The centrally located Edwardian Manchester offers guests a modern five-star stay in a beautiful historic building.
Manchester, England; the first industrial city in the world and the one I remember as a child as being smoky, full of factories, and not exactly a pleasant city.
Fast forward 50 years to today and a resurgence of usefulness and creativity is occurring in Manchester. Cathy and I attended a family wedding recently and stayed at the Edwardian Manchester, a Radisson Collection Hotel.
The hotel sits on Peter Street in the city centre with bars, restaurants, and shops on its doorstep. The Metrolink station is less than a five minute walk away and Piccadilly railway station is around a 15 minute walk. The Museum of Science and Industry is within a ten minute walk and the restaurants and bars of the Spinningfields area are about five minutes away.
Located in one of Manchester’s grandest Grade II listed heritage buildings, the Edwardian has been the setting for important political and musical events since it originated in 1853.
The Edwardian’s 263 bedrooms are located in a new purpose built section of the building, and are mostly decorated in neutral colours with rich chocolate cappuccino and deep red fabrics. The king-size beds are comfortable, with leather headboards and bathrooms that consist of a wet and dry room with Scandinavian slate tiles and ice green splashbacks. For some great views of Manchester skyline, including the town hall which is currently under renovation, upgrade to a city view room.
We found all the staff attentive and very eager to help with everything from carrying luggage to recommendations for breakfast items and even assistance with business paperwork (the business centre is currently closed).
Breakfast is served in the Peter Street Kitchen in the front of the Free Trade Hall and is a bold new restaurant serving Japanese and Mexican share plates in the evening. The breakfast menu is extensive and very well done, including both hot and cold spreads with a handful of à la carte items.
We certainly enjoyed our stay at the Edwardian! In summary it’s a five star hotel set in one of Manchester‘s grandest buildings, and if it’s good enough for guests like Simon Cowell and the owners of various football teams, then I’m happy to highly recommend the Edwardian with a score of 9 out of 10.
For Andrew, travel is so much more than just learning history or taking photos. Rather, the value of travel is witnessing a lifestyle, bonding with locals, and gaining rich cultural experiences. That’s why he founded the Luxury Wanderer; a place to share itineraries, offer advice, swap stories, and foster a like-minded community of curious travellers.