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REVIEW: Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

REVIEW: Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Check in at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Described as a trendy, upscale hotel, I had been looking forward to my stay at the Radisson Blu

Edwardian Manchester, set within Manchester’s Grade II listed Free Trade Hall.

Located off Deansgate – the upmarket end of town, opposite the triumvirate of arguably the city’s best architecture (the Town Hall, Central Library and the Albert Hall), the 5 star hotel boasts its own grandeur with its 19th century façade, while embracing all the modern comforts you can expect of the design conscious brand.

Nestled in the interior of the former home of the world-class Hallé orchestra, I had expected to see a musical theme incorporated into the interior features and was surprised to find a mishmash of sculptures in the light and airy lobby. I was more impressed however, with the quality of what the complex had to offer, featuring two restaurants and bars, a well-equipped gym, pool and spa.

The rooms are sleek, modern and minimal, with king size beds set amongst dark grey and earthy tones, which although somewhat muted are unlikely to cater to all tastes (our room had an orange imitation snakeskin feature wall and umber velour soft furnishings). I was struck by the clever use of space which created a compact walk-in wardrobe/mirrored dressing area adjacent to the bathroom which was divided into separate wet and dry areas. The brushed cotton towels and cotton percale bedding were brilliant white and soft to the touch. The plump pillows offered good support and provided a restful night’s sleep in an indulgent setting.

Exuding the general impression of affordable luxury and the ethos of ‘customer is king’, the service we received was impeccable. You can expect to be greeted by genial and informative reception staff. Our room service request was delivered within just enough time to rise, robe and answer the swift rap at the door.

As Manchester city centre is relatively compact, you could easily embark on a night out in the gay village and perambulate back to the lap of luxury within 10 minutes. Alternatively, you could stay on your doorstep and make use of the Great Northern complex boasting a 16 screen cinema, casino, bowling lane and a cacophony of bars and restaurants all competing for your custom.

The on-site restaurants cater to different tastes, with the glossy and glamorous Opus One Bar and restaurant in stark contrast to Steak and Lobster (serving these two options alone) providing an easygoing approach to dining with unlimited fries and salad as part of the £18 set menu offering. Although I found the quality of the 10 oz rib-eye steak has room for improvement, the lobster is attractively presented in its half shell, with the crackers on hand to have a go at extracting the meat for yourself, which is all part of the fun. The restaurant also serves an excellent breakfast with high quality ingredients, by attentive waiting from staff.

My expectations of a trendy town hotel with gorgeous surroundings and high quality service were well met. It’s hard to argue with their own strapline: ‘Luxury accommodation and breakfast – in a stunning setting.’

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Words: Faye Evans

The Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester is hosting Gaydio’s Manchester Pride Parade Party. Watch the Manchester Pride parade pass by at the party with the best view in Manchester! Grab a drink, have a dance and listen to your favourite Gaydio DJs, Chris and Emma, broadcasting live from the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel on Peter Street, a proud hotel partner of Manchester Pride. Starting from noon, you’ll have a chance to meet the DJs and get yourself on the radio.
We also have our #ShowUsYourPride selfie beds at the hotel – come and take your pride selfie in our BIG WEEKEND BED using the hashtag and you could even win a luxury stay at the hotel!