‘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.
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.
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:
- 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 four free 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 10,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for life.
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.)