Radisson Blu has long held its reputation for iconic, stylish and sophisticated offerings worldwide, so it seemed well-suited to its location in the richest square mile in Africa and naturally I was excited recently on the rainy day that I headed up in the elevator to check in for my stay.
Over the past few years for a special occasion or two, I have experienced their Vivace Restaurant dining, but this would be my first overnight visit, and it wasn't long before I was settled in my bathrobe and slippers, glass of wine in hand, taking in the beautiful view of Mushroom Park after the storm, from one of the Radisson Blu Superior Suites. Beautiful panoramic skyline views, a separate comfortable lounge area and a conveniently located bath tub that was impossible to resist for a pre-dinner soak.
Then it was off to dinner, and we managed to get a window table with a front row view as all the offices and malls lit up like jewels in the African evening sky. I remember thinking, whilst seated enjoying my glass of Shiraz and Duck Noodle Salad, how difficult it is to remember that you are still in fact in Africa. We finished up the evening in style with a traditionally proudly South African dessert, the Malva Pudding complete with Amarula ice cream and headed up to sleep, relaxed and full.
Morning arrived too soon for my liking, and the first thing that I did was slap on my robe and head into the lounge to take full advantage of our Nespresso coffee machine. Breakfast was conveniently offered indoors without having to venture out into the world which is an additional bonus.
To sum up our stay at the Radisson Blu Sandton, with its prime location, whether your stay is for business or pleasure (and with some of the best shopping and restaurants in the city) less than five minutes away, it is easy to see what makes this particular hotel so popular.