Radisson Blu

Looking for a family break, practically at your door

By Gillian Pope
With us leaving for the summer break shortly and my husband staying behind we decided it was the perfect opportunity to have a short family break before heading south.
We decided to stay at the newly renovated Radisson Blu Hotel which is situated in Salwa, a stone throw from where we live.     We chose this hotel because not only does it have a “Summer Escape Promotion” of KD 60 + 15 % Service Charge, but also because previously we had eaten at the After Eight Sky Lounge and loved the setting which overlooks the beautiful Arabian Gulf. 
Radisson Blu opened its revamped “new look” in September 2013 and it does not disappoint.   It boasts 191 guest rooms of which 30 are suites, ranging from a junior suite to a presidential suite.   It has three restaurants, with the famous one being “The Peacock”.  It’s best to book in advance for this so you need read the review in our restaurant guide.
When walking through the sliding doors you are automatically engulfed in the cool, vanilla scented entrance and the three friendly reception staff.  It doesn’t take long until we are whisked up to our room.    We booked into the junior business class room which allowed us access to the Sky Lounge.  This is open from 06.30 until 19:00.   This lounge offers a continental breakfast in the morning and continuous snacks and drinks throughout the day.     If you feel like something quiet you can sit comfortably in your own room with free high speed wireless internet and your own Nespresso coffee machine or you could select something cold from the mini fridge.
In the morning we chose to have breakfast in the Al Bustan restaurant and enjoyed a full buffet breakfast.   We were spoiled for choice and you needed to show some restraint to enjoy all that was on offer. We started on the cold section which had cereals, yoghurts, fruits, fruit juice, cheese and a good selection of smoothies which were an unexpected treat. You could then choose from a range of hot dishes or request something more personal from the live cooking stations where you didn’t have to wait long for your order. My husband tried and enjoyed the Boullion Soup as it was something unusual and a dish he hadn’t seen on offer at other breakfast buffet spreads.
We were fortunate enough to have perfect weather so after enjoying our delicious breakfast we wandered down to the Viking Club pool area which as a hotel guest is included.      The gym was very inviting, but after the amount of food we had eaten, we decided not to feel guilty and found our place on a few of the many loungers around the pool and enjoyed all the Viking Club and Radisson Blue had to offer. Waiters service the guests at the pool and as if we hadn’t eaten enough, we still found space to try out the fries and deep fried calamari, which was delicious and we didn’t have to move off our loungers.
Time went all too quickly and before we knew it, it was time to pack up and drive a few blocks to get back home. We thoroughly enjoyed our mini break and came away feeling like we had escaped the humdrum of daily life in Kuwait.







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