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Stay Report: Radisson Blu Alna Oslo, Norway Junior Suite



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Radisson Blu Alna is located at the east side of the city Oslo, which is known as an immigration heavy part of Oslo, although it has been changed a lot in terms of how people in Oslo choose to reside nowadays, the prenotion still exist.

The hotel is right next to a busy highway, it is said that this Radisson property is the fifth biggest hotel in Oslo. There is a bus stop behind the building as well as the subway station with around ten minute walking distance.

Seeing from the picture above, you’ll notice that the building used to feature two different Radisson brands which today it has been merged into just one – Radisson Blu Alna. However, the hotel hasn’t done anything in terms of renovation to the Park Inn part which means you can still see the old decor and signs in rooms on the right side of the building. I personally believe that they haven’t done anything to try to merge two brands together other than just take off the sign outside the building.

Check In:

The staff was quiet robotic when comes to customer handling and it take her around ten minutes to find my reservation in the system, I believe that is a problem on her end as I booked directly with the app.

I was initially given a room of the Park Inn side, which is a very basic room features all the basic express inn amenities, I was not going to complain, however as I was quiet sick during the time of my stay, I’ve informed them of my gold status with Radisson Rewards and thus hoping to be changed to a room with a mini-fridge as I have medicine that needs to be cooled.

The receptionist lady on the phone hesitated for quiet a while, but I insisted on the importance of having a mini bar, she gave in eventually and told me that somehow she indeed found a junior suite is available, thus I happily grabbed my bags and went to the west side of the building.

First of all, I was quite grateful for the suite upgrade, as it rarely happens with Radisson properties, the room itself is big, however I do see somehow they managed to leave out a large amount of space with no furnishing. This room is definitely not a typical junior suite compared with pictures from their websites, also, I’ve noticed there is just too much dust on all the surface of the furnitures in the room, so I believe this might be one of those weird cornered rooms they hardly put out to use if occupancy is not too high.

The Room:

Anyhow, a suite is a suite, although it does not has a bathtub, the mini bar is completely empty and the bathrobes and slippers are missing in the closet.(which I had to ask for it.)

The bed itself is nice but not large, also with only half of the nightstand available, the left side looked as if they’ve been just cut off, instead, they used this layer of yarn curtains which I believe might be of quiet poor taste, and do they even clean that thing?

The bed itself is comfortable however the yellow backrest’s cover doesn’t felt like something of good quality here either.

The TV is just mounted onto the wall which I am not going to complain too much, but it does looked insubstantial to other furnishings in the room.

Not too mention the crazy amount of floor space is just left there, it might not look too big on the picture, but I felt like I could just put another bed in the corner.

A view with the yarn curtains on, this genuinely doesn’t put in the mood for anything, though I do agree some might find it mood-setting.

The pair of armchairs is placed in front of the closet and next to the desk, which means you have move them around (quiet heavy) when you need to use the closet or the desk to do work.

The mini bar is empty and I didn’t really mind since I didn’t had too high expectation for this property anyway, besides, this would be perfect for me to store drinks bought at grocery stores.

The desk is quite decently set as you do feel this might be the only practical placement of furnitures in the room. The window on the right doesn’t necessarily bring mesmerising views, but you do get to see some green which can be quite nice.


Maybe I’ve been too hard on them here, as when comes to the amenities in the room, they do offer quite many things even though I haded to ask for slippers and bathrobes, the staff wasn’t quite pleased when I asked for it, but he did delivered.

In the closet comes with the ironing board and laundry bags etc.

You have a normal sized safe as well as some glassware which is definitely not clean, but that’s okay, I will just clean it again myself.

Some dust or sign of usage on the cupholder. (Are they just trying to recycle here?)

I have to say the Espresso machine is quite a nice touch here.

The Bathroom:

As I’ve noticed, there is no bathtub in the junior suite, but everything else looked fine, although the tissue dispenser made of plastic looked extremely cheap.

The standard Radisson Blu amenities, although I am starting to get tired of it.

Decent stock of towels.

The Breakfast:

I was quiet interested in the breakfast buffet offerings so I woke up quiet early in the morning, but only finding out that although they have many varieties, everything is of extremely low quality there, the watermelon pieces was already smashed which tasted like it has been sitting there for many days, the beverages were poorly done as well, I even regret getting up to get something like that.

Bottom Line:

With all this critics, I would like to say that the price of the nightly rate is quiet cheap in a city like Oslo, so if you know what you are getting, and would like to save some money in a pricy city like Oslo, and wouldn’t mind take the bus or subway for around one hour from the city centre, can bear with some passive aggressive staff treatment, go ahead and stay here, other than that, I am never coming back to this Radisson property.

P.S Normally I would call and ask about the in room welcome gift, but this time, since the staff was already getting moody towards my requests from what should’ve already be in the room, I decided not to insist on it, what you guys think about this? I am actually in every right to ask them about it, but due to their poor treatment towards “demanding” guests, I was scared off in this case.


Check In Experience: 5.4/10

Staff Experience: 5.2/10

Breakfast Experience: 4.7/10

Radisson Rewards Experience: 5.6/10

Room Comfort: 6.5/10

Overall Experience: 5.48/10

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Stay Report: Hotel Indigo Warsaw Nowy Świat, King Suite Review



Hotel Indigo Warsaw - Nowy Swiat - Courtesy Of IHG

The Hotel Indigo Warsaw Nowy Świat is a four-star boutique hotel located next to the old town of Warsaw, Poland. What formerly known as the Branicki Residential House – Smolna 40, the building can be dated back to 1903. Through turmoils during the war, the residence building was developed by BUDIZOL Property to open as an Indigo hotel in May 2017.

How I Got There

The hotel is centrally located, so you may get there by many means of public transportation, but Uber is also extremly cheap in Poland, so the ride-sharing app has been my go-to method of communting around the city.

I arrived at the hotel site around 2 PM, and I was immediately impressed by the architecture itself. The hotel doesn’t look busy at all, in fact, it was a bit too quiet, I guess that’s why they called themselves a boutique hotel.


The hotel lobby is mesmerizing, the art installation was majestic and beautiful. Since I booked the stay with IHG rewards points, so I wasn’t expecting anything over and beyond from the hotel; however, to my surprsie, I noticed in the app that room has been upgraded to a suite in advance.

The lady who checked me in was happy to see someone finally showed up when I entered the lobby, she welcomed me with a warm greeting and thanked me for my royalty with IHG rewards, she told me that they’ve upgraded me to their only king suite of the hotel, and she called the housekeeping to check again whether everything was ready before making the room key cards for me.

She mentioned nothing about breakfast and I ended up not waking up early enough to find out anyway.

The entire hotel is trying to be sustainable, so the hallway light will only switch on if you make a clear sound, which can be creepy at times.

Practical Info

  • Length: One night Stay
  • Booked Room Category: Standard 1 Queen NS
  • Upgraded Room Category: Suite 1 King NS
  • Booking Made: IHG App
  • IHG Rewards Tier: Spire Elite
  • Booking Through: Point Breaks Redemption (15,000 Points)
  • Room Number: 409

The Suite

Upon entering, the suite looked bright and open, I felt the openness within the enclosed space avaliable, as stated on their website, the suite is only 44 sqm.

The interior is elegant and chic, I liked the strong contrast between the furniture and the plain white wall.

The suite has dedicated space for your luggage and decent closet space for all your other belongings.

The most dazzling thing about the living room would be the window, not only was it up to the ceilings, but the painted window frames made it even more chic and elegant.

The elevated seating space made it even more exquisite, you can just imagine yourself sitting there with a glass of wine and looking out to the window as you are taking everything in with light music playing in the background. (I actually did that.)

With different seating sofas together, you can also have an enjoyable time with friends and families.

Overall the living room layout is decent and nothing is compromised here in order to make up for the seating space.

I’ve chosen the welcome points during check in, but the hotel went out of their way and left a welcome letter with a glas of red wine for me in the room, too. I certainly felt very welcome by this kind gesture.

With the suite upgrade, I was also able to enjoy free soft drinks & snacks as part of their free in-suite offerings.

The counter under the TV is fully equipped with all the glassware and tea sets.

The mini bar has a decent selection of liquor options in addition to the free soft drinks.

One thing I found out during the stay was the scale formed inside the water kettle, that’s very unpleasant to encounter as it feels like the housekeeping lacks some attention to details here.

Behind the sofa sets, you can find a simple desk where you can work on. The desk & chair itself is decent but nothing revolutionary, but the smart appliances will surprise you.

The lamp had a charging head for iPhone and the smart telephone comes with google maps and internet browser, plus many other apps. In my opinion, these small gadgets are huge enhancements to a hotel’s hard product offerings nowadays.

The sky-light ceiling adds another key selling point to the room, it makes you feel the visual extention to the environment outdoor so for a moment I felt like standing under the glass roof of a French museum.

The Bedroom

The bedroom is relatively simple, the design is modern as always, but it’s not the same size as a normal guestroom, in fact it’s smaller.

The bed and pillows are clean and comfortable, the bed the hotel referred to as a king bed is of decent size, but not the biggest I’ve seen, the headboard is elastic and it’s great to lean on.

The hotel offers in-room handy phone which you can take out with you for internet coverage and make phone calls to a dozen different countries free of charge.

The Bathroom

The bathroom went for a black & white decor which brings out the contrast between the chequerboard tiles and other interiors.

The oval bathtub is elegantly designed and looked very chic.

The shower amenities being offered was from the German sport luxury brand Bogner. It was okay to use but personally I didn’t feel anything extraordinary while using it.

Another smart solution they had with the suite was, with a push of a bottom, you may switch clear or opaque the smart glass they’ve installed between the bathroom and the bedroom.

Fitness & Sauna

Although the hotel only has 60 rooms, it has a 24 hours fitness center equipped with a small sauna facility.

It’s not the most well-equipped gym but you can get a work out done without much problem.

The staff reminded me that it take some time to heat up the sauna, so if you are thinking of using it, you would have to call them in advance so they can heat it up for you.

Bottom Line

This IHG property gives great recognition to its elite members, that something may look favorably upon. It has a great location in central Warsaw, while the hotel itself is very quiet and peaceful, so it’s highly recommended that you spend some days with them. The staff doesn’t have to deal with a large flow of guests checking in and out everyday, so they definitely have a lot more time to ensure the quality of your stay experience; besides the hotel was opened 2017, so right now might be the perfect time to try it out.


Check-in Experience: 8.5/10

Staff Experience: 9/10

Status Recognition: 9.5/10

Room Comfortability: 8.5/10

Housekeeping Experience: 8.3/10

Overall Experience: 8.8/10

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