From sanatorium to luxury hotel!
Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica was built originally as a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients. Completed in 1894, it was designed by the architect Baltazar Lange
in the then hugely popular ‘dragon style’ at the behest of Doctor I.C. Holm, a Norwegian surgeon.
When the Holmenkollen Turisthotell burned down in 1914 its operations were transferred to Dr Holm’s beautiful place of rest and recreation, which was renamed Holmenkollen Turisthotell og Sanatorium. Today it is a modern conference hotel, located in stunning surroundings 350 metres above Oslo city centre, with fabulous views of the Norwegian capital and the fjord beyond.
The hotel has been modernised and extended several times. First in 1948 following its occupation by the Germans during the second world war. Then in 1982, when four new accommodation wings were completed just in time for the Nordic World Ski Championships at Holmenkollen. In 1991 a new, modern conference centre, designed by Gabriel Finne, was added. Today the hotel has 336 rooms, including the new wing that was completed in time for the Nordic World Ski Champion-ships in 2011. This latest addition comprisestwo floors of suites and junior suites, all decorated with pictures of the greatest heroes of Holmenkollen’s various skiing arenas and offering the hotel’s most spectacular
views. From here you see not only the entire hotel, but half the kingdom, too, as they say in the fairy tales!
For some things are as they always have been:
The hotel’s location at Holmenkollen, sheltered from the city’s hustle and bustle, rising majestically as the natural gateway to the forest’s many skiing and cycle
trails, as well as attractions such as the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, the Ski Museum and Holmenkollen Chapel.
This combination of majestic architecture and exquisite natural beauty explains why the hotel has for many years been the preferred location when international businesses, heads of state and royalty have sought a unique setting for their events in Norway.