The sales guy (Brett Delport – read more about him here) from Radisson RED had been trying to get us to come and do a site inspection for a while already, but we are always so busy. One of my international clients mentioned how important it is for us to offer some funky artistic hotels for our delegates to stay in and I knew at that point that I had to make it a p
riority to visit the hotel. Boy was I in for a surprise!!
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and when I got there it seemed like a train station – busy-ness everywhere!! People checking out. People going to breakfast. People surfing the net. People waiting for other people. Wow! What an energy.
There’s no reception desk. No concierge. No port couture. No anything hotel-ish. No carpets on the floors – just art everywhere you look. The minute you walk in, though, someone notices you and walks up to greet you with a smile. Radisson RED is a lifestyle hotel focusing on art and they encourage you as a guest to be yourself. They accept their guests for who they are. (Wow, isn’t that awesome?).
What struck me was the fact that none of their staff were dressed in suits – they all wore jeans and Radisson RED T-shirts. The staff had the freedom to express who they are – with their tattoos showing and their spiky funky hairstyles and red sneakers. (Even the GM kept stalking us). Totally awesome! Vibey! Just the place you need to go to grab a dose of positive artistic energy.
Their conference rooms are on the small side, but they have little details that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Like a vinyl record player –and they find out what your music preference is and the record is there waiting for you to press “play” and set the scene. Lego Star Wars characters abound with little personalised messages to inspire your delegates.
Jack Black brewery is a permanent resident (well, so it would seem) with their craft beer available on tap and their merchandise on sale. Radisson RED believes in promoting local art, local cuisine and local beer (and wine, and well anything else local).
Their rooms are fairly small, but because of their minimalistic approach, they feel spacious. No room for beige they say (and what a relief!!). Everything is vibrant – red and white. With all the little details thought of. Yes, you get real milk in your fridge instead of those little sachet things that squirt everywhere when you pop them open. And a smart TV that has all the information you need to survive your stay in the Mother City.
At the breakfast room / restaurant, there is a selfie station where you can take your photo and it is loaded onto their selfie wall. Pretty cool (especially for all those vain selfie addicted peeps).
Overall, I really was impressed with their fresh approach. Radisson RED should be Radisson RAD in my opinion. Everything was fresh, creative, positive and vibey. I would recommend this hotel any day to our international and local guests.
And best of all – they are water conscious. Cape Town is currently experiencing severe drought with level 5 water restrictions. Radisson RED is doing their bit by creating awareness (there’s a whole channel on their smart TV to show you how you can save water) – and you can ask for a bucket to place in your shower to collect water. This is used for cleaning of the building. I think that is really really awesome!
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Read their blog here: https://www.radissonred.com/blog/
This says it all: https://www.radissonred.com/
Their app makes everything so much easier for you – install it before you check in: https://www.radissonred.com/app/