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Christmas Giveaway: Win a €150 gift card for a Radisson Blu and Park Inn Hotel!

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2015 is coming to an end soon – and I don’t know about you, but to me it feels like this year flew by faster than any other year. I feel like it was just a short while ago that my sister and I were baking hundreds of Christmas cookies and that I got ready for a three-month stint in Asia. Where did the year go? I feel lucky that I got to spend another year running this website, travel the world, live in the best city in the world again, make dozens of amazing travel memories and new friends around the globe.park inn berlin bedOf course none of this would be possible without all of you who are reading Globetrottergirls, and I wanted to say Thank You for your support throughout the year, for your comments, messages, questions and words of encouragement. Whenever I have a not-so-great day and get an email from someone thanking me for inspiring them to start their own journey or simply thanking me for a specific travel tip, article or hotel recommendation – this is what keeps me going. And so I wanted to Thank You with a Christmas giveaway – if you’re planning to travel to Europe, the Middle East or Africa next year, this could already cover one or two nights accommodation in one of the cities you’re visiting! I stayed in two different Radisson hotels this year and loved both – the Radisson Blu Royal in Helsinki (I raved about it here) and the fabulous Park Inn by Radisson in the heart of Berlin (which you can read about here). I hope I’ll get to experience more Radisson hotels next year. park inn berlin welcome plateI’ll share the details of the giveaway with you below, but first let me introduce you to my top three Radisson hotel choices if I was winning this giveaway, to give you an idea what to expect:

1 The G&V, Edinburgh

The G&V belongs to Quorvus Collection, which is the luxury 5* arm of the Rezidor Hotel Group, to which Radisson Blu, Park Inn and Park Plaza hotels belong. Quorvus Collection only has four hotels so far, each of which is divine (the other three are in London, Kuwait and Muscat). Self-described as ‘a new generation of expertly curated luxury hotels inspired by the lifestyle and sensibilities of the contemporary global traveler’, these hotels are right up my alley and combine individual design with the highest level of excellence. I have no doubt that I would love all Quorvus Collection hotels, but the G&V, the only 5* hotel right on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, seems to be fabulous.G&V Edinburgh2 Radisson Blu Style, Vienna

Despite having lived in Austria, and passed through it dozens of times on my way from Germany to Italy, I’ve never made it to Vienna. I hope that I’ll finally be able to visit Vienna in 2016, because people keep telling me what a wonderful city it is (and: Sacher Torte!). The Radisson Blu Style seems to be perfect for city explorations, located right in the heart of town and it is called ‘Style’ for a reason!Radisson Blu Vienna

3 Park Inn, Cape Town

If you’ve read my 2016 Travel Wishlist, you already know that I am dying to go to South Africa, and everyone I meet who’s been to Cape Town is raving about the city – some of my friends even say it’s their favorite city in the world. I have a feeling that I’ll fall hard for Cape Town when I finally get there, and the Park Inn in Cape Town’s upmarket Newlands neighborhood seems to be exactly the kind of stylish & chic hotel that I love to come back to after a long day of exploring – and it has a pool to lounge by!cape town4 Radisson Blu, Amsterdam 

I loved my time in Amsterdam earlier this fall and would love to go back for a longer visit – the Radisson Blu Amsterdam, housed in a complex that comprises of a 19th-century vicarage, 18th-century merchant houses and a former factory, centrally located right on the Kloveniersborgwal canal, would not disappoint, I think.Radisson Blu Amsterdam5 Park Plaza in Pula, Croatia

I went to Croatia’s Istria peninsula a long, long time ago, and years later, I can still remember how clear the water of the Mediterranean was there, and how much I loved the beautiful coastal towns there – especially Pula, with its well preserved ancient Roman ruins (including an amphitheater similar to the Colosseum!). Pula is the perfect base to explore the gorgeous beaches, and the Park Plaza Histria Pula with a fabulous pool and sun loungers that look out over the ocean finds the right balance between elegance and contemporary design, and is known to be great value for money.  Park Plaza Pula

How can you enter the giveaway?

Simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me which hotel you’d like to use the gift card at, and what you’d use it on. Afternoon Tea at the May Fair in London? Drinks at the fancy Cuckoo’s Nest bar in Gothenburg’s Radisson Blu Riverside? To make things easier for you, have a look here at all the Radisson Blu Hotels worldwide – but note that this giveaway is for hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa only). The giveaway is running until 24 December 2015.radisson blu royal cocktails

Where can you use the gift card?

The gift card can be used at any of the 300 Rezidor Hotel Group’s properties, which include Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson, Park Plaza and Quorvus Collection) locations in 39 participating countries.

What can you use the gift card for?

The gift card can be used on hotel stays, but also on food in the hotel restaurant, drinks at the bar, and spa treatments.

Happy Holidays!

P.S. I am also giving away a copy of Frommer’s brand new Europe guide book – see the details for this giveaway in my Holiday Gift Guide.

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  1. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great prize. During my European travels in 2016 I’ll be visiting Stockholm so if I was lucky enough to win the prize, I’d use it towards a stay at the Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel. It looks to be in a perfect location for exploring Stockholm.

    PS You really must get to Vienna – it’s an amazing city and the Sacher Torte is to die for!

    1. Thanks for entering, Carolyn! The Sacher Torte alone is reason enough for me to visit Vienna! 🙂 Maybe I’ll make it there this year 🙂 Have a great 2016!

  2. Ooooh! I’d definitely use it for a stay at the Radisson Blu in Vienna! I’ve been thinking about booking a trip there for March this would be perfect! <3

  3. You are full of gifts this time of the year 🙂

    I’ve stayed in Amsterdam and Bucharest on two Radisson Blu hotels and they were lovely. I was in Amsterdam just for a night, and most of the time spent on the hotel was sleeping, because I walked like 15 miles through the city to visit all that I can in a day.

    The next destination would probably be Bruges, I don’t know If I’ll find a Radisson there or I’ll have to search for another place.

    1. Thanks for entering, Linda! Bruges has been on my travel wish list for years!! I hope you’ll make it there soon.. .and me too 😉

  4. Great giveaway! I’ve stayed at the Radisson Blu in Amsterdam – it’s definitely worth a visit.
    If I were to win I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland, so it would have to be a stay at the Radisson Blu 1919 in Reykjavik.

    1. Yay for Iceland! Still thinking about my trip there a lot and I want to go back! 🙂 Happy New Year, Kate, and thanks for entering the giveaway!

  5. I would use the gift card to stay at one of the only Raddison Blu’s in the US: in Chicago! It’s in this really cool building called Aqua (google it – your mind will be blown) and looks like something out of a science fiction movie! I’d stay during the quiet winter months and spend my days wandering the halls of Chicago’s famous museums, especially the Art Institue and Field Museum. A perfect close-by long weekend!

    1. Christina – the Chicago Radisson Blu looks amazing, I’ve walked by the building several times and love the look of it. Happy New Year!

  6. Fabulous giveaway!
    If I were the winner, I would use the card at the Radisson Blu Style in Vienna. To celebrate my boyfriend finishing his masters we’re planning to travel to Vienna, so I would love to treat him to a stay (and a couple of drinks) to celebrate his wonderful accomplishment.

    1. Kate – that would be a generous graduation gift 🙂 I hope you’ll still be able to treat him to something special, even though you didn’t win 🙁 Happy New Year!!

  7. Thank you for the giveaway! I’m looking to head into the Baltics next year so I would love to use it at the Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel in Riga to enjoy those gorgeous views over the river!

    1. The Baltics are sooo high on my travel wish list! I hope you’ll make it there, even though sadly you didn’t win the giveaway 🙁 Happy New Year, Jessi!

  8. I would love to stay at the Park Inn in Berlin – I’m visiting Berlin for the first time in April 2016.
    Happy travels everyone!

    1. Oh the Park Inn is amazing and so is the Radisson Blu! I hope you’ll love Berlin as much as I do, Colleen 🙂 Happy New Year!

  9. Great giveaway 🙂 I would use it at the Radisson Blu Resort, Terme di Galzignano. I will be visiting Italy with my sister next year and would love to treat her to a lovely meal and spa treatment there.

  10. Ohhh I’ve stayed at the Radisson Blu in Amsterdam and really loved it – I had a great view out my room plus it was near all the gay bars. But if I won I’d definitely use it for a spa day here in Berlin! The Radisson Blu Berlin is really cool with a giant aquarium inside 🙂

    1. I love the Radisson Blu in Berlin! Have gone inside several times just to marvel at the fish tank 😀 Happy New Year, Adam!

    1. My friends stayed at the Radisson in Tallinn last year and loved it! Sorry you didn’t win but Happy New Year, Kirstie! With hopefully lots of travel 🙂

    1. Tffany – I’ll have to splurge on that one day! Sorry you didn’t win 🙁 But Happy New Year and thanks for entering the giveaway!

  11. if i win this, i will use it at Raddison Blu Amsterdam. This is a city I’ve never visited, but I look forward to going soon.

    Thanks!

  12. I have been wanting to go to Kopenhagen for a long time, so I totally would use the gift card for one of the three Radisson hotels there <3

    1. Romana – I went to Copenhagen for the first time last year and am itching to go back! A beautiful city. Happy New Year 🙂

    1. Oh Chicago sounds like a great family getaway! I’m sure Joaquin would love the Field Museum! Sorry you didn’t win but thanks for entering, and all the best for 2016 for you and your family, Andi!

    1. My vote is for Iceland, Sophie 😉 I hope you’ll make it there soon! Sorry you didn’t win, but thanks so much for entering the giveaway! Happy New Year!

    1. Food and street art are both great reasons to visit Berlin! 🙂 Thanks for entering the giveaway (I am sorry you didn’t win!) May 2016 still filled with exciting travels 🙂

  13. Oh, thank you for the lovely giveaway! I think… I’d use the card to book a room at one of their Istanbul locations as I’m planning to visit Turkey soon(ish)
    Happy Holidays!

    1. Cayce, thanks so much for entering the giveaway! You didn’t win but I hope that doesn’t hold you back from visiting Istanbul (a city I love!) Happy New Year!

  14. Liverpool – heading to the UK in October for a wedding. Want to explore Liverpool and Manchester before heading to the Cotswolds for the big event.

    1. Oooh Liverpool and Manchester are both great! And the Cotswolds! You’ll have an amazing trip, Barbara 🙂 Happy New Year!

  15. What an amazing giveaway just before Christmas! I would use the gift card for a stay in Pula. I have only been to Croatia once and somehow managed to pick the only week where it was raining non stop! I would love to go back and explore Pula in the sunshine.

    1. Maria – I hope you’ll get to experience Croatia in the sunshine! So pretty 🙂 Sorry you didn’t win but thanks so much for entering the giveaway! Happy New Year!

  16. I’m taking my boyfriend to Belgium for a week for his 30th birthday, specifically to go to a 6hr (!) endurance car race at Spa as he’s a big fan and I’ve said I’ll tolerate it. If I was lucky enough to win I’d therefore go for the hotel in either Brussels or Spa.

    1. Wow that is a long car race! And such a great thing for you to do with (for?) him! I am sorry you didn’t win but thanks for entering and happy New Year!

  17. Radisson Blu, Champs Elysee, please!
    Some of my nurse friends and I will be visiting a family member in the French countryside next year. A final evening at a Radisson Blu would be a fabulous way to finish off a memorable trip to France!

  18. I’d use it to take a friend to Istanbul and savor all what the city has to offer! The Radisson Blu Bosphorus overloooking the river sounds a great place to have some drinks with nice views!

  19. Hi! If I were lucky enough to win this, I’d stay at the Edinburgh Royal Mile location. I’d bring my daughter and we’d stay in a cozy room and indulge in the Afternoon Tea after spending the day exploring the Royal Mile.

    1. I love that chain! If their Stockholm one is as nice as their Helsinki Radisson Blus, then you’d be in for a treat 🙂 Thanks for entering the giveaway, I am sorry you didn’t win 🙁 I hope you’ll still have lots of great travels planned for 2016 🙂

  20. What a great giveaway!

    Personally it would have to be Edinburgh for me, still my favourite city in the UK. My sister lives there and I’d use the gift card to take her and her flatmate out for dinner, as a thank you for all the times they’ve put me up for free.

    Hope you have a lovely Christmas and a great 2016.

    1. I haven’t been in Edinburgh in way too long – now I want to go back! Anyway – you’re the winner of the giveaway, congratulations, Alex 🙂

      1. Many thanks Dani! I am very excited by this. 🙂

        You certainly should return to Edinburgh at some point, she has so many faces, some on clear view, others hidden, requiring some digging and research. Fantastic city.

  21. What a great giveaway for the holidays! I’m headed to Ireland in 2016 and of course I’d be so excited to try out a Radisson Blu, which is perfect as there is one in Galway, right on our route!

    1. Thanks for entering the giveaway, Stephanie! I am sorry that you didn’t win but I’m sure your trip to Ireland will be a blast nonetheless 🙂 Happy New Year!

  22. What an amazing giveaway! If I won I’d love to stay at the Radisson Blu in Nice right on the French Riviera! The views look amazing! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

    1. Thanks for entering, Elisabeth! I didn’t know there was a Radisson Blu in Nice! Now I want to go to the French Riviera 🙂 Happy New Year!

    1. The pictures look incredible! I hope I’ll get to stay there one day. Thanks for entering the giveaway, Mark, and all the best for 2016!

  23. Great giveaway! If I won I would give mine to my sister to stay at The G&V in Edinburgh, since she’ll be going there next year and hasn’t had as many opportunities to travel as I have 🙂

    1. Thanks, Leslie! The G&V looks divine, doesn’t it? I am sorry you didn’t win but I hope you and your sister will have an amazing trip! Happy New Year!

    1. Amsterdam makes for such a great getaway! I’m sorry you didn’t win, Kasia.. but thank you for entering the giveaway and happy New Year!

  24. I travel around the Middle East so I would love to use the gift card to stay at the Radisson in either Dubai or Bahrain or use the gift card for the Friday brunch at the Radisson Bahrain which I have heard has amazing food especially the steaks!

    1. Jane – Bahrain would be amazing! I am sorry you didn’t win but I wanted to say thank you for entering the giveaway.. happy New Year!

  25. Love to use it in Berlin as I’ve still yet to visit that city! Germany was one of the first countries I visited back in 2004 and I’m planning to go back in the upcoming year 🙂

    1. Lauren, you’ll have to go to Berlin!!! Such an amazing city 🙂 I am sorry you didn’t win the giveaway but have a fabulous trip and a Happy New Year!

  26. Thank you so much for this great opportunity to win such stellar hotel offerings! Since I had my DNA done this summer and got my results in Germany and am 81% British I think it has to be tea at the Mayfair in London! Thank you! I visited this summer, Germany, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and Italy and am in Belize again! Happy continued travels and love your site!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, Corinne! I am jealous that you’re in Belize – would love to go back there! Happy New Year to you 🙂

    1. Cape Town is so high on my travel wish list!! I hope I’ll make it there soon. Thanks for entering the giveaway, Laurent! Happy New Year 🙂

  27. I’d use it for Radisson Blu in Tromso – I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights, and I might have a tiny chance there. If I couldn’t see them, I hear it’s meant to be a nice city to explore, so either way, a weekend there would be amazing.

    1. Oh that sounds like it’s a good chance for the Northern Lights! Thanks for entering the giveaway, Joey – I am sorry you didn’t win 🙁 Happy New Year!

    1. Tristan – that’s exactly what I would do, too 🙂 Sorry you didn’t win the giveaway but I wanted to say Thank You for entering! Happy New Year.

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