When I spend £250, I expect that the hotel is something quite special. I appreciate that the Radisson Blu in the centre of Oslo would be expensive, but there was nothing special about this hotel.
I arrived and was immediately given the key to my room. The staff in Scandanavian hotels are on the whole excellent, and this was no exception.
When I arrived at my room, there was no iron, the TV was on and blaring a Radisson advert. I called to reception, but guess what, the phone did not work in my room.
So I trailled all the way back to reception, to ask them to send someone to fix the phone and to bring an iron. 'I am sorry Sir, we do not have irons, but there is an ironing room on the fourth floor' I was told.
So I have to treck all the way up to floor 23, collect 4 shirts and four pairs of trousers, trek to floor 4, iron them and then reverse the trip?? I dont think so!! Arriving back at the 23rd floor, I noticed an iron and ironing board outside a room (albeit it was the housekeepers room), and borrowed it.
I then turned my attention to the TV - that advert was too loud and annoying me. Could I find the remote control? So I picked up the phone, and remembered that the engineer hadnt been to fix it, so went all the way back down to reception. This time, I was offered a different (and upgraded) room. No problem. The new room had an iron and iron board, and was much nicer, although dated in the decor.
The room experience was not the best, and a htoel that does not offer you a facility to press your clothes in the room immediately gets demerit points added I am afraid.
On the plus side, the new bar that had opened at the top was superb.
Overall, a very expensive central Oslo hotel, but I fail to see what I am paying for......
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is the largest hotel and the tallest building in Norway, featuring 673 rooms and suites. The hotel is conveniently located next to the central railway station, with easy airport access. Shopping and sightseeing is within walking distance. Guests enjoy complimentary access to the swimming pool on the 35th floor and Plaza Fitness on the 37th floor. Concierge service, valet parking and room service is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo Hotel Oslo
- Radisson Oslo
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