We chose this hotel for its closeness to Oslo Central Station and because we wanted to be able to walk to a number of attractions in Central Oslo. The Airport Express train brings you from the Airport to the Central Station in about 15 minutes for approx. £17. The hotel is then at the North Entrance and just over a pedestrian bridge.
Check-in was easy and the room surprisingly large, but comfortable and the Wi-Fi connected immediately. Staff were helpful and friendly.
Our room was on the 23rd floor facing South, which gave us a good view to the waterfront. Breakfast was good and varied with fresh produce. We tried to get up to the panorama floor on the 35th floor but failed to open the door to get into it. We later found that it is closed on Sundays - which seemed a bureaucratic nonsense.
We only had one night in Oslo and we were arriving mid-afternoon on a Sunday and leaving mid-afternoon on a Monday, so after checking out on the Monday, we left our luggage at Reception to be collected on our way back to the airport.
Oslo is not a huge city and we picked out the things that we wished to see in our 24 hours as follows:
- Opera House: I know it's odd, but you are encouraged to walk up the inclined roof (from ground level) and from the top you get a good view of the harbour. No charge.
- Akershus Castle: splendid old building still used for State occasions.
- Oslo City Hall (Radhus) is probably the ugliest building in Oslo (designed in 1918 and built in 1950), but it has some wonderful paintings inside that cover vast areas. Entrance is free.
- Cathedral (Domkirche). Lovely old features (altar and pulpit) and impressive ceiling painting as long as you don't dwell on the fact that, in painting it, they destroyed the earlier (?medieval) ceiling art. Entrance free, but a donation is welcome.
If we had had more time, we would have tried for the Royal Palace and the Parliament, but, apart from the time issue, both were only accessible via guided tours.
Even allowing for it being a Sunday when we arrived (all shops are shut on a Sunday, but restaurants are open - more or less), there were not many places to just have a coffee in Oslo, but we found two 'Joe & the juice' cafes, which produced tea and coffee at sensible prices.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is the largest hotel and the tallest building in Norway, featuring 673 rooms and suites. The hotel is conveniently located next to the central railway station, with easy airport access. Shopping and sightseeing is within walking distance. Guests enjoy complimentary access to the swimming pool on the 35th floor and Plaza Fitness on the 37th floor. Concierge service, valet parking and room service is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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