I agree with other reviewers who have mentioned the nice, friendly and helpful staff this hotel has. I think the staff is this establishment’s best asset. I stayed in a room on the 6th floor facing the parking lot and no that is not a practically thrilling view I admit, but for me this was not very important. I agree that the standard rooms are not large but they are adequate as I think my photos show. Also, in my room I did not have any broken or run down furniture and my bathroom had been completely renovated. It was on the small size but very nice.
The dining room is this hotel’s weak spot in my opinion. I did not eat dinner at the hotel, but because I had seen previous reviews I made a point of checking out the buffet line. It did not look appealing, and I would recommend that you plan to eat dinner somewhere else. Others have touted the breakfast as good, but I travel quite a bit in Norway, and frankly I am used to something far better than what I got at this hotel. It was eatable but not exiting.
This is a reasonable hotel okay for one or two nights.
Now some background that I think puts the hotel in some context and justifies calling it average. First there is something one has to realize when traveling to Scandinavia and that is that prices are high here. There is a very broad political consensus that the welfare state has to be maintained. This is expensive and therefore all the government’s means of generating income such as income and sales taxes are high. This in turn has an obvious impact on prices.
One of many places this is seen is on hotel rooms. You should not have high expectations of a room you ‘only’ paid about 800 kr. for. Yes I know that in other regions of the world spending a $130 on a hotel room in a small town like Haugesund will usually provide you with top of the line accommodations but that not the way it is in Norway. Here you get an average room if that and no more.
Another thing is air conditioning. Very few hotels, especially older hotels, in Scandinavia have AC for obvious geographical reasons. By the way, the same goes for private residences. It is an expensive extra you rarely need. This means that if you come with the expectation that you will have complete climate control you are going to be disappointed. Typically bathrooms will have in floor heating and there will be one or more heating elements in the room. To cool down you will need to open the windows and turn the heat off and on unseasonably hot days or when the sun is just right you will have to deal with higher temperatures.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Radisson Blu Hotel, Haugesund has an ideal location by the sea, between the city centre and Haugesund Airport. Indoor swimming pool with attached children’s pool and sauna. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Haugesund
- Haugesund Radisson