Hilton comes to Oslo

Posted on 06. Mar, 2010 by in History, Norway and the world, Politics

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The hotel giant Hilton is in the process of building a hotel in downtown Oslo tvers overfor (right across from) The Grand Hotel; it will be a Doubletree Hotel, just like the other 10 Hilton hotels in Europe.  With 500 hotels verden rundt (world wide/around the world), Oslo will be the first city in Skandinavia, much less Norway, to be home to the luksuriøs (luxurious) hotel. 

The hotel in Oslo will debut with 59 single, double, and deluxe rooms, but will have 103 such rooms by the end of the year.  The hotel will also have a full-service restaurant and bar, treningssenter (exercise center) møtelokaler (meeting places), and koferanserom (conference rooms).  The hotel will occupy etasjene (the floors) 3-6 in the space above Christiania Teater.

The view from the Hilton will overlook Spikersuppa, the temporary open-air ice rink located in between Stortinget (Parliament) and Nasjonalteateret (the National Theater).  The hotel will be in a perfect location for turister (tourists) and folks on business because of it’s central and convenient location near Oslo S (the main train station), Aker Brygge (the famous pier), shopping, museums, and many dining opportunities. 

You might be wondering why Oslo has been chosen for the first Hilton hotel in Europe; the answer is that the grandfather (Augustus Halverson Hilton AKA “Gus”) of the founder of the Hilton chain, (Conrad Hilton), came from a farm called Kløfta (translated to ”the cleft” på engelsk), a village located in Ullensaker, Akershus, just north of Oslo.  There are approximately 6,000 inhabitants.  The village is known for Norway’s main prison, Ullersmo Prison.  Kløfta is also known for some of the largest farming equipment companies in Norway.

”Gus” immigrated to the United States and married a German-American woman; they had 8 children together, one of whom was Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton Hotel company.  Conrad began his career in the hospitality industry in Cisco Texas by purchasing the Mobley Hotel in 1919, followed by the purchase of other hotels throughout Texas.  He eventually formed the Hilton Hotels Corporation in 1946 and the Hilton International Company in 1948.

I want to share a little story about a kind of dramatic PR situation involving the Hilton Hotel Corporation in Norway back in 2007.  A Cuban delegation was planning to meet in Oslo in January of 2007.  They tried to book reservations at the Scandic Edderkoppen Hotel (where they had met 5 times before), but were denied because Hilton had previously bought the hotel; according to a spokeswoman for Hilton and Scandic, under U.S. law, the hotel hadto turn down the Cuban delegation from staying there because of the U.S. – Cuba embargo.  In reaction to the stance taken by Hilton, the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (300,000 people) decided to boycott all Scandic hotels in Norway.  Additionally, the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions demanded that “the government take steps so that companies like Scandic, which clearly abide by the United States’ illegal boycott and blockade and not Norwegian law, are barred from doing business in Norway.”  Hilton’s decision to ban the Cuban delegation clearly caused an uproar.  For more information, the following site from Fox news provides more detail: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,241821,00.html

Here is a link to a website called Virtual Tourist that provides reviews for all of Oslo’s 119 hotels:

http://www.virtualtourist.com/hotels/Europe/Norway/Oslo_Region/Oslo-214570/Hotels_and_Accommodations-Oslo-TG-C-1.html

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About kari

I attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where I majored in Norwegian and History. During college, I spent almost a year living in Oslo, Norway, where I attended the University of Oslo and completed an internship at the United States Embassy. I have worked for Concordia Language Villages as a pre-K Norwegian teacher and have taught an adult Norwegian language class. Right now, I keep up by writing this Norwegian blog for Transparent Language. Please read and share your thoughts! I will be continuing this blog from my future residence in the Norwegian arctic!

3 Responses to “Hilton comes to Oslo”

  1. Oslo Hotels 11 June 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    A great project that will develop Oslo as a European travel destination even more and will embelish it’s infrastructure with a great edifice.

  2. 5 Star Pune Hotel 21 January 2011 at 8:33 am #

    No one in the Hilton Group wants to comment on the report, but says to the newspaper that a press release will be issued in a few days.
    Hilton operates 10 hotels in Europe under the name Doubletree

  3. Maude Hayertz 16 August 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Another important part is that if you are a senior, travel insurance intended for pensioners is something that is important to really take into account. The old you are, the greater at risk you might be for making something terrible happen to you while in foreign countries. If you are not necessarily covered by some comprehensive insurance coverage, you could have a few serious challenges. Thanks for expressing your hints on this blog.


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