WHILE IT DATES FROM the 12th century and ranks among UNESCO World Heritage sites, Bryggen is no dry historical attraction. This lively Bergen neighborhood of 100-plus shops, galleries, restaurants and museums — and the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel — buzzes all day long.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
Arrival/Check-In: Whenever we arrive from the airport at 9:30 a.m., we don’t expect our room to be ready, but we always dream. Our dreams came true at the Grand, where in less than five minutes after stepping out of a taxi, we were standing on our third-floor balcony looking out onto Oslo’s wide, tree-lined Karl Johans Gate. So smooth and quick was our welcome (no search for our names, and our waiting package delivered without asking) that we’d barely had time to notice the elegant lobby with its grand staircase, art and intimate seating.