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As the plane glides into its airspace, it’s clear that Sydney knows how to impress. Bordering the inky Pacific, the city is a sprawling, sparkling brocade beneath clouds ablaze with the evening’s last light. Little more than an hour later, I’m at the Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney, ensconced in my room – a modernist-tinged sanctuary of golds, blues and greys. Travel-weary, I’m tempted to soak in the marble-topped bath before passing out, but I’m starving and it’s not even 9pm. A nearby Frankie’s Pizza By the Slice offers Neapolitan-style pizza, a decent selection of mostly Aussie and Kiwi craft beer and live music every night. I demolish a slice of Puttana (salami, onion, chilli and olives), nursing an Exit Amber Ale as Frankie’s World Famous House Band, which plays every Monday, rocks and surges with infectious energy. The Radisson Blu offers everything expected from a business travel-focused hotel, including free Wi-Fi, a gym and swimming pool, more than 500m² of conferencing space and...

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