Following on from my latest blog post about my weekend in Manchester and meal at Steak and Lobster, I thought I’d share you with you my very favourite hotel to date. The Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel on Peter Street, Manchester, played home to me last weekend when I had a friends 30th birthday celebration on the Saturday night. Although I’m from Manchester, I’m slowly spending less time in the city due to work and other life duties taking me outside to the more quaint Cheshire area…
So, when I had this fun filled weekend in Manchester planned, an overnight stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel seemed a pretty ideal plan. I wanted to be treated to luxury, I wanted the delights of my favourite city on my front door, I wanted a hotel with a great reputation, one with a gym and spa, one with a high end restaurant and cocktail bar… it kinda made sense to chose this one!
To document my amazing weekend stay, I snapped some photos along the way so I could share my hotel review with you on the blog…
The Hotel Room
I was booked in on the 12th floor (I think there are 13 in total) in a quiet room at the end of the corridor, away from the hustle and bustle. It also gave me fascinating high up views from the hotel rooms large windows, overlooking the whole of the city heading to the Northern Quarter and Ancoats.
One of the attractive things about this hotel is that it’s just a 10 minute walk from all those central amenities – Manchester Arndale shopping centre, Deansgate, and the main shopping areas. On it’s doorstep you have St Peter’s Square and the main tram stops facing you, nd behind you there is Deansgate tram stop and the AMC. The AMC boasts a cinema you can literally stroll too, along with bars, shops and eateries, right on your doorstep.
For the Northern Quarter, Selfridges, The Printworks and Piccadilly, you’re looking at around 20-25 minute walk. But there’s a taxi rank right outside the hotel, so if it’s horrible weather you can just jump in a taxi and head off.
So, the hotel room. It was a modernised, en suite room with a large king-sized bed and a beige/cream decor. It was simple yet statement, warm and inviting, cosy and calm. It had a few homely touches which was nice to see, like curtain nets decorating the window, a glass desk, carpet and a large TV. Pretty much a home away from home for a weekend!
The reception staff were overly polite and welcoming upon my arrival, taking my luggage up into the room for me, and giving me the cutest little chocolate dipped strawberry welcome plate. The littlest things can make such a difference. I’d only been in the hotel 10 minutes and I was already overwhelmed at the friendliness and first class service.
The reception team called my room a little after I had settled in and ran through some spare slots that were available at the hotels spa, which was really handy. I probably wouldn’t have thought about booking in, or chasing up any spare appointments myself. Sadly, my jam-packed weekend left me no time for this, but after seeing how premium and stunning the spa look (and how relaxing the treatments seemed!) I’m genuinely disappointed I couldn’t take the hotel up on their offer.
Luckily, my comfy room gave me the space to relax and wind down for a little bit, before checking out the gym and the pool area. After all, I was in Manchester for a reason, which was going to involve lots of alcohol and celebrations for my friends 30th, so I might as well have indulged in the health and fitness offerings the hotel could give me.
But first, I nibbled on my chocolate dipped strawberries, made a cup of coffee, and admired the city views from my high up, quiet room…
The Artwork and Views
Leading on from the hotel room, I have to mention the Radisson Blu Edwardian’s decor and interior. From the outside, its a grade II listed building that was formerly the Free Trade Hall – now housing this top-notch hotel. It offers five-star luxury without being pretentious in appearance and atmosphere. From the minute you walk in, everyone is treated the same – and exceptionally at that!
The place is huge: 260 or so bedrooms and suites, two restaurants and a champagne bar. There’s also a spa, with a gym, pool, sauna, steam room and whirlpool bath. As I mentioned before, the suites offer far-reaching views of the city, letting all guests enjoy the stunning – yet somewhat grey and rainy – Manchester skyline. Hey, Manchester is never going to be the Bahamas, but it’s views are still striking!
I’m a bit of an art and photography fan on the quiet, and the décor in a hotel suite is always something I look out for. I thoroughly enjoy scenic landscape photography and art prints, with the work of Samuel Burns being one of my new favourites. His landscape work captures horizons and skies to name a few, all perfectly entwined with tranquil colours and a real calming feel.
When I’m not losing in myself in relaxing scenery prints, I like city prints and skylines, in which the Radisson magically provided! The black and white iconic artwork in the hotel suite and surrounding areas were a great addition for me.
It may sound a little random, but the corridors, hallways, reception areas and lift waiting spaces were overly luxurious. With being on the 12th floor, whilst waiting for the lifts I could browse clear views of the city from the ceiling to floor windows, which of course was a photo opportunity! Although excuse the darkness from standing in front of a window.
Each room is signed with the number lit up in soft lights, and the hallways have this beautiful silence to them. For a busy city center location, and a hotel that business men and celebrities alike often stay in, it was super chilled out and calming.
The Gym and Spa
Moving on to the next part of my stay – the gym and spa. I’ve been to the spa at the Radisson Blu Edwardian previously for a facial, which was just lovely. I remember relaxing on a bed for a few minutes with green tea and a magazine before my treatment, which gave me gorgeous glowing skin straight after!
So it was a first time I’ve tried the gym, in which my boyfriend and I spent an hour having a quick workout before enjoying the pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Although the gym isn’t huge in size, its fully equipped and I loved the little add-on room which was lined with weights and machines, with 360 mirrors decorating the room. It’s rare I get a bit of private space with weights and mirrors!
I thoroughly enjoyed working my arms with the free weights being able to see every angle I was working, in such a quiet, fully equipped space.
But let’s not pretend that the gym is the most exciting bit of a hotel visit, because the lightly heated pool, bubbling Jacuzzi and hot sauna was the ultimate finish! The pool area is spacious and dimly lit, making it have this tranquil, soothing feel. We had a bit of a swimming session followed by 20 minutes chill out time in the Jacuzzi, before clearing our pore in the sauna. This is always my favourite part of any hotel stay, and luckily I was overly impressed with this at the Radisson Blu Edwardian!
Now let’s take it back onto my other favourite topic – food!
I had one of the best evening meals at the Steak and Lobster restaurant, as mentioned in my previous post. During the morning, the restaurant turns itself into a breakfast dining room, in which guests can enjoy the extensive breakfast. It’s £20 per head, but let me tell you, its worth every penny and is by far the most amazing hotel breakfast I’ve ever indulged in!
I won’t lie – I had a fair few glasses of rose wine the night before, and I had a pang of worry I’d struggle eating. Thankfully, I didn’t, and I started off with cleansing coconut juice and refreshing pure orange juice to hydrate my hungover self. I was overly impressed to see an endless list of fresh juices, from green detox drinks to cranberry juice and everything in between.
They offer little crates filled with croissants, pan au chocolates, butters and spreads, and not forgetting the usual bread varieties for toasting with a range of toppings. Cereals are served with a choice of soya milk, almond milk and semi-skimmed milk, which I never see anywhere else. The struggle I have to hunt down soya milk for my cereals can just be complete hard work.
Following this, there was a buffet help-yourself-style containing all the meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and everything you could think of. Lime and chilli crushed avocado was potted up on main display, which I eagerly slathered onto my seeded toast along with prosciutto ham. The hot breakfast consisted of unlimited scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, hash browns, beans and all kinds, and not forgetting greek yoghurt, natural yoghurt, coconut yoghurt etc etc with all the trimmings and topping!
Basically, it spoils you silly, and is £20 well spent in my eyes! (if you have a big belly anyway…)
Overall, my weekend stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian was a luxurious stay, filled with style and character from start to finish. The hotel team were incredible attentive and made my stay as comfortable as possible.
It’s an ideal location whatever your Manchester plans are, but even more so ideal if you are planning on locating yourself around the Deansgate/Castlefield side of the city.
Thank you to all the team who made my visit super special!