Connor McGovern finds the perfect spot for a stopover in Oslo
It’s a relief that the Oslo Gardermoen Airport branch of Radisson Blu is so close to the airport terminal itself — when I arrive, it’s freezing cold and snowing. The hotel couldn’t be easier to find, however, and a covered walkway from the terminal entrance leads me straight to reception. It’s immediately welcoming; the vibe is stylish and surprisingly intimate for an airport hotel, and remarkably spacious, too. When I head to my room (one of 500 rooms and suites) I’m struck by the bright chrome and charcoal tones splashed with citrus green — effortlessly classy but reassuringly calming. The decor is generally minimalist; I love the sleek, modern desk and equally contemporary lamps; it’s a trendy nod to modern Scandi design, and while the hotel is probably not cosy enough to be classically hygge, I instantly feel comfortable. The bathroom is fresh and clean, and before I nod off, the speedy wi-fi helps me check in for my flight the next morning. If proximity to the airport wasn’t enough, the hotel is next door to the airport railway station, with frequent trains taking around 20 minutes to reach Oslo city centre.
Toot’s Bar serves a mixture of dishes for dinner, including Scandinavian classics as well as more international fare, and the bar is a classy spot for a pre- or post-dinner tipple. Toot’s is reworked for breakfast, where I indulge in the continental spread, ranging from plenty of fruit and nuts to Norwegian cold meats and cheeses, though I also tuck into a few of the hot options, too. The restaurant is flooded with light thanks to the giant windows, so I can peer across to the airport terminal while enjoying bottomless tea and coffee. For travellers needing to be close to the airport, the Radisson is a safe — and comfortable — bet.
Radisson Blu Airport Hotel Oslo Gardermoen, Hotelvegen, P.O. Box 163, N-2061 Gardermoen, Norway
Standard double from £154 per night