Reviewed by Emma Rogers
The Radisson Blu Hotel at London Stansted Airport has had a massive make-over in recent months, taking it from a better-quality airport hotel to a 4-star premium hotel space with fantastic restaurants, bars and a health club. The meeting rooms are great too!
Upon entering the lobby area, the space has been developed to include a bar, complete with 4-storey wine tower, and a seating area leading onto the main restaurants. Sitting in reception, you pass members of aircrew and pilots for the airport (which is just across the road) then you embark straight on in to Station 169, the classy restaurant where steak is their special every night. Its name comes from the time that Stansted Airport was a RAF base during the Second World War, it is decorated out with Hollywood memorabilia and prints. Behind reception, the Collage restaurant serves more relaxed meals, with breakfast being served from 4am until 11am with a huge array of items on offer daily. A more relaxed restaurant feeling, it has plenty to keep you fuelled during your stay and your flight.
The health club is surprising, especially for an airport hotel, although it could similarly do with an upgrade like the rest of the hotel has already received. The pool is average in size but also has a steam room and sauna, but the gym is surprisingly large with plenty of cardio machines as well as free weights, kettle bells and weightlifting bars. There’s also a fitness studio and a spin room. The health club is at the disposal of guests but locals can use the club too, however they were keen to tell me that you need to bring your own padlock, or ask for one in reception if you need to use the lockers, and the showers aren’t that hot. In fact, the locals made it clear that it’s probably best you bring your own hotel towels and shower in your own room if you want more of the comforts – hopefully this will change when the healthclub (run by a third party company) is refurbished later in the year.
Our room, which was also recently refurbished, is on the top floor of the four-storey building and is a Premium room with upgraded furnishings and lighting. With a mini-bar, ironing board, coffee machine and safe, there are all the amenities of a big hotel chain. The rooms are surprisingly quiet for being situated so close to an airport, and the zip-lock beds can turn a double into a twin. The double bed is huge too! There’s not much as a view, but the lack of plane noise really surprised me. It’s ideal if you want to get some sleep before you board a plane.
The refurbishment makes this hotel stand out as more than just an airport stop-over, and more like a business hotel in the middle of a city. I liked the new lighting design that illuminates the magnificent wine tower and choreographs the area to be more versatile and also very relaxing with large swivel chairs. There’s plenty of seating, used for breakfast, used for drinks at the bar and for tranquillity before a flight.
Enjoy your stay at the refurbished Radisson Blu at London Stansted Airport before your holiday or business trip and remember to view the famous wine tower!
Rooms start from £99 per night.
For more information or to make a booking visit www.radissonblu.com or call 0127 966 1012.
Radisson Blu, Waltham Close, London Stansted Airport, Stansted, Essex, CM24 1PP