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On our last night of our exciting trip to Norway, we stayed at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen. We were able to take the bus directly from the resort in Trysil to the airport, so that was quite convenient as the airport stop comes even before the bus gets back into the heart of Oslo. We also had early flights home the next morning, and in those situations, staying at a hotel that is not only at the airport, but that is so close it does not require a shuttle is virtually priceless. Or in this case, it is the price of a cash + points award via Club Carlson. Here are our thoughts on the hotel, plus links back to the previous posts in this series.
Radisson Blu Oslo Airport (this post)
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We picked the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel Oslo primarily for its location just outside of the terminal. It is not only a very easy walking distance, but it is connected via a covered walkway. Once you exit the terminal, simply follow the signs to the right and you will end up looking out at the hotel. There was some construction going on while we were there, so the covered walkway was actually easy to miss, but it is there if you just walk right and across the street. I know I already mentioned this, but when it is an option, my recommendation is to always select the hotel that is either in the airport, or within walking distance to the terminal. Note that there is also a Park Inn that is also walking distance to the Oslo airport.
The standard rooms are decorated in one of five styles: Maritime, Scandinavian, New Scandinavian, Chili and Naturally Cool. I don’t know which category ours fell in, but I would describe it as Ikea Chic. It was clean and just fine, but very much felt like an Ikea bedroom. The twin beds were a little bit flimsy and the bedding seemed to move around quite a bit, but it worked for sleeping for a night. The normal sized beds may be a bit better. Their standard rooms are rated for two adults and up to one child two or under in a crib. They do have family rooms that are rated for two adults and up to two children.
The internet here was pretty reliable (and free for everyone), but the lights in the room were quite confusing to operate. Between the two of us, we could not figure out how to properly keep power in the room, but not have the lights on. Consequently, while we slept overnight there was no power charging our plugged in computers and devices. I’m sure that was just user error, but it wasn’t intuitive.
The bathroom had a shower/tub combo that didn’t seem to have warm water when I took a shower the night we arrived. However, my friend did not have that same issue in the morning. The hair dryer did stop working while we were there, but the staff was nice enough to come up at 4AM when this happened and offer to move my friend to another room so that she could finish drying her hair before the flight. Naturally it started working again as soon as the staff came up to help.
Due to the lack of many real options, we ate dinner at the on-site restaurant called AfterGate the night we stayed there. The service was quite slow, but the food was decent. There was a very interesting mix of people from all over the world meeting and eating here – great for people watching.
The Radisson Blu Airport Hotel Oslo offers free breakfast for everyone in the morning, but we had to leave before breakfast began at 5AM. There was a small station set-up for those who wanted some coffee or a granola bar before catching their early morning flight. Again, the staff was so nice and apologetic we couldn’t stay for the full breakfast and invited us back to breakfast in the event our flight was delayed for some reason.
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This is a Category 6 Club Carlson hotel that goes for 50,000 points per night. I didn’t really want to spend 50,000 points for a one-night stay, so instead utilized a points + cash rate for about 15,000 points + $150 USD. It was a good compromise between paying the full cash rate that was about $260 USD or burning 50k points on a one night stay at an airport hotel. If you need the family room, that one can be secured for 62,000 points for the night.
We didn’t get to check out the Fit4Flight wellness center or golf simulator on this trip, but even just the basic offerings the hotel had were totally fine for our one night airport stay. The staff were extremely nice and the room was totally acceptable. Obviously the location made getting to the airport for our flights a breeze, which was appreciated at 4:30 in the morning! I would absolutely stay here again if I needed to stay close to the airport in Oslo, and would recommend it for anyone looking to do the same.