Radisson SAS Hotel Plaza

, Oslo, Norway
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Radisson SAS Hotel Plaza

, Oslo
4 star

Rooms: 673

3 Sonja Henies Plass - Oslo - 0134 - Norway Hotel Website | | 22 05 80 00
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Reviews - Radisson SAS Hotel Plaza

9/10
Good Business Hotel
Submitted by: Carsten Ottosen in 27/06/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Denmark
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
When I'm in Oslo I'm always trying to book Plaza Hotel.
The service is excellent and I have all I need.
In the evening it is not necessary to go out for eating. The restaurant is perfect and I like the Danish waiter, but not only him.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Radisson SAS Hotel Plaza

Sleek but lovely

from A TripAdvisor Member
A friend and I arranged online to stay at this momument of Northern European architecture, and were firstly very pleasantly surprised to find how immediately close it was to the bus station. Having arrived after a 1 hour and forty minute bus trip from Torp with Ryanair, it was pleasant to be that close. The front desk workers spoke English very well, and were efficient if not overly friendly.

Perhaps the best thing about our room was the amazing view of Oslo and the mountains at the outskirts of the city. It gave a perspective to the city, and we spent some time making our street maps correspond to the area we saw. Our beds were supremely comfortable, like most Radisson SAS beds. However, the tea and coffee service lacked the pizzaz that we have found at other Radissons. The bathrooms were ideal, with wall to wall mirrors and lovely tub, and HEATED FLOORS and towel rack. If the design were a little plain, these other details mostly made up for it.

We both enjoyed the sauna and pool services, particularly with the stunning, stunning views of the other side of the city. It was like being up in the clouds.

As with all dining in Oslo, the restaurant, 34 was insanely expensive, though perhaps reasonable in relation to other Oslo dining. Service from Josef was fun and patient. The kitchen was also accomodating with special requests, though I was rather horrified to learn that they had absolutely no steak knives to use with my lamb. Ah well.

Perhaps one of our favorite things was the amazing breakfast buffet served each morning. Such a variety! The staff was unfailing friendly, unobtrusive, efficient and kind, a real accomplishment considering the volume of guests who ate each morning. Each morning we ate around 9.30 and then were literally full for the rest of the day until evening, a good thing in a city were food is quite dear!

The only complaint I would make is that check-out was done a little too rapidly and I ended up paying with a card I did not intend to pay with. It was a bit confusing, but I am sure that this mostly due to my inability to speak Norwegian. I did not get the picture that the check-out receptionist would be keen to redo our checkout, so I left it.

Other than that, I enjoyed my stay immensely and would return, or perhaps check out the other Radisson SAS hotels, particularly the Park hotel.

Good allround Hotel but lacks character

from EuroHopper
Stayed at the Radisson Plaza over Easter Weekend. The hotel is very impressive from the outside being a glass and steel structure towering 35 floors over the Oslo skyline.

The hotel is well situated next to the Bus and Rail Station which was handy for us as we arrived on the Torp Express off a Ryanair flight (1 hour 45 minutes coach journey) so it was a welcome relief to have the hotel next door.

The staff at reception where quick at processing our check-in and more than helpful in providing local information. The hotel lobby is vast open air space with a seating area at the far end of the lobby and a small pricey bar in front of the reception.

We booked a Standard room which are located on levels upto floor 17. The room was a adequate size and had a wonderfully comfy beds with pillow top mattress. Our room also had coffee/tea making facilities and underfloor bathroom heating. Overall a comfortable room, but the decor was rather bland and uninspiring.

The pool on the 35th floor is a small lap pool which is suitable enough. The Sauna has a great window overlooking the city and the harbour. The changing rooms had an abundant amount of towels to use.

The breakfast was good, but lacked hot entrees and there was no provision for fresh eggs to order as in other Radissons I have visited. The hot entrees where limited and served in large banquet containers. The restuarant was always very busy and I couldn't believe that the hotel was accommodating so many quests as you never seem to see anyone apart from at Breakfast.

The hotel restuarant and bar on the top floors didnt open our entire stay and it looked as though they had both been closed for a period of time, which was a shame as this could of been a area to relax and have a pre-evening drink without the preying eyes of guests in the lobby and passers by walking along the fish bowl glass structure.

Overall a good hotel in terms of price and location, however, the hotel lacks any character or ambiance and is I believe spoilt by its shear size of 600+ rooms. The public areas are vast and remind me of a modern airport terminal. The hotel bedroom corridors are dark and merky with grey bedroom doors which open outwards into the corridor, we referred to them as cell doors and you had to use the key card to lock the door when leaving the room.

Modern, efficient business man's style hotel, but if you want charm and sophistication opt for the Grand Hotel or the Thon Bristol Hotel in the centre.

Great Hotel - sort of!

from CDublinIreland
I stayed here for 4 nights over Easter 2006. Great rooms, nice staff, good breakfast but unfortunately for some reason the pub, restaurant, concierge service and shop were all closed. I think it was for religious reasons over Easter but perhaps they could warn people when booking so that people may choose a non religious hotel!

Modern hotel with great views

from spindoctor_UK
This hotel is the tallest building in the city and is very modern all the way throughout. Located near the central rail station it is very convienient for tourists using rail as their main way into town.

The rooms are quite sizable and the modern nature of the rooms means that you will be comfortable while staying here. The further up you are, the better the view, either over the bay or the city.

The location of the hotel could be a little better as it is still a good 15 minute walk from the centre of the city near Karl Johan's Gate. But you can understand that a modern building this size would never make it this close.

Stayed many times - but this time was a terrible experience

from pc99pc
I travel frequently in the Nordics and stay in SAS hotels around 50 – 70 nights per year

I reserved (and got written confirmation of) a room with a King-Sized bed for a premium price in this hotel for this evening. When I arrived, the reception was very friendly and cheerful and I was, as usual, impressed – this is a normal experience for me with the overall SAS service package being prety reliable

Therefore you can imagine my dismay when I walked into my room to discover that it had two single beds in it. This is, to be honest, the third or fourth time this has happened at this particular hotel. Usually the problem is resolved quickly and efficiently by the staff - but not this evening.

When I rang to complain, I was told that no rooms of the type I had ordered were available. I pressed harder and said that this was not acceptable, without resolution. I asked for the manager to call me back.

About five minutes later, I was called by a duty manager to be told that I could be moved to another room which (a) had a queen sized bed (b) was “not cleaned when I first asked” (clearly not true) and (c) that giving me a queen sized bed “resolves the issue” without any refund for the lower standard room.

Obviously it doesn't resolve the issue but I need to stay somewhere.... also, I suspect they dumped someone else out of my queen room into the twin-single

In summary? Caveat Emptor.... I'll not be paying the bill in the morning though.

Great location, excellent rooms

from Haworths
Just spent a 5 day family break at the Radisson Plaza, good location, pleasant staff, clean and well equipped rooms with tea/coffee making facilities.
The hotel is ideal situated for all public transport and Oslo itself.

I agree with earlier comments the breakfast is excellent and we would return to this hotel.

Not Bad but not really 4*

from T3TDL
Stayed at the Radisson over a 4 day break at New Year. This is a 4* hotel but had no tea and coffee making in the room unless you upgrade to business class! Room was tired looking but great view from the 20th Floor. Actually moved rooms to 20th floor when we arrived as 1st room had twin beds and although it was clearly one of the rooms which has been recently renovated it was only on the 10th Floor so the view was nowhere near as good.

Used the pool and the Sauna which were both fine. Small gym there too, couple of running machines, bikes etc. Towels are provided, you just need a cossie, trainers etc.

Bar in the Hotel is very expensive, 7KR for a small glass of wine! and shuts early! You even get charged for peanuts on the tables! Breakfast was a complete free for all the first morning and wasn't in the usual part of the hotel. Food ran out, had to clear own tables etc but was much better the next day with a fantastic selection. Didn't eat any meals in the hotel as they looked a bit dull and even more overpriced than most other places. All of the choccy bars and some of the canned drinks in the mini bar in our room were out of date, not really what you'd expect from a 4*. There was no Concierge as they get Xmas & New year off! but desk staff were fab, especially Theon, booked restaurants for us etc and gave excellent advice about the city.

Hotel is very centrally located for all the sights and trains etc, went to Tryvann winter park for a days skiing and the trip/ski hire etc was very easy. Also went to the cinema, saw all latest films are showing and all are in English with Norweigan titles. cost £8 to get in but nice cinema and there are loads of them in Oslo. There are also loads of Mcdonalds & Burger Kings which are much cheaper than other places to eat. ALso Hard Rock Cafe, TGI's etc not a lot of truly Norweigan restaurants, but then again, are there any English restaurants in London!

Overall a nice city, Very snowly which was lovely although it's probably nicer in the summer. Spent an absolute fortune on food and drink even bottled water was expensive. We probably wouldn't venture to Norway again as want to visit lots of other places but it's a nice country with friendly people.
Don't forget your credit card and buy some drink at the duty free on your way there. The wine in the room costs £15 for a half bottle!
Tracey

Variable rooms...

from Solotrip
This central hotel is ideally located for business travellers, however I have stayed there several times & the bedrooms are extremely variable in size and quality.

The good rooms are very nice, spacious & clean.

Beware being offered rooms in the upper floors unless you are paying for business class rooms, as these can be secondary adjoining rooms off other suites - I was given a fold down bed in one of these which was attrocious.

Another time it was obvious the bed linen had not been changed - just re-made.

I do not stay there now as there are better & cheaper hotels available in Oslo.

Excellent !

from BlueScow
This hotel is really excellent.
The location is superb, and if your coming from the airport with the flytrain it is just a five minute walk to the hotel.
The rooms are really nice, very good space. The rooms are clean and will satisfy your need.
The hotel is a bit busy, but that dident really bother me.
One thing that is worth to mention is the breakfast.
The breakfast here is a King worthy.
Really, really high standard and good service.
If your in Oslo, try this hotel it wont let you down.

Beautiful

from Purplepumpkin
It was a wonderful hotel, friendly, helpful, great breakfast though can be really busy that you need to queue, sometimes difficult to find a table. Very good location, close to the Airport Express train station, bus terminals and trams station. Big shops are just around the corner. Very clean room and view from the room is magnificent.

Facilities for a 4/5 star hotel is not as great as I thought as you need to pay for nearly every single chanels apart from local channels, CNN news, Sky news and BBC news. The sofabed was not made up eventhough we booked for 3 in a room.

Top Local Tips for Oslo

Use the high speed train and trams/subways Oslo airport transport is best and quickest using the high speed train [Flytoget] as it goes to the Oslo central train station as well as near the National Museum -- both in close proximity to the main hotels. Trams and subways are the way to go here as well. Trying to drive around Oslo is tough with all the construction and old streets with trams sharing the road. Single user day pass [3 tram/subway rides make it worth it] and 8 use shared ticket [no time limit and sharable] are the best deals. These are available from any Deli and Delucas, 7-Elevens, and any convenience stores [e.g., Narvesen].

Take advantage of supermarkets and ethnic food Oslo has a number of small supermarkets, where you can get fresh fruit, premade sandwiches, and snacks all at a discount to other venues. We also found the best value for our dollar (crown) eating Indian, Thai, and other ethnic foods.

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  • Address: 3 Sonja Henies Plass - Oslo - 0134 - Norway
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