I stayed at the Radisson Edwardian Manchester for one night in February 2010 on a complimentary basis. I was there for a lastminute.com travel networking event so was planning to do live tweeting from the workshops. I had phoned the hotel prior to my arrival and been informed that there was free wifi throughout the hotel. However due to the patchy wifi signal which was coming and going, this proved to be nigh on impossible. I sighed and thought even a five star hotel can’t get their wifi sorted.
Lounge area at Radisson Edwardian Manchester
When I went to my room (719) I didn’t think it was that impressive, I’ve certainly stayed in other five star establishments which were fitted to a much higher standard. The first thing I did on entering the room was to switch on all the lights and shut the blind in order to take a video and photos of the room before unpacking. I was amazed that one of the large vertical slats of the blind was ripped from its based and hanging by a small strip of material. This meant it was almost impossible to shut the blind properly, so a fair amount of light could enter the room at daylight. I didn’t think this was acceptable for a five star hotel.
There were tea and coffee making facilities in the room but I thought that the selection of beverages could have been better for example include some cappuccino and drinking chocolate sachets and a couple of nice biscuits.
Room 719 Radisson Edwardian Manchester
I spotted a wired connection in the room and thought at least I’d be able to get a decent connection. Alas it was not to be as there was a charge to use the wired internet in conjunction with an entertainment package. I couldn’t get connected to wifi at all in my room. Now if a hotel can’t provide a serviceable wifi signal in a guest’s room, they really should provide a free wired connection.
My room looked out over the glass roof of the lobby so was very quiet with regard to road noise for a city centre location.
View from room 719 at Radisson Edwardian Manchester
I was surprised the lack of tissues in the room until I discovered that they were behind glass sliding doors above the sink next to the hairdryer. Not a very thoughtful position, as if you didn’t use the hairdryer, you’d never find the tissues.
Breakfast was excellent a varied and high quality selection of continental and cooked breakfast items. The staff in the Alto restaurant were exceptionally efficient and amicable.
The hotel is just off to St Peter’s Square, on the location of the Free Trade Hall of which only the frontage remains. It’s a ten minute walk from Manchester Oxford Road station. The hotel is close to Manchester Art Gallery and the Town Hall.
Check out time is 11am, in my opinion it should be noon, even Travelodge offer this later checkout time. If you’ve been out the night before and want to have a late breakfast there’s no way you’ll be ready to check out by 11am.
Overall I don’t think that the Raddison Edwardian Manchester deserves five stars based on the standard of fittings and facilities plus the lack of maintainence of my bedroom and a check out time of 11am. It’s ridiculous that their wifi is so bad and that they make guests pay for a wired internet connection.
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