Oslo’s Sommerro goes Inkognito • Hotel Designs


Housed in a former private residence dating back to 1870, the villa was originally built by architect Thøger Binneballe as an office space for Oslo Lysverker administration, the city’s original electrical company, before housing the Algerian embassy from 1980. Now part of Sommerro, this iconic building has come full circle with a new lease on life as Villa Inkognito, a private villa available to book in its entirety. Offering the ultimate in seclusion, with its own dedicated hidden entrance, guests will benefit from their own personal host throughout the duration of their stay.

render of guestroom at Sommerro Ikognito with antiques, original artwork, decorative details

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Separate to the main building, this 11-suite retreat will boast several opulent living rooms, including a library, snug room, meeting and dining room space, an open kitchen, an intimate bar, a fitness room in the basement and an outdoor area. Guests will be able to enjoy the privacy of their own villa with full access to all of the amenities and services offered at Sommerro.

Providing a home-away-from-home for both travellers and locals, the iconic Art Deco hotel is complete with seven restaurants and bars, meeting and event spaces with capacity for up to 150 people and even a 100-seat gilded theatre. In addition, it shelters a landmark wellness space that features historic public baths, the city’s first year-round rooftop pool, sauna and a terrace. Guests staying at Villa Inkognito will be able to arrange private dinners and order in-suite dining from the best of Sommerro’s food and beverage offerings, while also having the opportunity to enjoy in-room wellness treatments from the experts at Vestkantbadet.

bathroom with period norwef=gian detail and design in Sommerro Ikognito

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Best-known for its elaborate, detailed and meticulously researched designs, GrecoDeco will once again head-up the interiors, embellishing the spaces with a mix of antiques, original artwork, decorative details and classic Scandinavian furnishings. The villa’s thoughtfully designed bedrooms and eclectically themed public areas are inspired by a range of eras including Classic Norwegian, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts and a bit of Japonisme, all rooted in the history of the building. Guests can imbibe cocktails among the spirits in the Villa’s intimate Ghost Bar with mosaic floors combining golden onyx with Norwegian granites, silver gilt walls and antique light fixtures. The guestrooms boast opulent details and lush textiles, such as custom-designed furnishings with marquetried details recalling 19th century Norwegian motifs, bespoke hand-knotted rugs, beds from innovative Swedish sleep brand Hilding Anders and indulgent bathrooms with custom tiles.

Main image credit: Sommerro


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