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“Good hotel, with some gorgeous views” 4 of 5 stars
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Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Holbergsgate 30, Oslo N-0166, Norway   |  
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Ranked #54 of 86 Hotels in Oslo
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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“Good hotel, with some gorgeous views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Is centrally located with most attractions at a walking distance. The top floors (one should ask for them at check-in) have gorgeous views of the entire city. Rooms and corridors can seem a bit jaded, but are not a put-off. Comfortable for short stays primarily I would think. The breakfast can get very crowded during weekends.

Room Tip: Ask for top-floor rooms (21st onwards), and with a view of the sea if possible
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Very central to city and all amenities are well accessible. hotel itself is fantastic and has nice interiors and ambiance. Matches Radisson's global standards. Little expensive, but given that nothing is cheap in Norway and more so in Oslo, its value for money.

Room Tip: Try this ONLY if you can afford expensive hotel in Oslo.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We had the unfortunate experience of an overnight stay at Radisson Blu Oslo on the first day of our guided tour of Norway. First of all, the attention of the front office staff was below average. Then, for our tour dinner, the management solution to cram 37 people onto a table that would only seat 20 comfortably, was the forerunner of further dismay for all the guests on our tour. Meals were served as if we were in a hash house. The service for drinks, etc and any other assistance during dinner meals was non-existent. We, as well as other members of our tour, were locked out of our rooms.

Our Tour Guide conveyed our disappointment to the Radisson Blu Hotel Manager prior to our departure. Our Tour Guide also told us that we needed to submit a review as he had previously had the same or similar problems on prior tours and still no action to improve the service had been made by the management of the hotel.

What is particularly galling about this first stay at the hotel is that we had to stay there again on the last night of our tour and the same things happened again. Further, on the last visit, our tour guide had to help deliverall bags to our rooms because the hotel management had no staff to do the job they were paid to perform.

This review may seem negative but there are a lot of positives about the people who look after and maintain the rooms. Essentially, the weakness in this hotel is the lack of strong management, particularly to improving customer service by reception and waiting staff.

Management at the Radisson Blu Oslo could take some guidance from the manager at Radisson Blu Norge in Bergen in regard to quality service. At the Radisson Blu Norge, one can only say the service was fantastic.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Unfortunately this hotel, while in a relatively good location (Not the best), does not live up to the Radisson Blu standard... The room I stayed in was well below standard. Everything just looked a little old and tired.

Service was good, free Wi-Fi was good and the breakfast spread was impressive.

Honestly though, I'd go and stay at the Hotel Continental next time as it is better located (closer to Public Transport) and costs the same.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

The hotel is centrally located, the staff provides good service and breakfast is good. BUT, the hotel has seen its best days and especially the rooms need serious renovation. Anyway, it seems professionally run and the overall impression is not so bad. If the price is right, it's probably not a bad alternative, primarily for business travelers.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

With our return to Oslo, the song draws to an end.

This was now our 2nd visit to the hotel, and I have to wonder whether Radisson were trying to mess with my head.

The staff very kindly allowed us to check in early to a room that was so different to the one that we had been given before, that I had to wonder whether we were in the same hotel. I half expected someone to leap out and say, "Gotcha!"

OK, so I'm exaggerating, but not hugely. The room we were given this time round was large, well appointed, and things like climate control had been handed back to the guest. I spent a delightful 5 mins playing with the various controls for heating, lighting, cooling etc. This was a room I could live in.

IIRC, another reviewer mentioned that parts of the hotel have recently been refurbished, so perhaps we were beneficiaries of this.

So, a happy ending then? Well, I wish I could give you an unqualified yes to that, but I can't.

On the very last morning, when we were once again going to take advantage of its excellent bus link to the airport, the hotel flipped us one last digit. The very sedately paced shower soon overwhelmed the drainage system, so that we ended up paddling in our own effluvium.

Reception was informed, but I suspect the next guest would have been doing the same.

And the one after that probably.

It's now some 3 months after the visit, and I wonder if it's been fixed yet?

If you've followed our trip around Norway, you may have noted that we stayed with Radisson a lot. Given the overall negative comments, you may wonder why we persisted. That was down a combination of ignorance and having to take what we could get. We had left things late in terms of booking hotels, and you have certain expectations of large chains. They may not be great, but they are, usually, of a reasonable standard.

Overall, Radisson bucked the trend on that. With the exception of Bergen, and if I'm feeling particularly generous, our second stay in Oslo, then I would not advise anyone to stay at a Radisson Blu.

If Radisson was all we had experienced of the Norwegian hotel industry, then we might have left the country with a grossly distorted view of it. We did have the pleasure, probably enhanced by the contrast to previous experience, of staying at another chain hotel in Trondheim.

They say comparisons are odious, but eRICA disagrees.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

My stay here was organised by my hosts, and so the initial impression was of a friendly but tired hotel.

Rooms were OK, but in need of renovation. Smoking is allowed in the hotel and even non-smoking rooms have that old smoke/musty smell.

Fittings and decor are tired but functional and clean. Beds are soft and a bit saggy, but clean and otherwise OK.

The gym and the top floor bar (great views) are OK to good, but the 'posh' dining room is dire - think Soviet office for the ambience - and the breakfast room is industrial in scale and also in cuisine.

This hotel is really geared to tours and conferences.

Staff however are very friendly and helpful. Upon arrival my room was on a low floor next to the lift shaft (very active). A call and a return to the reception yielded an 18th floor quiet room with great views - all done with helpful charm.

I attended a conference and found the conference facilities to be very good.

Tips - ask for a high room that's quiet (away from lifts) and with a sea/harbour or City view.

The big plus, however, was when I checked out. The price for two nights was less than I thought I'd pay for one night. Result. Remembering that Oslo is the most expensive city I've visited (I live in London and this is the first place that's made me question prices! Everything seems to be double London prices at least). This hotel though is an utter bargain.

Room Tip: Height helps, as does a city view. Lifts (centrally located) are noisy and walls thin, so ask for a...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Holbergsgate 30, Oslo N-0166, Norway
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Location: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Luxury Hotel in Oslo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo 4*
Number of rooms: 488
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