I stayed at the Radisson Edwardian for one night during a trip to the Manchester International Festival and thought I'd booked a great bargain at €95 per night at a five star hotel. It was still a reasonably good deal, consider the demand for rooms during the festival, but I would have expected a little more bang for my buck. It was fine - but I've stayed in FINE three star hotels.
I'd requested a twin room, and was given a twin room. Their website (http://www.radissonedwardian.com/hotels/gbmanche/rooms) states that EVERY room is king-sized, which would imply that there are king-sized beds in each room. This was not the case in their twin room, which was small and featured two skinny single beds that moved at the slightest touch.
I should have raised this with the reception immediately, but had to leave the hotel just after check in, so there was no time to stand and argue.
The room itself (#814) was small ish, with a comfortable plush chair (just one) and a desk chair. The tv worked, the blinds were fine (there had been reviews re bad blinds), although they didn't quite meet at one corner.
The room was cold when we arrived and ROASTING at night-time. The air-con was variable between 18 and 24 degrees C, but just seemed to blow out hot air constantly. Not pleasant. Again, something to talk to reception about, but it was check-out time by the time we were up.
The bathroom's 'dry zone' - according to the hotel website - has a walk-in wardrobe. Not so. There is minimal hanging space, and no walking-in space at all. The lighting in the dry zone was fine during day time, but with the lights on was not the greatest - not v. conducive to putting on make up / putting in contact lenses!
The wet zone of the bathroom was fine - had no problems with the shower and while I appreciate the 'green-ness' of the shower gel / shampoo holders fixed to the wall, this was quite surprising for a supposedly five-star hotel. The bathroom and bedroom seemed very clean and tidy.
The hotel's lobby / bars were fine, for the little time we spent there. The Alto bar is VERY expensive - £6.00 for a single vodka! I'm from Dublin, home of ridiculous prices, but that was very, very steep.
Concierge was grand - they have a reliable left-luggage service and offered to arrange taxis / transport. The door man at the front of the hotel was also very pleasant.
The receptionist's local knowledge could be a bit better - asked to recommend somewhere for breakfast, she said Starbucks...!!
The location is good and it was a nice, comfortable stay, but lacked that something special that real 5* hotels have.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern luxury & style in Manchester’s historic Free Trade Hall with elegant rooms & suites, free high-speed WiFi on unlimited devices, luxurious spa & large swimming pool. Steak & Lobster serves mouth-watering steaks, lobster, salads & toasted brioche rolls, & Opus One offers afternoon tea, bistro bites & cocktails. Next to the Convention Centre & conference quarter, close to buzzing Deansgate & linked to Manchester’s rail stations by free shuttlebus. 22 private meeting rooms host 2-500 people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Edwardian Manchester Hotel Manchester
- Radisson Manchester
- Manchester Radisson