We love Oslo there’s no denying it, we have visited numerous times. The culture, the laid back charm, the friendly locals and the coffee (yes the coffee) just keep us returning. Have you ever felt that way about a city or country?
During a recent weekend trip we chose to stay at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo for two nights. Having stayed at a number of Radisson Blu hotels over the years and always having a positive experience we were confident that this hotel would live up to the great reviews. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint and far exceeded our expectations!
The first massive positive for this hotel is location. If you arrive into Oslo Gardermoen Luthhavn (Airport) the most popular way to travel into the city is via the Flytoget airport express train. Located just a 5 minute walk from Oslo Central station the Radisson Blu Plaza is ideal for accessing the T-bane (subway) service and other local and regional train services.
On arrival at the hotel we entered into a rather impressive lobby where we were greeted by a friendly member of staff, who took us through the straight forward check in process. We were advised that we have been upgraded to a business class room located on the 26th floor. Needless to say we were thrilled! We were advised at as this point of all the services and facilities available in the hotel. Included in the room rate was breakfast which was served in the Restaurant Gaio on the 2nd floor. Having visited Oslo previously I knew that Norwegian hotels are famed for their great breakfasts, I could almost smell the bacon!
Now to check out our room. The hotel is very large so the lifts service different floors. Up we went to the 26th floor to find room 2624, this was located at the end of the corridor (we are always the furthest from the lift….it’s a thing).
On entry we pretty much stopped and stared at the room in front of us. The first thing we noticed was the view. It was night when we arrived so Oslo was alive with lights. This room definitely had the Wow factor!
The next thing that we noticed was how large the room was, I would say it was larger than average. Swinging a cat would seem pointless!
To the left of the entry was a large bathroom, this was actually a wet room with no bath facilities but it did have a great disabled access. The bathroom was clean and there was a nice selection of complimentary toiletries. Also provided were lovely clean fluffy white towels.
The main room consisted of a queen sized bed, seating area, dressing table and wardrobe space. Very tastefully decorated the room had a relaxed modern contemporary feel.
Now let’s talk about the bed. Lovely crisp white linen and super comfortable. I don’t often sleep that well in hotel rooms but there was no such issue in this bed.
The seating area near the window had a nice sized table, bench seat and lounging chair with a foot stool. We really liked having a separate seating area, it meant that in the evening we could sit and wonder at the view and enjoy a glass of duty free wine.
Speaking of beverages! I can honestly say that any hotel that provides a Nepresso coffee machine for guests along with a great selection of coffee pods, gets a resounding thumbs up from me. Fear not tea fans, there was also a nice selection of Twinings. There is a fully stocked mini bar, but I would perhaps recommend popping down to the Deli de Luca next door if you fancy a chocolate bar.
If you like to chill out in bed and watch some the box then you’ll love the large flat screen television. There was a reasonable choice of channels. Movies are available for an additional charge.
The wardrobe had plenty of hanging space, there was also an iron and ironing board (which is a big winner) and a lockable safe. Each room has a hairdryer provided so no need to stuff your own in your already bulging suitcase!
There are several different room options available at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo from standard rooms to stunning suites.
Now unfortunately due to my unwavering obsession with bacon, I forgot to actually take photos of the amazing breakfast. Served in the Restaurant Gaio located on the 2nd floor between 6.30am – 10am (Mon-Fri) and 7am – 11am (Sat and Sun). There is a huge selection of hot and cold food and drinks. Each table has a pot of coffee inviting weary travellers to rest for a moment.
By far the most impressive part of the breakfast service is the range of choices for those with dietary issues. I have coeliac disease and often really struggle at hotels. Not here! There is a dedicated “gluten free and dairy free corner”. There is a great choice of breads, cereals and pastries. You can eat as much or as little as you like.
Restaurants and Bars
In additional to Restaurant Gaio there are also three other restaurants/bars within the hotel.
The Lobby Bar is located on the ground floor and is perfect for a light bite and maybe a cocktail or two. Open from 9am – 10pm Mon – Sun.
The Galway Bay also on the ground floor is based on a traditional Irish pub. We celebrated St Patrick’s Day in Oslo so we wiled away a few hours in Galway Bay! They serve hearty quick meals and have a great selection of draft and bottle beers, as well as whiskies and spirits. We can highly recommend Galway Bay.
34th Restaurant is the crowning glory of the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. Located on the 34th floor overlooking the cityscape this restaurant serves traditional pub fare as well as traditional Norwegian dishes. Open from 5pm – 12.30am (Mon – Thurs) and 5pm – 1.30am (Fri and Sat). The views are truly breathtaking!
There are a range of guest services on offer at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. A full concierge service in available. The hotel offers free baggage storage, valet parking and business facilities. Free WiFi is available through out the hotel.
There is also a full fitness centre with gym, sauna and a beautiful indoor plunge pool. This is located on the 37th floor and offers stunning views over Oslo. Open from 6am – 11.30pm daily.
Our final thoughts…
In all honesty it doesn’t get much better than the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo when it comes to hotels. This 4 star hotel delivers a 5 star experience! Admittedly the hotel is not really a budget option but you won’t be disappointed. We can’t wait to stay again.
Oh and don’t forget to take the panoramic lift! Accessible from the 4th floor this lift goes up the outside of the hotel offering magnificent views of the Oslo Fjord and beyond.
In truth Oslo is a rather compact capital city and almost everything is within walking distance or a short ride on the T-bane. I have listed just a few of our favourites places below:
- Oslo Opera House– 5 to 10 minute walk
- Munch Museum – 15 to 20 minute walk
- Akershus Festning – 20 minute walk
- Norwegian Royal Place – 20 to 25 minute walk
- National Gallery – 20 minute walk
- Oslo Fjord Batservice sightseeing tours– 20 minute walk (you can access the Fram Museum via this boat cruise)
- Vigelandsparken and Vigeland Museum – 45 minute walk (there are plenty of coffee stops on the way)
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