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“A pleasant stay but not the cheapest hotel to stay in” 4 of 5 stars
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Radisson Blu Lillehammer Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Turisthotelveien 6, Lillehammer 2609, Norway   |  
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Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Lillehammer
United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A pleasant stay but not the cheapest hotel to stay in”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

The hotel is situated up the hill overlooking Lillehammer and below the impressive ski-jump. It provides a good base for exploring the town, although the walk back up the hill to the hotel may not be for everyone, but taxis are easy to find in the town centre. With a pleasing façade and lit up with lantern lights at night it sits well in the snowy landscape.

As a large hotel with a significant corporate/large group clientele the room although spacious and clean with a comfortable bed, was definitely not up to the quality of other Radisson hotels. Towels and pillows were definitely rationed, though there was a hospitality tray and kettle in the room, which not all Norwegian hotels provide.

Breakfast was a generous buffet with a large selection of different options including cooked dishes and hot drinks available from drinks machines. Rather than individual seating everyone sat at long communal tables in the large somewhat gloomy dining room, which was rather like eating in a refectory at college again.

Although the room was not quite up to the usual Radisson standard the price was still around £100 per night, but by Norwegian standards that's not bad for a decent hotel in a good location with breakfast included.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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north yorks
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18 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Stayed 3 nights, costing 900nok or £100 P/N. It just doesn't feel, look or act like a quality chain hotel. The rooms are tired, mine had no kettle etc. I borrowed a kettle from reception, but still had no cup or making. The TV was old and sat on the beside table, so it was impossible to watch with get a stiff neck. On my Queen bed, I got 1 'single' duvet and 1 pillow. No extra pillows in the room. Again I got one from reception. No decent toiletries, just some budget on mass dispensers, of 1 type of shower gel, suits all occasions.

Only 1 towel, plus when you use the pool or sauna, there are no towels down there and the floor is dirty, you won't want to use your towel again. There is system where people leave shoes in the entrance, so where you walk to the get in/out, but also to the pool/sauna is very wet and dirty. The saunas are in the individual changing room, so unless you have a same sex partner, don't expect to share a sauna with them!

The wifi, was clearly out of date and under alot of strain, it varied from acceptable, to so slow, browsers would just time out before completion of even a simple page, so if you need to do some work etc. better to buy a coffee and sit in McDonalds.

Food the evening buffet for 350nok, is varied, but it's not quality grub, so if you don't want to eat a mountain of food you can get a better quality meal down the hill for the same money. Or a budget meal with a drink for 50% of that. Have a look in the room, before committing yourself. Drinks again, 8.50nok for a glass of red, it's cheaper down the hill and there are plenty of bars that are generally quiet.

Overall, improve the food, modernise the inside, refine some facilities in the rooms and improve the services, then this hotel will creep back up from the 2* establishment it feels like. I should add that nearly all the staff are good and the poor lone bar worker, is clearly maxed out and could often do with some help, but reception wouldn't when I asked, there was 9 people queuing at the bar at one point, in an allegedly quality hotel. Just not good enough. You are left with the feel that the poor staff are trying to polish a turd.

Room Tip: you can't win, near the reception you might get decent wifi speed, but it's noisier.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Aalborg, Denmark
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stayed at the hotel one night on our way further north in Norway. Very nice rooms and good breakfast included. Payed €85 for two adults and two small children, which I fin really good value for this kind of hotel in Norway.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

The Radisson Blu Lillehammer in its present form, I think is pretty much a legacy from the winter olympics in 94, when the region had to scramble to provide mass accommodation. A kind of disorderliness prevails with respect to the interior, in the sense that many rooms are situated at the far end of a rather labyrinthine, winding web of corridors, stairs, corners, etc.

Upon booking through Radisson’s own website, the description for a standard double promised a room size of +/20 m2. However, as I happened to have access to a tape-measure, I were able to actually measure the room, which turned out to be 13 m2 (15 m2 with the bathroom included). The oldfashioned tv, the furniture, the mouldy smell, everything about this room seemed decades old, probably dating back to 94. The walls were covered uniformly whith 80’s style glass-fibre wallpaper in fish-bone pattern.

My impression is that quite a proportion of the guests are at the hotell as part of a collective endeavour, like a company cometogether, a union conference, etc, which may be seen by the participants as a pretext for partying and having fun. Even as my room was not directly adjacent to the bar/disco-area, loud music could be heard through the walls until past midnight. And the rest of the night merrymakers were occasionally running in corridors and slamming doors. It gave one the feel of living in barracks.

For this I paid NOK 1900 (USD 345) per night (room&breakfast). A room of this standard I could just as well have booked in a two star hotel for half the price. I were in fact charged business class rates for an economy class room. On the positive side, the hotel engaged constructively when I raised a complaint, eventually resulting in a moderate reduction of my bill. I know the rooms at this hotel hold varying standards, my room probably being at the lower end of the scale. Still, I am surprised it´s not below Radissons level, being a quality brand, to put fullpaying guests in substandard rooms without any warning or pricereduction upfront.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Obernzell, Germany
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

I stayed with my wife in this hotel for 3 nights as part of a long roadtrip thru the winter wonderland of Scandinavia.
A welcome reception and friendly lady explained most to us on arrival.
Breakfast the 1st morning was disappointing. My wife took yoghurt with fruit that was frozen solid and milk was empty at the coffeestation.
After 10 minutes we saw the only waiter for the first time and asked him for milk.
With an unfriendly face he refilled the milk and told my wife it was there for her to use.
Not the service we are used to.
And full garbagebins at the entrance of the hotel dont give a good impression.
The hotel had its best time and the interior needs some urgent TLC

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo, Norway
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177 reviews 177 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

There's a special look that comes over the faces of the mostly affable employees at the Radisson Blu, Lillehammer if you bring something to their attention about the current state of their faded beauty of a hotel. Whether you are speaking to them about the broken refrigerator in your room, or your partially broken phone, or the severely splintered wood on the bench of the men's sauna, or the broken arms on the aged in the breakfast room, etc, etc...It appears that they have heard all these comments before about the present conditions of their once lovely, historic hotel.

It would seem that those who are in position to do something about it are either disinterested or do not have the means to make changes (the latter is much harder to believe...). Either way, the weary traveler should know what to expect when they arrive. Four stars is a bit of a stretch for this place - 3.5 seems about right. The heated pool is very nice. I would come back one day -- after the long-anticipated overhaul.

N.B. if you´re coming for alpine/downhill skiing, the comments on the hotel´s website are completely misleading -- the nearest ski resort is Hafjell, which is a 5 minute cab ride from the hotel to the train station and from the train you take a 20 minute bus ride to Hafjell. There is no direct service to and from the hotel to Hafjell. There is also no shuttle service provided by the hotel from the station and it is about a 15 minute walk UP HILL from the station to the hotel.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms are located in the boondocks and it´s a long schlep through a seemingly endless la...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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St. Louis, MO, USA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Stayed at the Radisson Blu for two days for a conference in the hotel. The room was a little worn but it was clean and the bed comfortable. The bathroom was clean and shiny. I had trouble getting the temperature set right. There was only a comforter/duvet on the bed so it seemed I was either too hot or too cold. The breakfast was a typical Scandinavian buffet with just about anything you could want. My main problem was cost, which is a general issue in Scandinavia. But, US$15 for a draft beer in the hotel bar is way up there. It is a very steep walk from the train station/main part of town to the hotel and dragging a suitcase, I would opt for the taxi. Downhill it wasn't so bad.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Turisthotelveien 6, Lillehammer 2609, Norway
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Location: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oppland > Lillehammer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Lillehammer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Radisson Blu Lillehammer Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 303
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Within walking distance of the Lillehammer town centre, the Radisson Blu is a well-situated home base for outdoor adventure. Visit world-calibre skiing, cycling, hiking and rafting sites, then rejuvenate in the comfort of one of our 303 rooms and suites. This accommodation is also ideal for travellers who'd like to simply relax amidst the hotel's lovely natural surroundings. With a grand ballroom accommodating up to 1,200 guests, the Radisson Blu is a picture-perfect setting for corporate retreats and social events. ... more   less 
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