Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica - HistoryDo you want to learn more about Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica and its history which is over 100 years old? What started as a sanatorium has grown to be a modern conference hotel situated in splendid surroundings overlooking the capital.
Welcome to Holmenkollen and a hotel that combines modern comfort and meeting facilities with unique opportunities for recreation and nature experiences - only 15 minutes from the city centre. The hotel in Holmenkollen was originally built as a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients.
Since then we have kept the most important things in Holmenkollen: lots of fresh air, inspirational environment with a fantastic view over the capital and a friendly staff who is there to serve you. The sanatorium, that later would be a hotel, was ready for use in the spring of 1894. It was drawn by the architect Baltazar Lange in the then popular "Dragon style", commissioned by the Norwegian surgeon JC Holm. When the original Holmenkollen Tourist Hotel burned down in 1914, the operation was moved to Dr. Holms gem of a resort 350 meters above Oslo, which thus became Holmenkollen Tourist Hotel and Sanatorium.
The hotel in Holmenkollen has undergone extensive modernization and development several times. First, in 1948, having been in German possession during the war. Then in 1982, where four new wings with hotel rooms was completed just in time to the skiing World Cup in Holmenkollen. And finally, in 1991, when the new and modern conference center designed by the architect Gabriel Finne was completed. Today the hotel in Holmenkollen contains 336 rooms, including the new de-luxe-wing.
Even though the hotel has undergone a lot of changes, one thing never change; the location in Holmenkollen. The hotel is secluded from the hustle and hurry of the big city, towering majestically as a natural gateway to the forest and its many ski and bike trails, including attractions such as the Holmenkollen ski jump, the ski museum and Holmenkollen Chapel.
This combination of the majestic and the natural Norwegian probably explaines why Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica for years has been visited by both international corporations, heads of state and royals who seeks a unique frame around their events.