 5, Trondheim, Trøndelag, 7011, Norway Fodor's Choice

This was Trondheim's first grand hotel when it opened in 1897, and more than a century later the Britannia remains one of the most luxurious places to stay in the whole country. Rumor has it, its owner once stood in front of the building as a young working-class boy, and said he would one day run the show. The result is next level: curated art exhibitions (look out for queer photography and abstract paintings challenging the potential stiffness of this residence) lead to well-appointed rooms with marble bathrooms, Håstens beds, Chromecast TVs, Bluetooth stereo system, full mini bar and room service, remote-controlled lights, heating, and blinds. The Tower Suite, with its blend of across-time chandeliers, sofas and roll-top tub, is the highest tier stay.

Foliage, candles, and a fireplace welcome you to the lower-level leisure area. A superbly equipped gym and opulent spa help bolster this grand dame: there's a low-lit pool, saunas and plunge, steam rooms and gorgeously fitted changing rooms with dressers, powder rooms, hair appliances and complimentary products and well as all-Elemis cosmetics.

The hardest part might be deciding which of its restaurants to eat in. The elegant Palmehaven is popular for special occasions (even breakfast being one, with gentle table lamps, an OTT buffet and the best butter and eggs in Scandinavia from nearby Røros). Theatrical, Michelin-starred Spielsalen is a must-try for foodies, and the Jonathan Grill is more laid-back and fun: try the sake and cherry blossom martini and grilling your own steak and scallops at the table, Japanese-Korean style.

There's also a brasserie, afternoon tea, and in-room breakfast (served on a silver platter no less) available at this Trondheim institution.


  • endless amenities and top service
  • fine-dining restaurants
  • extensive fitness and spa area


  • no water views
  • decor is a little fussy for some
  • expensive rates




Phones: 73–80–08–00


233 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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