A third stay on a "Great Rail Journeys" tour. We arrived feeling rather bemused. Expecting a Radisson, we find that it has recently changed hands and is now owned by the Lindner group. The staff were keen to please and in the main were friendly and helpful.
The reception area is quite impressive, our room, on the other hand, left a lot to be desired, a perfect example of style over function. Not at all sure how this hotel can be considered 4 star, the rooms are cramped, there was no mini bar, only the fridge where it might have been, no in-room welcome tray (as we had in the last 4 star Radisson Blu we'd stayed in). The only welcome of sorts was a bottle of water with an accompanying sign that told us it would cost €3.50. So not much of a welcome here then!
Two easy chairs (albeit with hard wooden arms), table and desk, which doubled as a dressing table (interesting piece of furniture design)
In a room of typical size and proportions of a UK budget chain hotel the room “designer” had decided to run the bed out of the corner at 45 degrees, and stick the fridge and TV in what looked like a free standing sentry box/Punch and Judy style piece of furniture. Again at 45 degrees. But, it did house a nice flat screen TV, with several English speaking news channels. What little space there is, in the room, is wasted by this ridiculous layout. However, it was nice and quiet. The bathroom was clean with reasonable quality towels and flannels. There was no bath, only a shower, but was in good order.
The hotel is situated in an area were you risk getting irritated by gnats if you open a window. There is a screen in front of one of the opening windows, but there is no air con. However, In an area that has sporadic mobile phone coverage, the “free” WiFi turned out to be very welcome.
Now to the bed, it was truly awful. Ultra firm mattress that seemed to be made totally of synthetic material, paired with synthetic duvets. There is nothing in this bed that breaths, so you wake, feeling clammy. The pillows appeared to be filled with a mix of something lumpy, again synthetic and very uncomfortable. Add to this, the fact that the mattress is set into a wooden base, so you risk banging your shins on it.
On looking around at the surrounding area, we were very under-whelmed. The landscaping of this “resort” was sadly lacking. The beach at the end of the grass at the back of the hotel was so small - we've seen wider slipways! At the entrance to the hotel was a building site which you had to negotiate to take a walk towards the other area of beach. The overall area was less national park than we'd expected, more like coastal fields, that are about to be developed into a housing development.
The surrounding area seems infested with gnats or midges all of which seem very pleased to swarm around you anywhere outdoors. Thankfully we were not bitten.
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Rugen Island
- Radisson Blu Hotel Ruegen
- Radisson Trent
- Trent Radisson