Take a dip in Oslo’s rich history at Vestkantbadet, Sommerro hotel's must-visit spa
Nestled in the opulent Sommerro hotel in Oslo’s Frogner neighbourhood, Vestkantbadet offers an unparalleled spa experience. Originally a public bath built in the 1930s, the recently opened hotel restored and transformed the space into a modern wellness oasis while keeping the space’s original Art Deco style intact.
“Vestkantbadet first opened its doors to the public in 1931, right underneath Oslo Lysverker [now Sommerro House], the first and, at the time, the main supplier of electrical power to the city, distributing light, power and warmth,” explains Elise Merckoll Middelthon, PR and Content Manager of Sommerro House. “Providing both a public pool and hot tubs – which weren’t a norm in everybody’s home yet – Vestkantbadet was a central meeting place for the people of Oslo.”
Providing both a public pool and hot tubs – which weren’t a norm in everybody’s home yet – Vestkantbadet was a central meeting place for the people of Oslo
Elise Merckoll Middelthon
Some of Vestkantbadet’s original design has been fully restored, including the mosaic mural featuring motifs of swimmers and seals by artist Per Krogh, the wooden changing cabinets and the hot tub rooms’ hand-painted cobalt blue tiles. Finished off with mellow, ambient lighting and a tranquil mood that spans the whole hotel, guests are embraced by an air of bygone eras and old glamour.
“Vestkantbadet forms an essential part of Sommerro’s 8-hour rule; a daily balance including 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of work and 8 hours of recreation,” Merckoll Middelthon says. “This is where the recreation happens – you prepare yourself for the tasks of the coming week in our gym, and our wellness department helps you unwind and take care of your body and soul.”
This is where the recreation happens – you prepare yourself for the tasks of the coming week in our gym, and our wellness department helps you unwind and take care of your body and soul.
Elise Merckoll Middelthon
For guests looking to indulge in more than just a swim and sauna, Vestkantbadet has an array of treatments on offer, all conducted by skilled wellness professionals. One of the spa’s must-try signatures includes the ‘Red Carpet Treatment’, done with cult Dr. Dennis Gross products. Comprising LED light therapy, Alpha Beta Peel, a double mask and a special serum, the treatment aims to achieve a glowy, lifted complexion while improving skin structure and the appearance of fine lines. Braver patrons might want to try out the Wim Hof Method, consisting of breath, mental training and cold exposure in the spa’s cold plunge pool – a surefire means of boosting energy levels and alleviating stress or anxiety.
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