Porsgrunn developed as a port to Skien in year 1653, mostly thanks to its location and good harbour.
The history of the hotel goes back to year 1825, when consul J.S. Gasmann rebuilt his elegant recidence after a major fire. This part is still here today, together with a newer section built in year 1956. The hotel has been renovated several times, and has a good standard with a sense of tradition.