I spent four nights at this hotel, and it was a wonderful cocoon from the rigours of tramping around the sights in central Sydney and the waterfront. I chose it mostly for the location, and was pleased with the quick 10 minute stroll down Pitt Street to the waterfront--other sights, even the Australian Museum, weren't more than a 20 minute walk.
The hotel itself is typical businessman's five star; newspaper delivered to your hotel door each morning, attentive porters and concierge staff; and best of all, free wi-fi internet. This last item alone tipped me on the Radisson Blu--surely at the prices in this category, a gouge for another $15 or so isn't necessary. Truly bothers me about the higher-end hotels.
The hotel is housed in a glorious heritage building, which I was told used to be the home of a Sydney newspaper and another prominent operation a century ago. Exceptionally well restored, with high ceilings and period architecture kept intact.
The gym and pool were quite small, but well maintained. I also liked the swipe card security system in the elevators and into the gym area--a comforting thought during high crowds downton on a Friday or Saturday night.
My only complaint would be the rather average food in the dining room. I had a dinner, lunch and two breakfasts, but finally gave up after paying double the price for half the quality of food I could find just a block or two away. The meteoric rise in the Australian dollar over the past three years has put prices in Sydney into sticker shock category for North Americans(the latest world city index ranks it 30% higher than New York City) so I automatically assumed that a $30 plate of bacon and eggs wouldn't be swimming in grease)
Gauging by comments from other travellers who had stayed in nearby five star hotels, I believe the Blu warrants its high ratings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique style, five-star hotel housed within a stunning heritage-listed building and located in the heart of Sydney. The hotel features 364 stylish guest rooms, eight meeting rooms including two with natural light, The Fax Bar, a Health Club and complimentary internet access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Sydney
- Sydney Radisson