Too often, airport hotels are ho hum. They count on one-off customers who stay one night en route somewhere and they act like they don’t have to do a lot to please guests. Not so at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center Green Bay just a hop across the parking lot from Green Bay’s easy-as-pie airport. This hotel and conference center goes the extra mile with well-appointed rooms and plenty of amenities, including a tribal casino, with the convenience of an airport hotel.
I stayed in this Radisson on my way to explore Door County, Wisconsin, and I’m glad I did. The hotel has the feel of a lodge with plenty of stone, wood, and
Mission- and tribal-style furnishings and accents. The entry way is spacious with several seating areas with comfortable leather chairs and tables clustered around fireplaces and fountains for gathering. The artwork encompasses tribal themes and the royal blue carpeting features bold designs. The hotel rooms and its restaurants and bars are situated well away from the Oneida tribe’s casino so there’s no gaming noise or casino-like feel. Perhaps most surprising is how well maintained and sparkly clean the whole place feels.
The lodge/tribal décor continues into the guestrooms. My room was one of the more upscale rooms in one of two towers. It featured a comfy king bed with duvet and plenty of pillows, attractive Mission-style lamps, two large leather chairs with a reading light, and an iPod dock flat and screen TV. There was a small refrigerator, complimentary bottled water, and an in-room coffee maker with both ceramic and to-go cups. A desk chair and reasonably-sized writing table enabled me to get some work done. Unlike a lot of upscale hotels these days, this Radisson offers free, high-speed internet and free parking, a real plus for travelers. I was surprised when I turned out my light that it was really quiet, with no noise from other guests or the airport. It made for a restful night.
The bathroom, which featured granite tile, had a granite countertop with sink, mirror with good lighting, and double closet. In the next small room was the toilet and tub/shower combo with plenty of hot water (too often hotels now days are limited how hot your water can be). They offered good quality Rituals toiletries and over-sized towels.
The amenities at Radisson Hotel and Conference Center include a sauna, well-equipped workout room, and indoor pool and sauna. All are open 24 hours, with children not allowed after 10 pm. There’s also a 24-hour business center with five computers (no charge for use) and a printers.
They don’t offer free breakfast but they offer room service and numerous food options. The Pine Tree, the facility’s main restaurant, is casual and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s also a small Starbucks café, a sports bar that was rocking with folks dancing and having a great time when I visit. The casino also offers several casual food choices including another sports-style bar, a lounge, the Boar’s Head, a fried chicken place, a burger type café. Most of the casino food options are open until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
While most people don’t vacation at airport hotels, this Radisson draws plenty of interest with its multiple conference spaces. When I visited, there was a large wedding reception being held and there was a romance writers’ conference in progress. Additionally, the large Oneida casino was packed with people enjoying slots, cards and other gambling options.
Real Bottom Line: The Radisson Hotel and Conference Center Green Bay, Wisconsin, offers travelers not just convenience, but décor and amenities that will make your travel feel like a vacation. With pool, sauna, spa, and workout room and the nearby tribal casino, there’s plenty for both adults and children to enjoy.