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Stay Report: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Gothenburg Junior Suite

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The Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Gothenburg has been under some serious renovation this year, as I described it on my last review that this property is “old,not just like well-maintained Hilton old,but express hotel quality with a four star hotel skin old.Yeah,I know.Sounds brutal,but it’s kind of true.

Gothenburg is one of the most visited cities for Norwegians, especially in the summer. This Radisson property just happened to sit right in front of the central palace of the city. I included my request upon booking in the Club Carlson app(Which now called Radisson Rewards) to hoping for a fruit plate as welcome gift and if they have any inventories available, I would like a suite upgrade if possible.

Picture from Radisson Blu website

As I wasn’t sure of the parking capacity around the hotel, I rang up again and in addition to parking information, inquiry upon whether the potential suite upgrade is a go or no go. To my total surprise, the lady receptionist had a delightful voice and told me right away that they’ve put me in one of their Junior Suite.


Check in:

I wasn’t sure whether the check in lady was the same person on the phone, but she asked me how’s my travel here upon handling my booking. The hotel was still partially under renovation during my stay, so here’s some practical information about my stay.

Original booked room: Business Class Room

Upgraded room: Junior Suite

Breakfast was the same as before, nothing has really changed. The gym and pool were closed and instead they offer guests coupons for the SATS gym a block away, which probably take around five minutes to walk there, including going through the popular shopping street.


The suite:

The guest room as mentioned is a junior suite which comes with a living room and a surprisingly big balcony. The Scandinavian furnishing style is elegant and trendy, but I can feel the level of cheap material they are using for the renovation here, everything from the sofa to the lamp is of light weight which I have to say it works fine, but surely saved them quite some money on the project.

The living room is relatively a small space but they managed to “cozied” all of those furnitures next to one another.

The door to the balcony which has a great view of the central plaza of Gothenburg. Maybe the balcony floor can use some new touch here? I am sure it would be amazing to sit there in the summer.

The view of the city centre square.

The TV comes with a new entertainment system as well which its features I will elaborate in the end of this post.

They made great use of the space around the bed and having the socket submerged as part of the desk is such a modern touch.

The bed was big and comfortable and you can roll around on it, also, I am also impressed by the amount of space around the bed, it’s not normal to see in hotels these days, maybe due to the old building structure?


Amenities:

In addition to robes and flip-flops, they also prepared one extra pair of pillows and bed sheets. This is such a nice change being added to the hotel.

The safe fits my Mac nicely although I wish they could be bigger.

In addition to the same glasses, they’ve changed coffee cups which really match the style they are going with the whole room. Never have I had such feeling but when I saw those cups, I thought of me drinking coffee from the cup in a summer night and having the room as my background while I circle around dancing Waltz. I swear I don’t know how to dance Waltz, but I literally thought of for a second during then. I even got a little weird out by the thought myself actually.

I would say that it’s a rather poor selection of beverages they have for any hotel room mini bar, not to mention for a suite.

To my surprise, the welcome gift was indeed in my room this time, but I wouldn’t say that one apple and pear looked tasty at all.

The new TV interface is now interactive and connected to the internet, they’ve also included Netflix and Spotify as you can see, however, you would still have to log in with your own account info here. Also it took quite a while for the system to load and do the transition. Another cool feature with the TV is that you can use the monitor to point at the keyboard on the screen and type (pointing?) for searching. I didn’t manage to do it with the monitor as effective as I can type on a computer.


The bathroom:

The bathroom is also nicely done as they actually put a piece of real fresh flower in the bathroom, the small square towel has also been folded in such delicate manner.

I really liked the new design they are having now, as it’s modern and fashionable; however, I came across some hair in the towel placed at the holder behind the toilet. I called them and they sent someone to changed it shortly.

They combined shower and the bathtub together so you get both functions without having to separate them as they don’t necessarily have the space to do so.


Bottom Line:

You will be surprised by the positive changes they’ve added to the hotel guest rooms, it is a huge step up from the former product they are giving out and charging people, I would very much to see what’s their plan with the swimming pool as I will definitely coming back more willingly in the future. However, I do feel there are some parts they can do even better, but I can’t make a crab walk straight, can I?

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

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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.


Check-In

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.


Ratings

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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