I always visited the V&A Waterfront as part of the crowd looking for the next best deal at the mall and not as a guest at the luxurious hotels located in the area until recently, when I checked in at the Radisson Blu. And what an experience it was!
Tucked away from the busy shopping centre with the views of the Atlantic Ocean I got to see the other side of the waterfront that I can easily get used to. There is something about someone opening the door for you and taking your bags that makes you feel at ease. At this point being called ma’am was not offensive but felt appropriate. After a quick check in I was taken to my business class room with a view of the ocean. They have standard rooms, superior rooms, business class rooms and two bedroom suites. From my bed, I could see AND hear the ocean; I couldn’t wait to wake up to the sound of the waves the next morning.
I did a quick inspection for the usual stuff you find in hotel rooms and I was surprised to find a few extras that I normally have to ask for such as the ironing board and an iron. They even had a sewing kit there in case you have an emergency that you need to take care of, an Espresso coffee maker and a shoe care kit. It was definitely ready for someone with back to back meetings and no time to waste but since I wasn’t on business, I was looking for the comforts that a mum travelling with a baby would look forward to. I noticed the cot for the baby and moving to the bathroom, I noticed an array of baby products laid out for me. I was happy to find that they had soap and shampoo for the baby, which I forgot to bring. The bathtub was huge and inviting and if we were not in the middle of a water crisis I would have had a long bubble bath.
The baby sitter was going to relieve me in a couple of hours while I enjoyed dinner, so I decided to kick back and relax on the balcony and enjoy the welcome drinks and the view. The balcony had a protective glass which made it safe for the baby so I could take a nap without locking us in and I did just that before dinner.
I was woken up by the telephone alerting me that the nanny was ready to start her shift. She was on time but didn’t mind giving me time to get ready before she takes over. When she finally came she immediately made me feel at ease. She asked all the right questions. What time do I want the baby to go to bed and if she ate already. By the time I was ready to leave she was busy playing with the baby, who didn’t seem to mind that I was going. I had two and a half hours of uninterrupted dinner time for the first time in 16 months. I was excited and ready to take on the menu from the top all the way down to the dessert. I noticed that the restaurant is quite spacious and chose to sit on the terrace even though I couldn’t see the ocean.
Inside the setting is a bit more intimate and would be perfect for special occasions. It didn’t take long for the waiter to approach me and explain that there is a buffet dinner menu every night but I can also choose to order from the menu. I am not a fan of buffets with slow cooked meals and a two veggies kind of a menu but tonight was different. They have fresh sea food stalls that cooked whatever you wanted while you wait. The waiter was very attentive and happy to take me on a quick tour before I decide what to eat. It was tempting but I decided to stick to the menu. I enjoyed sole on the bone paired with chunky chips; it was the best I have had in awhile! The fish had some crunch to it and was topped with salsa and capers; which I thoroughly enjoyed. The capers added the right amount of flavour without overpowering the dish. With only just a bone left on my plate, I made my way to the dessert table with all kinds of tarts and cakes to choose from.With so many choices, it was a bit overwhelming! I ended up with good old jelly and custard and a peppermint tart. I believe that panna cotta from the menu would have been a better choice after such a great meal.
It was only at breakfast that I truly got to appreciate the fantastic sea views that the restaurant has. I could just imagine myself sitting back and enjoying a long brunch with friends. The couches at the back of the restaurants were so inviting and I cannot wait to try them out before winter comes. Thank you Radisson for hosting us!