Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel
What We Love
- Original features, including a wall plastered with autographs from rock stars who performed at the former music venue
- Central location within walking distance of Manchester's main sights
- Choice of two restaurants and a champagne bar serving afternoon tea
- Soundproofed spa treatment rooms are located in the old vaults
What To Know
- For Deluxe City View rooms and above, the rate includes a $23 (£15) daily credit for food and drink (excluding breakfast and room service breakfast)
- Spa treatments and afternoon tea at the Opus bar are hugely popular on weekends; book at least two weeks in advance for either
- Free WiFi
- The champagne bar is open only to hotel guests after 10 p.m.
- Manchester is a two-hour direct train ride from London's Euston train station
- Prebookable valet parking is available
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Dating from 1853, when it functioned as Manchester’s Free Trade Hall, the Radisson Blu Edwardian is a five-star heritage hotel with a storied past. Built by architect Edward Walter in the style of a Venetian palazzo, it served as a stage for luminaries from the worlds of politics (Sir Winston Churchill), pop-culture (Bob Dylan), and punk (the Sex Pistols) before opening as a luxe hotel in 2004. A wall scrawled with autographs from performers including Louis Armstrong and Lou Reed remains intact, as does the original colonnaded arcade out front. Inside, in an impressive glass atrium, the public areas are decked out with sleek stone floors, plush furnishings and contemporary artworks, including Japanese graphic prints and gold llama chairs.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are decorated in an earthy palette: moss-green/putty walls, cappuccino-hued fabrics, nude carpets. The super comfy beds have chunky padded leather headboards and custom-designed mattresses topped with Egyptian cotton linens. Compact bathrooms are clad in Scandinavian slate and are divided into wet and dry areas with standalone bowl-shaped sinks, walk-in showers and products from Gilchrist & Soames. Floor-to-ceiling windows come standard, as do coffee- and tea-making facilities (with proper teapots), so you can kick back with a cuppa and peer over the city’s characteristic red brick buildings and the Pennine Hills beyond.
With dramatic red velvet walls, gold wall coverings and black crocodile skin furnishings, the Opus restaurant is a sultry spot that serves dishes made from local produce (Cheshire fillet of beef, parfait laced with the Mancunian soft drink Vimto). The Opus champagne bar is tucked into the building’s historic colonnade, complete with vaulted ceilings and exposed brickwork, and pairs bubbly with tapas-style British bar snacks (Cumbrian cured ham, belly pork scampi). Or dine at the hotel’s newest eatery, Steak and Lobster, where the name tells the story; dine on succulent ribeye or a whole lobster and unlimited fries for $31 (£20). Down in the basement, the Sienna Spa is home to a 40-foot swimming pool, a sauna, steam room, gym and an Arabian mud chamber. The treatment rooms are cunningly hidden in the old vaults.
In the Area
Continue to explore Manchester’s music scene on a walking tour of the city that charts the history of local legends like the Smiths, the Stone Roses and Oasis, or book tickets for a gig at The Ritz, a former theater with a sprung dance floor; Bridgewater Hall, home to the Hallé Orchestra; or the Deaf Institute, housed in a neo-gothic hall. Head to the Northern Quarter to browse quirky boutiques, record shops and galleries and stop for a drink at Dusk til Pawn, a speakeasy-style cocktail joint, or Port Street Beer House to sink a Mancunian brew. Visit the National Football Museum to brush up on your soccer history before cheering on one of the city’s big sporting rivals, Manchester United or Manchester City.
How to Get There
Right next to Central for a conference I was at. Room was great, with aircon which was needed due to British heatwave. Breakfast check in was quite slow, advise going down before 8:30 to avoid busy period. Didn’t make it to gym/pool. Would book again.
Just like to say a Thankyou to the staff at the Radisson. We had a fantastic stay in the Daltry Suite & have to say it was first class.
We took advantage of the valet parking & I must make a special mention to Jimmy (concierge) who was great & helped us out when we needed it.
Definitely recommend the Radisson. Great hotel & staff & for us a great location too.
We’ve tried pretty much all the other hotels & continue to return to this one.
Book it & enjoy it.
An excellent stay. Hospitable staff. Clean and tidy facilities. Great breakfast too. Special thanks too Rafa, Oliver and Taiwo. 5 star experience. SPA and treatment left us with lovely skin. Nice to see Jose Mourinho here! What a bonus!
Decided to treat myself to a stay here for the weekend. Although there was building work happening it didn’t disturb me. The staff were fantastic and made me feel very welcome. Room was nice. Bed sheet had a small tear in it. Nothing major but for a hotel of this standard I would have expected it to be higher quality for bedding. Also the fridge made the tea coffee facilities in room very warm so didn’t use.
Overall I enjoyed my stay and would stay again.
We stayed here for one night while attending the Paul Simon concert in the Manchester Arena. As it was our anniversary, we decided to have afternoon tea upon arrival. The afternoon tea was excellent, plenty of variety and more than enough to eat. We used the pool twice during our stay and it was very comfortable to get into (a MAJOR concern for us when choosing a hotel). Our room was very comfortable and quiet, no disturbances by traffic noise etc overnight. We have stayed here before and will no doubt stay again next time we are in Manchester. There is some building work going on at the hotel at present but it did not spoil our stay in any way.