Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Gothenburg with a Suite Upgrade

Having boarded the airport bus from Gothenburg, I dropped off at the penultimate stop at the Nils Ericson bus terminal beside the Central Station and made my way to the hotel across the canal. The hotel is located across from the main square that is right outside the Central Station. Only a canal separates the hotel from the Central Station and the main square. This makes it a very convenient hotel to be based in when taking the train or arriving from the airport, and the large illuminated Radisson sign makes it easy to spot from the station.

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel exterior

As the hotel was undergoing renovation works, the main entrance was closed off, which meant I had to find a side entrance. As I arrived late at night, the door was locked, but it had a bell that I could press to get to the receptionist who opened the door for me.

Temporary entrance lobby
Temporary entrance lobby

Past the corridor, guests would walk into a large central atrium which is the location for the lobby lounge and all-day restaurant. The lobby is located on the left of the temporary entrance and the friendly receptionist quickly checked me in for the night. Conveniently located benches across from the reception desk allows guests to sit down while waiting for check-in.

Reception desk
Reception desk

With not much else in the lobby, the lone staff quickly explained the breakfast benefit and on how to access the hotel’s wifi. Elevators located across from the reception brought me up to the 2nd floor where my room is located. A long walk from the elevators brought me to the corner room which usually indicated something special was awaiting inside.

Room No: 269 Category: Corner One-Bedroom Suite

Evacuation plan
Floor plan

As I had guessed, I had been upgraded to a suite due the high occupancy rate of the hotel during the Volvo Ocean Race being held in the city. By the door was several hangers and a small ledge to place your keys and umbrella. The hangers come in handy for coats and there was a shoehorn hung from one of the hangers.

Foyer to the suite
Foyer to the suite

Most of the square footage in the suite was for the large living and dining area. The living space features a sofa and 2 armchairs with coffee tables. The decor here was Scandinavian contemporary and had a grey and pale pink colour tone. There was a standing lamp and a reading lamp on the sides of the sofa making sure the space is well illuminated.

Sofa and armchairs in the living room
Sofa and armchairs in the living room

A small tray consisting of a bottle of water, a single praline chocolate, a banana and an apple was placed on the coffee table as a welcome amenity.

Welcome amenities
Welcome amenity

Next to the sofa by the wall there is an open cabinet with a tray at the top where guests could find glasses and an electric kettle.

Amenities in the living room
Amenities in the living room

Across from the living room was a TV console with a Nespresso machine. Underneath the flatscreen TV, guests can find the minibar. Beside the console, there is a long bench to store your luggage during your stay. Part of the bench is upholstered and I believe guests can sit on them for extra seating space.

Nespresso machine
Nespresso machine

Adjacent to the living space is a full dining table with chairs for 6 persons. The large space certainly makes the suite more like an apartment and makes it very welcoming for longer stays so it was a shame I was only staying for one night.

Dining table and TV
Dining table and TV

On the side of the TV console, there is a door leading to the bedroom, making the sleeping space a private one for guests. By the right side of the door, there is another luggage bench and a work desk with a minimalist half-back chair.

Desk and TV in the bedroom
Desk and TV in the bedroom

The rest of the bedroom holds a King sized bed and the decor in the bedroom follows that of the suite with a grey and peach/pink accent. Bathrobes were neatly placed on the bed at night when I arrived and there is a small wardrobe to the left along the wall.

King bed in the room
King bed in the room
View from the bedroom
View from the bedroom

Similarly located on the left of the entrance is the spacious and bright bathroom. In contrast to the slightly dimmer lighting of the suite bedroom and the living space, the bathroom’s white tiles and bright white lighting makes it a very nice space for a bath as personally, I prefer bright bathrooms.

Suite views
Suite bathroom contrasts
Double sinks in the countertop
Double sinks in the countertop

In addition to being fitted with double sinks, there was a large open shower area with a rain-shower head. Since the bathroom has a bathtub right beside the shower area, there was 2 hand-held shower heads in addition to the rain-shower. That certainly makes it versatile anywhere and anyhow one might prefer to have their bath time. Hangers were placed conveniently from the shower area to make it easy to reach for your towel after a refreshing shower and the large space means the towel would not be wet from water splash during your shower.

Shower area
Spacious shower area
Shower with separate bathtub
Shower with separate bathtub

The toilet space is partitioned off with blue mosaic tiles giving it a nice cool feel even if it is lacking any doors to close off the area.

Private toilet
Partitioned toilet

Bath amenities are supplied by thisworks, a brand standard it seems from my past stays at Radisson Blu properties. However on top of the larger suite-sized amenities, there was a travel-sized kit by FACE, a Stockholm-based cosmetics company. This additional amenity comes with a loofah packed neatly within a transparent carry pouch that can be re-used. I believe this is a special amenity for guests booking a suite.

FACE amenity kit
Travel kit by FACE

From this corner suite, the most interesting views are of the nearby buildings and there was nothing exciting about it.

View from the suite
View from the suite

Breakfast at the Hotel

For my room rate, breakfast was included and it was served from 6:30am until 10am. Having arrived late at the hotel, I slept in a bit before going down for breakfast, thus the restaurant was not that busy.

Lobby restaurant
Lobby restaurant

The breakfast buffet was quite similar to my stay in Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo, with Continental breakfast items forming the bulk of the buffet. Dried foodstuffs like nuts, seeds and preserved fruits were placed in tin cans.

Nuts and dried fruits
Dried fruits and nuts
Cereal in containers
Cereal in containers

Next came the cold cuts and cheese selection. Smoked turkey, ham and pepper salami was the choice of cuts and there was a good choice of cheese.

Cold cuts
Assorted cold cuts

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Local specialties like pate and Swedish style sausage was found with smoked salmon and all the condiments. Pickled and mustard herring was another local dish one can find here alongside sliced vegetables.

Local pate and sausage
Local pate and sausage
Salmon and condiments
Salmon and condiments
Pickled and mustard herring
Pickled and mustard herring

Baked goods like bread, crackers and muffins were plentiful in baskets. Croissants and assorted cookies was served as well. Like any good European breakfast, there was a variety of toppings from fruit jams to nutella and peanut butter.

Bread and toast
Bread basket
Bread rolls
Breakfast rolls
Crackers and muffins
Crackers and muffins
Croissants
Croissants and cookies
Jams and preserves
Selection of fruit jams

A special section on the buffet contains products for guests that might have any allergy to gluten or lactose, and there was a very good selection of products here even including a small fridge for almond milk and lactose-free milk.

Allergy corner
Allergy corner

Hot items on the buffet includes bacon, sausages, sauteed mushrooms and potatoes. Grilled tomatoes and baked beans were served alongside as the vegetables.

Bacon and sausages
Bacon and sausages
Tomatoes and beans
Tomatoes and beans

And there was a 2 choices of eggs – between 3 minute or 7 minute eggs placed in covered casseroles.

3 and 7 minute eggs
Eggs selection

Cold dishes like yogurt with a selection of natural or fruit flavoured yogurt with berry compotes served from large cylindrical containers. There was sliced fruits and fruit cocktails on the buffet as well though the sliced fruit selection comprises of the usual watermelon and pineapple.

Compotes and sweetened berries
Compotes for the yogurt
Choice of yogurts from the bowl
Flavoured yogurts from the bowl
Fruit cocktails
Fruit cocktails

Beverages served in the buffet ranges from the usual fruit juices, coffee and tea with honey and lemon as toppings one could add to their tea. Instant coffee was available or brewed coffee from the pot. On the buffet, guests could also find smoothies of the day.

Juice dispenser
Juice on the buffet
Tea corner
Tea corner
Smoothies of the day
Smoothies of the day

Guests on a hurry could also grab apples and a cup of coffee from the station setup by the elevator lobby.

Quick take-away corner
Quick take-away corner

Spa and Fitness Facilities

Aside from the main bar and restaurant in the large atrium lobby, there is a spa and fitness centre located inside the hotel. Equipments in the fitness centre are by Technogym and they were great to use, but the location of the fitness centre in a window-less room with black coloured machines makes the space feel smaller than it already is.

Fitness centre
Treadmills in the fitness centre
Fitness centre
Fitness centre interior

Water from the tap and towels were provided in the fitness centre for guests to use. During my stay, the spa was closed for the renovation works that was ongoing in the other half of the hotel as such I had no chance to review it.

Amenities in the fitness centre
Amenities in the fitness centre

There is a parking garage within the hotel and it is covered. Guests could park here at a cost of SEK375 per night. Due to the peak season during my stay as it coincided with the Volvo Ocean Race program, the room rate was high at around SEK2500 (~$280). For a city centre hotel, this was more acceptable and the complimentary suite upgrade lessened the blow of the cost. On most days expect prices for a standard room here to cost between SEK1000-1500 which is in line with most middle of the range hotels in Europe. A convenient location and the newly renovated rooms make this a great hotel when in Gothenburg since guests also earns Radisson Rewards points.

Hotel atrium
Hotel atrium
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