When you arrive in Sydney Domestic Airport, the cheapest and fastest way to get to your CBD hotel is to use the Sydney Airport Link. But catching the train isn’t always convenient, especially if your hotel is a long walk from a station. This is one of the things that makes Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is a good choice. Radisson Blu Sydney is a five-minute walk (downhill) from Wynyard Station.
Besides being close to a Sydney CBD station, the hotel is in O’Connell Street and within walking distance from the harbour and the business end of town.
So if you’re booking appointments in Sydney it’s a convenient hotel to choose and if you’re travelling as a tourist, it’s still a good choice as the hotel is a pleasant 15-minute stroll to the Opera House.
Being so close to the Sydney Opera House, which is one of the most famous Australian landmarks is a bonus!
Customer service plays an important role in the overall experience of a hotel stay. So I’ll give Radisson Blu’s staff a tick for good customer service and friendliness.
When I arrived, a porter was busy helping a guest unload luggage from taxi. I was impressed he noticed me walk past out of the corner of his eye and immediately offered to assist with my luggage.
I did wonder if I had just managed to fluke a particularly helpful staff member but it turned out that paying attention to guests with bags seemed high on the list of the concierge team at Radisson Blu.
The reception staff also passed the test with efficient and friendly service.
What’s the décor like at Radisson Blu Sydney?
The hotel’s 1800s sandstone building housed the Fairfax newspaper empire and the Bank of New South Wales.
The lobby is cosy and not overly flashy. Also on the ground floor is the Bentley Bar Restaurant & Bar. It is a spacious area with plush lounge chairs.
If you’re travelling for business (or if you’re glued to your smartphone) the seats along that side wall nearest to reception has power points right along.
What’s there to eat?
High Tea ($49 with tea or coffee/$69 with a glass of champagne) at the Radisson looks delicious. On the menu are cucumber sandwiches, curry puffs, scones and strawberry Swiss rolls.
Bentley Restaurant & Bar is listed in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide Awards with two chef hats and a wine glass.
What about the rooms at Radisson Blu Sydney?
Radisson Blu has 336 rooms and 26 suites and is part way through a $12m re-design of guest rooms expected to be completed by 30 June 2016.
I stayed in a newly renovated room (Room 0905). My room was airy and bright. It was spacious and had high ceilings.
I particularly liked the shuttered louvres connecting the bathroom and the bedroom.
It had a fresh contemporary feel with brand new furniture. There was a good sized work desk and comfy lounge.
The wardrobe had ample space (two drawers and plenty of hangers) for a short stay and nice facilities such as a safe, iPod docking station and free high speed Wi-Fi (faster than I get at home!).
What about the bathroom?
White and fresh with fluffy towels, bathrobes and toiletries. No complaints there.
What else should I know about Radisson Blu Sydney?
There’s a decent business centre, a 15-metre indoor pool and spa as well as a gym.
Did you like the breakfast?
The breakfast buffet is served in the Lady Fairfax room and had an adequate variety of choices.
What’s the bottom line?
I really don’t have much to complain about. Radisson Blu is a five-star luxury hotel in a great location in Sydney with friendly staff and well-renovated rooms.
Christina Pfeiffer was a guest of Radisson Blu Sydney