For the first two nights of our Australia trip, Dad and I had a very pleasant stay at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney. The hotel is a Category 6 property that redeems for 50,000 Club Carlson points per night. Since Dad is a Club Carlson Visa cardholder, we were able to book two consecutive nights for just 50,000 points total, which is an excellent redemption given the fact that this hotel normally prices out for AUD 300 per night.
Getting There/Location Details
Getting to the hotel from SYD is very easy. Upon exiting customs, turn right and follow signs for “Sydney’s Airport Train”. The fare from SYD to downtown Sydney is AUD 16.70, and the ride takes about 20 minutes. The closet stop to The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is Wynyard Station. The hotel is located at the intersection of Pitt Street and O’Connell Street, only a few blocks from Wynyard Station.
The hotel is situated in an ideal location; it’s nested between Sydney Harbor (about a 5-10 minute walk) and Martin Place (2 minute walk). We found it to be easy to walk almost anywhere from the Radisson Blu. Town Hall is about a 15-20 minute walk from the hotel, and I highly recommend you take the Free Sydney Walking Tour (more on that will be covered in our trip report) during your visit.
The entire hotel is is very modern, updated, and newly-renovated. We were given an upgraded corner room (room 430) with two double beds. The room had a lot of natural sunlight and sound-proof windows to block outside traffic noise (not that there is much anyway). The corner room was extremely spacious and open, featuring a flat screen TV, a work desk, sitting area, and modern decor.
The bathroom was roomy, clean, and fantastic with a standing shower (excellent water pressure) and a separate large bath tub. There is also an optional heat light that was a nice touch. The amenities were by Peter Morrissey and included bar soaps, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, toothbrush kits, and a vanity kit.
- As Club Carlson Gold Elites, we were not given access to the executive lounge or free breakfast (even after asking); however, we did get upgraded to a corner room (without asking).
- To upgrade to an executive room with lounge access, they were asking for AUD 110 per night. Breakfast is offered at AUD 35 per person. There are plenty of places for quick eats right outside, and there are lots of 7-11 type of convenience stores within a block away.
Overall, we had a very pleasant stay in one of Sydney’s top hotels. As always, I love that points came to the rescue!