Radisson Blu Arlandia Hotel review

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I took advantage of Qatar Airways sale and booked flight from Stockholm (ARN) to Da Nang (DAD). To make sure that I don’t miss my first leg (and a whole ticket) I decided to book positioning flight from London on evening day earlier. To reduce hassle with getting to the town I was looking for an airport hotel for 4 people. Finally I booked Radisson Blu Arlandia hotel taking advantage of their January sale. Important bit, there are two Radisson Blu hotels near Stockholm Arlanda airport, one is attached to terminal, the other is not. This review is for the one non-attached to the terminal. It may be confusing as I actually intended to book the other one, but continue reading to see how it went.

Booking

I’ve booked cash rate directly via Radisson mobile app. I took advantage of January sale fare which was cheaper than using any 3rd party website. For 2 adults and 2 kids I had choice of Junior suite, Family room and Suite with Sauna. Family room and Junior Suite costed exactly the same and Suite with Sauna was a tiny bit more expensive. Because price difference was low and sauna is fun I went for the Suite with Sauna.

Sale fare was prepaid so I gave my credit card number during booking. However, the card wasn’t charged during booking and later on there was some problem with payment. I was approached via e-mail and was given link to payment processor website were I could do the payment. Plus for not asking about credit card details via e-mail, but minus for not processing payment during booking.

Arrival and check-in

Hotel provides free airport shuttle every 15 minutes (after midnight it is less frequent). The shuttle bus is regular airport car park shuttle which stops at several hotels. The one which serves Radisson Blu Arlandia is (at the time of writing) line Alpha. It serves all terminals and stops always on bus stop 3.

We had to wait about 10 minutes for next bus and after short ride we were at the hotel. Check-in was smooth and without any problems.

Status recognition

I have Gold status with Radisson, what wasn’t acknowledged during check-in. Interesting benefits are: complimentary 2 bottles of water per stay, room upgrade, early check-in/late check-out, in room welcome gift, and discounts in the restaurants.

Bottled water wasn’t provided, however it may be because in Sweden you drink from the tap, but it’s just my guess. I wasn’t upgraded, but I already had highest room category. I asked for late check-out and got it extended until 4pm. As my status was never mentioned by any employee, I have no idea if this was status benefit or not, important thing is that I didn’t have to pay for it. In the room was waiting for me handwritten postcard with welcome message, there was also some chocolatey thingy.

Welcome note from Radisson Blu Arlandia hotel
Welcome note from the hotel

Discount in the restaurants is dependant on the hotel (fine print…), as I forgot about this benefit, I actually hasn’t asked and nobody mentioned it to me. This is kind of weird schema relying on guest to keep track of all the benefits, but lesson learnt, I should refresh information about status benefits before arrival.

Room

Room as promised was suite with sauna. In living area there was sofa bed which actually took almost all the space there when set for kids. Bedroom was a little bit more spacey. There were TVs in both rooms, but I’m not reviewing it as I pretty much never use them anyway.

The highlight of the room was bathroom. There was single sink, bath tub with shower, and room with sauna. Sauna was large enough to comfortable fit 2-3 people, however benches were in L-shape so there was not enough space to lay flat. I must admit that I enjoyed it a lot and used it twice during 1 night stay.

The room had a view on the Jumbo Stay hotel which is inside grounded Boeing 747 and airport taxiway. The rooms on the other side would have view on the runway used for landings at that day, however I don’t know how good view is as I’ve never been in those rooms.

View from room in Radisson Blu Arlandia hotel restaurant: Jumbo Stay hotel in grounded Boeing 747 and starting plane in the background
View from the room

Restaurant

There is one restaurant in the hotel The Gate. It is connected with the bar. In the restaurant is served breakfast buffet in the mornings and lunch and dinner during the day.

Breakfast buffet was OK, there was selection of Swedish products, bread, cheese, ham, sausages, fish, etc. There was also sections with kids food as well with some pancakes and pastries. The buffet had pretty standard selection of drinks: some juices, tea and filtered coffee. There was espresso machine (something similar to automatic Nespresso machines), but it was out of order, so if you like to start your day from cappuccino, you may be out of luck.

We had dinner in the restaurant twice and both times the food was good quality and decent size portions, however on typical for hotel restaurants pricey side. For kids there is separate menu where they can choose either pasta or burger set meals. My daughter didn’t like the pasta (it wasn’t bolognese, but some tomato sauce without meat) so had burger next time and was happy. Both burgers and Swedish meatballs were tasty. Highlight of the food there were desserts, we tried Creme Brulee and coffee with Bailey’s. Delicious!

Creme brulee served in Radisson Blu Arlandia hotel restaurant
Creme Brulee
Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and salads served in Radisson Blu Arlandia hotel restaurant
Swedish meatballs

Summary

I liked the room with the sauna. Food was good. Connection to the airport wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t hotel connected to the terminal. For longer stay the room probably would be too cramped for 4 people, but for single night to catch the plane is perfectly reasonable option. I’d choose Radisson Blu Arlandia again, if I had to stay overnight on the Stockholm Arlanda airport.

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