Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport

1128 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type


Date of travel

November, 2016

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with


Reasons for trip


With a 5am check in at Manchester Airport on the outward flight and a 22.30 arrival on the return flight, I wanted a hotel within the terminal building rather than a cheaper one further away with a shuttle or taxi ride.

The Radisson Blu is ideally placed between the Railway Station and Terminal 2. Terminals 1 and 3 are a bit further to walk. It is well signed and a five minute walk from Manchester Airport railway station, along an elevated covered walkway known as the Skylink. Even I couldn’t get lost. Next morning it was a five minute walk to Terminal 2.

It is a big hotel with bedrooms on five floors. Reception was quick and efficient. Staff are friendly and all greet you, making you feel like a valued guest.

I stopped here twice, at either end of the holiday. On both occasions I had a large and pleasant room overlooking the terminal building with the airplanes waiting by the gates.

The bed was huge – two three foot beds pushed together – with one of the most comfortable mattresses I’ve slept on. The pillows were large and your head sunk into them. Bliss.

There was plenty of space with a large desk, two bedside tables, couple of arm chairs. There was one of the largest flat screen TVs I’ve seen and even an iron and ironing board as well as the usual hospitality tray. The sachet of drinking chocolate was appreciated. Lighting was also good. So often rooms have dim lighting making it almost impossible to read in bed. Not here.

There was plenty of space in the bathroom and a good range of toiletries. The shampoo had a lovely lemon smell. Bath towels were fluffy, dried well and were huge. There was also a towelling bath mat, again appreciated. The over the bath shower was very effective with a good jet of water. The non slip surface in the bath wasn’t quite as non slip as it could be with wet feet. However there was a notice by the bath saying that a rubber mat was available on request.

It was very comfortable and I certainly slept well. A word of warning though – the automatic alarm call can be 5-10 minutes late!

I checked out before breakfast was served, but there was a ’Grab and Go’ service in reception between 3.30-6am. This offers complementary tea, coffee, water, fresh fruit and cereal bars. A nice gesture and again appreciated at that time of the morning.

The hotel offers a free health club, with a swimming pool, steam room and sauna as well as a gym and beauty lounge. I didn’t have time to try any of these out.

For those travelling by car they offer very attractive parking packages. Members of “Club Carlson”:https://www.clubcarlson.com/ Club Carlson also get a slight reduction in the daily rate and accrued points can be used against further bookings

I’ve already booked for my next flight from Manchester.



Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.