First off, let me say that my stay here was quite acceptable but when I checked out my bill wasn't so I've marked as average as 'Value for Money' will be a low score until I've received a response from the hotel regarding my bill.
Visiting Oslo for the Norway v England football match I decided to book this place as it seemed well located and was on the right side of the centre to get the football stadium.
I caught the SAS Flybussen from the main Oslo airport as it terminates right outside this hotel so saved me the hassle of finding my way from the main station late at night. The bus was slightly overpriced but convenient. The hotel was well located, right next to the Royal Palace and very cloe to the main central road in Oslo that you can walk down to get to most places you want to go. There is also a T-Bahn station just acorss the park so that's handy too. It's less than a 10 minute walk from the harbour if you want to go out on any of the cruises around the Oslofjord.
Arriving at around midnight the reception was fairly quiet so I was seen straight away. I'd booked a twin room, and was assigned a room with a Queen bed, I'm not sure 2 male football fans look like they want to share a bed!? I pointed out the error and it was changed and I was given a twin room so all fairly painless.
Reading the other reviews about the dated decor I was pleasantly surprised. I was in a 'business room' on the 10th floor which was obviously one of those that had been redecorated. Room was an ok size and very clean and modern with a flat screen tv and a desk. Bathroom was a good size with a full wet area for the rainwater shower. Good choice of soaps and liquids for the shower.
Breakfast was included in my rate, so next morning I went down and after about 10 minutes I managed to find a table (The hotel was very busy due to the match, a holiday weekend in Norway and a large South American group that seemed to be an orchestra of some sort) The selection was fine, with the usual hot choice, breads, cereals and fruit.
I also made use of the swimming pool as it was a very hot weekend. It's in the basement with a small gym and is fine for a dip after a long day.
I checked out on Sunday morning (Seemed to be several members of staff milling around behind the desk, that were'n table to check me out which I find quite anooying) However after a few minutes I was seen to and it was at this point that I was told that I'd been upgraded so would pay the extra cost. I was fine with that as I'd opted to take an upgrade if available when I booked the hotel, and we were in one of the 'business rooms' even though I wasn't informed of this upgrade upon check-in. However I was charged a double upgrade as I was also told I had an 'Oslofjord' view. I pointed out that it was very unusual to be charged twice for an upgrade that I wasn't informed I was getting, and that the only view I had was of the roof of the hotel restaurant!!
I didn't have time to argue as I needed to rush to catch my flight, but I will be taking up this with the hotel management. I had a bad experience with overcharging under the old Radisson SAS brand and haven't used them since, but thought I would give them a try under their new image. Unfortunately I've been left wit a rather bad taste in my mouth and fell like I've been ripped off.
So, apart from the over charging issue I'd have no problem staying here again. Just make sure what room you're given when you are checked in and whether they wil be making any additional charges. If they'd told me I had a room with a view I could have come straight back down and told them I most certainly had no view whatsoever!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel is located in downtown Oslo, and is just a short walk from the Royal Palace and the main street Karl Johans Gate. Here you will find restaurants, bars, shops, galleries and famous sights. Easy access to Oslo Airport with the airport bus just outside the hotel entrance, or via Nasjonaltheateret station. 499 guest rooms and suites which combine timeless elegance with high comfort. All rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs and safes. Wireless high speed internet is included. We offer our hotel guests free access to a gym and swimming pool for a refreshing morning! The hotel restaurant, Enzo Restaurant & Bar serves an international menu based on Norwegian ingredients. From Summit Bar on the 21th floor hotel, you can experience the city's most spectacular views! ... more less
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