Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo
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- From: Ireland
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
- Age Group: 51 - 60
- From: Finland
- Traveller type: Business Traveller
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Really Great Hotel, Top Locationfrom A TripAdvisor Member
If you arrive into Oslo from the main airport there is an SAS bus that picks up and drops off right outside the hotel and (I think) leaves every 10 mins. When choosing a hotel I did wonder why the SAS Scandinavia was a 4* hotel but more expensive than its sister hotel the SAS Plaza which is 5*. One of the reasons must be through location, as the Plaza is at the other end of Karl Johann street next to the train and bus stations which are obvously in a more hectic area. If you come into the city from the airport by train, Karl Johann Street is about 25 mins walk end to end so the SAS Scandinavia (and whole city centre) is easily accessable. If you don't want to walk, a taxi ride to the SAS Scandinavia will take 5 mins and cost NOK 9.
Hotel staff are great, akin with my experience of the Norwegian people, has a nice bar on the top floor that looks out over the city and fjord. 5 mins to the north west of the hotel is the start of the longest shopping street in Norway (this is roughly in the opposite direction of Karl Johan street) and is where all the designer shops are and lots of bars and places to eat. This seemed to be slighty cheaper than the main centre, although in relevance to the pound or dollar, I'm not sure that anywhere in Oslo could be a called cheap. Around the top of this street (sorry can't remember the name) is Vigeland sculpture park.
Great City, Great Hotelfrom mjb172
-Very nice, comfortable rooms
-Excellent bar on the top floor
-I had a whistling sound from the air conditioner that they were intent on fixing. I just checked-in after traveling 20 hours and they respected my wishes to leave it be for the time being.
-Very courteous staff
-Great location for walking down to the harbor , seeing the kings palace and other sights
-Wonderful workout facilities
-Expensive phone, food, etc. (inherent in Oslo)
-No much of a place to eat for single travelers besides room service. The place downstairs is a bit stuffy.
I'd certainly stay at this hotel again and I'd almost give it an excellent rating. A word of note, the Radisson Scandi is not the one next to the train station. That's the Radisson Plaza.
one of the better placesfrom mariusbaa
The room was on 22nd floor, heading to the Holmenkolen mountain. The interior was Scaninavian chic, extra large bed, the bathroom was really a pleasure. It had a desk with all the amenities you need to work on your pc. Wifi was available for a reasonable price.
What I liked most was the bar on top of the hotel, I do not remember the floor, but it was >30 I think. We had a table for 6 people, very comfortable, great view, nice people, some tourists, but mainly Norwegian people relaxing and drinking.
Breakfast was really great, a mixture of standard-Euro-buffet and some Norwegian specialities. The salmon was awesome! A wide selection of bread, fresh fruits, juices and all that gave me good start to a busy day.
It's a five minute walk to downtown Norway and due to the fact that the SAS is by far the tallest building, it's almost impossible to get lost.
Staff was very polite and courtious, not too importunate.
Well, it is quite expensive though. But Norway in general is not a place for tightwads anyways: A subway sandwich (ok, the footlong) and two cans of Diet Dr. Pepper cost me around 25 Euros. At a regular subway place!
Just perfectfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Oslo is a lovely city, quite modern, everyone speaks English. Prepare for expensive food and drink. Glass of wine about £5-£6 (very good quality though). Use the island ferries to get free fiord trips using Oslo transport pass card.
location hard to betterfrom reffin
As seen on another review on Tripadvisor, we were glad we had chosen to stay in this hotel at the quieter end near the Palace. Asked at desk on arrival for one of the refurbished rooms, but were told none available, given an upgrade to 22nd floor Business Class. Fantastic views over the Oslofjiord, but have to say the decor of room does look really tired and even for Business Class, more is not necessarily better.
One or two things we felt would put the hotel on par other Radissons we have stayed in were - Housekeeping; we noticed a cigarette (unlit) lying on the stairs from floor 21/22 and it was there for three of the days we were,as was a crumpled piece of paper and a large sticky looking stain on the black bench seat in the corridor outside the lift, same corner.One day we had no bathmat replaced and we were not entirely sure if surfaces and carpet had been cleaned.Reception - being summer there were a great number of Tour Parties, but surely the Management could find more than one person to staff a desk? On arrival we had to wait while a Tour Leader had EVERY SINGLE Guest Room allocated, on Departure we had to wait while two tour guests, probably only staying for one or two nights were found rooms nearer to each other, then not being aware of voltage differences, queried where they could find an adaptor,staff then disappeared to look for one they could borrow.Meanwhile there were more than ourselves becoming exasperated.
To be handed a customer satisfaction review when we finally got to the desk was not ideal. We did not have time to fill it in!!!The form is usually left in the room on the day before departure, by staff.
Breakfast was plentiful, what did concern us a little was the fact that to collect food involved a great deal of traversing the seated areas with laden plates and hot beverages.There were many children staying.
From the hotel it is possible to walk to all the major paces of interest in Central Oslo, taking the ferries to the Byogdy Museums, even the Vigtland Sculpture Park. Watch out for the prices in the cafe in the Visitor Centre,two Lattes and two brownies came to about £15 plus 5kr for the loo! 10krfor the privilege at the Bussterminal.
We had a quiet sandwich beside a little pond and stream in the Akerhus Castle complex in front of the information centre. The lawn on top of the castle wall facing the cruise ship terminal is a sun trap, it is the one with the cannons lining the seaward side.
We enjoyed our time in Oslo and found lots to appreciate, leaving more to do should we return, take your waterproof jacket and umbrella and you will be prepared for summer, don't forget the suncream ,we used that too!!
Outstanding hotel in an outstanding cityfrom KVA
great location and viewfrom drewyorks
Norweigen friends who visited the room, and who lived in oslo all their lives, said they had never seen their city from that height and they were impressed !
Like all scandanavian properties, they have the quaint way of the doors opening outwards into the corridor - so don't do what I did and complain I couldn't get into my room - they do open outwards !!!
I would recommend this hotel for tourists and business men alike.
probably the best hotel in oslofrom A TripAdvisor Member
Professional, caring staff!from fairways
Location, locationfrom UkCarl
Top Local Tips for Oslo
Take a little trek in the snow! We visited just before Christmas and to add a bit of magic for my young nephew, we jumped on the tram/metro to the end of the line at Frognerseteren. Covered in snow, we took a walk to a small kids' park then had hot chocolate in a wooden-clad cafe/restaurant, that was signposted and very acceptable. All-in-all, it was the highlight of the trip and provided hours of fun for all of us and proved to be very cost-effective.
train to airport superb fast and reasonable - compared with over priced taxis
Bring your umbrella In August, there was one rain shower after another.
Other names for Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel
- radisson oslo
- oslo radisson
- Address: 30 Holbersgate - Oslo - 0166 - Norway
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