Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney: A model blend of business and leisure

SYDNEY is a vibrant metropolis with an eclectic skyline that reflects the diversity of its streets.

While high-rise office blocks dominate its center, a short distance away is a wealth of touristy treasures from iconic landmarks and lush public parks to boutique stores and trendy restaurants.

In the heart of the city’s central business district, where charming heritage buildings nestle within towering neoteric structures, lies the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel.

This sophisticated Beaux-Arts style property that began operating in 2000 was originally the headquarters of the Fairfax newspaper empire. Now, courtesy of a recent AUD$13.5 million (US$10.2 million) redesign, it’s one of the most desirable five-star hotels in the city.

Ideally situated close to transport links and tourist hotspots – the Circular Quay, Harbour Bridge, and Sydney Opera House – the hotel is a suitable choice for business and leisure travelers alike.

This dual appeal is reflected in its newly modernized interior and facilities that tick all the right boxes whether guests are staying for just the night, a weekend or longer.

The revamped rooms have a clean, contemporary elegance, yet subtle details make them anything but ordinary. A soothing blue and gray color scheme is enhanced with metallic accents and flourishes of silk.

Meanwhile, marble vanity units, walk-in showers, and extra-deep bathtubs complement the generously proportioned en-suite bathrooms.

Comfort and convenience are a priority at the hotel, so expect perks like complimentary internet access, a choice of pillows, personalized wake-up calls, and late check-out if needed.

Corporate travelers staying in the well-equipped Business Class Rooms on the 10th floor will also get access to the exclusive Business Class Lounge and its impressive list of benefits – hot breakfast buffet, day-long refreshments, evening canapés and drinks, concierge service, and express check-out.

Beyond the Business Class Lounge, the hotel is an adept host for meetings and conferences with dedicated onsite staff to facilitate everything from delegate packages and catering to audio-visual equipment and room configuration.

Eight versatile spaces are available for hire, ranging in size from 35-196 square meters. The largest, the modern Marble Room, can be customized to seat up to 180 people. The room can even be divided into three smaller sections; for more space, the adjoining pre-function area can be used.

Whether you stay for business or pleasure, enjoy a little rest and relaxation at The Health Club on the Mezzanine level. At 15-meters long, the softly-lit pool provides ample room for a satisfying swim. But remember to explore the gymnasium, steam room, and spa too.

For a more indulgent treat, head to the Lady Fairfax room after 11am for high tea. If you have dietary restrictions, the new vegan high tea option is not an afterthought. It includes novel combinations like chocolate cake with beetroot icing, and roasted pumpkin and herb scones with jam and soy cream.

But be sure to leave room for a meal at the Bentley Restaurant & Bar. With a string of accolades to its name, it’s a haven for those that enjoy modern Australian cuisine and appreciate an extensive wine list.

Choose from regionally inspired menus, or on Saturday nights, a carefully curated five- or eight-course dinner featuring premium seafood and meats like tiger prawns, kangaroo, and bass groper.

With exceptional facilities and plenty to see and do at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, why should business travelers be the only ones to have all the fun?

Tempted? Book a stay at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney now.

All images courtesy of the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney