Doctor Ingebrikt Christian Holm was a specialist in respiratory diseases. In 1909, he capitalised on his knowledge and founded Dr. Holms Høifjeldshotel. In the beginning, Dr. Holms Hotel was a sanatorium for pale Christiania and Bergen natives who benefitted from the fresh mountain air.
(Norway’s first hotel chain, owned by the Bergen Steamship Company and Fred Olsen) In 1916, Dr. Holms left the hotel, and the following year it was sold to Hotelcompagnie a/s. Dr. Holms’ former sanatorium became a magnet for well-to-do families from Oslo and Bergen, as well as nobles from Denmark and England. Celebrities such as Knut Hamsun and Sonja Henie visited regularly, and formed the basis for the hotel’s attraction of domestic and international VIPs.
For the entire duration of World War II, the hotel was occupied by the Germans. Thankfully, the Norwegian resistance movement assumed control in May 1945 and made Dr. Holms their temporary headquarters.
With the arrival of the Danes in 1975, big and small scandals followed. Danish celebrities and playboys held wild parties that did not exactly improve the hotel’s reputation. Artwork went missing, guests moved to Geilo Hotel and the Danish hotel manager was arrested for fraud.
Celebrities take over (Toralv Maurstad, Christian Mohn, Alf Muller).
In 1979, the hotel was acquired by a Norwegian investor group, but already in 1982 the hotel was sold to Petter Olsen. Olsen since received considerable praise for his hotel management. Après-ski on Saturdays was especially popular, with queues extending far beyond the hotel with people hoping to enter.
In 1987, entrepreneur Erik Sande took over the hotel and in November 1988, the new Dr. Holms Hotel was opened, refurbished for NOK 230 million. However, the hotel did not become the success it was expected to be and it was therefore eventually put up for sale.
In March, Kredittkassen took over, and a lawyer from Kredittkassen managed the hotel until 1 September 1993. New management took over from 1 September 1993 and continued under new ownership until 1 January 1994.
In January 1994, the family-owned company Fische ASA from Trondheim takes over, represented by Stig Fische. The company’s main business areas are real estate, boats, outdoor recreation and diving equipment. The management that was established under Kredittkassen continues, ushering in a new, flourishing chapter in Dr. Holms’ history.
Dr. Holms celebrates 90 years of business in Geilo.
Based on a steadily growing demand for unique and distinctive products, Dr. Holms Hotel began an expansion of its experiences on offer and continued the development of the hotel. The hotel now offers even more options, including for spa and wellness, bowling and, not least, more varied food and beverage experiences. In the winter of 2006/2007, the expansion was completed and Dr. Holms Hotel now has a new and modern look and is one of Scandinavia’s most complete resort hotels. The hotel is steeped in history, the atmosphere is pleasant and warm and the surroundings are beautiful and classic. The hotel takes pride in its guests being well looked after.
‘The hotel with nine lives’” – The hotel has survived changing times and weathered many a storm. There is probably no other mountain hotel that represents this much Norwegian history.
In August 2012, Frydenbø Eiendom AS, Berland Invest AS and Nallow AS, all from Bergen, acquired all shares in Dr. Holms Hotel AS from Fische ASA. The acquisition is a property investment that has been made via the company Holms Utviklling AS. The name is indicative of the intentions of the company: to preserve and further develop the hotel and the surrounding areas.
In December 2016, Dr. Holms Hotel expanded with a new apartment building adjacent to the hotel. The unit consists of 24 flats, and the hotel also gained 8 new suites.
In March 2017, 50-percent owners Frydenbø Eiendom, owned by Knut Herman Gjøvaag and family, acquired 100 percent of the shares. Gjøvaag then sold 50 percent of the shares to Erling Falch Monsen’s family-owned company Bergen Hotell Gruppen. Until 2014, Falch Monsen ran three hotels in central Bergen before he sold one, and management of all three, to the Scandic chain. He still owns the properties for Scandic Bergen City and Scandic Neptun. The plan is to build, develop and reinvest in the hotel. In autumn 2017, a comprehensive refurbishment of the hotel began. In spring 2018, most of the room will have been reinvigorated, along with corridors and common areas.
Welcome to Dr. Holms
Dr. Holms has been a natural meeting place for mountain hikers since it opened in 1909. Located
in the middle of central Geilo, the hotel is close to activities and experiences, both summer and