The Radisson Melbourne Review is part of the Trip Report: The $77,000 Trip Heard Round the World which covers 5 Continents, 13 Countries, and 17 Cities.
- Tokyo, Japan
- Melbourne, Australia
- Wellington, New Zealand
- Sydney, Australia
- Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Saigon, Vietnam
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Hong Kong
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Knysna, South Africa
- Durban, South Africa
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- Doha, Qatar
- New York, New York
- Helsinki, Finland
Getting There: If you take the bus & train from the airport it only costs $4-$14AUD and takes 30 minutes to an hour. Uber is $24-$33AUD and takes 15 minutes.
As a Club Carlson Gold Member, I was upgraded to a Business Class Room at the Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne. Business Class aboard Finnair and business at Radisson are slightly different with the former providing much more amenities. According to Radisson.com, Business Class features service and upgraded amenities specifically designed with the business traveler in mind.
Business Class at Radisson offers:
- Upgraded room & amenities
- 1,000 bonus Gold Points® per night
- Turndown service
- Weekly newspaper delivered to your room
So really, it means you may get an upgrade from the standard Club Carlson tin box to something marginally bigger. I’m not sure if my room was upgraded because the room was tiny. Still, pre-Club Carlson devaluation, the hotel was a good value at the buy one get one night free points rate.
Some quick facts on this hotel:
- The best amenity was the rooftop hot tub and patio.
- The rooftop gym was strange. It was barely big enough for two people but had a personal trainer instructing guests on weird routines.
- The hotel was walking distance to the city center and had a friendly front desk that tracked down our tour company when they went MIA.
Other than that the hotel was not memorable.