LOCATION AND COMMUNICATIONS
If arriving at Gardermoen airport consider taking the airport express bus instead of the train. It does take longer than the train but the upside is it stops right outside the main entrance and all you have to do is sit on the bus. If taking the train get off at Nathionaltheateret and walk up - it's about a 10 minute walk but can be a bit stressful if you have heavy luggage.
Tram 18 stops right next to the hotel and there is also a Hertz rental office at the hotel, which makes renting a car for a day or two easy.
For other public transport you need to walk for about 10 mins down to Nationaltheateret station, where you can catch buses, trams and the underground.
Note this hotel is not in a "happening" neighbourhood and there are not that many restaurants and bars in very close proximity - expect to walk for about 15 minutes or take a cab.
Right across the street you will find a huge convenience stored called Deli de Luca. It's open 24x7 and has lots of good food and drink. So if you just want a snack, or don't want to order room service Deli de Luca is your saviour. They have sushi (usually pretty fresh), warm items such as lasagna, barbeque chicken legs, chinese dishes etc. which they just heat up in their industrial-size ovens. They also have lots of different kinds of non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and even essential household items such as dental floss, toothpaste, and headache tablets.
Good, but only average - and not as good as the Oslo Plaza. The breakfast room gets very crowded at times. Some of that is down to staff deliberately closing off some of the tables by placing 'reserved' notes on them. If only they could just open up the whole restaurant and use all the tables it would be a nicer experience for everyone. I bet they just don't want the extra work of having to clear more tables.
The food was not bad, but not very exciting either. Not much choice. Plus points for the omelette making station - but minus points for only having 3 items to choose from for your omelette.
I am normally upgraded to a business room at Radisson hotels. This is the first hotel where I have had to phone down to reception and get them to confirm that I was in a business room! The room just seemed to small for being a business room.
Don't get me wrong, the room was quite nice. We were on a floor with recently renovated rooms and the corridor still had that 'new' smell you get. It seems Radisson made a conscious decision to put profit before customer satisfaction and made the rooms small when they refurbished them. They could have made them roomier if they wanted to.
The bathroom was good, so were the beds, and there was a big plasma with lots of TV channels. No sofa, just two uncomfortable small chairs and a small table. Desk was OK but could have been bigger for a bigger work surface - it felt a bit cramped.
The daytime receptionists were usually pretty friendly and helpful.
Room service seemed a bit chaotic and the food was just OK.
The hotel has an underground car park operated by a company called Q-park and it's called "Slottsparken Parkeringshus". It does make life easier if you have a car - you drive right in and there is an entrance to the hotel directly from the car park.
Parking pro: Easy, convenient, great in winter - parking is heated so you always step into a warm car.
Cons: The cost. You do get a 25% discount but the price is still pretty steep.
Tip: Paying for the car park is cumbersome. When you enter the parking lot, take a ticket. You then need to have the ticket validated at reception before you use it to exit the car park, otherwise you will not have the hotel discount applied. Annoyingly you cannot get a ticket for your whole stay and get billed to your room, you have to get a new ticket every time you enter and then have this validated at reception. When exiting you need to insert your credit card. On the positive side - you only pay for the time you are parked there, not a flat fee per 24 hours as you might think. Another con: The lifts at parking lot level stop working from about 9.30PM to 7.30AM. Outside of those hours you may have to lug your suitcase up a set of stairs to reach the reception floor.
...is not really a spa. There is a pretty well-equipped gym with newish machines and a good aircon system. The swimming pool has seen better days and the water was a tad cold for my taste. The fresco painting on one of the walls depict a holiday resort somewhere in Africa and will probably offend anyone from that continent - take a close look and you notice the (black) locals gathered round a campfire next to their village straw huts while the (white) guests party away the night in a separate section. I hope they redecorate those walls and completely refurbish the whole pool area soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel is located in downtown Oslo, and is just a short walk from the Royal Palace and the main street Karl Johans Gate. Here you will find restaurants, bars, shops, galleries and famous sights. Easy access to Oslo Airport with the airport bus just outside the hotel entrance, or via Nasjonaltheateret station. 499 guest rooms and suites which combine timeless elegance with high comfort. All rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs and safes. Wireless high speed internet is included. We offer our hotel guests free access to a gym and swimming pool for a refreshing morning! The hotel restaurant, Enzo Restaurant & Bar serves an international menu based on Norwegian ingredients. From Summit Bar on the 21th floor hotel, you can experience the city's most spectacular views! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo Hotel Oslo
- Radisson Oslo
- Oslo Radisson