In Scandinavia, there are plenty of Radisson properties and less of the more established hotel brands. This time round, I picked to stay in Park Inn by Radisson which is more similar to the limited service hotels like Four Points, aloft, Hyatt Place and Hilton Garden Inn. Located in the city centre, a 10-minute taxi ride to the hotel from Oslo Central train station was around NOK160 (~$19).
Checking in at the hotel was straightforward with no one else at the reception when I arrived. It was quiet when I arrived on a Sunday in the hotel and I was handed over 2 bottle of waters which is per stay. And if you wanted to get more bottled water you can always purchase one from the fridge across from the reception desk or from one of the grocery stores beside the hotel.
Beside the reception there is a bar area where guests can get ice from since there is limited room service in this hotel and neither is there ice dispensers on every floor. There is no bell service either in the hotel so guests have to rely on themselves to transfer their luggage.
Room No: 707 Category: Superior Queen with Balcony
The room I was assigned lies on the top most floor, and for a tall skyscraper that might be cause for joy due to the expected views. But this hotel tops out at the 7th storey. Our room is located conveniently by the elevators making it easily accessible.
Entering the room, one immediately notices the queen sized bed with a headboard that has an LED surround. What makes it even more interesting is guests can alter the colours on the headboard to your liking. This does add some novelty to the room and the brand that I experienced for the first time.
Beside the bed there is an open rack to hang a couple of coats and shirts, with several ledges for storage. A basic wall mirror is placed conveniently beside the clothes hanger.
Across from the bed, there is an alcove where a cabinet is located with glass shelves where the electric kettle can be found. An ironing board is located behind the enclosure, while the flatscreen TV is hung from the wall above. This extra alcove space is useful to hold your luggage and there is even a comfortable armchair with a small table that holds the coffee cups. Being beside the windows leading to the balcony, this space is brightly lit in the day making it the best spot in the room to read a book and relax in the room.
The bathroom is basic with white tiles, similar to the newer Radisson Blu hotels I have stayed in. While the use of tiles made it bright and clean, the open shower stall is badly thought of which makes the whole floor wet after a shower.
On the countertop, Dove branded bath amenities are supplied in addition to the wall mounted toiletries. While basic, it might be a brand many guests might have used before or are familiar with, so there are no complaints here.
Another great amenity to have in the room is the Nespresso machine. While it was nice to have this in a limited service property, the housekeeping did not properly refill the capsules the next day as the capsules we used were replaced with decaffeinated ones. The Nespresso machine is placed on a desk at the other corner of the room which does not receive much light and a personal safe can be found under the desk.
Being a room located at the top floor, there was a nice balcony setup in the room with a couple of deck chairs and a table so guests can lounge outdoors and enjoy Oslo’s fine summer weather. However the ledge leading to the balcony was a bit high and that was not the ideal setup.
On the day I checked, out, we walked to the station since the weather was nice and there was plenty of time to spare. Walking to the station with luggage is possible and took about 15 minutes. Compared to the Radisson Blu Plaza where I stayed at previously, this property has a great location for shopping and sightseeing. Thus I actually found it nicer to be in the Park Inn when touring the sights and shopping is what you want to do. However there is limited service and facilities here and the cost of the room for the 2 nights came down to an average of NOK1,410 per night inclusive of taxes (~$172). Considering there was no breakfast included, it was not the cheapest stay but it kind of works for travellers when the room rates in Oslo is generally quite expensive. After all this is Scandinavia with a high cost of living!