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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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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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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases