Since the beginning of the year I’ve been focusing my hotel stays at a handful of hotel chains. Doing this not only helps to generate redemption nights quicker (due to not spreading the hotel points out as much), but also means that you can benefit more from generous promotions. Club Carlson hotel chains are included in the handful of hotel chains, so I’ve been reaping the rewards from their latest promotion, which is running until the end of the month. Club Carlson chains include hotel brands such as Radisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Park Plaza and Park Inn. If you are planning a hotel stay before the end of October, and have registered for their latest promotion, then you will gain double points when checking in Sunday to Thursday night and triple points when checking in Friday or Saturday night. I stayed at one of their hotels last week in Norway. More on for the Radisson Blu Plaza Oslo Hotel review – the best Radisson Blu hotel in central Oslo.
If you’re arriving at Oslo Gardermoen Airport the easiest options to access the city are to either order an Uber (£10 free credit if you’re new to Uber) or take the Flytoget Airport Express Train. The train is the cheaper option at 180 Norwegian Krone (around £15), and takes you to the centre of Oslo in 20 minutes. From the train station it’s a 5 minute walk to the hotel.
I’ve stayed at the Radisson Blu Plaza Oslo Hotel a few times before at this hotel but on this trip when entering the reception area it was full of people. All of the check-in desks were full, and a queue of around 20 people had formed. 10 minutes later when at the front of the queue the female receptionist thanked me profusely for waiting, and then promptly checked me into my room. I had booked a business class room on a high floor. No further upgrades were offered despite Club Carlson Gold status (gained instantly by signing up to an American Express Platinum card).
The hotel has many facilities to offer including several restaurants, a trendy roof bar and even a swimming pool – not bad for a city hotel. As I arrived late and was leaving early the next morning I didn’t explore any further. I took the lift to the 29th floor, walked to the room, and then hit the bed.
Business class room on the 29th floor
Business class room
Soft double bed
Seating area with small table
Full size desk complete with welcome fruit
Large television and ample storage
Mini bar with full size milk free of charge
Nespresso coffee machine
Business class bathroom
Usual “thisworks” branded Radisson Blu toiletries
Night view from the 29th floor of Olso train station
Night view from the 29th floor of Barcode Project Oslo
Barcode Project Oslo by day
Overall I was extremely pleased with the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo. The room was a good size, super quiet due to the high floor, and offered everything you need for a one night stay – even a proper coffee machine. The hotel is well positioned as a city hotel, and in walking distance to the train station, as well as popular restaurants in the nearby Aker Brygge neighbourhood.
Cash rates at the Radisson Blu Plaza Oslo Hotel start to around £140 per night if booked a few weeks in advance. Rooms can also be booked using Club Carlson points at a staggering 70,000 points – almost double when compared to the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel.