There are some great hotel rate deals available around Europe this summer with Club Carlson 4-for-2 rates. Don’t expect to land this deal in Amsterdam, London or Paris and popular resort locations during peak summer travel weekends, unless you want to stay four nights at an airport hotel. There are still plenty of places around Europe with capital cities and rural locations offering 4-for-2 rates in July 2016 and other months.
Club Carlson 4-for-2 rates charge the first two nights rate and the last two nights are free. This is more than 50% off when the hotel is one with typically higher weekend rates. 4-for-2 rates generally require arrival on Wednesday or Thursday. These rates are capacity controlled and may not be available every weekend or even for some months, if at all, at any particular hotel. There is a flexible calendar option on the website to find available dates for 4-for-2 rates.
Some of the hotel rates I found in my Europe survey are surprisingly low for what I would have expected to pay for a summer European vacation.
Club Carlson Gold and Concierge members 4-for-2 paid room rates
Club Carlson Visa card members are automatically Gold elite status and have access to 2-for-1 and 4-for-2 special rates for participating hotels and dates in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
$90 Radisson Blu Plaza Oslo, Norway July 21-25
I stayed at Radisson Blu Plaza Oslo in March 2013 when the average price of any Oslo hotel was over $200 per night. Radisson Blu Plaza Oslo was around $350 per night. I redeemed 50,000 points for a one night stay. The upper upscale business hotel is adjacent to the city rail station. $90 per night for this Oslo hotel in July is a fantastic deal.
$51, $60 or $72 Oslo, Norway suburbs July 21-25
Hotel rates approach $50 per night in the Oslo suburbs with the 4-for-2 deal. At these rates you can possibly afford to pay Norway prices to eat dinner. Food certainly cost less in 2016 than it was priced in March 2013 when my survey of food in Oslo revealed the $20 Big Mac and the $40 burrito at a downtown Mexican restaurant. And those were some of the low-priced food items on dinner menus.
September 2015 in Bergen, Norway revealed affordable food prices with $10 to $12 meals (100 NOK) available at some cafes. 2016 is a good summer to take advantage of globally low oil prices to tour Norway while it is economically cheap. Once oil prices rise, Norway will likely become prohibitively expensive again for tourists. Oslo ranked at or near the top in surveys for world’s most expensive city in 2013-14.
$49 Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel Helsinki, Finland July 6-10
Stay four nights by the harbor for $200 or spend $300 for one night in Helsinki city center. I spent more of my time by the harbor when I was walking around Helsinki on a bitterly chilling winter day a few years ago. I’d like to feel that city in summer.
$58 Radisson Blu Daugava Riga, Latvia July 13-17
Riga is a busy port city in summer and historically a medieval trading center for the Hanseatic League. I would have thought hotel prices to be a bit higher with the loads of summer tourists. I guess tourists don’t need hotel rooms when they file off and on cruise ships stopping in Riga on their tours of the Baltic Sea.
This architectural description of Riga on Wikipedia intrigues me: Art Nouveau architecture in Riga. Between 1897 and 1913 the seaport experienced an economic boom as one of the major cities of the Russian Empire. The population nearly doubled to around 600,000 residents. The Art Nouveau architectural style used from 1904-1914 is now the largest remaining concentration of Art Nouveau buildings in the world.
Four nights at Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel (Daugava is the name of the river in Riga) for $230 and relatively low cost of living in Riga makes this destination a bargain vacation for summer travel.
$52 Park Inn Prague, Czech Republic August 10-14
There are no 4-for-2 dates in Prague during July, but the rate at Park Inn Prague is pretty low in mid-August.
$110 Radisson Blu St. Gallen, Switzerland July 14-18
$90 Radisson Blu Berlin, Germany July 14-18
I had a great hotel stay at Radisson Blu Berlin after I attended ITB Berlin travel trade show in March 2013.
Loyalty Traveler – Radisson Blu Berlin Hotel Review (March 12, 2013). The hotel features the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium in the lobby, as seen in the photo.
$61 Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte July 14-18
Kelley always says she wants to travel near the ocean, but not go to the humid semi-tropical ocean. Berlin, Prague and Switzerland are not on the sea. The Baltics all have 4-for-2 rates in Tallinn, Estonia; Riga Latvia; and rates as low as $29 per night in Vilnius, Lithuania. I figure my trip to Vilnius next month will tell me if I want to return to the Baltics in summer.
I am thinking I need another shot at Arctic Norway since I became ill on my first Arctic trip to Harstad, Norway in September 2015. Tromso, Norway has 24 hours of sun from May 18 until July 25.
Loyalty Traveler – 68.8° N in Harstad, Norway (Sep 18 2015)
$67 Radisson Blu Tromso, Norway July 7 –11
Tromso is 69.68° North.
Best of all are these Club Carlson free night rates generally allow flexible cancellation with no penalty up to a few days or even day of arrival.
Club Carlson 4-for-2 rates are in my plans this summer for Europe.