The history of the hotel in the bend

With Krokskogen in the back and Tyrifjord in the front, Sundvolden has been a comfortable place for travelers for centuries.

Historic Sundvolden Hotel
Historic Sundvolden Hotel
Historic Sundvolden Hotel

Sundvolden Hotel today, is the largest privately owned and operated hotel in Eastland. We embrace both the emblem of the Norwegian Heritage and the sign of the Historical Hotels and Restaurants. Hotel staff and hosts are up to the "test" every day to impress guests on Facebook and Tripadvisor. Sundvolden consists of a few different buildings of ages and styles old and new. The hosts do not want to simply copy what has been done before. Therefore, Sundvolden today consists of a new, modern, and independent building with guest and meeting rooms. We have a stone house with metered walls, a building with reception and common areas, and the famous facade of a Swiss-style balcony.

Johan Blyberg was the first hotel owner and followed him his son, Ola. However, Ola Blyberg sold the property before his death. Ruth Helgestad bought the hotel and later became Larsen's director in Norsk Spisevognselskap (Train). Larsen, among other things, opened the dining options at the Gilde House and arranged the popular outdoor area with old mill stone tiles.

Arne B. Laeskogen joined as a companion in 1963 and bought the hotel two years later. The hotel had 21 beds, a restaurant and a cafeteria at the time. Arne Laeskogen was raised in Hønefoss and was 29 years old when he bought the hotel. He had extensive hotel education, with six years at the KNA Hotel in Oslo and one year of leave for further education in Paris. He always had a goal and desire to have his own hotel and Sundvolden was what he had been dreaming of. The hotel was run down and ran in an old fashioned manner. But Laeskogen had a sense of the environment and many progressive ideas.

In 1966, Arne Laeskogen married Bjørg Moe from dietary and nutrition education, and since then they formed a team that complements each other. Today the hotel has 495 beds, spread over 273 rooms. It is also possible to serve food for 1,000 people today. The hotel was built up little by little. They never closed, even though there were times with no guests here. But the guests who came did their best. This gave results gradually. Where the newest part of the hotel stands today, was the "societ". The Societ was a yellow wooden building built with the surrounding forest in connection with the world exhibition in Kristiania in 1914. The building was eventually old fashioned and could not be used for overnight accommodation and was demolished in 1999. At that time, Læskogen's son was about to take over the operation of the hotel. Today we have the second generation hostess, Bjørg and Arne's son Tord and his wife Cecilie who run the hotel presently. They have been constantly refurbishing and building so that the hotel today is a delightfully unique combination of timely and modern elegance, all well maintained and with breathtaking outdoor areas.