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Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim 4.0

Trondheim, Norway

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  • Building has a unique design, with stylish decor in the lobby and exposed hallways crisscrossing overhead
  • Funky art collection (belonging to the hotel's owner)
  • Rooms have sophisticated decor, comfortable beds, and flat-screen TVs
  • Very environmentally conscious
  • 2 restaurant and bar options beside the breakfast buffet
  • 18 meeting rooms of varying sizes, 7 of which can combine to form an event space for up to 2,500 people
  • Skybar has beautiful views, a big terrace and a hip scene come nightfall
  • Free Wi-Fi, free extensive breakfast buffet, and free light evening meal


  • No fitness center, though guests receive a discount at the pool and fitness complex next door
  • Location is removed from the city's center, in an unattractive part of town
  • Hotel can become quite crowded and busy due to a high volume of conventions and events

Bottom Line

With 400 rooms, a soaring atrium over the lobby, and an event space that holds up to 2,500, this hotel that opened in April 2012 is more Las Vegas than Europe. Although the location could be better, the unique design, hip bar and restaurant on the top floor, and a cozy lobby bar -- reminiscent of a W -- are all upsides. Rooms have extremely comfortable beds, and some have views of the water. Environmentally conscious guests may appreciate the hotels many eco initiatives, such as textured windows that help conserve energy and a ballroom that adjusts its temperature based on carbon dioxide output.

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Clarion Hotel & Congress is located at the northern tip of Trondheim, in a not-so-charming part of town that's removed from most tourist attractions. A forthcoming pedestrian bridge should cut down on walking time to the city's center. However, one benefit of being this far north is that the views of the water are excellent (it can be seen from the rooftop bar, many guest rooms, and some common spaces).

Trondheim is a historic city -- it was founded in 997 A.D. -- but one might not guess it upon first glance. Fires have ravaged the city regularly over the years, and today, many of the buildings are modern, though cobblestones on some of the oldest streets and the iconic Nidaros Cathedral -- its spire is the most prominent feature of the city skyline -- give some sense of its true age. To feel immersed in the city's history, visitors should head to the Old Town Bridge, which faces a colorful row of wharves (some of which date back to the 18th century), and the Bakklandet area, a revitalized shopping and cafe hub with charming wooden buildings that were once worker's houses.

Trondheim also has numerous cultural attractions. It's a university city (one in six residents is a student) with a lively nightlife scene, and there are many musical performances and festivals held here. Though this is the third largest city in Norway, the downtown area is compact and easy to explore on foot.

  • 40-minute bus ride from Trondheim Airport
  • 14-minute walk to Solsiden, a former shipyard that's now a trendy shopping and dining area
  • 17-minute walk to Nordre gate, a main shopping street
  • 19-minute walk to the Old Town Bridge
  • 20-minute walk to Bakklandet
  • 20-minute walk to the Royal Residence
  • 21-minute walk to Torvet (Market Square)
  • 23-minute walk to Nidaros Cathedral
  • 9-minute drive to Trondelag Folk Museum
  • 9-minute drive to Ringve Music Museum

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Brattoerkaia 1, Trondheim, Central Norway 7010, Norway


(477) 392-5500

Room Types

  • Deluxe Double
  • Double Standard
  • Moderate Single
  • Superior Double Room

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