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Hotel Review: Three European Radisson Blu Hotels

Radisson Rewards & Radisson Rewards Americas are terrific hotel rewards programs with over 1200 hotels across the globe. Their hotel brands include Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson Red, Park Plaza, Park Inn, Country Inns and Suites, and the Quorvus Collection.

In this post, let’s focus on the Radisson Blu line, a boutique collection of hotels with a modern style. The majority of Radisson Blu hotels are in Europe.

After staying at the Radisson Blu Mercer in London and loving it, I couldn’t wait for my Radisson Blu stays in Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.

Prague architecture

Radisson Rewards Hotel Rewards Program Basics

Radisson Rewards and Radisson Rewards Americas are 2 separate loyalty programs. If you haven’t joined yet, you’ll need to join each program individually.

The good thing is points can be transferred between both loyalty programs at a 1:1 ratio and your status can be matched, as well.

The main way to earn Radisson Rewards points is with the Radisson Rewards Premier Rewards Visa and through accumulating hotel stays.

Cardholders get Radisson Gold Status and 40k anniversary bonus points every year the card is renewed. For regular purchases, you’ll earn 5x the points for every dollar spent and 10x the points for money spent at any of the Radisson Rewards hotel brands.

These points earnings are on top of the 20x members earn for every dollar spent on Radisson bookings.

In my opinion, the value of their loyalty program and the 40k bonus points earned every year more than justifies the annual fee on the card.

I’ve also liked the lucrative promotions they’ve run to help members earn a lot of points.

In fact, a large number of the Radisson Rewards points used for this European trip were earned by staying at one of their Country Inns & Suites near Washington, D.C. during a promotion.

Lincoln Memorial-Washington, DC
A trip D.C. got us free award nights in Europe! Who knew!?

On top of all of this, in my experience, Radisson Rewards members are treated very well. I’ve gotten upgraded on nearly all my stays from Europe to Central and South America.

Let’s look at my stays at Radisson Blu hotels in 3 fantastic European cities, Prague, Vienna, & Budapest.

The Alcron Hotel, Prague

UPDATE: This hotel has left the Radisson Hotels family. However, it’s still a fantastic independent hotel in Prague.

From the moment our taxi pulled in front of the (Radisson Blu) Alcron in Prague, a member of the hotel lobby team greeted us with a warm welcome and offered to help us with our bags.

While we were checking in (a bit early, too), the reception team asked where we were from and about our flights. Upon hearing New York City, the man at the front desk started talking Yankees and Mets baseball. We immediately smiled, lamented on the Yankees, and felt instantly at home.

Within minutes, we were handed our key cards and escorted to our gorgeous room.

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Our Room

We booked a standard room and found it to be quite spacious compared to the typical European hotel room.

There was a cozy king-sized bed with a desk and entertainment area. A sitting chair and table were closest to the window, opposite the door to the room. The room had mirrors, chic light fixtures, and a soothing earth tone palette.

There was a large closet, with a safe, bathrobes, and a for-purchase minibar. A small hallway led to the bathroom.

Inside, there was plenty of counter space on either side of the sink and a standard tub and shower. The room came with a Nespresso coffee maker (which my husband loved!) and complimentary espresso capsules, a bowl of fruit, free on-demand movies, and daily drinking water.

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Our Bathroom

The hotel itself has a wide-open bright lobby. The separate bar and restaurant were busy and, on the weekend, live piano music was playing.

The hotel has a fitness center and sauna where massages and spa treatments are offered. But, since I was too focused on eating Prague’s signature sweet treat, trdelnik, I didn’t take advantage of these amenities. (But, really should have!)

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Seating Area in the Alcon Lobby

As a city, Prague feels very walkable and pedestrian-friendly. The hotel is located on a side street, just steps away from Wenceslas Square.  

From the moment you stepped out of the hotel, it felt as if you were in the mix of the city, yet still nicely situated along a side street to protect against the noise.

The walk from the hotel to Old Town Square took about 7-10 minutes and another 5-7 minutes from there to the Charles Bridge. 

There were 2 different metro stations within 2 blocks of the hotel, as well as tram stops for multiple lines, including a connection to the #22 tram up to Prague Castle.

Prague Spire View
Gorgeous Prague

During our stay, the hotel staff helped us arrange dinner after the restaurant we wanted was booked. The staff saw we were looking for a more local experience and directed us to a restaurant filled with locals and, followed up when we returned, to see how we had enjoyed our dinner.

From purchasing tram tickets at the front desk to asking about our stay when we passed through the lobby, the customer service team at the (Radisson Blu) Alcron was top-notch. Yes, it sounds cliche, but we really did feel welcomed and cared for guests.

I highly recommend this hotel and would absolutely stay again at the (Radisson Blu) Alcron.

Check Current Prices for the Alcron Hotel.

Radisson Blu Style, Vienna

Upon arrival at the Radisson Blu Style in Vienna, we were in need of change for the taxi driver. You can always count on an ATM to dole out the largest possible bills! While the taxi waited, the front desk gladly helped us trade in our large bills for smaller ones.

Radisson Blu Style

Having settled that, we carried our bags inside on our own and efficiently went through the check-in process with the woman at the front desk. We were surprised and thrilled when we were upgraded from a Standard Room to a Superior Room.

Although this is listed as a perk (when available) of having Radisson Rewards Gold Status, it’s always nice when it happens! We were given some basic information about the hotel and given a city map of our location. After this, we carried our bags to our room, excited to check out our upgrade!

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Our Upgraded Beautiful Room

The Superior Room had a comfortable king-sized bed, a desk, and an entertainment area. The seating area was larger than the standard room in Prague. It had an inviting chaise lounge with a throw blanket, pillows, and a side table.

I absolutely loved the dramatic floor-to-ceiling window dressings!

The bathroom, though, was where the upgrade was most noticeable. It had a more luxurious feel, with its tiled shower and rainfall showerhead. A seat was situated at the other end of the stall and a large glass door made it easy to step in and out of the shower.

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Our Bathroom

As with Prague, there was a Nespresso machine with complimentary capsules, a selection of on-demand movies, and a for-purchase minibar.

No complimentary water was provided, but little chocolates were given daily as part of the turn-down service.

Sweet dreams for sure!

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Espresso in the Morning

The hotel is tucked away on a quieter street. It’s within a 5-minute walk to the popular “Ring Strasse” and near sights like the Albertina Museum, Parliament, and the Spanish Riding School.

St. Stephens Cathedral and its surrounding upscale shopping pedestrian promenade is also a 5-7 minute walk in the opposite direction.

There was a metro station less than 2 blocks from the hotel’s entrance that provided easy access to Schonbrunn Palace.

Tourist and local trams run along the Ring Strasse and carry you around the city center. The popular Cafe Central was just outside of the hotel and the famous Cafe Landtmann was 5-minutes by foot, both serving delicious Viennese cakes!

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna Austria
Schonbrunn Palace

The railroad-style lobby showed off the chic, upscale, modern style of a classic Radisson Blu. The restaurant and bar were on either side of the lobby and seemed very quiet, despite the front desk kept busy with guests checking in and out.

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Radisson Blu Style Lobby

Throughout our stay, the hotel staff answered the questions we asked and helped us make a dinner reservation at a delicious Viennese/German restaurant.

Our check-out was smooth and we were helped in getting a cab to the train station. The staff responded perfectly to all our requests and left us feeling terrific about the value we were getting from using our Radisson Rewards points.

Overall, we loved our stay and would certainly look to stay at the Radisson Blu Style on our next visit to Vienna.

Check Current Prices for the Radisson Blu Style.

Radisson Blu Beke, Budapest

UPDATE: This hotel has undergone a significant renovation and upgrading. The information is based on my experience but some of the photos have been updated to show what the hotel looks like today.

Our arrival at the Radisson Blu Beke was a bit rocky, though no fault of the hotel. Our train was significantly delayed, which created an extra hassle for the hotel and the taxi driver attempting to pick us up.

Needless to say, it was quite impressive the hotel and the driver persisted in finding us despite the train debacle and our inability to send updates from our nonworking cell phones.

Budapest Radisson Blu

Finally arriving at the hotel, the front desk greeted us with a smile, checked us in quickly, and helped us take our bags to the room.

There was a bit of confusion with the price of the taxi I was quoted in an email from the hotel compared to what I was told on arrival. It made little difference, though, because we were planning on paying a bit extra to compensate the sweet taxi driver who diligently and patiently worked on collecting us from the train station.

Radisson Blu Beke Budapest Lobby
Credit: RadissonHotels.com Updated Lobby Photo

The hotel’s lobby is big, bright, and open like the Alcron in Prague. Outside the lobby, there’s a vestibule with a small gift shop to buy souvenirs and other essential items…like umbrellas which came in handy for 1 of the days we were in Budapest.

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Our Room Years Ago

Once in our room, it was clear this Radisson Blu was the most basic of the three hotels. At the time of our stay, this hotel required far fewer points per night than the hotels in Prague and Vienna.

While the room was comfortable and clean, the decor was dated and basic. The hotel has since been upgraded with a gorgeous renovation.

Radisson Blu Beke Budapest
Credit: RadissonHotels.com Updated Room Photo

After settling in, we returned to the front desk to ask for a city map marked with our location, as we forgot to get one upon check-in.

The front desk staff was very helpful when we asked to arrange a couple of tours and activities. On our last night in Budapest, the man at the front desk even called to make us a reservation at a restaurant we’d chosen.

For most of our time in Budapest, we chose to explore the city on foot. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the stunning Parliament building along the banks of the Danube and just 5-7 minutes to Andrassy Street. The nearest metro stations were a few blocks away.

Budapest Tram

Once at Parliament, the #2 tram ran along the Pest side of the river and provided easy access to the piers, Vorosmarty Square, the Central Market Hall, and the city’s many bridges that led to the funicular up to Castle Hill or the famed Gellert Spa and Bath.

Overall the location of the hotel was really convenient. We easily walked to many sights throughout the city.

Our stay at the Radisson Blu Beke was pleasant and I’d love to stay there on my next trip to Budapest to see the renovations first hand.

Check Current Prices at the Radisson Blu Beke.

If you’re planning a trip to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest, these hotels are chic, upscale, and conveniently located. Whether you have Radisson Rewards points or plan to book with cash, you’ll be happy you based yourself in any of these hotels.

Have you stayed at a Radisson Blu? 

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28 thoughts on “Hotel Review: Three European Radisson Blu Hotels”

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Fantastic, Penny! You’ll love the Radisson Blu Alcron in Prague. 🙂

  1. Nice round-up of those Radisson Blu hotels.

    I’ve stayed at several Radisson Blu hotels: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, Radisson Blu Hotel Milan, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, and the Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh.

    Although I have yet to write up any reviews…

    The best part of their credit card was the 2 for 1 award night deal. I still have several bookings this year under that rate.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks, Debra! That’s how we booked this trip with the 2 for 1 award night deal. So sad to see that perk change. Did you have a favorite Radisson Blu out of the bunch?

  2. Have to say I loved seeing your picture of Schonbrunn palace in Vienna. We’ll be staying across the street from it in April! Anyway, the Radisson hotels look awesome, and what a good deal you got!

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks, Tami! You’ll love visiting Schonbrunn and the location is very close to a metro stop with easy access to all parts of Vienna. We loved our Radisson Blu stays. Our Club Carlson points really paid off! 🙂

  3. My favorite would be the one in Prauge – the location sounds amazing! I like places that are in the center yet a little bit removed so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep. The rooms all look gorgeous though! I’ll have to look into signing up for Club Carlson!

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Great, Francesca! The location was ideal. How nice it is to walk out of the hotel and just stroll, especially in a gorgeous fairytale city like Prague. Club Carlson has solid value and is definitely worth consideration when thinking about signing up for hotel loyalty programs.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Exactly, Erica. The rooms were so comfortable and ideal to plop down in after the day. 🙂

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Yes! Glad to hear Radisson Blue stays have been great for you, too. 🙂

  4. They all 3 look fabulous but I like the one in Prague best. I’m heading to all 3 of these locations in one year to do the Danube River Cruise with 4 days in both Prague and Budapest before and after. Cannot wait, 2 of my bucket list destinations! Nice review and pictures.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      That sounds great, Melody! We actually saw a river cruise dock while we were in Budapest and figured it was a popular thing to do. You’re sure to love both Prague and Budapest. Excellent bucket list destinations. The Radisson Blu in Prague was our favorite, too. 😉

  5. Looks like some great properties. I’m curious how far does 85k points get you to start off? That sounds like a lot but I often find the points needed to book hotel rooms a bit outrageous.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      You’re right, Megan. You often need a lot of points with hotels. 85k would be roughly enough for 2 free nights in the Prague Radisson Blu. However, you could stay nearly a week at the Radisson Blu in Budapest. It all depends on the hotel’s category. I really like how easy the points are to earn with the Club Carlson card and the 40k bonus each year. The 40k bonus is just short of a free night in cities like Prague or London.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      They’re definitely worth a look, Carmen. The Radisson Blu in Prague and Vienna were the most luxurious ones we’d stayed at thus far.

  6. European room standards do tend to be a bit smaller than American standards, so it’s nice to see that their rooms were still a good size. I think my favorite of the three would have to be the Radisson Blu Alcron.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      They were the largest rooms we’d ever stayed in Europe, Vicky. The Radisson Blu Alcron really combined the best room, hotel, amenities, location, and service. 🙂

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks, Lindsay. The Nespresso machine is such a classy touch. Definitely check out Radisson Blu hotels. They can be a great value for the cost.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for stopping by, Brittany. Definitely worth looking into Radisson Blu when researching hotel options.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks so much, Christine! Glad you enjoyed your stay in Budapest at the Radisson Blu Beke! 🙂

  7. Great info! I actually didn’t know that the Radisson Blu was under the Club Carlson program. I stayed at the Radisson Blu in Tala Bay, Jordan and it was fantastic, but I wish I used my card!

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks, Kevin! Good to know about the Radisson Blu in Jordan. You might be able to add your Club Carlson # to your stay retroactively, especially since you have the card. I’d give it a try so you get something for your stay. Good luck!

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