In Summary
  • I love the entire hotel experience. I love the plush surroundings, and I love how restaurants are often nestled past the reception and rooms into little nooks and crannies.
  • I've always loved how simply beautiful Radisson Blu is. The décor is breathtaking, every single time, and yes, I have seen it a couple of times, and yes, it still wows me.
  • The bar outside is spaced out and relaxed, with low, wide seats to encourage you to forget your troubles and cares.
  • And the food is not disappointing either.
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I have a cousin who absolutely loathes hotel restaurants.

She doesn't think they ever serve good food, and she never feels like she is getting the full restaurant experience, where you walk in and are served as actual guests of the hotel, as opposed to hotel guests whose faces the staff may be used to seeing, I assume.

I've never understood her paranoia, or her issue with hotels, because I love the entire hotel experience. I love the plush surroundings, and I love how restaurants are often nestled past the reception and rooms into little nooks and crannies that feel even more intimate than walking into a restaurant and sitting down. In a hotel, you're really walking into an experience.

That's usually how I feel when I walk into Radisson Blu, anyway. I've been there a couple of times, and I am actually thinking of sampling their spa next, since I've eaten more than my fair share of food at their restaurants.

My delicious burger.

My delicious burger served at Radisson Blu. Mushrooms are always a win. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

FAVOURITES

The Chop House, as always, remains my favourite, because Chef Sam and Chef Jeff keep it so – a close favourite is the bar outside by the terrace, where I happened to watch the World Cup play out last year (I am still sad about Croatia, to be honest, even though I knew their chances were not the greatest), and often duck into when I find myself in the unfortunate conundrum of having to sit in Upper Hill traffic.

Traffic, or jam, is not even the word for what happens in Upper Hill. I don't know what the word for that monstrous, hopeless tangle is, but I do know that it helps to stop somewhere and wait it out, instead of sitting in the car trying to keep your blood pressure stable.

I've always loved how simply beautiful Radisson Blu is, and I'm always reminded of this every time I walk into it. The décor is breathtaking, every single time, and yes, I have seen it a couple of times, and yes, it still wows me.

I love a place that makes you feel special as you're walking in...and then walking out, to the Terrace, when you feel like you prefer fresh air over ambient lights and cool music.

The bar outside is spaced out and relaxed, with low, wide seats to encourage you to forget your troubles and cares, and heat lamps, should the evening demand it.

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