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After landing in Oslo on our ski trip to Norway, it was time to get into the city and to our hotel for the night, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo. There are a few ways to do that, but I opted to take the Airport Express Train (Flytoget) to the Central Railway Station which is basically adjacent to the hotel. The price was about $30 USD for the one-way ticket. It costs about $5 USD more if you buy the ticket from the ticket counter rather than the ticket machine. Remember to use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees to avoid wasting an extra 3% or so on cards that still have pesky foreign transaction fees. The ride on the train was about 22 minutes from the airport and it was very easy and pleasant. The train even offered (slow) WiFi which was helpful with avoiding internet roaming charge on my phone.
When you exit the platform at the Central Railway Station, stay to the right, exiting Central Station/Byporten Shopping via the north exit. Follow signs for the Oslo Bus Terminal and the hotel is located down the stairs from the bus terminal entrance. It is a very tall hotel, so if you look up you should be able to find it.
Before I get into the details of the Radisson Blu Plaza Olso, here are the other posts in this series on heading to Norway using miles and points.
Radisson Blu Plaza, Oslo (this post)
One Night in Oslo
Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil
Skiing in Norway
Radisson Blu Oslo Airport
Lufthansa First Class A380 Frankfurt – Houston
Check-in and the Lobby:
My friend had checked in first without any issue after adding her to my reservation in advance, so I was able to just get my key and head up to the room upon arrival. The staff here (that I interacted with) all seemed to speak English well as well as Norwegian. We did not get any sort of upgrade or perks for being Gold members with Club Carlson, but I don’t know if that was tied to needing two twin beds or just the way things operate. Breakfast here is free for everyone, so no need for an elite perk in that department.
The room was the type we requested and had a very good view of the city of Oslo. The beds were comfortable enough for a good night’s sleep, though it does always take some getting used to being in a twin bed again!
The bathroom was clean and in good order, though I had trouble getting enough hot water for my shower. It wasn’t cold, it just wasn’t hot. My friend didn’t have that same issue, so this might have just been a fluke.
The internet was decent and there was no additional charge for the use of the internet at this hotel. Again, that is not an elite perk, it is the norm for this property. The standard rooms at this hotel have a max occupancy of two people, though they do have family rooms that can have two adults and two children with two twin beds and a sofabed.
Free Breakfast and Restaurants:
In addition to the location, one of the highlights of this hotel is the complimentary breakfast buffet. It was a pretty impressive spread with both hot and cold items. There was delicious bread, eggs, sausage, cold meat, eggs, yogurt, fruit, juices, and more. It is a buffet, but a server does come around to serve coffee and collect plates.
By the end of breakfast I couldn’t figure out how everyone around me was so thin given how yummy all the breads were! Free breakfast for the whole family is a real perk that they should advertize more at this property.
The only meal we ate here was breakfast, but they do also have a 34 Restaurant and 34 Sky Bar on the 34th floor of the hotel. We saw some people dressed up (and quite drunk) in the elevator heading up to the “fine dining” restaurant one evening, but otherwise can’t really speak to it from personal experience. We also saw the door to the Irish pub, Galway Bar, in the hotel. I’m glad we headed out for our one dinner in Oslo, but having some on-site options would be good if you had a longer stay than we did.
The concierge in the lobby was very helpful and gave good recommendations for things to walk to nearby. I’ll do a separate post on some of the things we did on our one day in Oslo. The town itself is pretty expensive, but being able to get the hotel at a reasonable prepaid rate of $167 all-in for the two of us helped keep costs down. I imagine we must have been there during the off-season (who goes to Norway in February other than to ski?!), but rates during peak seasons can get much higher, and in that case being able to stay for 50,000 Club Carlson points would be huge. Of course, like at all Club Carlson properties, the real value comes in getting the last award night free if you also have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card. I almost can’t bring myself to redeem Club Carlson points for one night stays like this one since they are so much more valuable to me on multi-night stays.
All in all I would not hesitate to return to this hotel if I again find myself in Oslo. There is an indoor pool and fitness center in the hotel that look quite nice that we missed on this short visit. The location of the Radisson Blu Plaza Oslo was solid, the service was good, and the room was fine. It was the perfect spot for our one night visit before we headed west to do some skiing!
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