Picking a hotel for any stay is a tricky task. There always seems to be so many to choose from that I spend days, if not weeks researching before selecting one and then worrying about whether I’ve made the right decision.
I had this typical experience when booking a hotel in Leipzig recently. I finally opted for the Radisson Blu, having been swayed by the excellent customer service I received while sat at home, speaking to the Twitter team. Customer service can say a lot about a place and to experience such great service in my own living room, really made me trust I was making the right decision.
Centrally located on Augustusplatz, the Radisson Blu Leipzig is a modern 4 star hotel close to all the main attractions. Just a five minute walk from the station, it easy to find on foot. Although we arrived late at night when most things were closed, staff at the Deutsche Bahn desk were happy to help and pointed us in the right direction.
The university (whose former students include Angela Merkel and Frederich Nietzche), is just around the corner meaning there’s a host of late night bars near by if you fancy a few drinks in the city centre.
Having never stayed in a Radisson Blu hotel before, we didn’t know what to expect. kitted out in dark wood, the rooms are modern, spacious and look like they’ve recently been refurbished. The mattress was so comfy – we both had an amazing night sleep.
The bathroom featured a modern glass shower with excellent water pressure (it seems this is becoming a bit of an obsession of mine when staying in hotels), as well as a sink and a separate toilet. A selection of good quality complementary toiletries were also available. The only things missing from the rooms which I would usually expect in a four star hotel were bath robes (which could be requested from reception), coffee/tea making facilities and a mini bar. Although there was a small fridge in the room, it was empty which was a surprise. Neither of these were advertised on the hotel’s website so if was an assumption made by me that these facilities would be available, rather than anything else. A complementary bottle of water was available in the room however so there was something available to drink.
It is worth noting that all of the rooms at the Radisson Blu have twin beds, not doubles. They are easily pushed together though so if you would prefer a double, that is an option.
The Radisson Blu, Leipzig, has a range of facilities including a lounge bar the Spagos Lounge), a gym and a hairdressers. As we only stayed for one night we did not have time to try out most facilities but we did have a drink in the Spagos Lounge.
The Spagos Lounge is on the ground floor of the hotel and offers a wide selection of drinks from beers and wines, through to cocktails. We ordered two cocktails – a Long Island Ice Tea and a Cosmopolitan, both of which were well mixed and contained plenty of alcohol. Priced at about €8 each, they represented great value for money.
Comfortable sofas and chairs are available in the Spagos Lounge and sitting in the bar makes for a relaxing evening.
Around about 1986 I passed through Leipzig on a trip with my family and we stopped for a breakfast so amazing that my parents still talk about today! So the thought of breakfast in Leipzig makes me smile.
The breakfast at the Radisson Blu Leipzig was wonderful. Pretty much anything you could want, they had – cheese, cold meats, salad, bread, pastries, sausages, maple cured bacon, yogurt, cereal, pancakes…the list goes on and on!
On the drinks side, all the typical breakfast drinks were available and also prosecco. It was a nice touch and a great treat to start a day with prosecco.
Would I stay again?
In one word, yes! It was a great stay. The rooms were comfy, the service was excellent and food and drink were superb. Thank you to all the staff who made our stay so wonderful.