Sunday, August 01, 2010

Choice group creates historic hotel in Oslo's old central station

Oslo old central station will reopen as hotel with 160 rooms in 2012. Original window frames and glass will be restored, as well as period furniture and painted commercial posters from the 1880’s.

The present building dates back to 1854 and is the country’s oldest train station. The exterior is listed and part of the interior will be restored when converted into a modern hotel.

The “Kronerom” (railway’s old board room) with 5 metres (15 feet) up to the ceiling, will be converted into a suite with its original interior. Walls in this room are covered by rare leather wallpaper partly damaged by fungus. This wallpaper will be fully restored by foreign experts.

Another suite will be located in the former station manager’s office.

The current building has been extended two times since the first part was finished in time for the opening of Norway’s first train line in 1854 from Oslo to Eidsvoll.

The large railway hall, now holding shops, supermarkets, café and restaurants was built 1878-1882, and increased traffic lead to further extensions in 1907 and 1920. Additions were also made in 1940 during the German occupation of Norway. This scar from World War II will be demolished.

The Choice hotel group will lease and run the hotel in the former central station, and first guests will be welcomed early in 2012.

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