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Monday 29 August 2016

High teas, a leading restaurant and new rooms. That's enticing.

The other day someone on Twitter asked me which hotel in Sydney I would recommend to a wine lover for a city weekend.

One of the first to come to mind was the Radisson Blu Plaza, where I stayed just a few weeks ago.

For a start, there is the indulgent range of high teas, including one featuring delicious distilled drinks from Archie Rose, that I covered here earlier in the month.

Then there is the fact that the Bentley Bar, one of Sydney's finest gourmet destinations, is right on site.

Throw in the fact that the hotel has undergone extensive renovations and the evidence is compelling, M'lud.

Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney has celebrated the completion of a $13.5 million redesign, with all its guest rooms and function spaces "reinvigorated". 

With a landmark position in the heart of Sydney on the corner of Pitt, Hunter and O’Connell streets, the hotel is three blocks from Wynyard Station and Circular Quay - and buses to the western suburbs depart from the front door. 

The original building on the site dates back to 1856 when it was home to John Fairfax & Sons, publishers of Australia’s oldest surviving newspaper, The Sydney Morning Herald, (and former employers of mine). 

It was acquired in 1955 by the Bank of New South Wales, later rebranded as Westpac, and then in 2000 was opened as the Radisson Blu hotel, where Bilson's restaurant once flew high. 

The second phase of the redesign, completed last month, included a refresh of all 336 guestrooms and 28 suites with new silk fabrics and contemporary chrome and metal-blue colour scheme.

Radisson Blu general manager Peter Tudehope said: “We are delighted to announce the completion of the hotel’s redesign and I firmly believe this $13.5 million investment now cements Radisson Blu’s position as one of the leading five-star hotels in Sydney.”

The two-hatted Bentley Restaurant and Bar is a major drawcard, along with the high teas in the Fax lobby bar. 

Chef Brent Savage is currently the SMH Good Food Guide Chef of the Year while sommelier Nick Hildebrandt is a three-time Sommelier of the Year. 

We popped in for a quick drink and were, not for the first time, swept away by the delicious wine and food options. We departed several hours later, satiated and pleasantly sozzled.

All guests at the Radisson Blu receive complimentary internet access with wireless access available throughout the hotel. All guest rooms offer an en-suite bathroom with marble vanity, separate shower and extra deep tub, plus additional amenities including pillow menu, iPod dock, gourmet mini bar, 24-hour room service, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe and, most appropriately, a daily newspaper.

The staff quality is a highlight. There are plenty of them, whether you need a porter or someone at the check-in desk; and they were uniformly helpful. 

Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney,  27 O'Connell St, Sydney NSW 2000. 
(02) 8214 0000.  

# The writer was a guest of the Radisson Blu Plaza  

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