The budget hotel-hostel located right inside the train station of Lillehammer has a unique cooperation concept where local partners are involved in the planning and furnishing of different themed rooms
The hotel-hostel has cooperations with various local stakeholders who sponsored some of the rooms to get their very own design. Examples for cooperations are Fretex, Doctors without Borders Norway and the national railway operator NSB. And some of the cooperations even go beyond the furnishing of the rooms: In the case of Doctors without Borders, the hotel-hostel donates part of their income from the room to the organisation.
The café and restaurant are also used as an exhibition space for local partners. The cups, for example, were donated by the local designer “ment”. In return, the hotel-hostel devoted a small part of the café to the designer where the guests can learn more about them.
Furthermore, some of the other sitting areas in the café are also equipped with furniture and information of other local stakeholders and destinations, e.g. the organiser of the Birkebeiner races or the famous skiing destination Sjusjøen.
This special cooperation concept of the hotel-hostel is not only a great way for guests to learn about the local culture and surroundings, but also has an economic advantage for the accommodation as a big part of their furniture was donated by the various partners.
The accommodation also makes an effort to reduce food waste, for example through working with Too Good to Go, a food sharing app where you can buy the leftovers from restaurants. In addition, the leftovers from their restaurant are processed into other meals as much as possible.