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7 jaw-dropping Radisson hotels and how to book them on points

Nov. 17, 2019
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Though Radisson isn't the most common hotel chain we talk about, it has some phenomenal properties and a solid rewards program to boot. While it doesn't have any overly breathtaking properties in the United States (except for that Times Square property opening later this year), the tide changes when searching properties overseas. From rotating rooftop restaurants to acrobatic wine angels, here are seven amazing Radisson hotels to consider for your next international journey.

Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil

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Image courtesy of Radisson.

If skiing is your thing, the Radisson Blu Resort in Trysil is an excellent hotel in which to stay. A ski-in property in Norway, the hotel features guest rooms and apartments for families, with rates starting at just $107/night.

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Image courtesy of Radisson.

For those who aren't interested in winter sports, the hotel also has an Adventure Pool, with four swimming pools, a glass rock-climbing wall and a FlowRider surfing wave pool; while the nearby Alpine Spa provides a hot pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam room, and aromatic laconium.

Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Vilnius

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Image courtesy of Radisson.

Having stayed at this property myself, I can vouch for how incredible this hotel is. It's located in the middle of old town and oozes charm — from its stately guest rooms to its truly stunning spa.

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Image courtesy of Radisson.

Rates for this hotel start at $103/night, which is a downright steal.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport

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Image courtesy of Radisson.

It may seem odd to recommend an airport hotel on the list of top Radisson properties, but despite its location (a mere seven minute shuttle from Zurich Airport), this hotel is no schlub. Why? I present to you Angel's Wine Tower Bar:

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Image courtesy of Radisson.

Topping the list of 'coolest hotel bars ever,' the Radisson Zurich Tower bar features an absurdly tall sculpture of wine, complete with acrobats who'll fetch your beverage of choice all evening long. Room rates start at $153, which is decent given how expensive Switzerland can be.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar Sea Plaza

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Image courtesy of Radisson.

Located in Dakar, Senegal's capital, this gorgeous oceanside property starts at $215/night and features stunning views, chic rooms and an unbeatable location. Just seven miles from the airport and within walking distance to embassies, eateries and high-end shopping, this hotel is a great place to base yourself while you explore Dakar's many delights.

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Image courtesy of Radisson.

Radisson RED Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

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Image courtesy of Radisson.

One of Cape Town's hottest new hotels is the Radisson RED, unique among the many other waterfront properties for its bold design and eye-popping coloring. It also has a truck parked next to its rooftop pool, so you know the place is lit.

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Room rates are a little pricier here, starting at $171/night, though definitely still affordable.

Radisson Blu Palace Resort Fiji, Denarau Island

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Image courtesy of Radisson.

Though Fiji is rife with wondrous hotels, the Blu Palace stands out by being both exotic and inexpensive, with room rates starting at $119/night. Located near Nadi Airport, the hotel is well-located and family friendly, offering child specific activities so all members of the family can relax while on vacation.

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Image courtesy of Radisson.

Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

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Image courtesy of Shanghai.

Famous for its revolving restaurant high above Shanghai's skyline, the Radisson Blu Shanghai New World is a breathtaking hotel. Designed to be grand, the property pulls this look off with great success.

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Image courtesy of Radisson.

How to book

Booking these hotels is easy. You can either do so directly on Radisson's website, or take advantage of 10x miles with the Capital One® Venture® Rewards credit card on hotels booked at hotels.com venture through Jan. 31, 2020 to gain a 14% return on your spend.

If you're looking to use reward points, you can also book with Chase's travel center. Holders of the Chase Sapphire Reserve® can redeem their points for a flat 1.5 cents each, making these hotels relatively cheap, points-wise.

Otherwise, those with Radisson points to spend can do so directly on the website, though it can get kind of pricey, with top-tier properties costing 70,000 points/night. Luckily, the Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature is currently offering its highest-ever sign-up bonus, a whopping 120k points after $3,000 in spend in the first 90 days.

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Rewards

2 - 10X points
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Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
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Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

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  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023