Sunday, 3 November 2013

The Angels Wine Tower at the Radisson Blu


Airlines, you hate them or you love them. I particularly loved Swiss on my way to Hongkong last week, when they were looking for volunteers. The flight was overbooked and they were offering passengers to fly the next day with paid accommodation, meal vouchers and 751 Swiss francs in cash. I thought about it for three seconds and took the offer. And that's how I ended up in the Radisson Blu at Zurich airport.


The Angels Wine Tower at the Radisson Blu

Nothing to write a blog about, you might think, but this Radisson Blu is not just another Radisson Blu. This one has a massive, glass tower reaching all the way to the lobby ceiling, measuring 16 metres in height. And get this: the tower is filled with bottles of wine, over 4,000 of them. It's called the Angels' wine tower. It's quite a sight to see, especially at night when it's lit up in various colours that change with the beats of the loungy music that resonate throughout the hotel.

The Angels Wine Tower at the Radisson Blu


And if you're wondering how they retrieve the bottles from the top shelves of this awesome glass structure, well that's where the angels come in. When dining at one of the restaurants in the hotel you can pick your wine or champagne from an extensive wine list. When you've made your choice, your waiter sends the order to the tower where the Wine Angels pick it up. One of them straps into a what looked to me like an uncomfortable looking harness, and soars to the location of your chosen wine, while putting on a Cirque du Soleil type show. After which she brings the wine to your table.

The Angels Wine Tower at the Radisson Blu

I didn't actually order a whole bottle that night, but the angels did go up and down quite a few times which kept me mesmerised for a good while. Until I realised I had a free hotel room waiting for me to enjoy, making me soar to the fifth floor of the hotel where I acrobatically jumped up and down on my free bed a couple of times. I love you, Swiss.

10 comments:

  1. Awesome! I love Swiss Air too. I last flew them in June when I had to fly home for the worst possible reason and let's just say they made a terrible situation a lot more comfortable.

    This place looks terrific. One of these days I'll be able to say yes to one of these last minute ticket changes but usually I'm flying because I actually have somewhere I need to be!

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  2. I know what you mean and this time I didn't have a hotel booking, so I grabbed the chance straight away!
    Oh and ps, the Radisson at Stansted apparently has a similar wine tower!

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  3. Oh, LOVE this - what a way to make a feature of something normally so pedestrian!

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  4. I love this tower - very unique. And great deal on giving up your seat - very cool hotel.

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  5. I know, right? And I got money on top of it as well!

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  6. Wow that wine place looks awesome. I had a stop over in Zurich as a teen and just loved the city. I am hoping to go back asap with my family as Switzerland,Austria, and southern Germany is an area of the world I love so much. Look forward to getting to meet you tomorrow. x

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  7. When you're at Zurich airport, do pop into the Radisson! See you tomorrow!

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  8. Looks like a great hotel and the Angels wine tower wow what an experience. I would order a bottle of wine just to see it again :) It only happened once to me so far when a flight was overbooked and they looked for volunteers, I took the opportunity as well but did not have such a great hotel experience as you had.

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  9. Yes, this Radisson was something else!

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