What comes to mind when I mention Scandanavia? Vikings, no doubt, and probably a vague idea of the general location of the area. For those a little down on their geography, Scandanavia comprises the three old kingdoms of Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Pure Viking territory, in other words. But while some may jump to well-worn clichés of black metal, sheets of unrelenting snow and dusk by lunchtime, there’s a lot more going on up there in the north than meets the eye. Like luxury casino hotels for instance. Scandanavia is not a bad place to head for a gambling getaway and let’s face it, with all the snow and darkness and pale-faced metallers around the place, who wants to go outside anyway?
We have come across a nice post about the Scandinavian luxury casino hotels on the Norwegian website Nyecasino2015.com, and decided to reproduce it for you, our readers. So, let’s get started.
- Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel – Copenhagen, Denmark
Rising high above the city skyline, the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen is an absolute stunner, with views of the ancient City Hall, the gilded church towers of Christianshavn and the picturesque coast. It boasts 544 rooms and suites, all with mini bars, sweet views of the city, and high speed Wi-Fi, as well as a choice of three top class on site restaurants. As well as all that, Radisson Blu guests enjoy premium access to Casino Copenhagen, which, somewhat surprisingly, is the city’s only casino. So you can be sure everyone who’s anyone in the gambling world of Copenhagen will be on the floor. They’ve got a line up of twenty-four games, including all the staples; Hold ‘Em, Blackjack, Roulette etc and have a business/casual attire policy. Also, it’s open from 2:00pm to 4:00am every single day bar Christmas Eve, although it opens up shop again at 8:00pm on Christmas Day if you just can’t get enough!
- Marienlyst, Helsingor, Denmark
Denmark’s premium beach hotel Marienlyst has been in operation since 1861. Despite that, this is not one of those pleasure pier hotels with five rooms and mottled curtains – it’s actually pretty modern, and full of class, retaining just enough of that old school romance and elegance to make it unique among Danish hotels. On top of all that, it’s got an onsite casino, featuring a number of live games and more than sixty gaming machines. The Marienlyst offers its guests a neat little number they call, appropriately enough, Dine and Gamble. The package costs a very reasonable DKK 595, which is around €80 and makes sure you won’t hit the tables on an empty stomach. It includes a welcome drink, The Chef’s selected three-course meal and free entry to the casino, where you can gamble the night away. They’ll even throw in a free casino chip to get you started.
- Best Western Plus Västervik Stadshotell, Sweden
The Best Western hotels have long since been a staple of quality, so one must assume that they’re Plus chain of resorts must be a cut above. And one would be correct. The Best Western Plus Västervik is located in central Västervik (a city in Kalmar County, Sweden, for those not in the know) and combines the best of hotel comforts with all the amenities and stunning views this archipelago city has to offer. Not that you’ll necessarily have cause to explore it – the hotel’s casino is situated on site, and you can be sure of a good atmosphere thanks to the hotel’s premium position. On top of all that city fun, the Västervik Stadshotell puts guest experience first; it was picked as the winner in the Best Western quality poll in 2014, and has achieved top marks in quality control for six years running, the only hotel to do so in Sweden.