Stayed at the Raddison after spotting a good deal on Expedia and decided to have an impromptu night away with my wife. It's only fair to put the positives of our stay at the start of the review as there were far more positives than negatives. The hotel is stunning. Situated in the Free Trade Hall, it is a mixture of historic Manchester and modern architecture. The rooms are modern, spacious, well equipped and very comfortable. The hotel staff were warm, friendly, attentive and couldn't do enough to help. The hotel is well positioned, just off Deansgate for shopping, eating and a multitude of bars. The hotel bar is a lively venue serving fab cocktails. Breakfast was again excellent, probably one of the best I've had in a UK hotel. Everything was fresh, piping hot and constantly replenished. We ate in the hotels "this or that" restaurant and it was faultless (see separate review) For a couples weekend away, the hotel itself couldn't be faulted.
I do however have a couple of gripes. Firstly, I booked an Easter Special through Expedia and was expecting a Green and Blacks Easter egg on arrival - on arrival, no egg!! Secondly, I do not agree with paying a 10% service charge on drinks at a bar. We had a couple of rounds of cocktails and drinks and the bill was supplemented by a service charge. There weren't even any nuts or nibbles to justify it..... At least with dinner you are told on the menu about a discretionary service charge, but when ordering drinks, there was no apparent mention of it. Final negative didn't really bother me as I can sleep through anything but my wife isn't so fortunate! We were in a room that had what I assumed were the kitchen fans beneath us, they droned on all night meaning she had quite a disturbed nights sleep..... All in all however, a great hotel in a great location.
- 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
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