The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen: As the first ever Radisson hotel in the world, The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen is the granddaddy of the Radisson Blu hotel chain. The Arne Jacobsen designed hotel was also the world’s first ever design hotel when it was opened in 1960, and to this days still bears witness to the legendary designer’s great eye for detail and love of stylish yet functional forms.
The hotel’s location is fantastic; it’s a short two minutes walk from the Copenhagen Central Train Station, where trains to and from the airport and from all over the country arrive and depart. The service on the other hand could be better, but I think most travellers who are used to the level of service in continental Europe will find Scandinavia in general a tad lacking in this area. The hotel’s corner rooms and suites as well as its Alberto K restaurant on the 20th floor command spectacular panorama views of Copenhagen and on a clear day, you can see all the way to the spectacular Øresund bridge and sound. The room standard is generally above average , though the cleanliness standard could be raised somewhat, as the minibar in LTB’s hotel room still bore witness of the previous guests’ fingerprints wine preferences.
The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel: Hammerichsgade 1, 1611 Copenhagen – Denmark. Phone: +45 33 426000
The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo: Let me start by saying this is one of the best hotels Oslo has to offer. Its location vis-a-vis the central train station, where trains to and from the airport depart and arrive every twenty minutes is perfect for visitors to the city. It is also a great base from which to explore the city, as it is within walking distance of the Oslo City Shopping Centre, the Karl Johan main street which leads you past the Norwegian parliament and on to the castle where the Norwegian monarchy lives and a host of other attractions.
The Radisson Blu Plaza hotel is almost a national treasure in Norway and being the tallest building in the country, is extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. We arrived on the day before a decisive football match between Norway and neighbouring Denmark, and because the majority of the influx of visitors were staying at the hotel, checking in was an exercise in patience. All traces of irritation disappeared, however, once we found our way to out room on the 31st floor, thanks to the breathtaking views of Oslo and its environs it afforded us. The hotel’s 34 SkyBar and restaurant on the 34th floor are a must-visit, both to enjoy panoramic views over the city as well as modern Norwegian cuisine.
The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo: Sonja Henies plass 3 0185 Oslo, Norway. Phone: +47 22 058000
Radisson Blu Hotel, Malmo: Not unlike its counterparts in Copenhagen and Oslo, the Radisson Blu Hotel Malmo’s location is also very favourable to travellers, with the location only about a 5-minute walk from Malmo Central Train Station. (Copenhagen airport is a short 20-minute ride away).
Luxury Travel Beat found this to be our favourite of the three Radisson hotels we reviewed for this article. We stayed at one of the hotel’s business rooms on the 6th floor, which we found to be refreshingly spacious and well-appointed in minimalist Scandinavian style. The hotel’s staff were extremely courteous and helpful, making one feel like the prized guest one is. Because we have one too many workouts in cramped hotel gyms in our past, we particularly appreciated the fact that the Radisson Blu Malmo gym was quite large. A very generous breakfast buffet (though we would have loved fresh instead of concentrated orange juice) and dining on classic Swedish fare in the hotel’s historic Thott’s restaurant were some of the highlights of our stay. All in all, a business hotel with soul.
The Radisson Blu Malmo: Ostergatan 10, 211 25 Malmo, Sweden. Phone: +46 40 6984000