Off to NYC Part 1 – Radisson Blu, Hamburg Airport review

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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:

Radisson Blu Hamburg Airport review

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.

Earning Radisson Rewards points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, 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 – 10,000 Membership Rewards points (= 30,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points (= 90,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points (= 15,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

It is worth noting that 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 Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Amex point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.

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Comments

  1. Sam Wardill says:

    You say you are Club Carlson gold via your Amex Platinum. How does that work? I have an Amex Platinum (since Jan) but I don’t yet have any of the free frequent traveller statuses promised?

    • Check out the ‘benefits directory’ section of the Plat website – you can apply online there for Cathay Gold, Carlson Gold, Accor Plat 🙂

    • It is not automatic, you need to fill in the forms at americanexpress.co.uk/platinum. They are hidden away under Platinum Service – Benefits Directory – Partner Programmes

  2. would love a feature on airport hotels in the future

  3. gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

    I think airport hotels have a place for people who aren’t flying off somewhere. I regularly stay at Heathrow hotels while I’m working on a contract in Oxford. They are relatively cheap (compared with Oxford) and tend to have good availability. In these instances, I think it’s fine to find a place at the end of the drag, but I could understand the concerns if you’ve actually got to catch a plane.

  4. I stayed at this property a long with two Radisson Blu’s in Paris (50k redemptions in Paris)- and had a MUCH better experience at this hotel. Love love LOVED it! Highly recommended!

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