After a long drive from Maine, I have to admit that I was at first discouraged when we entered Manchester in the hopes of finding some quaint overnight lodging and a nice restaurant for dinner. We ended up on the side of town with nothing but a long strip of chain hotels, fast food joints and a shopping mall. Since we can experience all that where we live, we wanted something a little different. Fortunately, we drove across town to discover downtown Manchester, which had a completely different feel.
The Radisson is a nice classy hotel in downtown Manchester. We had a nice large room on the third floor, and discovered that we were just down the hall from a fitness club, pool and hot tub, which we used later that evening. The front desk staff was extremely helpful, especially when it came to using their free wireless Internet service. Parking isn't free, but the hotel has a deal with the Convention Center parking garage attached to the hotel via a long corridor and I think we paid $8 extra for overnight parking in a secure, well-lit garage.
The hotel is in a good location in downtown Manchester with several restaurants and shops just down the street. We had dinner at the Red Arrow Diner, a 15-minute walk from the hotel. USA Today named "Red Arrow" as one of the Top Ten Diners in the United States. The diner experience was fun although I was a little disappointed in the food. The Radisson is also in the same area as the downtown arena and baseball stadium.
If you have a few extra minutes, take a five minute drive behind the hotel to see the beautiful Ste. Marie Church on the hill. It's hard to miss with its tall, ornate steeple.
Manchester is a cool town and I would highly recommend staying in the downtown area if you happen to visit there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When you stay at Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown, you can easily walk to concerts at the SNHU Arena and plays at Palace Theatre. Flying into the area? Take our 24-hour shuttle from Manchester–Boston Regional Airport (MHT) to the hotel. To help make business travel easier, we offer 65,000 square feet of event facilities and a gift shop with copying, faxing and laminating services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Manchester
- Manchester Radisson