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Review: Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees, Paris, France

I had an expiring free night certificate due to keeping the Club Carlson credit card around for another year and paying the annual fee, in spite of their devaluations. So on a recent trip to Paris, I used the certificate at the Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysées. The Club Carlson footprint in Paris has gotten significantly smaller since some of the hotels have since left the Club Carlson umbrella (e.g. Le Dokhan Trocadero is now an SPG property instead of a Club Carlson one). If you’re redeeming points, this hotel costs 70k per night.

The location of the hotel is super convenient. It’s quite close to L’Arc de Triomphe and, of course, the Champs Elysées. This also means that it’s quite close to the Charles de Gaulle Étoile metro stop, so it’s pretty convenient to get around via public transportation.

I was assigned a small but perfectly functional room on the 4th floor of the hotel. There was a small hallway as I entered with the bathroom off to the side, and then there was another door that could be closed to enter the bedroom. The second door was helpful for blocking out what little noise there was coming from the hallway.

Bed

Bed

Furnishings

Furnishings

The room wasn’t particularly large, but the curtains blocked out the light, and it was quiet, so it was great to take a quick nap after the red eye from the US. The shower design could have been somewhat better, though. It was a bit awkward to reach the faucet given the pane of glass, but the pane of glass also didn’t do enough to block water from getting on the floor.

Bathroom

Bathroom

When I came back to the room at night after a day of exploring, there was a welcome amenity of a bottle of water and three macarons. The macarons weren’t anything special, but I’ve never been one to turn down a macaron.

Welcome amenity

Welcome amenity

Overall, I had a perfectly comfortable and competent stay at this hotel. Would I pay 70k points per night? Probably not, but Club Carlson points are relatively easy to come by.

Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Style Hotel Vienna, Austria

I stayed at the Radisson Blu Style Hotel in Vienna on a trip to central Europe last year. I booked this hotel with points when Club Carlson was still offering a one award night free for every award booking and when the highest category of hotel was only 50k points (instead of 70k points). In spite of the devaluations on the award redemption side, Club Carlson can still offer some great values in Europe, especially if you’re into manufactured spending since the credit card still offers 5x points on all spend.

This hotel has a super great location. It’s conveniently located just steps from the Herrengasse station on the U3 subway line, and it’s within walking distance to much of the inner stadt. It’s also right next to Cafe Central (although I found that place to be overrated).

Entrance to the hotel

Entrance to the hotel

I tried to check in early to the hotel (a consequence of most flights from the US to Europe is the early morning arrival times). The agent at the front desk told me that the hotel room would be ready in 30 minutes, so I left my luggage and went for a short walk.

Hotel lobby

Hotel lobby

I was assigned a twin room. The room had a slightly odd shape, but it was comfortable and quiet. The furnishings were basic but perfectly adequate, and I enjoyed the decor of the room.

Twin beds

Twin beds

TV and desk

TV and desk

Bathroom

Bathroom

As a welcome amenity for being a Club Carlson Gold member (a benefit of the credit card), I received a small bottle of champagne.

Welcome amenity

Welcome amenity

Hotel bar

Hotel bar

The hotel had a small sauna as well as a very basic gym for guests to use.

Sauna

Sauna

Basic gym

Basic gym

In general, the staff was very friendly and attentive, and I enjoyed my stay. This hotel was a great deal at 50k Club Carlson points for 2 nights, but I’m not sure how I feel about 70k points per night now. But it’s a great location with comfortable rooms and good service.