Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney is located in a heritage listed building in the city centre, within short proximity to many of the city's top attractions. The hotel (formerly Radisson Plaza) opened in July 2000, and to coincide with the hotels 10th anniversary, Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney was born with a massive transformation. The building this hotel is situated in dates back to 1856 where John Fairfax & Sons operated with three floors, only to then be expanded to include 12 levels today. Furthermore, another previous tenant in this building was the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac.) It is great to view the pictures of the history of this heritage listed building in the hotel conferencing facilities on the lower ground floor. The key heritage rooms as part of the hotels conferencing facilities include the Sir Warwick and Sir James Fairfax rooms.
I was fortunate to have recently stayed in one of the hotels stylish 362 rooms. On the basis of my recent stay here at this hotel, I would have to agree with the awards Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney has won in the past: Australia's Best Hotel, Australia's Best Business Hotel, Sydney's Best Luxury Property, Best New Luxe Enviro Initiative and Best Sustainable Operations in the Asia Pacific region. Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney has also recently won another award: an Award of Excellence for Outstanding Community Service and Achievement.
The trendy dividers between the bathroom and my bed in the room I stayed at
The service was impeccable. The porter eagerly carried my luggage to the hotel reception upon checking in. I arrived at the check in desk around a couple of hours before the scheduled check in time of 2pm, and to my surprise my room (room 929) was available. I was greeted most courteously, and the decor throughout the entire hotel is just stunning.
Fantastic and spacious bathroom in the room I stayed at
The colours blended in nicely, and I like the privacy option between the living area and the bathroom. The door closers look stunning. The room I stayed in was incredibly spacious with those beautiful cocoa and latte tones. There is ample working space, as well as ample walking and chill out space. The bed was super comfortable. You might be able to relate to that feeling of not wanting to leave the massage table at the end of a massage experience - this was exactly how I felt getting out of bed the next morning. I did not want to. All guests receive complimentary wireless Internet access. With Wi-Fi on your smartphone, you simply enter in your room number and fast Internet access is then enjoyed.
Speaking of which, guests at this hotel also get to enjoy the business centre facilities on the mezzanine level, as well as full use of the fitness, pool, steam room and jacuzzi facilities. The pool proved to be popular among many different guests including couples and families, and so was the jacuzzi. It was a delight to enjoy swimming a few laps of the pool backstroke style by day and by night. The view from above is subtle but stunning. Massages and other beauty treatments are also available at the hotel's Health Club upon request. The hotel Health Club & Spa is open between 5am to 10pm, Monday to Friday and from 6am to 10pm on weekends. Access can be granted to these facilities with the use of your room key.
What I also found impressive about my stay is the ample space provided to hang up my clothes in addition to the spacious bathroom. Having a bath and shower was super relaxing. Modern decor yet again with tasteful marble flooring. The pillow menu at this hotel is also extensive. Boomerang and latex rubber pillows can also be requested, and an efficient turndown service ensures that your room is spring cleaned, and they also pop on some ABC Jazz on your TV. For you movie buffs out there, the cool thing is that unlimited movies can be purchased for a set rate that is well priced. Otherwise, a channel list is provided for easy viewing of the various TV channels on offer including Foxtel.
A fantastic, indulgent breakfast at Bistro Fax Restaurant during my stay at this hotel
The food at this hotel was also amazing, thanks to Bistro Fax Restaurant & Bar. Executive Chef Oswin Ribeiro clearly knows what he is doing. I ordered a wagyu beef burger with mesculun salad and chips ($24 plus $4.50 room service charge) and the beef, cheese and salad combinations were just stunning. Two tins of tomato sauce were provided for my chunky, homestyle chips. My buffet breakfast ($35) was also delicious. Vegetarian and gluten free options are also available, even for the room service meals. The in room food service facility is available 24 hours. Bistro Fax Restaurant is open for breakfast from 6:30am to 10:30am Monday to Friday, and from 7am to 11am on weekends. For the lunch periods, Bistro Fax is open from midday to 2:30pm Monday to Friday, and for dinner from 6pm to 10:30pm Monday to Sunday. The Bistro Fax Bar is open from 9am to late Monday to Friday, and from 11am to late on weekends.
www.radissonblu.com/plazahotel-sydney - one of Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney's function rooms: The Sir James Fairfax Room
For you chocolate and cocktails lovers out there, you might feel like you have died and have gone straight to chocolate and cocktail heaven. Why? A couple of Max Brenner chocolate treats are available at Bistro Fax Restaurant & Bar, and Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney is one of the first and only Sydney based hotels to be offering Max Brenner treats to their visitors and guests. You can choose from either a hot chocolate ($5.50) served in a traditional hugmug, yet exclusivity reigns as this hotel is the only place to enjoy an alcoholic Max Brenner chocolate drink. That's right, the Choctail ($18) is an alcoholic chocolate lovers delight. You cannot enjoy an alcoholic Max Brenner treat anywhere else, not even at their stores.
Secondly, from the 8th of September all of the Radisson Blu hotels in the Asia Pacific region had to come up with a 'Blu' cocktail design. Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney came up with the Marilyn Martini with Blu (blue) pearls, and was named after an important individual, Marilyn Carlson Nelson who is the Chairman of Carlson. Carlson owns Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney. The cocktail (out of all of the Radisson Blu hotels in the Asia Pacific region) with the most votes remains as the signature 'Blu' drink for all of the Radisson Blu hotels.
This hotel has put together a package called "Illegally Blonde" where Blu turns blonde. Packages start from $245 per night and include one nights accommodation with a free upgrade to a premier room. Included in this great package is also two bottles of "Pure Blonde" beer, as well as a gift bag full of beauty products from Priceline valued at over $115. One-way transfers to the Lyric Theatre is also provided in this package.
The hotel is also a short stroll to Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House. The hotel is also conveniently located right near Pitt Street Mall and the designer mecca of Castlereagh Street for shopping lovers.
Some of the treats hotel guests enjoyed on "Turning The World Blu'' day held on Friday the 28th of September 2012
This is one fantastic hotel. If you need accommodation in Sydney for whatever reason: whether you're a local and you wish to escape to the city for business and/or leisure, or you're an interstate or overseas visitor to Sydney on holidays and/or on business, then make your next destination Radisson Blu here in Sydney. I thoroughly enjoyed my recent stay at Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney, it was really sad to leave.