One night last December whilst trying to decide what to buy my husband for Christmas I had a brain wave. My husband has always longed to go to Norway. When he was small his Grandma used to tell him that Norway was her dream holiday. Unfortunately she never made it and it’s something he has always wanted to do for her.
So with Christmas just around the corner, his birthday, as well as my 40th all within six weeks of each other. I hastily arranged a babysitter and booked two flights to Oslo, Norway’s capital city for early February. Let the adulting begin.
Next step was to decide on a hotel. Oslo is not short on great hotels, there is something for pretty much every budget. After much deliberation and an hour spent on Trip Advisor I decided on the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Oslo for two nights. Whilst not really a budget option I wanted to treat us a little bit! It was worth every penny.
Located just a short walk from the Nationaltheatret (National Theatre) station and perfectly positioned for magnificent views over Oslo. The Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel even boasts Royal neighbours, the Norwegian Royal Palace is just a two minute walk away.
After an easy journey from Oslo Luthhavn, we arrived at the hotel to check in. The lobby is modern, contemporary and in true Scandi style minimal and effortlessly cool. We were greeted by a lovely member of staff who advised that we had been upgraded to a business suite. Bonus! We were also advised that breakfast would be served in Brasseriet on the ground floor. Most hotels in Norway offer breakfast in the room rate.
Off to the 11th floor we went to find our room. Standing at 22 floors the hotel has 499 rooms. They vary from standard rooms to junior suites. I’ve mentioned before that whenever we stay in hotels we are always the furthest room from the lift, it’s a thing now. I’m not complaining though because our business suite might have been tucked in a little corner but boy did it deliver on style and a wow factor view.
As we entered we were struck by the ambience immediately. Soft lights, dark furnishings and splashes of pop art created a relaxed and chilled atmosphere. Another thing we noticed immediately was the sheer size of the room. It was huge!
Open plan in layout the focal point of the room was the queen sized Jensen bed dressed in crisp one linen. I can tell you that we slept extremely well. It was so super comfortable. We spent our first night tucked up in bed with wine, chocolate and a movie. We know how to live.
Positioned at the end of the room to take full advantage of spectacular view was a seating area with full sized sofa and coffee table. If you wanted to work and admire Oslo from up high, no problem as there was also a sleek desk and chair.
The views over the city and the fjord are unrivalled. You could lose hours wondering and gazing. It was particularly beautiful after dark. Oslo’s imposing City Hall took centre stage.
At the entrance the little hall area had a full sized wardrobe, coffee station (yes you read that right) with a Nespresso machine and a lovely selection of coffee pods. Tea lovers are looked after as well with a great twinings selection. A little mini bar was on hand for late night munchies. Although beware the prices.
The bathroom was also located off the hall. Whilst quite small is was super chic. White fluffy towels are always appreciated as are complimentary toiletries, Radisson had provided both.
We were also treated to a complimentary fruit tray and bottles of water, hand delivered by the house keeping staff with a lovely note. It’s little touches like this that really do leave a lasting impression.
Let’s talk about breakfast! If there’s one thing the Norwegians know how to do its breakfast. I can honestly say that we have never seen a breakfast buffet quite like the one provided at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia. Served in the Brasseriet Restaurant on the ground floor. The restaurant is large and airy meaning you never feel overwhelmed by people whilst getting that all important first coffee of the day. Breakfast was Continental, American, English with a hint of Norwegian. There was even a gluten and dairy free section, which for me being a Coeliac was just fantastic.
Restaurants and Bars
There are several restaurant and bar options at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia.
26 North and Social Club is a brand new restaurant located in the lobby area of the hotel. You can expect to be treated to modern Nordic cuisine inspired by local and seasonal ingredients. Brassieret located on the ground floor hosts breakfast each morning and is also open from lunch and dinner.
On the 21st floor you will find the Summit Bar. Designed the renowned architecture firm Snøhetta, whose portfolio also includes the Oslo Opera House. This stunning cocktail bar has panoramic windows allowing for breathtaking views over Oslo and the fjord. Soak up the views and sophisticated atmosphere and enjoy a cocktail or two.
You won’t want for anything when you a guest at this hotel. High speed free WiFi is available throughout. Room service is available 24 hours a day and there is also a small convenience store that is accessed via the lobby. There is even a Grab ‘n’ Run breakfast table in the lobby for guests who have early check outs or just don’t fancy a sit down meal. Grab yourself a hot drink, fruit and a breakfast bar.
Enjoy a sauna and relaxing swim at the tranquil Lagoon Wellness Centre. There is also a fully equipped gym within the centre.
Oslo is a compact accessible city that is very easy to navigate. Almost everything is within walking distance. The Radisson Blu Scandinavia is very centrally located making it a perfect choice for travellers. Just a 2 minute walk from the Royal Palace and Slottsparken (Palace Park) and the National Gallery. The trendy harbour area of Aker Bryyge is a leisurely 10 minute walk away.
Our Final Thoughts…
Our first trip Oslo was a very special one. I wanted to make my husband’s dreams come true. Even if just for a weekend. To remember his beloved Grandma and fulfil her dreams as well. Thanks to the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel we were able to conquer the city in luxury, style and comfort. We would stay again in a heart beat.
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