Grand Hotel Oslo

The Nobel Peace Prize has been presented in Oslo on December 10 since 1901. Prize winners always stay at the Grand Hotel and the festive banquet in their honor is always held in Speilen.
Today it seems logical to open a hotel in this newly fashionable district, but that was not the case at the time. The pastry chef Julius Fritzner saw it differently. Many of Fritzner's contemporaries tried to discourage him from opening a hotel so far away from what was then the center of Kristiania. 1874: The Grand Hotel was founded in 1874 by pastry chef Julius Fritzner. When it first opened, the block on Karl Johans gate consisted of three buildings: the Bardoe, the Fuhr and the Heiberg buildings. The latter, a three-story building at the corner of Rosenkrantz gate, was equipped as a hotel. Nicolay Fritzner bought the building, but his brother Julius ran the hotel. The Grand Cafe opened first. Architect Jacob Nordan was in charge of refurbishing the locale, and Fritzner's good friend, Wilhelm Krogh, a specialist in theater and set decoration at Kristiania Theater, painted the interior. Originally, the cafe was above street level, with access from stairs on the outside of the building, but in the latter part of the 1870s, the floor was lowered and the entire locale redecorated. From that moment on, the Grand Cafe became the meeting place for all of Kristiania. The hotel continued to expand 1886, Dezember 15, Speilsalen (the Mirror Room) opened its doors. For the first time, people could dine to music played by the restaurant orchestra. Academics and foreign diplomats gathered here for lunch. T 1994: The most elegant reception room in Norway opened in 1894 in the presence of playwright Henrik Ibsen. The Rococo Room extended over two floors and was elaborately decorated with murals by Krogh on the walls and ceiling. It provided an elegant setting for countless balls, artistic exhibitions and shows, and Petra Sand's charity soirees. Last but not least, 'The Ball Society', under the patronage of Queen Maud and King Haakon, held their arrangements here. 1912: When Roald Amundsen returned to Oslo after his successful expedition to the South Pole in 1912, a banquet was held in his honor at the Grand Hotel. 1911 to 1913: the Grand Hotel was refurbished and given its present facade, with white granite from the Sognefjord area of western Norway, and the characteristic clock tower with its copper roof and beautiful view. At that time, the hotel had 120 rooms and 50 baths. The choice of the name Grand Hotel was appropriate, because the building was so large, and because Kristiania was in the process of becoming a big city. The city held its jubilee the same year as the Grand Hotel opened its doors, and its new center was Karl Johans gate. It is also possible that the Fritzner brothers were inspired by the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, which also was completed at around the same time. 1957: both Speilen and the Rococo Room were destroyed by fire. Residents of Oslo cried along with headwaiter Eugen Olsen at the sight of the Rococo Room ankle deep in water with its once grand chandeliers lying shattered on the floor. 1961: Both Speilen and the Rococo Room were restored. Professor Christen Heiberg's three-story building on the corner of Karl Johans gate 31 was one of a number of distinguished houses built around 1840 along the 'New Palace Road', as Karl Johan was called in those days.

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Grand Cafe, Etoile Restaurant, Limelight Bar, Etoile Bar The Grand Cafe received its first guests on August 14, 1874 and was the main restaurant at the hotel for many years. The cafe has been a favorite haunt of artists and intellectuals for generations. For many years, playwright Henrik Ibsen sat at his regular table at the Grand Cafe every day at noon. Other frequent guests included writers Hans Joger and artists Oda and Christian Krogh. The large mural at one end of the cafewas painted by their son Per in 1928 and was installed in 1932. It portrays the cafe and its guests as it was in 1879. Artists and Intellectuals at the Grand Cafe. As artists returned to Norway from big cities on the Continent, they brought with them fresh new ideas and bohemian lifestyles. Free and open, worldly wise, active and full of energy, they sought to revolutionize Norwegian artistic life. They wanted to depict Norwegian nature and Norwegian society in a way that would make people open their eyes and take notice. Edvard Munch was just one of many artists who made the Grand Cafe their gathering place. At the Grand Cafe, the 1890s really began in 1891, when the cafe was refurbished and expanded, and when Ibsen returned to Norway after many years in Italy and Germany. He quickly came into conflict with the established intellectual milieu at the Grand Cafe. Writers Georg Brandes and Knut Hamsun, as well as artist Kitty Kielland, especially provoked his wrath. But Ibsen was a respected regular guest at the Grand. His wife noted that he continued 'the custom he had adopted in southern Europe - a daily visit to his favorite cafe. In Rome, it was the Cafe Tritone, in Munich the Cafe Maximillian, and in Kristiania it was the Grand Cafe.'; He visited once in the morning and once in the afternoon. American, English, German and French tourists often came to catch a glimpse of the great playwright, and there are countless stories and anecdotes about Ibsen at the Grand Cafe.
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Grand Hotel Oslo
Country: Norway
City: Oslo
Opening date: 1874

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General Manager Svein-Petter Haslerud
Hotel Manager: Tomm Caspersen


Karl Johans gate 31
0159 Norway, Oslo

Tel: +47 23 21 20 00
Fax: +47 23 21 21 00

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