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“Excellent Hotel for Business, Centrally Located”

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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
Ranked #9 of 178 Hotels in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

Stayed here for 8 nights in February 2012 on business. Check in was fast and smooth, worth noting is that all credit cards are assessed a 2% fee by the hotel for using a credit card (this is true in a lot of places in Sydney). Key access is a swipe card / proximity chip card for your room and elevator. The rooms themselves are large, clean and stylish and appear to be very recent from a renovation perspective. The baths have separate shower/bath, marble floors, a 110v outlet for shavers, shaving mirror and standard toiletries. Housekeeping came once per day (generally around noon on our floor) and did an excellent job keeping the room tidy. The hotel has a a gym/indoor pool with changing facilities which they will allow you to use for very early check in to shower and change if you get there ahead of your room being available. The hotel also contains a bar/restaurant, the restaurant (Bistro Fax) is expensive but we had a very good meal there first day in Sydney. The bar/lounge is small but staffed by excellent bartenders and is open until (I believe) 11pm daily. I would note that the drinks are not cheap ($8/local beer, 12$/cocktail).

All in all a 4.5-5 star property. i would stay here again especially at the rate of $275 AUD/night, which I thought to be reasonable.

Location:
10 minute walk to Circular Quay (ferry docks/opera house), 10-15 minute walk to The Rocks, centrally located to many businesses, 20 minute walk to Darling Harbour, 25-30 minute walk to Sydney fish market. Cabs are available right outside the main entrance, cabs also appeared to be reasonable and did take credit cards with a swipe terminal right in the cab for Mastercard/Visa/Amex. If you do use a credit card in the cab there is a 10% service charge.

Things to do:
Right across the street on O'Connell street is the Blue Stone Cafe: Amazing breakfast and lunch

The Rocks: Nice Bar scene, great restaurants (check out "The Cut" for a great steak

The ferries: Ferry service to Manly is a must do, good sight seeing, scenic ride

Opera House: Check out the Opera bar right at the foot of the Opera house

CYCA Yacht Club (Rushcutters Bay): Temporary members (free) welcome, cheap drinks, great food, great harbour view with sail boats.

Sydney Fish Market: Take a cab, it's a good walk. Chinese restaurant up top open what I think is every night uses the fresh (live catch) so even if you cannot make it during the morning to see the activity here you can still check out the seafood.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

From the moment we arrived at the Radisson Blu, we were treated to excellent service. The concierge was most helpful with any inquiries, the room service and house keeping did an absolute fantastic job. Definitely a 5 star job done. I would recommend this Hotel to anyone travelling to Sydney. It could be a bit pricey, but it is worth every dollar. Another excellent part of the Hotel is the Bistro Fax restaurant on the lobby level. Service at the restaurant is phenomenal and the food is fantastic. A must have is the chocolate fondant dessert, recommended by the waiter, and now recommended by us. Just the minor things the staff at the hotel do for you make your stay most memorable. Would recommend this Hotel to anyone who is travelling to Sydney.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

My initial telephone dealings with the hotel were promising, with the staff member being courteous and helpful. We were greeted and served efficiently on arrival and even though arriving on a early morning flight in Sydney, did not have to wait long for our room to become available. The room was a large suite with 2 double beds, which suited us as a family. We did have the option of bringing in an extra bed if we wished, but the kids worked it out ok. The hotel is only a few minutes walk from Wynyard Station, so if arriving from the Airport, catch the Airport link train and it's not far if you don't have too much luggage to lug! We checked out on the last day and stored our luggage at the hotel and were able to use the health club to freshen up before flying out on an evening flight after spending the day out and about. I would choose this hotel again.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

This hotel was fine. Purchased through Wotif.com for about $230. Room was clean, bathroom was good, bed was very good. Staff were all very friendly, concierge was good with parking our car.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

Stayed three nights. Perfect position for exploring all that this fantastic city has to offer. Minutes from harbour and gardens. Rooms clean and good quality, without being top class for the money paid. Friendly staff, and despite the big 'corporate' feel would happily stay again.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

Address: 27 O'Connell St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Sydney
#5 Spa Hotel in Sydney
#6 Business Hotel in Sydney
#6 Romantic Hotel in Sydney
#9 Family Hotel in Sydney
#9 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
Price Range: $234 - $548 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney 5*
Number of rooms: 364
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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