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Thon Hotels, then known as Rainbow Hotels, was established in October 1989. Thon Hotels consists of 73 hotels in Norway, Sweden and Benelux. 


Olav Thon’s basic concept was to establish centrally located bed and breakfast hotels at reasonable prices. After comprehensive refurbishment and reprofiling, the chain changed its name in October 2005 to Thon Hotels. In Norway, you can choose between three different concepts within the same hotel chain; Budget, City or Conference.

Thon Hotels is part of the Olav Thon Group.

Milestones in Thon Hotels' history

1974 Olav Thon purchases Hotel Bristol
1983 Olav Thon purchases Hotell Munch and starts Oslo's first bed and breakfast hotel
1989 Rainbow hotels is established  and consisted of 11 hotels
1990

Enter into collaboration agreement with Rainbow Hotel Sandnes
Purchases and opens Rainbow Hotel Gyldenløve in Oslo

1991 Purchases Hotel Stefan and Hotel Europa in Oslo
1992 Rainbow Hotel Hallingdal becomes part of the chain.
Tulip Inn Rotterdam opens
1994 Slottsparken Aparments associated with the Rainbow chain
Rainbow Hotel Spectrum and Rainbow Hotel Gildevangen opens
1995 The first hotels in Bussels; Golden Tulip Brussels Airport and Hotel Bristol Stephanie.
Builds Rainbow Hotel Terminus
Rainbow Hotel Bristol opens 
1996 Purchases Summit Stanhope Hotel in Brussels
1997 Rainbow Hotel Maritim opens
1998 Rainbow Hotel Oslofjord in Sandvika opens
Purchases Tulip Inn Brussels Boulevard
2000 Rainbow Hotel Nordlys in Bodø opens
Rainbow Hotel Vettre in Asker opens
2001 Rainbow Hotel Opera in Oslo and Rainbow Hotel Brygga in Tønsberg opens
Purchases Thon Conference Gardermoen Park
2002 Rainbow Hotel Harstad opens
Gausdal hotel and Austlid Fjellstue becomes a part of the Rainbow chain
Rainbow Hotel Arena in Lillestrøm opens
Takes over Carlton hotel in Lillestrøm (now: Thon Hotel Lillestrøm)
2003 Rainbow Hotel Ski opens
Rainbow Hotel Wergeland in Kristiansand opens
2004

Rainbow Hotel Moldefjord opens
Rainbow Hotel Åsgårdstand becomes a part of the chain

2005 Takes over Rainbow Hotel Triaden in Lørenskog and Rainbow Hotel Arendal.
Purchases Torghatten hotel in Brønnøysund (Now: Thon Hotel Brønnøysund)
Rainbow Hotels changes its name to Thon Hotels and divides the hotels into three different concepts; Thon Budget, Thon City and Thon Conference.
Collaboration agreement with Thon Hotel Sandviken Brygge in Bergen.
2006 Strand Hotel in Gjøvik becomes Thon Hotel Gjøvik
Thon Hotel Gardermoen opens
Thon Hotel Linne joins the chain
2007 Thon Hotel Hammerfest joins the chain
Thon Hotel Oslo Airport opens
Thon Hotels starts to certifie the hotels in Norway with Eco-lighthouse
2008

Thon Hotel Kautokeino opens
Thon Hotel Oslo Panorama opens
Thon Hotel Charlottenberg opens (first hotel in Sweden)
Vica hotel in Alta joins the chain (Thon Hotel Vica)
Highland Hotel and Vestlia Resort in Geilo becomes a part of Thon Hotels

2009 Introduces the fourth consept: Thon Resort
Thon Hotel Halden opens
Thon Hotel Lofoten opens
Collaboration agreement with First Hotels
Thon Hotel Ullevaal Stadion opens
Thon Hotel Kristiansund opens
Thon Hotel Torghatten opens
2010

Thon Hotel Tromsø opens
Thon Hotel Alta opens
Thon Hotel Kirkenes opens
Thon Hotel Bjørneparken opens
Thon Hotel Prinsen in Trondheim becomes a part of Thon Hotels
Thon Hotel Sandviken Brygge leaves the chain
Thon Hotel Gjøvik leaves the chain

2011

Thon Hotel Sandven in Norheimsund becomes a part of Thon Hotels
Thon Hotel Backlund in Levanger becomes a part of Thon Hotels

2012 Thon Hotel Elverum becomes a part of Thon Hotels
Thon Hotel Høvik becomes a part of Thon Hotels
Thon Hotel Highland and Thon Hotel Vestlia leave the chain
Thon Hotel EU opens
Thon Hotel Saga in Haugesund becomes a part of Thon Hotels
2013 Vårsøg Hotell (Thon Hotel Vårsøg) becomes a part of Thon Hotels
Britannia Hotel becomes a part of Thon Hotels 
Thon Hotel Kristiansand becomes a part of Thon Hotels

Focus on the Environement
All Thon Hotels in Norway will be Eco-lighthouse certified

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