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“Good hotel - convenient for Central Station”

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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo
Ranked #33 of 102 Hotels in Oslo
Reviewed 10 October 2013

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.

Room Tip: Higher the better - facing south
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

This hotel is situated just in the middle of attractions. Adjacent to bus terminal, subway station, taxi stand and shopping malls. Service was good. Front desk receptionists were wonderful and eager to help. As Oslo has a habit of raining whenever it likes, it is sooo nice of them to lend a big protective umbrella to guest for a day free of cost! Though the upholstery of the room I stayed was a bit faded and old, everything was clean. Recommended.
Oh! Breakfast was also very good :)

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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2  Thank TasiraS
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

Located right next door to Oslo S (central railway station). So, if arriving in Oslo by air, can easily (and relatively cheaply) take a train to Oslo S from the airport and then drag your luggage for 5 minutes over easy walkways to the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. (Relatively cheaply means compared to taxis.) Whilst Oslo S hosts a very nice shopping centre, it is right next door to the central bus station and tram station as well, so gets lots of passing 'traffic' and a few dodgy looking types. Not that we had any problems or issues - just an observation.
Standard room was quite adequate, beds comfortable, furnishings and bathroom at the level you'd expect of this kind of hotel. One nice aspect is you can open the window for a bit of fresh air, which isn't always the case in high-rise hotels. We were there because of a conference, so the hotel was busy but we were never disturbed by noise - either from corridors or rooms next door. Breakfast an amazing spread, and included in the room tariff (which apparently is pretty often the case for hotels in Norway). Laundry charges, like most other hotels, completely ridiculous so would never bother using. Geared for high volume occupancy. Service pleasant without being remarkable. We'd rate 3.5 - better than 'average' but perhaps not quite 'very good'. (Room had no spa - but couldn't uncheck that section after I'd accidentally clicked on it.)

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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2  Thank KerryGarry
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

I'd always stayed in Hiltons, Starwoods, and Marriotts. I wanted to be convenient to the airport but not stay at the airport, so I chose the Blu Plaza. Oslo makes it very easy to get from the airport to the train station: $12 and 20 minutes after boarding the "Airport Express," I was walking the 300 yards from the station to the hotel. I got a room on the 31st floor overlooking the city; the room was quiet, and the lighting was good-an issue in some hotels in the other chains. They included my breakfast, a very adequate HEALTHIER THAN MOST buffet. The staff was very friendly, the workout room 4+, and the public areas clean, well-lit, and modern. Norway is expensive but at about 200 USD, this hotel was a find. I did leave my computer adapter in the room, and so far, they haven't "found" it. There's an Irish pub on site.

Room Tip: High floor, city view.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank jpointer
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

I stayed at the Radisson Blu Plaza hotel for 2 weeks during a recent business trip to Norway. I selected this hotel after a lot of research and it was worth it. The location is the best part. Centrally located with most attractions within walking distance. Plenty of options for food, cafes, malls, bus & metro stations, rent a car, connectivity to the airport. The staff of this hotel were very friendly, warm and accomodating. They upgraded me to a superior room as I was staying for a longer period. The room service even helped me get my clothes ironed after working hours during an emergency. Excellent service! Dont miss the grand breakfast! Highly recommended to stay at this hotel for business and/or personal travel.

Room Tip: Request for a room on higher floor. Note, this hotel is packed during summer! The best time to get...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank satyamjuneja
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Reviewed 28 September 2013 via mobile

The tallest building in Oslo. Staff very friendly and trying to make you have a friendly arrival. Perfectly located, across the avenue from Central Station.
Buffet breakfast is fresh and with wide variety.
Great view of the city from the room window

  • Stayed: September 2013
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1  Thank DamianPiza
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

I stayed in Radisson Blu Plaza twice while on business trip in Oslo. The location is great, right at the central train station and within walking distance to the restaurants and shops. Rooms are crystal clean and staff are friendly and helpful. When I told them that I stayed with them before I got a special room with corner location (the fartherst from the lifts!) and a wonderful view on the city below. Breakfast is nice too, you get a wide selection of food and there are plenty of tables! Will definitely book it again

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank nat s
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Additional Information about Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo

Address: Sonja Henies Plass 3, Oslo 0185, Norway
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Region: Norway > Eastern Norway > Oslo > Sentrum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Business Hotel in Oslo
#18 Luxury Hotel in Oslo
#23 Family Hotel in Oslo
Price Range: £123 - £268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo 4*
Number of rooms: 673
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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