Located in the center of Oslo, the Radisson Blu Scandinavia is one of several Radisson Blu hotels in this capital city. Like most in the brand, the Scandinavia offers a clean, uniform, and predictable level of service and accommodation. Public areas in the 22-story Scandinavia have an open, almost shopping-mall feel; indeed, a large shopping arcade sits just below the hotel. Rooms are done up in a definite Scandinavian flair, with amenities ranging from free high-speed Internet to large LCD screens. Of the three Oslo Radissons, the Blu Scandinavia is best suited to both business and leisure travelers due to its close proximity to Oslo’s tourist attractions and its business district. The central location puts visitors within walking distance of the Royal Palace, the National Theater, and the National Gallery, as well as smaller points of interest like the Ibsen museum. The hotel also has event facilities capable of accommodating more than 1,000 attendees.
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Although the Radisson Blu Scandinavia is just 500 meters from Oslo’s main tourist plaza (Karl Johans Gate), the surrounding area has more of a business vibe than do the hotels immediately on the plaza. While a quick walk south leads to the aforementioned plaza with its bright lights, restaurants, and myriad attractions, a leisurely stroll north leads into a charming, generally unvisited-by-tourists section of Oslo with picturesque residential housing, tree-lined avenues, and plenty of local shops and restaurants worth whiling away a few hours. Mom always said to “bring a sweater”; in case you forgot, the Oslo Sweater Shop is right downstairs at Tullinsgate 5.
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Rooms: 497 rooms and suites. From $240. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The ground-floor Enzo Bar & Restaurant is a fairly typical mid-range hotel eatery serving Mediterranean cuisine utilizing Scandinavian ingredients. Enzo serves wine by the bottle and by the glass, and has reasonably priced three-course menus. The aptly-named Summit Bar is on the 21st floor, and is a great place to enjoy spectacular views of city and fjord with a cocktail in hand. The lower-level Brasseriet serves a fairly wide array of hot and cold breakfast items buffet style until 10 a.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. on weekends. Spa and gym details: The Lagoon spa features a full array of fitness equipment, saunas, and a full-size indoor swimming pool. The Lagoon is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Who’s it for: Business travelers, convention-goers, and visitors with kids in tow. Our favorite room: The 20th-floor Oslo Fjord Suite has a great view of the fjord. If one gets bored of that view, the expansive LCD television with surround sound should keep any traveler entertained. The suite comes with complimentary room-service breakfast as well. For families: This hotel caters to families traveling with children, offering special family rooms with amenities ranging from cribs and play areas to room-service children’s menus.