Nordic Hotels & Resorts has introduced its newest luxury property, Sommerro, in the heart of Frogner in Oslo’s West End. The 231-room urban retreat is housed within the building that previously served as the headquarters of the city’s original electric company.
Overhauled by locally based LPO Arkitekter and design firm GRECODECO, Sommerro nods to Norway’s cultural heritage through a synthesis of original historic elements and Neoclassical details. The stylish creative hub is at the threshold of numerous cultural attractions and enlivened by artwork and character without becoming unapproachable. “We avoided pretension in our designs, and while the spaces work for a splashy night out, they are interchangeable in that they can be experienced during the day, in a more casual setting,” says GRECODECO principal Adam Greco. “The goal behind many of the hotel’s social spaces is to bring foreign visitors to Frogner locals, where they can share great tips on how to get the most out of Oslo.”
Sustainable materials reinvigorate the storied structure along with interiors lined with patterns and colors inspired by the paintings of Norwegian artist Gerhard Munthe. Art Deco-style and functionalist furnishings—like unornamented chandeliers and marquetry cabinets—infuse a stateliness across Sommerro as well.
Among Sommerro’s seven F&B options is Nordic-Japanese eatery TAK Oslo, the only rooftop restaurant in the city, and alcohol-free mixology concept Prohibitionists. All-day dining venue Ekspedisjonshallen serves guests in the building’s former public hall, which leads to a lively cocktail bar on an original sunken floor of the site. The adjacent To Søstre serves as the hotel’s afternoon destination, while Spanish tapas concept Barramon and chef’s table experience Plah round out the offerings.
Arriving in November, Vestkantbadet, one of Norway’s last remaining public baths, will be restored and reimagined across a 15,000-square-foot subterranean wellness retreat. With focal points like a mosaic wall, Vestkantbadet will comprise treatment rooms, an infrared sauna, fitness center, cold plunge pool, and an original revitalized Roman bath. A rooftop pool crowns the property, too.
Six guestroom categories span the accommodations, from snug loft rooms to lavish junior and heritage suites. Opulent Art Deco details animate the interiors alongside lush textiles, oak parquet flooring, hand-knotted rugs, elaborate headboards with checkered inlays, and custom furnishings upholstered with 1930s Norwegian motifs.