In the center of Sandnes, near the railway station and Norway’s longest pedestrian street; Langgata, is one of the regions most distinctive hotel and restaurant house.
Inspired by the silt clay banks of Norway`s Tronesbekken stream, Lauritz Smith Pedersen was granted permission to establish a “Brickworks and Roof-tile factory in Sandnes” in 1782. Using the clay materials, Sandnes Teglverk (Brickworks), or GamlaVærket (The old factory) became a prominent tile production factory. For the next 175 years, GamlaVaerket continued to expand its production to over seven new branches. All together, these factories successfully produced and sold fired clay products including, but not limited to, bricks, pots, drainage pipes, ceramic weights for fishing nets.
Today, the carefully preserved walls of Lauritz Smith Pedersen built for his factory over 200 years ago transport guests of the GamlaVaerket Hotel to an authentic tour of Norway`s industrial history. With 28 romatic guestrooms, indivdually furnished and styled, the hotel offers each guest a personalized experience with charming service and amenities reflecting the history of Norway.
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