Bacon back in Norway hotels after huge uproar
Petter Stordalen, the owner of the Nordic Choice Hotel Group, has performed a swift U-turn by re-introducing bacon and sausage at the chain's Norwegian hotels, just a week after banning processed meat.
The people have spoken and they want their bacon.
Comfort Hotels said in a statement that the chain “had listened to the response of guests and was restoring bacon and sausages to the breakfast buffet menu.”
The chain’s Norwegian owner, Petter Stordalen, wrote on Twitter that bacon was coming back by popular demand:
“In the hotel industry, the guest is the boss. They have spoken and Comfort Hotels is bring baon back to the menu. A bold attempt by the rebellious little brother,” he wrote.
Hotel spokeswoman Camilla Bergman said the short-lived bacon ban was proof that the chain is a “small hotel rebel who wants to challenge the traditional”
“The response from guests shows that we very much did just that. Though many praised us for the measure, the visitors' feedback clearly emphasized that they still wanted bacon. Therefore we are bringing back the bacon,” Bergman said.
The company's new green, healthy menu had been introduced across Scandinavia, including in a number of Norwegian hotels.
The menu, which had been developed in collaboration with Stordalen’s environmental campaigner wife, Dr Gunhild Stordalen, offered healthy, plant-based alternatives to the greasy breakfasts regularly served up to business travellers. As well as removing sausages and bacon, the menu was also stripped of any cereals or cheese which include palm oil among their ingredients, to reduce the destruction of the rainforest.
According to Sweden’s Västerbottens Kuriren newspaper, the change did not go down well with some travellers to the Hotell Winn in the northern city of Umeå.
“There are mixed reactions,” said Ebba Kohl, who runs the hotel’s restaurant. “Some are upset and some understanding.”
Reactions to The Local’s report on the ban last week were overwhelmingly negative, with many commenters saying they would no longer stay in a Nordic Choice Hotel.
The hotel chain has previously hit the headlines for banning pornography in its rooms.
Stordalen, has a reputation for enjoying being the centre of attention. In July he hit the headlines after falling off a jetski as he arrived to open a new luxury hotel in Malmö.
The son of a grocer, he owns more than 170 hotels through his company Nordic Choice Hotels and employs more than 9,200 people.