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“Perfect for shopping in Kristiansand, but needs updating” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel, Kristiansand

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Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel, Kristiansand
Ranked #10 of 18 Hotels in Kristiansand
Sandefjord, Norway
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect for shopping in Kristiansand, but needs updating”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

A wery sentral hotel, 5 minutes from the center of town. The personell is wery helpful and serviceminded. There is a bar and a restaurant in connection with the reception area, and it was easy to bring food to the room when we wanted a late meal.

We booked a business class room after looking at the pictures we found on booking.com. These photos did not match the room we were given at all and we were wery dissapointed! The rooms have not been refurbished in the last 10-15 years, the bathroom was dark and uninviting and many of the tiles in the bathroom were completely worn down.

The helpful personell at the reception gave us an offer to upgrade to another room, but then we would be separated from our traveling companions so we declined.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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USA
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107 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

Very central to port and business district. Highrise, not so pretty outside but nice enough inside. Friendly staff, room has everything you need and expect. Clean. Very good breakfast.
There are few really good restaurants in the town, and the best ones are in the hotels (except a really good Indian one).

Room Tip: Newest section (of 2)
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Protraveller1
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Manila, Philippines
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69 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

We requested for a double bed and it was a twin bed that was given so upgrade was made for us. Our room was an old old one, like made during the 70s. The rest room was not cleaned and the door can only be locked after 20 seconds of closing the same.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London
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38 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

Here now for a total of two nights - I am to lazy to make a change at this point. Came in late last night and gave my Carlson Club card which was not on my Reservation - no fault to Radisson. Get to the room and I was caught off guard by not just two twin beds push close per usual. But a wooden set of bunk beds in the corner next to the desk area. Reminded my of summer camp or a make shift hospital. Other than the LG TV the place was old. Tired and Old. The bath room has a huge rust stain on the floor and someone who went to investigate the source of the leak never put the plate back on so you can see behind the wall. The whole feel of the halls and the hotel says time to rename it the The Bates or something else less romantic. The location to the harbour and the High Street area is very good. The breakfast looked and tasted school cafe quality. Never wrote a review like this before but felt the management would want to know.

Room Tip: Pass on room 615 - end of the hall - it is quite I have to say.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank SMMLondon
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Stockholm
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64 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

I stayed one night in June 2013. The location is good, not far from the city center and very close to the harbor. The bus to the airport stops just outside the hotel. Check in and check out went fast, I got my room at noon.

The room was descent in size with some nice views. The bed was excellent. (I slept like a baby) Breakfast was ok, nothing special but descent enough. The bathroom was medium in size and reasonable clean.

The hotel felt a bit worn in some places and a bit old fashioned. I got a good rate so on the whole I was satisfied.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gyllenbock
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2013

The Radisson motif of very tired rooms was well in evidence at their Kristiansand hotel. Some things, such as shelving, were worn down to the underlying MDF, window frames were coming apart, and the usual bumps, chips and scrapes were endemic.

The room itself was a decent size, and in that respect an improvement on the one we had left in Oslo that morning. It also had a pleasant view of the harbour, though if you don't find working ports interesting, the view out of some of the rooms would be a disappointment as they overlooked a container terminal

The bathroom would be challenging for the average sized, but when you're "cuddly" like me, well, there wasn't really room to fart properly.

In direct contrast to the rest of the building, the bar and restaurant looked as though a good deal of money had been spent on them recently, though the bar did look as though it could do with a good dusting. The food in the restaurant, though pricey, was of good quality and enjoyable.

This was our 2nd Radisson hotel of our Norwegian holiday, and it felt as if a trend was starting to develop.

It was

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Room Tip: There is a container terminal at the back of the hotel
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank John G
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London, United Kingdom
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424 reviews
115 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

The staff were very friendly and the rooms quite spacious however the rooms are quite old fashioned in style but very nice all the same not quite the same as the more modern groups of this hotel. The location is great close to the city centre to walk and a lovely bar downstairs as well as an outside resturant. Had a great stay and will return.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Globetrotter201026
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Additional Information about Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel, Kristiansand

Property: Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel, Kristiansand
Address: Vestre Strandgate 7, Kristiansand 4610, Norway
Region: Norway > Southern Norway > Vest-Agder > Kristiansand
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 18 Hotels in Kristiansand
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel, Kristiansand 4*
Number of rooms: 205
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel is situated by the seafront down town Kristiansand. The hotel is full of atmosphere and reflects a high standard and service throughout. Come and join us. Experience something different. We are not just an ordinary hotel. We can taylor anything from rock climbing to boat trips or salmon fishing. We suggest - You approve - We arrange it. ... more   less 
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