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Sola Strand Hotel

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    Sola Strand Hotel
 in Sola

History

Constructed shortly before the First World War in 1914 by restaurateur R. Christoffersen of Sandnes Steamboat Company, Sola Strand Hotel was originally advertised as Solastranded’s North Sea baths, an inn promoting health and seaside comfort. The hotel was sold to Ellen and Axel Lund in 1927, reopening the following year, fully renovated, as Sola Strandhytte.

With a penchant for ships, Axel Lund purchased the Montroyal cruise ship’s smoker lounge from the Stravanger’s ship breakers’ yard in 1930. Lund constructed an exact replica of the lounge as an extension for the property, which was, renamed Sola Strand Hotel. In 1932, Axel Lund purchased pieces from the old broken up warship Kong Sverre. With these materials he constructed the hotel’s Sverresalen dining room. By 1937, a new guest wing and swimming pool were ready to introduce the local Stravanger airport which served as a gateway for new visitors .

During World War II, Sola Strand Hotel was used to house officers of the Norwegian Air Force until German forces occupied the property in 1944 to use as lodgings until the end of the war. Ellen and Axel Lund regained control of the Sola Strand Hotel; however, the war left the buildings in poor condition with dire need for repair. With much of the hotel's original fixtures and fittings destroyed, the grounds and buildings were carefully renovated and reopened in 1947.

On January 10, 1950, the Ellen & Axel Lund Foundation was established and control of Sola Strand Hotel was handed over to the foundation. The mission of the Ellen & Axel Lund Foundation was to run the property as a first-class hotel and for profits to be solely delegated to the training of hospitality and catering professionals. In response, The Norwegian School of Hotel Management relocated from Oslo to Sola in 1952 and took over the property, useing the guestrooms as boarding accommodations. After the renovations, the foundation decided to reopen Sola Strand Hotel as it stands today.

Today, Mathilde Cristiane, the namesake figurehead of a Swedish vessel shipwrecked on Jæren, and paintings by Ole Nesvik welcome Sola Strand Hotel guests to a safe harbor.

Sola Strand Hotel, a charter member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2011, dates back to 1914.


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Austria 08000706176
Belgium 080081830
France 805542721
Germany 8007241217
Ireland 1800995320
Italy 800979444
Netherlands 08000200956
Norway 80054304
Spain 900814719
Switzerland 0800001798
UK 8009179622
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