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‘New’ Radisson hotel opens in York

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Radisson is opening its first hotel in the North in York. It is only the second Radisson-branded hotel in the UK, after the Radisson Heathrow hotel which we reviewed here.

(How does a Radisson hotel differ from a Radisson Blu hotel? We don’t know!)

The new Radisson York Hotel is a reflag of an existing Radisson Hotels site and previously operated under the budget Park Inn brand.

Radisson York hotel opens

The original (and admittedly ugly) 1969 building has undergone a refurbishment project including new flooring, furniture and soft furnishings, as well as new self-service check-in desks. It looks like a significant improvement over the plain Park Inn design that was previously in use with upholstered head boards and forest green / blue-grey feature walls.

The hotel has a great position on the River Ouse in York with views across the city. At eight storeys, it is the second tallest building in York (!) with only York Minster topping it. It is also very convenient for the railway station and has 51 parking spaces.

Radisson York features 200 guest rooms as well as a restaurant called The Paddle Room serving a mix of international cuisine and pub classics.

If you have American Express Platinum (which currently has a crazy 60,000 points sign-up bonus plus a £200 Amex Travel credit), you will have Premium status in Radisson Rewards which should get you some sort of upgrade.

The hotel website is here.

How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (June 2023)

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 cards earn Membership Rewards points:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 180,000 Radisson Rewards points) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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 Premium status for as long as they hold the card.  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold 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 Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (15)

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  • tony says:

    Couple of other flash sales in play at the moment – Accor, 20% off (plus 10% as ALL member), book by tomorrow, minimum 3 night stay; and IHG 23% off for members, again book by tomorrow, valid for hotels in UK, Europe and the Maldives (random) until the end of the year.

  • Alex W says:

    Glad to see Virgin offering different redemption options. If it was 12 bottles instead of 8 I would be a buyer!

  • yorkieflyer says:

    Ah the Viking hotel in its original nomenclature. A real missed opportunity for the Irish republicans mainland campaign in my view. How I wish that eyesore would go

  • Peter says:

    I have never understood what the Radisson brand should stand for either. I *think* that it should be lower-end than Radisson Blu?

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      It seems to date from the days when SAS used to part own the company that ran Radisson in EMEA. The hotels that were Radisson SAS became Radisson Blu a while after the airline no longer had anything to do with the hotels

      • Rob says:

        Yes, that’s correct. But it doesn’t explain why the Radisson (as opposed to Radisson Blu) brand is now – very occasionally – turning up.

  • The Savage Squirrel says:

    I’ve been in the Radisson York a couple of times in the last 6 months; the public areas at least. They’re certainly an upgrade but something of a missed opportunity as they’re extremely bland with a lot of greyness.. Food is mediocre but the Whippet Inn is literally across the road and excellent. Still if the price is good you could do a lot worse – can’t argue with the location and the view is maybe the best river view in York … because it DOESN’T feature the ugliest building in York as you’re looking out from inside of it.
    The main disappointment about the refurb is that it presumably delays the day this monstrosity – plonked on the river view of maybe England’s most beautiful city – is demolished. How it ever got approved? You really could build anything in the 60s no matter how ugly and inappropriate.

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