In the latter half of the 1800s the Norwegian surgeon Dr. Christian Holm Ingebrigt had his medical practice in Oslo, and was early aware of the need for recreation. The clean and clear air combined with the beautiful surroundings, meant that Holmenkollen was a suitable place.
Based on the drawings of architect Baltazar Lange, Dr. Holm built a sanatorium for his tuberculosis patients in 1894. The building is now the old part of the hotel, containing the restaurant De Fem Stuer and conference and banqueting rooms.
When Holmenkollen Tourist Hotel burned down in 1914, the hotel business moved to the sanatorium and served as a hotel until World War II. After the war an extensive renovation was launched and the hotel was reopened in 1948 as the Holmenkollen Tourist Hotel.
Between 1970 and 1986 the hotel was run by the Høegh family. In 1986, the Rica Hotel and Restaurant chain took over and ran the hotel, while the Høegh family remained as owners. In 2005, real property was acquired by Eiendomsspar (50%) and Rica Hotels (50%). Rica Hotels is currently the largest hotel chain in Norway.
World Cup skiing in Oslo in 1982 brought a need for greater accommodation capacity. In January of that year, the Holmenkollen Park Hotel opened with 192 rooms in four wings after a rebuilding period of two years.
Our new convention center, designed by the architect Gabriel Finne, opened in 1991. Twelve years ago we opened our deluxe wing, with the long anticipated suites, deluxe rooms and gallery. This doubled the capacity. After that we got a Fitness & SPA department, new parking garages and a multi-purpose hall. HPHR is a niche hotel, particularly and to a large extent chosen as "The Good Host" for launches, various anniversaries, as well as prestigious events in public and private sectors.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Ministry, we launched local food on the menu in the autumn of 2007. Rica has chosen 8 hotels as pilots in the project and HPHR is one of these. In May 2008 the hotel was certified with Svanemerket (a nordic ecolabel) as the first hotel under the new, stringent requirements.
We started the development of a new hotel wing with 115 new rooms in november 2009. This wing will be completed before the World Cup 2011.