I feel like I am in the majority here who has just started getting to know the Club Carlson portfolio of hotels as a result of the recent generous promotions. I have spent 2 nights in a Radisson and one night in a Country Inn in the US thus far. I like what Club Carlson is doing with their promotions and really want to love the properties, unfortunately I found them just serviceable and have yet to have someone recommend me an aspirational Club Carlson property.
I had originally planned to use my stash of around 200,000 Club Carlson points for airport hotel stays over the next couple years to save paid nights. Pretty boring and not my goal in collecting points and miles.
Two weeks ago I found myself booking a trip to Norway. With no Hyatt or Starwood properties in the country, I figured I would give the Radisson Blu chain a chance. Even with pretty average reviews on Tripadvisor, I went ahead with an award booking at the Radisson Blu Plaza in Oslo. Needless to say, my expectations were low.
I checked in this morning and could not be more impressed. This hotel is the tallest building in Norway, and as a (status-matched) Gold member which they recognized at check-in I was given an upgrade to a Business Class room near the very top of the hotel overlooking the landmark Oslo Opera House and the OsloFjord. This hotel is everything that the Radisson’s in the US are not. Stylish, modern, well located and staff that actually acknowledges the Club Carlson program!