Walking into the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Sydney’s business district, you kind of expect another corporate haven for businessman, airline employees on stopovers, and retirees shipped in by bus. No, it’s so much more.
While the hotel would welcome all those groups, its gorgeous sandstone exterior with a definite nod to all things Italian, also looks to entice lovers of design.
Redesigned in July 2016, this hotel sets itself above its competitors in this price bracket by laying on the style. The lobby, bar, and breakfast room all shout plush furniture, comfy lounges and polished marble in a stylish layout.
My room had a blue feature, a nod to its name, with a retro blue velour lounge-come-daybed, perfect for stretching out by the floor-to-ceiling windows each Atrium Room boasts.
Metallic, galvanised-effect feature walls are eye-catching as you enter the room. The beds, too, are spot on, with a free-of-charge pillow menu to ensure you get the best sleep.
The bathrooms have all the features you’d expect. Each one has a massive tub taking centre stage alongside a peeping window that looks through to the bedroom. I found this feature a little odd but it certainly leant a portion of each room’s space to the other, combining with the high ceilings to make a regular hotel room feel almost suite-like.
The Radisson Blu has the usual free additions like Wi-Fi in every room (good enough to write this piece and upload photos) and the expected toiletries laid on in the bathroom.
I sampled each of the hotel’s free amenities and can confirm that the gym had enough equipment to handle the post-breakfast rush that I was a part of. Speaking of which, the buffet breakfast that came included was tasty. The lap pool, steam room, and spa, meanwhile, were all nice and completely empty when I arrived, which was a real treat.
There is an in-room 20/20/20 exercise, wellness, and beauty package available that sees a high-intensity workout combined with a 20-minute mindfulness session and self-treat beauty package for those wanting to treat themselves without leaving their room. The $24 price tag is reasonable and includes everything you’ll need including extra towels, beauty products, and a yoga mat.
The Radisson Blu Plaza hotel has 364 boutique rooms with the recent redesign, taking them from the boring norm they were before to the beautifully appointed next level.
While we had a one night staycation, this hotel would also be perfect for those coming to Sydney and wanting a stylish hotel in the heart of the city without paying Monaco prices.
Note: The writer stayed one night complimentary as a guest of the hotel.