I flew from London Stansted to Marrakesh this week, and couldn’t think of anywhere better to spend the night prior to my flight than the Radisson Blu.
The Wine Tower at the Radisson Blu Hotel Stansted Airport
As soon as you walk into the Radisson Blu, you are greeted by the fantastic wine tower – probably my favorite thing about this hotel. When you order your wine at the Wine Tower Bar, ‘wine angels’ go to retrieve the bottles. They are fully trained acrobats sent up and down the wine tower via a system of pulleys. Don’t be alarmed by the ‘air raid siren’ sound at the start of the evening – this simply means that the ‘wine angels’ are starting!
The wine inside the wine tower is essentially being kept in a massive fridge, and the different sections can be temperature controlled to ensure that your wine is kept at the perfect temperature. Got to love this! I headed straight to the bar after checking in, of course, where the fabulous waiter Michael recommended a Sicilian white.
Rooms at the Radisson are clean and comfortable, as you can see. I also had a desk in the room, which I appreciated for planning and writing.
The rooms have all of the mod cons that you would expect to find when staying in a hotel on a business trip or for pleasure. They are kitted out with complimentary tea and coffee, a mini bar, hairdryer and ironing board. When you check in, you can leave a tab open and add to it if you use the mini bar or any of the restaurants (and bar) downstairs.
You also get complimentary toiletries!
Free WIFI at the Radisson Blu Hotel Stansted
As a travel blogger, free Wi-Fi is a must, of course. You can get free Wi-Fi throughout the Radisson Blu. I was able to log in and work from my room and the lobby. You simply connect to the Radisson_guest network, open your Internet browser and enter your surname and room number.
Gym and Swimming facilities at the Radisson Blu Hotel
Another great thing about the Radisson Blu is that it has a gym and swimming pool with a sauna/steam room. If you are staying at the Radisson Blu, I highly recommend that you check in as early as possible (you can check in at this hotel from 1pm onwards) so that you can enjoy the swimming and gym facilities. This is all included in the price of your room.
Other Facilities available at the Radisson Blu Hotel Stansted
The Radisson Blu has some fabulous extra services available. I was really pleased to be able to have my nails filed and painted for just £5 in the hotel lobby. The girls were extremely friendly and invited me back to visit the spa on my return. I will definitely take them up on that!
My mum also tested the laundry service. She had been busy the week before we travelled and asked them at reception to wash and press a few blouses and trousers. We were really pleased that the express service was available and her washing was done within three hours. However, I still fail to understand why she couldn’t wait until we arrived in Marrakesh, where it would be so much cheaper!
You also get free Sky TV in your room – always a bonus. I had to get my NCIS fix!
Eating at the Radisson Blu Hotel Stansted
There are two restaurants to choose from at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Stansted Airport. You can go to the Filini for Italian, or the New York Grill Bar for steak. The Filini is the cheaper of the two, with pasta and risotto mains at around £12-£15. A 10% service charge is added to the bill. I had a healthy Spinach Risotto, which was perfect.
Spinach Risotto at the Radisson Blu Stansted
At the steak house, expect to pay between £30-£40 for a steak.
Tip – Don’t wipe your room card!
I’m not sure if you will be aware of this, but holding your room key card next to your mobile phone will wipe your key card, so keep them separate. I made this mistake and had to go back down to reception to get new ones – oops! 😉
What’s the best thing about the Radisson Blu Hotel Stansted?
The best thing about the Radisson Blu Stansted airport hotel has to be the location. I have flown from Stanstead many times and stayed at the Holiday Inn and Premier Inn. Both of these hotels were basic, but provided a nice clean room and had what was needed. However, you need to get a shuttle bus from the hotel to the airport, which is unsuitable for very early flights.
Although the shuttle buses from Stansted airport to the Premier Inn and the Holiday Inn are frequent, and run through the night, the inconvenience of this means that it is probably worth paying that bit more for your room and being able to wake up in the Radisson Blu – right next to the airport!
There is a short underpass to get to the airport from the Radisson Blu, so you will get to your flight check-in desk within two or three minutes. The Radisson Blu is the only hotel at Stansted airport that allows you to walk directly from your hotel to the terminal.
I would definitely recommend a stay at the Radisson Blu if you are flying from Stansted. It is pricier than many of the other nearby hotels, but in my opinion, the extra cost is worth it due to the location and facilities.
Have you ever stayed at the Radisson Blu, Stansted? If so, I’d love to hear about your stay.
Update – The second time I stayed at the Radisson Blu I got upgraded to a junior suite! Read about it here – We got Upgraded!
• This is a sponsored post. As a professional travel blogger, I always declare when freebies or discounts have been received in return for promotion. I received a friends and family discount at the Radisson Blu, which allows me to get this information to you.