Hi BellaNaijarians, Tomilola here!
You know how you just crave a weekend getaway to someplace nice? Well, that was me for a pretty long time. I just wanted to experience a new place and be away from my house for a couple of days. So when I was asked during the week if I would love to have a weekend staycation at the Radisson Hotel, Ikeja, I couldn’t say no!
So on Friday, the 13th of December, I made my way to Ikeja GRA for the weekend. I had a game plan and it was to forget about work for a while (which isn’t totally possible ?) and simply rest. I mean, a baby girl does deserve some pampering.
I got super excited right from the entrance at Getting to Radisson Hotel, Ikeja; everyone was so nice to me. Checking in was quite easy. Before going to my room, I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures at the reception.
My room was beautiful, spacious and warm. I immediately felt like I was home but I was already expecting such ambience and luxury. Everything was in it, including free and fast WI-FI… It definitely met my expectation.
Well, after my quick inspection, it was chill time for me. Since there’s free WI-FI, the best option was to Netflix and chill. About an hour later, I went down to get dinner, and just treat myself to the amazing food and drinks in the menu. On my way, I realised that on every floor, they had Christmas trees set up. Trust me, a great way to get guests in the festive mood feel.
Downstairs, I made my way to the Collage Restaurant at @radissonhotellagosikeja. That’s where every meal is served and it was a buffet. You know how you walk into a place and can tell the personality of the place. That’s how I felt at the restaurant, right from the lights, to the artwork. Dining here was more than just the food, it was an experience.
I honestly couldn’t resist jollof rice and plantain. I tried to get a little bit healthy and get a salad and a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice. That works right! After that delicious meal, I honestly couldn’t wait to get back to my room and have a good night sleep in that king-size comfy bed.
The next morning my experience with breakfast was just as thrilling. To be honest, I was still so stuffed from the food the previous night but I couldn’t resist having breakfast or maybe I just wanted to see the ever-smiling staff at the restaurant. But I found my way to have the complimentary breakfast and I went for something small – so, some pancakes with eggs and a cup of freshly squeezed pineapple juice.
After breakfast and freshening up, I took a tour of the Radisson Hotel Ikeja. My first stop was at the pool to take in all the beauty.
Then I went to the gym. The Radisson Hotel Gym is open 24 hours to all visitors. I caught a few visitors working out. As for me, it was a chilling weekend, so working out was off the table.
When I was done at the gym, I went over to the bar and spoke to the ever-smiling bartender Kingsley. From cocktails to mocktails and drinks, the mini-bar is set to give you a time of your life.
By this time, it was time to have lunch, so it was a quick tour of the Collage Restaurant plus lunchtime for me. I spoke to one of the chefs behind the delicious meals I have been having.
After getting fully stuffed with food, I headed back to my room to just chill and enjoy the rest of the evening. But there’s a way time just flies when you are having a good time. One minute I am in the room having a warm bath, and just like that, it was time for dinner. I am pretty sure by now, you agree that I am a foodie but it’s okay, I really don’t mind. When the food is good, I eat as much as I can.
At the restaurant, there was a live band and visitors were vibing and jamming to the music. The band went from Fela and the oldies to Wizkid and Skiibii; they went on and on. But it was absolutely a good way to enjoy my last night here.
When I got back to my room I had the best sleep that I’ve had in quite a while. I switched off my phones and just let myself enjoy the moment. The next morning my experience with breakfast was just as exciting. I settled for some potatoes with baked beans and a cup of coffee.
Sadly my time @radissonhotellagosikeja was over but I left fully relaxed and smiling. I had their best service provided by pleasant and professional staff with wide smiles and an eagerness to help to thank for that.