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The Radisson Edwardian Hotel Manchester

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5 star room
25 June 2015
Price: £109.00

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The Radisson Edwardian Hotel Manchester - Review

Hot on the heels of The Lowry Hotel, the Radisson Edwardian opened its doors in 2004, perched right behind the famous facade of Manchester's legendary Free Trade Hall (immortalised forever in the wrongly-named 'Royal Albert Hall' bootleg of a 1966 Bob Dylan gig, as well as the Sex Pistols gig ten years later where the Manchester music scene all started to come together).

Having a new five-star hotel on the site of such an illustrious building should be tantamount to heresy, but yet the Radisson Edwardian has been very warmly received by the establishment in Manchester and beyond, having already hosted famous guests such as Kylie Minogue on her 2005 Showgirl tour. It certainly helps that the city's trendiest place to be seen, Opus One, is housed within the hotel, with celebs packing it out every night.

This is the first Radisson Edwardian to be built outside London, and it cost 50m to build. It stands proud in the city centre at 16 storeys high, with 263 guest rooms, four penthouse suites, 20 suites with gardens and 20 meeting rooms.Its location is certainly a big plus as although it is not more than a few blocks away from the Lowry, it is certainly more central than its rival.

First Impressions...

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The reception area at the Radisson is simply stunning, ultra-modern yet inspired by classic design and making good use of its origins as the Free Trade Hall. One slight area for confusion though is when you come in via the more grand entrance rather than the doors on Peter Street, as while that is even more impressive-looking, how to find the actual reception area isn't immediately obvious, leading to a embarassing conversation with a member of staff.

However, once over that hurdle, the reception staff are very welcoming and reassuring Mancunian in accent. While they check you in, you can take a moment to check out the various Buddha heads (like most Radisson Edwardians, there is a distinct Eastern flavour to much of the design)and the commemorative stone panels that were taken from the old Free Trade Hall and are now inset into the walls.

As you would expect, everything is shiny and new and immaculately looked-after. If there were any original teething problems at the hotel, there's certainly no sign of it now as the first impressions are very, very good. Onwards to the room, methinks...

The Rooms...

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The 263 rooms range from king-size twins through larger king-sized double to a range of lavish suites. Each room has a workspace with wi-fi connectivity (and all that jive) and also the latest in Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems, which means 'a fancy TV' to you and me. It even welcomes you by the name you booked in under, which must be entertaining for any celeb using a false name, or even just someone easily amused, like me.

The bed itself (assuming you are in a double) is large and very comfortable indeed, while the decor leaves you in no doubt as to whether you are in a hotel or a FIVE-STAR HOTEL. For example, if you fancy a lie-in in the morning, there's not Do Not Disturb sign to hang on the door, but instead you press a button and it illuminates a light outside the door to inform any possibly intruders that they should stay out. Now that is class.

Speaking of which, we come to the bathroom, which is where the Radisson clearly outshines The Lowry. If, like me, you have often been forced to watch those makeover shows on TV where someone cheekily gets their mangy bathroom turned into something stolen from paradise, then you'll know what I'm talking about here. We're talking 'wet room'. Clad in marble, it's pure luxury all the way and will make you hate standing in a bathtub to have a shower when you have to go back to your humdrum bathrooms at home.

Another major bonus at the Radisson is the views from the rooms. My room had a stunning view across the city centre, with the town hall right in the middle of the skyline, it really couldn't have been any better. Well, it could have been Niagara Falls, but you've got to maintain a sense of perspective. Even better, if you are in one of the rooms with a 'garden area', you can open your balcony doors to go into the sheltered fresh air, with connecting doors in case you fancy a party with the neighbours, or want to borrow some sugar.

If you are really posh, or Kylie Minogue, you can stay in one of the four penthouse suites - Fitzgerald, Valentino, Bassey and Dylan - each with its own sitting room and offering spectacular views of the city and the surrounding countryside. Basically, normal people could happily live in them...

What Else Is There To Do?

Well, firstly there is Opus One, the luxurious restaurant that echoes the style and glamour of its celebrated environment. Crimson red glass, antique gold wall coverings, high gloss black lacquered woodwork, crimson red chandeliers wrapped around ornate classical columns, bespoke furniture in black crocodile skin hide, illuminated glass flooring within the colonnade. Original artworks and sculptures are highlighted by decorative wall lighting. There's food too, of course.

If that's a bit much for you, there's always the more serene atmosphere of the Alto Terrace restaurant. Clean, contemporary lines with chic understated fittings provide all day dining in a calm and relaxing environment. Late at night the restaurant becomes the resident bar when tables can be pneumatically reduced in height to create a lounge bar atmosphere.

All that food could leave you feeling rather full, so you need to work it off. How about the Sienna Spa and Health Club? Built on the site of the historic barrel vaults this inner sanctuary has a sense of calm and relaxation far removed from busy city life. A fusion of sun bleached limestone with rich dark hardwoods, clean lines and liquid forms, this is a sophisticated environment where guests can reflect and relax. And work on those abs of course. The pool with black glazed tiles and reflective ceiling creates the impression of an infinite space above the water, but it's not real, so don't worry!

To Sum Up...

When the Radisson opened in 2004, the main question was whether Manchester really needed another five star hotel. Fortunately, it is different enough to The Lowry in style, approach and flavour to make it a worthy addition to one of Britain's most exciting cities. If you want to get the best out of Manchester, there isn't really anywhere else you would want to stay, if only for those views of that ever-changing skyline.

The Radisson Edwardian Hotel

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel availability for next 3 days

5 star room
25 June 2015
Price: £109.00

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