This is my review of the Radisson Blu hotel at Hamburg Airport.
My New York jaunt is on. Having dropped the family in Hamburg (I will spare you the joys of Club Europe with a 5 yr old and a 1 year old!), I headed off to the Radisson Blu hotel at Hamburg Airport.
Now, if you’re going to stay in an airport hotel, my policy is that you should try to stay in one attached to the airport. Obviously you will usually end up paying more, but you don’t need to mess about with shuttle buses or worrying about getting back to the airport in time.
The Radisson Blu at Hamburg is not in the airport, but is literally 45 seconds walk from the terminal. The walk is almost, but not totally, undercover.
I had booked the hotel for 19,000 Radisson Rewards points, which I got from last Summer’s big promo but which you could also get for 6,667 Amex Membership Rewards points. The non refundable cash price was Euro 119 when I booked.
I am Radisson Rewards Gold via my Amex Platinum. This worked out VERY nicely. I was upgraded to a business class room, which has real benefits – free breakfast, a free Nespresso machine in the room (only powdered milk, though) and free Pay TV films! Everyone gets free internet, whatever room they get.
Here is the room – a comfortable 30 square metres and nicely furnished as befits a hotel that is only 3 years old:
The bathroom was also more than decent, with a large shower (no bath) and – a new first – a small tub of hand cream to add to the usual toiletries! Given the free pay TV, I gave the restaurant a miss and ordered a club sandwich on room service, which was surprisingly good. ‘The Hangover 2’ was not surprisingly good, on the other hand!
The hotel has ‘Express Rewards’, which let you redeem points for in-hotel benefits. Interestingly, for non Gold members, a room upgrade is listed at 10,000 points. Assuming this gets you a business class room, it is a decent deal with free breakfast and the pay TV.
I wasn’t going to have breakfast, but as the hotel had decided to include it, I popped in to the buffet – which was very impressive – and then wandered across the road to pick up my boarding pass for the flight to Frankfurt and then on to NYC.
All in all, this is an excellent airport property. Given that you are only a couple of minutes from the airport S-Bahn which will take you into the city centre, it is even an option for a short break in Hamburg if the downtown hotels are looking expensive.
You can find out more on the hotel website here.
How to earn Radisson Rewards points from UK credit cards (January 2021)
Radisson Rewards does not have a dedicated UK credit card. However, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards. These include:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 60,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 90,000 Radisson Rewards points
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 15,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for life.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.
Even better, holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card. It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)