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“Overpriced and over- rated!!!” 2 of 5 stars
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Chicago Avenue | Manchester Airport, Manchester M90 3RA, England   |  
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Ranked #23 of 117 Hotels in Manchester
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Overpriced and over- rated!!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

My husband and I booked a double room on 14th May for an overnight stay before our flight to Africa the next day. When we arrived, there was only one available parking space in the car park and it was next to the exit. We watched lots of people having difficulty finding spaces and people who's vehicles were jammed in due to the building workers on site who had parked their vans inappropriately. Part of the car park had been taken over by portacabins being used by the builders who were part of the refurbishment team. There were no disabled parking spaces that we could see within the hotel grounds which would have been helpful as my husband has had two knee replacements and carries a blue disabled parking badge so we had to carry all our luggage from the furthest part of the car park to the front of the hotel. The check-in was fine but the room was small, not a problem for one night but when we looked out the window in the morning there was scaffolding at the side of our window and it was easy for the workmen to see in. The bed which was supposed to be a double was actually two single beds together (they offered us a smoking room at check-in which we refused because it had single beds), and I spent all night trying to keep away from the centre of the bed in case I fell between them. We had dinner in the restaurant and ours was nice although overpriced for what we got but there were lots of meals being sent back to the kitchen and some of the waiters seemed a little out of their depth. The hotel is a mess at the moment and the prices should reflect this but they don't. We would have had a better meal, and a good night's sleep at the Premiere Inn for less than half the price. I wouldn't recommend this hotel, in It's present state, to anyone other than for business. It's only good point at the present time is the covered walkway to Terminal 2 and the service in the viewing bar. would have been nice to know about the refurbishment before we booked!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: Choose another hotel until refurbishment is complete.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

My partner was going for business meetings near the airport and i joined him to do some shopping. Couldn't believe the hotels location. 5 minutes via skytunnel from airport and then 2 minutes walk to train station. Ten minutes to city centre and return was about 4 pound! So handy. Room was lovely and clean and well equipped we didn't want for anything. Bit tired maybe but they are currently undergoing a massive renovation.

But the main great point: WE WERE ABLE TO CHECK IN AT 8.30AM!!!
A god-send after an early morning flight and was much appreciated. Would definitely recommend.
Also loved the bar overlooking the runway.

Room Tip: Runway view would have been lovely.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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22 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

I am a Radisson Blu fan having stayed various times at this particular one and many others in Europe and I always find they have great properties, my favourite so far being the Radisson Blu Plaza in Helsinki. This time I booked the Radisson at Manchester airport for my colleague to stay the night before they went on their honeymoon . I made the reservation as a wedding gift requesting a view of the runway. I also called to confirm the allocation of a runway view and I was told this room would be guaranteed. I was disappointed to find out they did not make this allocation and just gave them excuses of being full ! The room was fine, clean and well equipped and they had a nice time before their flight ! They also enjoyed the breakfast which as a Radisson standard is very nice! Anyway this time the Radisson Blu failed big time showing a lack of service specially considering the occasion! The rooms are now looking old and tired...Its about time they had a renovation but looks like its not just the rooms that need upgrading here, the service too!

Room Tip: One with a view of the runway!!! (?)
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

Sat in viewing bar, lovely day, excellent weather fantastic service. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing time before their flight to take away the stress of travelling and a way of killing time and enjoying yoursrlf. Good start to holiday.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We stayed at this hotel before a flight and have mixed feelings. The check in staff were very friendly and efficient, the booking process was easy but as someone else mentioned there was very little mention of the renovations going on there. They didn't affect us as it turns out but nice to know before you book.
My husband went to get a bottle of water from the 'restaurant' in the evening but was told 'you might have to wait a long time' by the curt girl there so he went to the bar at the top of the hotel instead - not a big deal but he said she was very rude to him which is a big deal in my opinion.
The following morning we went to the same restaurant for the breakfast and that was very poor. I had to point out to the staff that all the bowls for cereal hadn't been cleaned properly and the girl I told just smiled and took the pile of bowls off me without offering a new, clean bowl. I had to search out a clean dish myself to get my toddler his cereal.
We also spotted that someone had left the tap open on the coffee urn thing and it was pouring all over the counter and had formed a large puddle on the floor. We turned it off and told the staff, who acknowledged us with a grunt and that was all. We weren't expecting much but a quick 'oh thanks for letting us know' would have been nice. It would have been very easy for someone to slip on the huge puddle that had formed.
Oh and the room was fine, what you'd expect for a hotel that's usually used by people for one night - enough room for cases, coffee and tea, tv and clean bathroom.
So all in all a mixed visit - excellent check in staff but let down by the catering and let's face it, at that location the catering have a captive audience so maybe they just don't care?

Room Tip: I wish we'd thought to ask for a room overlooking the airport as our little one would have loved...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Room 767. Bed squeeked like a prop from 'Allo 'Allo.

Lighting archaic

TV pedestal occupies a huge amount of space and actually obscures the view of the TV.

No Radisson manager has ever slept here.

Restaurant service friendly but slow. Food moderate.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hull, East Yorkshire, UK
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Recently stayed at this hotel before a flight. The room very dated, marked, old fashioned. Restaurant very expensive and cold food, took ages to arrive and staff totally not bothered. False fire alarm and full evacuation at 1 am. Left stood in car park for 45 mins before being allowed back in. Staff hopelessly trying to do a roll call with a loud hailer - absolute joke, in the end they have up. People in room next to us didn't even evacuate and nobody realised. Only plus is the location. Avoid is my advice.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Chicago Avenue | Manchester Airport, Manchester M90 3RA, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Greater Manchester > Manchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Manchester
#13 Luxury Hotel in Manchester
#19 Family Hotel in Manchester
#20 Romantic Hotel in Manchester
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Hotel Class:4 star — Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport 4*
Number of rooms: 360
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