Radisson Hotels is an international hotel company and a subsidiary of the Radisson Hotel Group. It operates the brands Radisson, Radisson blu, Radisson RED and Park Inn by Radisson with more than 990 locations in 73 countries.[citation needed]


The first Radisson Hotel was built in 1909 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US. It is named after the 17th-century French explorer, ranger and furrier Pierre-Esprit Radisson.[1] The hotel was purchased in 1962 by Curt Carlson (1914–1999) and is still owned by the Carlson estate.



The Radisson Hotel in Lubbock, Texas
Radisson Blu hotel in the center of the city of Szczecin, Poland
Park Inn by Radisson in Toronto, Canada

The majority of Radisson-branded hotels are located in the United States. The company's headquarters, as well as the headquarters of the parent organization, Carlson, are located in Minnetonka, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, the city where the first Radisson Hotel was built. The original Radisson Hotel, founded by heiress Edna Dickerson, was opened on December 15, 1909 at 41 South Seventh Street in Minneapolis.[2]

Radisson Blu

Radisson Blu is the brand name for Radisson hotels primarily outside the United States, including those in Europe, Africa and Asia. These are operated by Radisson Hotel Group, of which Carlson is the main stakeholder. Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) was previously a major shareholder and licensed its brand for Radisson SAS hotels. Following the withdrawal of SAS from the partnership on February 4, 2009, the name was gradually replaced by Radisson Blu.[3][4]

Radisson Blu operates 158 hotels, with 42 projects in development.[5] Radisson Blu previously did not exist within the borders of the United States. The first Radisson Blu in the United States opened in downtown Chicago in Aqua, a skyscraper, in November 2011. The second one opened in March 2013 in Bloomington, Minnesota and is connected to the Mall of America. Former Radisson Plaza hotels in Philadelphia and Minneapolis were converted to Radisson Blu.[6]

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels is a luxury line of 13 hotels in London and Manchester; often operating in historic buildings.

  • Berkshire
  • Bloomsbury Street, London
  • Canary Wharf, London
  • Covent Garden, London
  • Free Trade Hall, Manchester
  • Grafton, London
  • Heathrow Airport, London
  • Leicester Square, London
  • Marble Arch, London
  • Mayfair, London
  • Oxford Street, London
  • South Kensington, London
  • Sussex

Radisson Red

Radisson RED is a hotel brand targeted at young travelers. It officially launched in 2015, with the first hotel opening in Brussels in April 2016. Hotels will be in cities worldwide, with a target of 60 locations by 2020.[5]

Park Inn by Radisson

Park Inn by Radisson is a midscale group of hotels that has 127 locations worldwide. Their strategy includes expansion into North America and key emerging economies like Brazil, Russia, India and China.[7] Notable locations include the Park Inn Berlin.

No. Location Address Country Rooms
United Kingdom
1 Birmingham Walsall Bescot Cresent, Walsall, Birmingham, West Midlands WS1 4SE England 120
2 Nottingham Mansfield Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG5 2BT England 172
3 Peterborough Telephone House, Wentworth Street, Peterborough PE1 1BA England 115
4 Belfast 4 Clarence Street West, Belfast BT2 7GP Northern Ireland 145
5 Northampton Silver Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN1 2TA England 146
6 Doncaster Decoy Bank South, White Rose Way, Doncaster DN4 5PD England 85
7 Cardiff North Circle Way East, Llanedeyrn, Cardiff CF23 9XF Wales 132
8 London Heathrow Bath Road, Heathrow, Middlesex UB7 0DU England 895
9 York North Street, York, Yorkshire YO1 6JF England 200
10 Aberdeen 1 Justice Mill Lane, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire AB11 6EQ Scotland 185
11 Southend-on-Sea Church Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 2AL England 137
12 Glasgow 139 & 141 West George Street, Glasgow G2 2JJ Scotland 91
13 Manchester Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester M4 4EW England 252
14 Birmingham West Birmingham Road (M5 Jct1), West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 6RS England 168
15 Cardiff Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2JH Wales 146
16 Harlow Southern Way (M11 Jct 7), Harlow CM18 7BA England 119
17 Thurrock North Stifford, Thurrock, Essex RM16 5UE England 97
18 Bedford 2 St. Mary´s Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK42 0AR England 120
19 Telford Forgegate, Telford, Shropshire TF3 4NA England 153
Western Europe
20 Stavenger Lagaardsveien 61, P.O. Box 307, N-4002 Norway 128
21 Polarnie Zori Knipovicha 17, Murmansk Russia 262
22 Ankara Cankaya Alexsander Dubcek cad. no: 7, Ankara Turkey 114
23 Zurich Airport Flughofstrasse 75, CH-8153, Rümlang Switzerland 210

See also


  1. ^ "Radisson About us". Radisson. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  2. ^ Jack El-Hai, Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places (University of Minnesota Press, 2000) p48
  3. ^ "Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts to change their name to Radisson Blu". Rezidor. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  4. ^ "Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts". Rezidor. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  5. ^ a b Karmin, Craig (February 18, 2014). "Radisson to Launch Hotel for Millennials". The Wall Street Journal. 
  6. ^ "Radisson Blu to Open First Hotel in the U.S. in Chicago". Hotel Chatter. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  7. ^ http://www.parkinn.com

External links

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