Waltham Close, London Stansted Airport, Essex
The Radisson Blu Hotel at London Stansted Airport had a tough job on its hands before we stepped through its revolving door.
Our flight from Tenerife to London landed 45 minutes early – YAY. The time to navigate through Stansted Airport’s border control took an hour – BOO. When did the UK’s airports turn into Orwellian dystopias anyway?
Although the people at border control were friendly and honest enough (‘we don’t normally do this job’) the fact that the midnight hour had come and gone whilst we were waiting to enter the land of our birth left us on the cranky side. Another queue to check in at the Radisson Blu itself didn’t help the mood.
But then we reached reception and it all changed. A muttered ‘all we’ve done since we’ve touched down is queue,’ was met with a sympathetic smile and the news that our room was upgraded to business class and that breakfast had been thrown in free of charge. Suddenly Britain was all warm and friendly again. Memories of being herded like sheep for an hour receded as we were drawn magnetically to the king of cool wine towers and a fruity glass of French pinot noir which sung ooh la la as it skipped and danced its way down my throat.
The Radisson Blu had banished the dark skies and replaced them with sunshine and smiles.
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A few minutes covered walk from the airport, the Radisson Blu Hotel is perfectly positioned for a late night arrival or early departure. With the World Travel Market starting early the following morning we wanted to feel refreshed and ready for action and a night at the Radisson Blu before tackling London’s transport system was the ideal solution. It’s also an ultra stylish introduction to London and, as well as having fashion magazine good looks, is an incredibly comfortable hotel to chill out in.
Wonderfully convenient and a fab place to stay, we liked it so much we considered holing up at the hotel for the week and giving World Travel Market a miss. Highly recommended.
Rooms at Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
The rooms at the Radisson Blu Hotel have bags of personality and, like the rest of the hotel, are an aesthetic joy. Little touches like having the bed at an angle combined with groovy seating elevate them into the premier league of business hotels. The beds are comfortable and apart from the usual flat screen TV and mini bar, we had complimentary water, a Nespresso® coffee machine and an iron. Although there is internet access in the rooms its not Wi-Fi. But you can access that at the Angels Wine Tower Bar.
Facilities at Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
As well as a business centre with internet, fax and printing facilities there’s also the PACE health club whose pool, gym, sauna and steam rooms are just the ticket for a post business de-stressing workout. Entrance is complimentary for guests.
Staying at the Radisson Blu for one night only meant we didn’t get to try out the Filini Restaurant or the New York Grill Bar. But we did manage to down a very welcome glass of wine under the eye-catching cool blue wine tower. The wine wasn’t cheap but I could taste the reason why.
We also managed to scoff some breakfast before taking on the big city. A rousing coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice combined with a hearty plate of back bacon, sausage, fried bread, black & fruit pudding had me positively skipping my way towards the East Anglia & Stansted Express and London. I could have had muesli, yoghurt and fruit but the cooked breakfast choices were just too tempting to resist.
Radisson Blu Hotel you’ve got two new and very impressed fans.
Prices at the Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport start from around £58 per room which we think represents excellent value. Book some chic time at the cool Blu Radisson here.
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