Nestled in the bustling suburb of Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria, lies the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, where the elegance and service you’ve come to expect from the Radisson Blu group will make your stay a memorable one. General manager Kevin Kamau shares why this hotel is a cut above the rest, with its modern offerings fit for millennial, business and leisure travellers.
What distinguishes the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel from competitor hotel offerings in Lagos?
The hotel offers typical home-away-from-home accommodation, with a myriad of culinary offerings that can be enjoyed from any of the ideally located outlets, all with scintillating views of the lagoon. As part of the leading Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, with its ever-increasing footprint across the globe, we are nestled within the vibrant yet tranquil Victoria Island business district which is within walking distance to malls and other popular leisure attractions.
What added value does the hotel offer for both leisure and business travellers?
Our location offers a fantastic view of the Lagos Lagoon, and guests have access to the lagoon from our private jetty. We offer a variety of room categories, from Superior to Business-class Suites, and all our guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi. For our loyalty members, we have our Club Carlson Loyalty Programme, which offers a variety of rewards across various levels. Our guests can also enjoy our recreational facilities, which includes a fully equipped gym, wellness spa and infinity pool.
The hotel offers a vibrant social setting – are there any unique activities made available to guests?
We offer lagoon/beach cruises from the hotel jetty to a variety of destinations. The hotel also offers relaxing options at the wellness spa, and hotel guests seeking to keep fit have access to the gym and pool. Our Surface Bar & Grill has a revolving calendar of entertainment, which, in conjunction with Art Clip, also includes seasonal art events to tend to Lagos’ growing love of art.
Our location is also ideal for hosting social events, from fairytale weddings to grand parties in the conference area which has flowing natural light.
With the advance of “bleisure travel”, how does the hotel adapt to emerging trends such business-meets-leisure travel?
Our hotel accommodation is designed to cater for the discerning business traveller, with a larger working space in the rooms and unlimited Wi-Fi. Our hotel offers additional amenities, from the fitness centre and aerobic classes to the spa and infinity pool, all of which can be enjoyed around your work schedule.
As mentioned, Lagos is slowly cementing itself in the art scene and the hotel often offers curated events, so guests can experience local art. In addition, our extensive culinary calendar and Lagos lagoon cruises as well as the city’s vibrant cultural scene offer variety for our guests.
How does the hotel cater to the demands of the millennial traveller, from the hotel search process and bookings to access to hotel services?
As a major hotel chain, the hotel can be booked via the various Carlson Rezidor brands’ website and reservation portal. Carlson Rezidor has also introduced apps for new and loyal guests to connect with the hotel, order room service, rebook stays, etc. The hotel can also be booked via Trip Advisor and other social media platforms, as well as online agencies such as Expedia and Bookings.com, offering flexible rates.
What experience can the South African traveller expect from their stay at the hotel and its surrounds?
We have hired a South African executive chef, Jade, who’s been in the industry for over two decades and comes with a significant South African culinary pedigree. A large South African community resides in Lagos and there has been a positive cross-pollination of South African culture into Lagos, which is quite interesting and exciting. The historical and cultural heritage of Lagos is a must-see for the South African traveller. The vibrant Lagos nightlife is ideal for adrenaline- and adventure-seeking South African travellers.