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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Basically it was a toss up between staying here or the Hilton as our main priority was a top class hotel with a central location essential. Food and staff both fantastic particularly the guy that checked us in. Offered us free afternoon tea any afternoon
We had a great time here the reception is grand and exciting full of professional and friendly staff.
The rooms are nice and clean with plenty of amenities and ice dispenser was outside the rooms too.
The gym is amazing very clean and lots of high tech machines.
The spa is very nice but the jacuzzi is a bit small! Other than that it is great!
A great hotel, very clean and attractive. Very friendly staff, especially the doorman Mark who made us feel very welcome and made a conscious effort to look out for us as well as pointing out places he recommended to go. The location was central and was close to everything we needed. I would love to visit again.