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Club Carlson Hotels – The Loyalty Program That Makes Us Fall In Love!

By Lakshmi and Siddhi:

We’re in love!  Yes, we fell in love about a year ago in Sweden and then the romance was rekindled recently in London.  We can safely declare that for us, this romance is here to stay.  We are officially in a long-term relationship, with Club Carlson playing cupid in our romance with its hotels.

Ok, if you think we are going crazy, you are right.  Now let’s tell you why we are in this state of mind.

Last May we discovered and wrote about the 50,000 points giveaway from Radisson.  If you stayed a night at any Radisson property, you would be awarded with 50,000 points in Club Carlson’s program.  Siddhi and I were in Sweden, needed a couple of hotels and the bonus points steered us towards our maiden Radisson Blu experience.   We LOVED the service and better yet, loved the 100,000 bonus points we got.

Fast forward ten months later and we had a chance to use our points at the Plaza on the River in London.  This Carlson brand appealed to us for its picturesque location on the water and promising views of Big Ben.  Plus, we’d be lying if we did not admit that it was awesome to redeem our points for a pricey, waterfront property.

Now to the details on how this property made us fall in love with Club Carlson all over again.  First, we were “quadruple upgraded” to a two bedroom, two bathroom, waterfront facing suite with a living room and kitchen.  Take a look at the pictures at the end of this post and you’ll realize what a big deal that is.  We were provided late check out.  The people at the desk were incredibly friendly.  The concierge, incredibly efficient.  When we said that we were hoping to do laundry and noticed the machine in the room was not working, guess what they did?  Yes, they tried to fix the machine, but when they could not, our laundry was done free of charge and delivered overnight.

Let me not forget to mention that we had views of the Parliament and Big Ben and were within a few minutes walk of the Vauxhall tube stop.

Now to the grand finale – when we checked out, we discovered that we had stayed for FREE in a hotel that was going for 460 pounds per night that week.  And we had stayed without spending a dime for two nights.

We absolutely love the rewards offered by the Club Carlson program.  And more importantly we love how their hotels enable us as travelers.  That’s why this relationship will be forged forward.  And the next step in this romance? We are getting the Club Carlson Visa Card which will reward us nicely for signing up and for our many upcoming stays in Europe in the not too distant future.

Thank you Club Carlson for wooing us over.  We’re here to stay!





Our First Foray into Radisson Blus, Tempted by Points, Rewarding Regardless

By Lakshmi:

Our travels to date have never taken us to Radisson Blus.  In fact, it was just recently that I became aware of this brand as we were considering it for a business trip to Chicago.

Fast forward to our recent trip to Sweden and news of a Club Carlson promotion, and all of a sudden trying out a Radisson Blu escalated to the top of our priorities.

First, Siddhi and I registered for the 50,000 bonus point giveaway promotion at Club Carlson, which after just one night at a Radission property would give you enough points to stay a night at some of their priciest properties for free!

Next, since I was headed to Stockholm, I made a reservation at the Radisson Blue Royal Viking Hotel at the train station.  And since our last night was to be in Gothenburg, Siddhi made a reservation to stay at the Radisson Blu property across the train station in Gothenburg.

From the beginning, our experience was lovely.  I asked if I could leave my luggage in Gothenburg before heading to Stockholm, and that went seamlessly.  In Stockholm, the hotel’s location was so convenient that right after arriving by train from Gothenburg, I checked in, left my backpack, and within ten minutes was strolling the streets of Gamla Stan.  The front desk receptionist cum conceierge handed me a map to aid my travels, asking me to be a little cautious since it was a holiday and the streets were quiet.

The next morning after breakfast, the nice guy at the front desk gave me an orientation to the city, granted my 2:00 pm late check out with a smile, and asked me to make the most of my stay (which I did).

When I returned to Gothenburg, Siddhi had already checked into the property, aided by the fact that all she had to do was walk across from the station.  I retrieved my luggage and off we went exploring Gothenburg for the last time prior to our departure.

With an early morning flight, and little local cash in hand, we asked if they would charge the taxi to the room…a request again handled efficiently with a smile.

I really loved the fact that the staff at both locations were so “no nonsense”.  They listed to my requests, handled them promptly, did not fawn over with fake enthusiasm, but enabled us in our pursuits.

We are eagerly looking forward to staying at more Radisson Blus, especially now that we have points to fund our stay.

To learn more about the properties we stayed at, click below: