Radis­son Blu Ho­tel and Res­i­dence Cape Town

While Cape Town has over a mil­lion tourists vis­it­ing its shores each year for ad­ven­ture-filled hol­i­days, there has also been a mas­sive in­crease in busi­ness trav­ellers to the Mother City.

Indwe - - Contents - Text: Julie Graham Images © Radis­son Blu Ho­tel and Res­i­dence Cape Town

Though a rel­a­tively new term, “bleisure” travel – the com­bi­na­tion of trav­el­ling for busi­ness and leisure – is fast be­com­ing a lu­cra­tive sec­tor in the world travel mar­ket and, ac­cord­ingly, ho­tels are en­sur­ing that their ser­vices take this trend into con­sid­er­a­tion. Cape Town is no ex­cep­tion. In fact, just last year the In­ter­na­tional Congress and Con­ven­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (ICCA) ranked Cape Town as the num­ber one city in Africa for busi­ness tourism, and it now ranks in the top-40 des­ti­na­tions for busi­ness travel in the world. So, if you’re in the global busi­ness trade, and you haven’t yet been to the Mother City, chances are you’re go­ing to find your­self on its beau­ti­ful shores sooner than you may think.

In view of this grow­ing trend, world-class ho­tels of­fer­ing trav­ellers the very best in busi­ness and leisure ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions are pop­ping up left, right and cen­tre around the city. Few, how­ever, of­fer as ex­cel­lent a range of first-class ser­vices ap­peal­ing to the bleisure tourist as the stylish Radis­son Blu Ho­tel and Res­i­dence Cape Town. Lo­cated smack bang in the heart of the city, this ar­chi­tec­turally stun­ning build­ing is a land­mark, pro­vid­ing easy ac­cess to some of the city’s most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing the V&A Wa­ter­front and Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (CTICC).

The ex­pan­sive in­ner-city ho­tel of­fers 226 stylish rooms, in­clud­ing a num­ber of so­phis­ti­cated self-cater­ing apart­ments and a lux­ury pent­house – all with beau­ti­ful views of the har­bour, moun­tain, city or sea. All the rooms on of­fer come equipped with up­scale ameni­ties and el­e­gant in­te­ri­ors.

For those trav­el­ling to Cape Town for a longer pe­riod – whether to at­tend to busi­ness matters, or those leisure trav­ellers re­ally want­ing to im­merse them­selves in the city – the apart­ments of­fer more than just a luxurious respite and a place to lay one’s head down af­ter a long day. Choose

be­tween the one-bed­room, two-bed­room (from 40 – 88 m²) or any of the eight sensational pent­house apart­ments (165 – 407 m²), and make your stay in the city a mem­o­rable one.

De­spite be­ing surrounded by world-class eater­ies, din­ing out ev­ery day and night can be­come tire­some, and hav­ing the op­tion of a large, fully-equipped im­ported Ital­ian kitchen com­plete with SMEG ap­pli­ances is great. Guests can shop at the lo­cal mar­kets and pre­pare meals in the pri­vacy of their own apart­ments, whether it be alone, with the fam­ily or with friends. The ho­tel also pro­vides daily room ser­vice, laun­dry ser­vice, bathrobes, and tow­els, and each apart­ment has satel­lite TV, high-speed Wi-Fi and air-con­di­tion­ing for those balmy sum­mer evenings.

Din­ing at the Radis­son Blu Ho­tel and Res­i­dence Cape Town is an all-day af­fair, so there’s no need to ven­ture far, should you feel like tak­ing the night or day off from cook­ing. Savour an in­cred­i­ble break­fast buf­fet from The Stra­tus Room whilst gaz­ing over the city be­low. This con­tem­po­rary café has a warm am­bi­ence and is also a great op­tion for lunch or din­ner meet­ings. The menu is in­ter­na­tional, but has some firm lo­cal favourites like Cape Malay Chicken Curry, Os­trich Bobotie and Tomato Bredie, amongst oth­ers.

For those look­ing to en­joy a bite, morn­ing cof­fee or evening cocktail around the ho­tel’s sparkling pool – again with sweep­ing views of the city be­low – the Ghi­bli Bar and Pool Ter­race of­fers lighter lunch op­tions and de­li­cious gourmet piz­zas. In­side the ho­tel, the Sea Street Bar and Lounge with its pub-style menu is the per­fect meet­ing spot for friends or col­leagues. All food op­tions are also avail­able from room ser­vice.

Ser­vices are sec­ond to none at the Radis­son Blu Ho­tel and Res­i­dence Cape Town, and staff go out of their way to en­sure all guests are well taken care of. With a 24hour concierge desk and room ser­vice, as well as babysit­ting ser­vices, bou­tique shop­ping, shut­tles, and even sec­re­tar­ial ser­vices, you will find that the Radis­son has thought of it all. For guests that would like to main­tain their ex­er­cise regimes whilst trav­el­ling, the ho­tel also comes com­plete with a fully equipped fit­ness cen­tre.

Con­duct­ing busi­ness within the walls of this el­e­gant ho­tel is easy and con­ve­nient thanks to five meet­ing rooms and two ex­ec­u­tive board­rooms, all pro­vid­ing ev­ery­thing one would need for a suc­cess­ful and pro­duc­tive event. The spa­ces all boast nat­u­ral light, cli­mate con­trol, free high­speed in­ter­net ac­cess, and cus­tom cater­ing menus – not to men­tion help­ful staff who will do ev­ery­thing to en­sure that your event runs smoothly.

There re­ally isn’t a bet­ter of­fer­ing than this. Where busi­ness meets plea­sure, the Radis­son Blu Ho­tel and Res­i­dence Cape Town of­fers a truly im­mer­sive Cape Town city ex­pe­ri­ence. With su­perb ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions, de­li­cious din­ing, the best lo­ca­tion in the city and all the nec­es­sary ameni­ties to en­sure your stay is com­fort­able, this unique con­cept of mod­ern liv­ing is one of the Mother City’s finest. So, turn your next busi­ness trip into a “bleisure” trip, and dis­cover what all the fuss is about.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.radis­son­blu.com.

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