Best Radisson hotels in the U.S. for your free night certificates

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The Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature Card offers a free night certificate after each $10K of annual spend, up to $30K.  Each certificate can be used to stay at any Radisson hotel in the United States as long as standard rooms are available.  Since the card also offers 5 points per dollar on all spend, each $10K of spend gets you a free night plus 50,000 points.  That’s a great deal if you can spend those free nights somewhere great.  The problem is that the list of “great” Radisson hotels in the United States is pretty short.  I don’t recommend spending your way to free night certificates unless you know that you’ll use them somewhere desirable.

In this post, I’ve included all Radisson Blu, and Radisson RED hotels in the U.S.  These are Radisson’s high-end brands.  I’ve also included select Radisson, and Country Inn & Suites hotels that were recommended by readers or otherwise looked interesting to me.  If you know of other gems, please let us know!

Radisson Blu

Radisson Blu is a high end, premium brand.  It’s just one notch below their “Radisson Collection” brand (which doesn’t yet have any properties in the U.S.).  Radisson describes the Blu brand as follows: “Radisson Blu creates memorable experiences in stylish spaces. By paying close attention to the small details that make a big difference, we inspire unforgettable experiences with every stay.”

Radisson Blu Anaheim, CA

New hotel near Disneyland.  Early reviews are mostly very positive.

Radisson Blu Sandy – Salt Lake City, UT

I’d be excited about this hotel, but it hasn’t opened yet.  Actually, it hasn’t even been built yet.  They are expected to begin construction by the fourth quarter of 2021.

Radisson Blu Fargo, ND

This hotel was a regular Radisson and was just recently remodeled and rebranded as Radisson Blu.  It’s possible that the photo, above, is from before the remodel (I’m not sure).  I hope so.

Radisson Blu Mall of America

Our own Nick Reyes has stayed at this Radisson Blu.  In 2018, he reported “I actually stayed at the Radisson Blu Mall of America last February and had a terrific stay. The hotel is clean and comfortable and a nice little respite from the hustle and bustle of the mall below. I imagine it is especially useful to have access to a room for a nap, shower, and relaxation if you have a partner who shops ’till you drop. I’d definitely stay there again.”

Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

Anyone have a review to share?

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

I stayed at this Radisson Blu several years ago and liked it a lot!  Rooms have balconies with amazing views.  The building itself is like a work of art, but they also have a little art collection inside.

Radisson RED

RED is Radisson’s quirky-artsy brand which uses a lot of red in it’s decorations.  They describe the RED band as follows: “Radisson RED presents a playful twist on conventional hotel stays, injecting new life into hotels through informal services where anything goes, a social scene that’s waiting to be shared and bold design.”

Radisson RED Portland Downtown

Radisson RED Minneapolis Downtown

Radisson RED Miami Airport

This is a new hotel which is taking reservations for stays beginning June 14th, 2021.

Radisson

This is Radisson’s old standby brand.  Just “Radisson.”  Here are a few Radissons that may be worth a look:

The Claridge – a Radisson Hotel – Atlantic City, NJ

Recommended by Michael (Via Frequent Miler Insiders on Facebook): “A very unique property. Oceanfront. Also has a great roof top lounge … I believe the room product was updated a few years ago when they took over the property from Bally’s/CZR.”

Radisson Hotel New York Wall Street

None of the Radisson brand hotels in New York City get particularly good reviews, but I figured that they were worth mentioning for use of free night certificates since New York can be a very expensive city.

Radisson Hotel New York Times Square

None of the Radisson brand hotels in New York City get particularly good reviews, but I figured that they were worth mentioning for use of free night certificates since New York can be a very expensive city.

Radisson Hotel New York Midtown-Fifth Avenue

None of the Radisson brand hotels in New York City get particularly good reviews, but I figured that they were worth mentioning for use of free night certificates since New York can be a very expensive city.

Radisson Hotel Sunnyvale – Silicon Valley

This one gets decent reviews.

Country Inn & Suites

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Kalispell, MT – Glacier Lodge

Recommended by escot: “If you e’r do find yerself out in the great ole’ west, say by the few remaining Glaciers near Kalispell, Mont’anna do set a spell at the Country Inn & Suites there…. (yah, I say’d Country Inn & Suites, noo foolin’…. simply one of the nicest places I e’r did hang my hat….. few Augusts ago when the Glacier Park was on fire and smoked in…. but I digress).  As I heard the story while there, the owner of that property simply ignored supposed guidelines from the Club Carlson and built the Kalispell place as she wanted it done, like a place where she’d want to stay, a place where she could host soirees with the high society folks out yonder. (think deep rich woods everywhere, including Walnut, none of the Marriott class composite veneer).”

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, St. Charles, MO

I added this one because it gets great reviews and looks cool (i.e. it doesn’t look like a Country Inn & Suites — at least from the outside).

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bozeman, MT

This hotel is near Yellowstone and gets great reviews.

Reader Suggestions Wanted!

If you’ve stayed at any of the hotels listed above, I’d love to hear from you.  What did you think about it?  Was it good or bad?  Would you stay there again?  Even better: do you know of any great Radisson hotels in the United States that I missed in the list above?  Please comment below!

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