The latest addition to the Cape Town skyline, the stylish Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence, is set to be the city’s next big thing
There’s something special about living in Cape Town’s city centre. Having recently moved from Kloof Street to the ‘burbs, I’ve missed the energy and buzz of the CBD. So, when I got the chance to spend a night at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence on Riebeek Street, I couldn’t wait to immerse myself once again in the city life.
The first thing you need to know is that there are no half measures at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence. As Cape Town’s tallest residential building it makes quite an impression. Moreover, it’s the decor that really stands out for me. With its strong Art Deco feel, the interior screams Great Gatsby.
According to Desmond O’Connor, general manager, Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence, “Sophisticated design and elegant decor are an integral part of the Radisson Blu brand globally, with the decor of each hotel around the world meticulously planned and designed and tailored to the city and country it is situated in. After all, being iconic, stylish and sophisticated is in Blu’s DNA.”
We arrived on a Friday afternoon and were warmly welcomed at reception before being led to our chic room complete with a gorgeous blue ombre feature wall and black-and-white geometric carpet. Though the 214 rooms come with all the necessities you may need during your stay, the most outstanding feature, of course, is the stunning view, which in our case was overlooking Signal Hill and the bustling streets below.
After slipping into something more casual, our next stop was the Ghibli Bar and Pool Terrace on the first floor. The weather was a bit rainy during our stay, but that didn’t stop us from appreciating the fantastic bar and terrace, which I know will be my go-to sundowner spot when summer arrives.
After drinks, you can head to The Stratus Room for dinner. The restaurant offers a dining experience that embraces local cuisine with a mix of seasonal ingredients and stunning views. Stephanie Telchi, marketing manager, described the menu as a sophisticated whimsy on every plate”, and I couldn’t agree more.
We ended our night with a quick stop at The Village Idiot, a short walk away, for a night cap in a vibey atmosphere before heading back to our room to kick off our shoes and relax with a movie. Whether you’re on a business trip or just looking for a retreat in the city, the Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence has just the right combination of high energy and style.
Keep an eye out for its all-day Burger and Beer special (R85) at The Sea Street Bar and Lounge, which runs until August, and the regular food and wine pairing evenings at The Stratus Room.
Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence
021 467 4000
Words: Charis Le Riche | Images: Supplied