One definition of the blues is given as "a song of woe and yearning", and I'll get round to that in a moment.
But first, the positives about the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo.
It really couldn't be much simpler to get to. Just catch the Flybusset from the airport, and 55 mins later, you are outside the front door of the hotel
If you want to take advantage of Oslo's tram system to get around, there's a stop just round the corner.
It's literally minutes from some of Oslo's major attractions - the gardens of the Royal Palace are but a stone's throw away, and a gentle 10 minute stroll will take you down to Aker Brygge, where you can promenade along the seafront, eating some of the wonderful ice cream that they sell there.
If you need to rent a car, there is a Hertz outlet in the same building
So, having ascertained that its location is hard to beat as a base for exploring Oslo, what of the base itself?
The view of the city from the 21st floor of the hotel is definitely worth checking out, and the breakfasts are plentiful and of good quality.
Right, time to pick up the old guitar, and sing a few bars
I can't vouch for the restaurant, but the bar meals were expensive for a British tourist, and though not of a poor standard, they weren't anything special either.
The room we had showed signs of its age: it really needed a revamp. It was too hot, and by the time we had got our 2 large holdalls in there, somewhat cramped.
There seemed to be no obvious way of controlling the room temperature, so trying to sleep was difficult. You either cooked under the duvet, or got frozen by the cold downdraught if you stuck your legs out. This was mentioned at the front desk, but little seemed to get done, though a request for an extra pillow was dealt with promptly.
And whilst we are on the subject of sleeping, the beds are unlikely to do anything for those of you who, like me, have back problems.
The overall impression of the hotel was of a building that sorely needed money being spent on it. Look once, and you saw a rather typical bland piece of corporate design, look closer, and you saw the bumps, scrapes, chips, stains etc that spoke of a reluctance to spend money to put these, admittedly small, things right.
And while I accept that most of my reservations about the place are small, add them up, and they do achieve a good deal of significance.
Radisson Blu sees itself in the upper reaches of the accommodation market, and charges accordingly.
What I experienced suggests little to justify either.
If you're a light sleeper, avoid a room overlooking the tram stop
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