City: Manchester, UK // Loyalty Program: Radisson Rewards // Stay: 2016, 2017, 2018 / 30 - 35 nights
The Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport is located between Terminal 1 and 2 of the Manchester Airport. It is connected by walking bridges to these terminals and the airport train station. That big benefit makes this hotel the best locatet hotel around the airport. The Radisson Blu Manchester Airport offers great rooms, a executive lounge, meeting facilities, pool and gym, restaurant and bar. To stay here is a good choice if you plan a quick business meeting, a big conference or just wanna have a smooth start into your holidays and want to spent already the night before take-off. Thanks to the near train station you can choose this hotel even for a city trip to Manchester.
The hotel has been renovated in 2015 and 2016 what you can really see in the nicely designed rooms especially those on the highest floors.
The hotel got two entrances. On entrance is located on the 3rd level where you find the reception, bar and restaurant and also have the access to the walking bridges to reach Terminal 1 & 2 and the train station. The second entrance is located on the ground level if you are arriving by car. Here you can find the reception for meeting and events as well.
On the 8th and 9th level are located the Premium and Executive Rooms, as well the Executive Lounge which is having a separate reception. The design of these rooms are significantly better than Superior or Standard Rooms. The whole furnishing is coming in a grey-brown wooden design which is for me one of the best room designs I've ever seen in a hotel. The rooms are equipped with a king size bed, a work desk, a lounge chair, a TV and a coffee machine. If you want to have a room facing the airport to enjoy some aviation life then you have to book specifically a "Premium Room with Runway view" or "Executive room with Runway view". This view is definitely worth it to pay a little bit extra. Do not forget if you book an Executive Room then you have Lounge Access as well.
On another stay I got an Executive Suite which is in my opinion the best room you can book in this hotel. The Executive Suite is separated in a living room and bedroom which is having a bathroom each. The living room is very spacious with a big sofa, minibar, coffee machine and TV. Great for a having a business meeting or having family around. The bathroom which is part of the bedroom comes with a bathtub and walk-in shower.
The most of my nights I spend at the Radisson Blu Manchester Airport I got Superior Rooms which are identical in the design as Standard Rooms. Biggest point here is that Superior Rooms come with a view to the Airport and an espresso machine. Standard and Superior Rooms have a nice looking interior design as well.
With the Executive Lounge of the Radisson Blu Manchester Airport comes a great benefit. You have access to the lounge if you book an Executive Room or Executive Suite. I noticed that the hotel tightened the restrictions on who is getting access to the lounge, which I really like and support. Because I remember a few years ago, the access was granted to everyone who paid full fare for a room on the 8th or 9th level. This was leading to overcrowding.
The view out of the Superior, Premium and Executive Rooms is phenomenal. You can spend the whole day watching the airport life and see airplanes landing and taking off. For aviation geeks and spotter a great place.
On the 3rd level you will find the bar and restaurant. In the restaurant you can enjoy your breakfast in the morning or dinner in the evening. If you want something during the day then the Little m Bar is your choice.
The Radisson Blu Manchester Airport is a great choice for so many reasons. It has beend renovated during the last 5 years. The location is superb. You're well connected if you have an outgoing flight of Manchester, especially in the early morning or if you dont want head to the city center if you have an arrival really late in the night. The staff is great and helpful and the rooms are clean, spacious and well designed. My number one choice in Manchester. Can't wait for my next visit.