Just returned to the US after a magnificent 10-day stay at this grand property, located in the heart of Manchester. The hotel is housed on the site of the Peterloo Massacre that took place almost 200 years ago. Manchester's heritage as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution is highlighted everywhere you turn, especially in the nearby Museum of Science and Industry and the People's History Museum (my favorite). I spent my vacation enjoying several cities in the North of England, and made day trips to York, Blackpool, and Liverpool (and I even took a jaunt on the high-speed train down to London and back), but came "home" to the Radisson every evening. Its proximity to the main rail station (Manchester Piccadilly) made for easy travel; to get to the station, I would enjoy a colorful 15-minute walk through the Gay Village or else hop in a taxi, which cost around five pounds.
The Radisson Blu Edwardian is my kind of hotel; very plush and modern with the newest technology (indeed, the TV messaging system is so new it still has a few kinks to be worked out, but new is still good.) My King Deluxe Room with a City View was just that: a luxurious accommodation on the top floor, with a killer view of Manchester's Town Hall and the city center. On a clear day, I could easily see the Pennines to the north and east. The room was spacious with an extraordinarily comfy king-size bed. The bath, shower, and vanity areas were all stunning and there was plenty of storage space for my clothing.
I ate breakfast in the restaurant every day and the buffet was generally good, although the food was sometimes lukewarm. The hotel was in the process of renovating its usual breakfast spot, so guests were directed to temporary quarters. I had to ask for coffee refills almost every day, but I figured that the servers were stressed out because they weren't used to the room.
The hotel's fitness center is near the spa and swimming pool in the lower level. I worked out almost every morning and found the gym to be equipped with everything I needed.
There were very few problems with my room, but if anything went awry, it was dealt with promptly. Gary, Louisa, and Chantel were especially helpful during my stay, but everyone I encountered truly made me feel at home. Congratulations to Mr. Stefan Rae and his staff for a job well done. I look forward to a return visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award-winning Radisson Blu Edwardian Free Trade Hall Manchester features 263 bedrooms, in addition to a number of meeting and event rooms, within a luxury 5* gold award property. The hotel also caters to your every culinary need, from Steak & Lobster at Alto, to the glamorous Opus One Restaurant and Bar featuring the finest locally sourced British food. Sienna Spa & Health Club comes complete with swimming pool, Jacuzzi and steam/sauna. The hotel holds the Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award. Throughout the hotel is complimentary Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Edwardian Manchester Hotel Manchester
- Radisson Manchester
- Manchester Radisson