Radisson Hotels

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Radisson Hotels
Industry Hospitality, Hotels, Tourism
Founded 1909; 107 years ago (1909)
Headquarters Minnetonka, Minnesota, U.S.
Key people
Trudy Rautio, President and CEO
Parent Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Website radisson.com

Radisson Hotels is an international hotel company and a subsidiary of the Carlson Rezidor 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 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 in Tallinn, Estonia
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[edit]

Main article: 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 Carlson Rezidor 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[edit]

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels is a luxury line of 14 hotels in London, Manchester and Guildford often operating in historic buildings.

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

Radisson Red[edit]

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[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  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.carlson.com/hotels/park-inn.do

External links[edit]

Media related to Radisson Hotels & Resorts at Wikimedia Commons