Located in the Turistsenter side with more shops, fast food restaurant and amenities, this Radisson Blu was the first major hotel chain in Trysil and it is a larger hotel with a large covered parking building and an easy 3 minute walk to the Welcome Centre where skiers can book for lessons or purchase ski passes. The hotel also has a ski-in/ski-out location as it is beside the learning area for skiers with a covered travellator (magic carpet) up towards the Fjellekspressen chairlift.
Arriving by bus will drop guests off at the parking structure that is a short walk passing the open air carpark, and if arriving by the local ski shuttle, the bus stop is located higher up in elevation relative to the hotel. There is a driveway entrance to the hotel with the side frontage being used by the ski shop.
Checking in at this Radisson Blu also means waiting until around 4pm before a room was ready with no notifications either when room is ready. Guests could store their luggage inside a small room on the right side of the reception desk while they go skiing for the day. This was what I did when I checked in, and around 4pm when the lifts closed, I went to the front desk to obtain my room key.
On the right side of the lobby, there is a larger ski shop for guests who need to purchase any ski gear while across from the reception there is a large lounge area with a fireplace in the round table. The lobby here is definitely larger than the Radisson Blu Mountain Resort, and with more crowds as well.
While first impressions are good, the way to the room can be somewhat inaccessible as guests might need to navigate some stairs to access certain rooms. It might not be a flight of stairs but it still impedes roller bags. Fortunately, the access to my rooms does not have these stairs.
Room No: 5303 Category: Deluxe Queen and Sofa Bed
As in my last stay at Radisson Blu properties, there was no special mention of my Gold status with Club Carlson (or Radisson Rewards now), with no upgrades to the room as well. It is rare for upgrades in ski resort properties due to the specificity of each room and it seems no different here. My assigned room was located on the 5th floor, though the lobby itself is the 4th floor with most of the facilities below the lobby due to the slope at which the hotel was built upon.
Just to the right of the entryway of the room is a small closet which would be occupied by the ski jackets and pants since there are no coat hooks in the room. The room might have lacked some amenities for a ski resort but it is definitely larger as there is space for good sized desk for working on the laptop. Occupying part of the desk is a small bar fridge with electric kettles placed on the table and glasses on the shelf by the closet.
Beside the desk was an armchair and a comfortable sofa that can be converted into a double sized bed. There is 2 small wooden tables that could be moved around when the sofa is extended into a bed.
Across from the sofa is a Queen sized bed with comfortable duvets with the flatscreen TV mounted on the wall. The position of the TV allowed it to be swivelled to face either the sofa or the bed. It was also similar to the model in the neighbouring Radisson Blu Mountain Resort.
Bathroom entrance is by the door beside the closet and it has an open concept with just a glass partition for the shower area. This means water will splash out easily. Another thing to note is the lack of rainfall shower head either, just the basic handheld ones here. What I liked about the bathroom was the clean white tiles that made it spacious and there was plenty of hooks around.
Aside from the shower area and the countertop, there was the toilet that was mounted on the wall. This gave the whole bathroom a very clean look. Amenities provided were by thisworks, the same type that was supplied in Radisson Blu Plaza in Oslo.
There was no welcome fruit platter here. Instead the front office team left a little IQ test with an interesting welcome letter. I guess it was a nice personal touch here, and it did help me pass the time since I was travelling alone at that time.
My room might not have been upgraded but the view was pretty good since it faces the ski slopes. In most cases, the rooms facing the ski slopes in a ski hotel is preferred as it allows guests to have a view of the conditions of the mountains they would be skiing in.
Breakfast was included in my room rate and it was served in Hill Restaurant on the lobby level.
Nuts and dried fruits were present in the buffet along with cereals. Both of these items seems pretty quintessential in European hotels and resorts, and I kind of enjoy them as a mini snack so that is definitely a welcome treat.
Two types of ham was also offered in addition to liver pate. On the other side of the buffet, there was both cold and warm smoked salmon along with several cheese varieties.
The next section is set for vegetables with side dishes like pickled herring and other condiments like chickpeas, and sour cream for a hearty Nordic breakfast.
The hot cooked food could be found next to the open kitchen, placed in casseroles to keep them warm. These includes bacons, eggs, mushrooms, baked beans, potatoes and tomatoes.
Topping out the buffet was a nice selection of Danish pastries and there was hazelnut or apple danish offered. I particularly liked the hazelnut pastry here. There was a coconut sponge cake served next to a large basket of fresh fruits that diners could help themselves.
A range of cut fruits placed in bowls was also available next to the area where guests could scoop yogurt, with natural or berry flavoured yogurts available. The breakfast spread here was as good as the one in the Radisson Blu in Fageråsen, but the restaurant here was a nicer place to dine in.
While there was more choices to dine here with the resort being close by the Turistsenter, I noticed Hill Restaurant has a Scandinavian buffet on one of the nights I was staying at. Since I enjoyed the seafood buffet at the other Radisson Blu, I figured about giving it a try here as well, considering the slightly cheaper price here for NOK365 per adult.
Starting with appetizers, there was several types of vegetables on the buffet with ready-made potato salad and red cabbage.
There was the small shrimps with roe here as well on the salad bar, along with a daily soup selection.
However I found the seafood buffet slightly disappointing with no replenishment of crab claws or the bowl of cocktail shrimps. Meanwhile the only shellfissh seems to be cooked mussels that was popular but it was replenished slowly until supplies last. My advice is for guests to come early for the buffet.
Other cooked food on the buffet seems to be salmon with lemon and herb sauce and fish in cream sauce. Side dishes was broccoli or potatoes.
Herb marinated salmon and sliced trout was also available on the cold buffet section.
While the main courses seems to be limited in variety, there was a nice dessert spread. My favourite was the creme caramel or caramel pudding that has a nice burnt sugar flavour. Fruit tarts seems to be plentiful as well with different fruit flavours available.
Other desserts includes black forest cake and some fruit cream cake.
As a side note, I would say to give the Hill Restaurant a pass for the buffet dinner since the food does not seem to be replenished fast enough. Within the hotel itself there was several other restaurants, including the Brasserie Restaurant & Afterski which serves steaks and bouillabaisse. La Piazza on the same lobby level serves pastas and pizzas, and finally there is a casual diner located on the same floor as the pool called Chill which features burgers and salads. Prices range from NOK180 for burgers to NOK398 for elk fillet, which means a meal inside the hotel can be quite expensive relative to the buffet.
Facilities makes a resort complete and the Radisson Blu does have plenty of things to do after skiing. One of the highlight is an indoor wave pool that provides a ‘surfing’ experience. Note that there is an added cost to this and with a small facility inside the indoor pool area I did not bother as I could easily get better surf in Indonesia. The indoor pool here is large and worthy of a resort with waterfalls and plunge pools in addition to a hot tub/jacuzzi.
Aside from the pool area, there is a sauna area with several stalls to rinse off before entering the pool. The only drawback is that it is very packed before dinner time with plenty of families and their kids. Thus do not expect a peaceful ambience in other ski hotel spas.
Located on the same floor as the entry into the indoor pool is the gaming arcade complete with pool tables. The Chill diner is located next to this game arcade so this floor is very crowded and noisy as well. Since guests returning to their room from the pool passes by this area, it can be a bit awkward returning to your room in bathrobes after enjoying the time in the pool.
After dinner, there is a bowling alley beside the Chill diner which is another family friendly activity. I find this addition very suitable since I have fond memories of bowling as a family on vacations when I was younger.
Being a ski hotel, there was a very nice ski storage room in the resort located one floor above the spa. In fact skiers could access this room easily from the slopes, meaning it is easy to get out to the slopes after getting your gear and wearing them here. There are benches in between the private ski lockers that would be opened once you tap your room key on the circular black receivers located at the edge the lockers. And for families with a lack of space in their lockers, there are racks available in the common area with a bench where skiers could use to tune their equipment.
On the lobby level, there is a small kids play area beside the restaurants and this again reflects on the resort’s target market for families. And there is a large lounge for guests to relax and unwind in. Another place to unwind is in the spa on the same floor as the ski room, with prices ranging between NOK990-1090 for a 50-minute treatment (~$127).
Room rates here was around NOK1,800 (~$230) for one night, which is fairly reasonable for a ski-in/ski-out property. I figured this is also the best hotel in Trysil with no other luxury hotels around and the room size was just comfortable for a longer stay. The location is perfect in Trysil, and I rather be in this part of the mountain rather than in Fageråsen where the other Radisson Blu is. There are just more facilities and restaurants in this part of the mountain while parking is easy to find if you are intending to drive. If any skier ever intends to visit Trysil for a bit of skiing, I can certainly recommend staying here.