The new Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger, has opened its doors
This week, one of Norway’s most iconic hotels, the Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger, reopened its doors after more than a year of renovations at a value of NOK 465 million. The General Manager is delighted to welcome the guests back, and is confident the ‘new’ hotel will contribute positively to the entire region.
"It is wonderful to welcome back all our staff-members, guests and locals. We are looking forward to again giving all of Stavanger, and the rest of Norway, world-class food-, culture- and hotel experiences," says Jens Brandin, General Manager at Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger.
Rezidor Hotel Group and KLP have invested NOK 465 million in the renovation of this landmark hotel, and the ambitions are sky high.
"This has been an exciting project for KLP. We know that the hotel means a lot for the locals in Stavanger, and that many have a strong relationship with the hotel. The positive cooperation with Backe Rogaland and Rezidor Hotel Group has been crucial in order for Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel to reaffirm its position as Stavanger's key hotel," says Christopher Raanaas, Managing Director of KLP Eiendom's hotel management.
To ensure that the guests get the best experiences possible, the hotel has undergone an extensive renovation covering all parts of the hotel. Now, the hotel has a brand-new reception, while the guest rooms, the 15 meeting rooms (with a total capacity of more than 2000 visitors) and public areas are newly renovated and ready to welcome the guests. The new lobby appears as an art piece in itself, and is the perfect venue for exhibitions, festive events and cultural occasions. In January 2018, the brand-new restaurant will also open, with the award-winning international ‘FireLake’ concept.
"The hotel has always been a cultural gathering point; and, with this upgrade, we are aiming to again become the city's favorite meeting place. That is why we have put a lot of love into creating the city's best meeting and event venues, as well as what is probably Norway's most stunning lobby”, says the General Manager proudly, adding that the service concept has also been upgraded.
"We aim to give each and every one of our guests unique experiences that will exceed their expectations", explains Brandin.
Will contribute to the entire region
The renovation of Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger, is a collaboration between Rezidor Hotel Group and KLP. Rezidor has invested approx. NOK 165 million and KLP, through its property company, NOK 300 million.
"We are grateful for the enthusiasm and support from Stavanger municipality throughout the entire project period. With our long-term commitment, we wish to be a valuable player in the city," says Gunnar Gjørtz, Managing Director of KLP Eiendom.
The renovation of the Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel is part of Rezidor Hotel Group's most extensive renovation process in the Nordic region ever. Within a few years, the hotel group will have invested EUR 110 million in the renovations of several Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in the area. In addition, the property owners are also investing considerable amounts in the renovation projects.
"We hope to contribute positively to the entire region by attracting large conferences, cultural events, gala dinners and exhibitions. We will do all we can to ensure that hotel guests and city residents want to use the hotel, both for business and leisure. And, we want our international guests to get an authentic experience of Stavanger," says Ronald Smithjes, Regional Director Norway for Rezidor Hotel Group.
Designed by Stavanger Architects
The Stavanger-based design company LINK Architecture is responsible for the design of the new Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger.
“LINK Architecture has exceptional local knowledge, and that has been important as we want to build on the tradition of the hotel and its important history," said Ronald Smithjes.
"Iconic", "Stylish" and "Sophisticated" have been key terms in the development of the interior – and durable quality materials, such as marble, brass, copper and dark wood, have laid the foundations for the design. With its straight lines, the new interior has references back to the 1950s/60s, combined with a modern use of the materials and design ideas of today.
To enhance the guest experience, the designs of all 365 guest rooms are inspired by the rich history and soul of the hotel and Stavanger city.
“The design reflects the city's and hotel's history through the choice of materials, interior and art. Guests should be able to recognize items, and also make new discoveries. Design classics are mixed with distinctive, custom-made furniture, fabrics and textiles”, explains Smithjes.
LINK Architecture explains that it has been important that the exterior and the interior interact and enhance each other. The materials and design expressions are aligned and form a whole, from the second the guest sees the facade, enters the building and experiences the hotel.
Just a short walk away from Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger, guests will also find its sister hotel Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Stavanger. This hotel has 215 inviting guest rooms and four modern meeting spaces. Radisson Blu Royal Hotel is also home to the successful 26 North Restaurant & Social Club, which guests have ranked on TripAdvisor as the best restaurant in Stavanger.
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About Radisson Blu®
Radisson Blu® is one of the world’s leading hotel brands with 300 hotels in operation in 69 countries and territories. Radisson Blu’s vibrant, contemporary and engaging hospitality is characterized by a unique Yes I Can!SM service philosophy, and all of its first class hotels offer a range of signature features that are empathetic to the challenges of modern travel, including the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Distinguished the world over as the brand with Hotels Designed to Say YES!SM, Radisson Blu offers a vivid visual celebration of leading-edge style where the delight is in the detail. Radisson Blu hotels are located in prime locations in major cities, airport gateways and leisure destinations across the world.
Radisson Blu is a part of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which also includes Quorvus Collection, Radisson®, Radisson RED, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. For reservations and more information visit, www.radissonblu.com. Connect with Radisson Blu on social media: @RadissonBlu on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook.com/RadissonBlu.
About The Rezidor Hotel Group
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the most dynamic hotel companies in the world and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The group features a portfolio of 479 hotels with over 106,000 rooms in operation or under development in 79 countries.
Rezidor operates the core brands Radisson Blu® and Park Inn® by Radisson in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), along with the Club CarlsonSM loyalty program for frequent hotel guests. In early 2014 and together with Carlson, Rezidor launched the new brands Radisson RED (lifestyle select) and Quorvus Collection (luxury). In 2016, Rezidor acquired 49% of prizeotel. Rezidor has an industry-leading Responsible Business Program and was named one the World's Most Ethical Companies by the US think-tank Ethisphere.
In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm, Sweden. HNA Tourism Group Co., Ltd., a division of HNA Group Co., Ltd.—a Fortune Global 500 company with operations across aviation, tourism, hospitality, finance and online services among other sectors—became the majority shareholder in December 2016.
The Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ 43,700 people in EMEA and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.