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The New Radisson: 5 Stars? A Gordo Investigation

The new Radisson Hotel will shortly be opening its doors. Well, they have been open for a while already, and Gordo was invited along to give the bedrooms a test run, as well as checking out the goings on in the basement.

Written by . Published on January 6th 2005.

The New Radisson: 5 Stars? A Gordo Investigation

The New Radisson: 5 Stars? A Gordo Investigation
The new Radisson Hotel will shortly be opening its doors. Well, they have been open for a while already, and Gordo was invited along to give the bedrooms a test run, as well as checking out the goings on in the basement. More of that later.
My first complaint was having to check in at the same time as a football team. Took ages to do it, you may think. As it happens, no problem, the staff were slick, professional and fluster free. The problem was how good looking the football team were. Swarthy Latin types, Boca Juniors or something. My girlfriend Reggie the Hun's tongue was scraping along the floor. I felt like stamping on it. Oh well.
The reception area is currently adjacent to Peter Street, but that will change to the side of the hotel, allowing easy decanting of people and cases into a what looks like becoming an ultra smooth, welcoming area showing off both the old part of the building, originally the Free Trade Hall, and the new part, a very smart piece of architecture indeed.
A number of other reviewers have gone on at length about remembering the 'good old times' at The Hall. The last time I was there, I took the ultra fit Alison Knowles to see David Bowie, doing his Ziggy Stardust tour. My pals were dead jealous. Until she jumped over the orchestra pit and disappeared backstage with the roadies, not to be seen again for three years; she pitched up on my brother's arm in Abersoch. Life can be cruel. Alison, you still owe me £2.50 and a snog.
Gripping The Hun's arm like a vice whilst keeping one eye on the football team and another on the lookout for orchestra pits, we were led to the lift by a really pleasant guy, might have been the Duty Manager. He was telling me that he wasn't sure about his posting to Manchester, but having got here to find that us mancunians weren't all weeing in the street and picking our noses at the same time he was much impressed. He reckons we are the next Dublin. Good man.
Led into the room, I was shown how all the bits and pieces worked. The room was spacious, and decorated in contemporary creams, and what our trendy Managing Director would call '70's Brown'. I was there son, shut it. Really clever use of space; you have a walk in dressing area, with a fab sink opposite the spacious wardrobes, then into the bathroom with a walk in shower and bath. Water pressure could have been better, not sure if that's just a problem with the hotel at the time only half finished. I will investigate. The layout makes the room, already a good size, feel much bigger. I also like to chat to the girlfriend when she is spending three hours doing her facial things, so, as she wasn't locked in a bathroom I could do that as well. Top marks for the best iron and ironing board I have ever seen in a hotel room including The Pierre in New York, previously holding my coveted 'best ironing kit' award. (Gordo, you are such a knob-Ed)
A fully stocked bar in the corner, ace TV set with all sorts of other clever stuff included; movies on demand! Current as well. Great internet connections, super desk, a very trendy armchair along with a bed which you want to take home with you all made for an experience of the very highest quality which will suit all tastes. What topped it off for me was the tea making facilities. Even at the best hotels, there is always a time when you want a simple mug of tea without fuss. Like at home. You get those horrid little cups normally. The kettle was a real one, boiling in seconds, good tea bags, milk, and, the piece de resistance, a real big northern mug!! Get in there. A really nice detail, showing a team who are on the ball.

Full English breakfast arrived the next morning. And I really enjoyed it, rare these days. I asked for two fried eggs easy over, written painfully the previous evening on the order form, after a bottle or two of claret. They arrived and were perfect, and on time. Bread and pastries as fresh as anything. Good butter, lovely mushrooms, well grilled. Can't remember if this is where I was served black pudding from Scotland or not, so it gives the chef chance to get his bottom up to Bury if they are.
Did I mention the chocolates on the bed when I came back to the room the night before? Bloomin' eck, they are the best I have ever had, and the guys that make them deserve a plug all of their own. Elliots of Oxford, 01865 373343. Call them and get a box! If they aren't the best you have had, I will personally moon the Opus One bar from Peter Street.
And, the Opus One bar. This again needs a plug of its own having gone straight in my top five list. Gordo has been in three or four times since, Thursday nights in the bar are fast becoming the grown up media hangout of choice. It's a buzz, and Katie, the Gaffer, is just extraordinary. Katie, I love you but we only have twenty four hours to save the Earth ;-) Bit weird with the Havana's, they are kept in the staff room?

With business facilities, which I shall cover another day, that are of the very best caliber, extraordinary suites on the top floor for media tycoons, footballers and pop stars along with the really professional staff, Gordo gives his verdict. Easily 5 Star, easily gets Gordo's GO stamp. The Lowry will be nervous.
The goings on in the basement will have to wait until next week. Gordo in Massage Parlour Shock Horror.
The Radisson
Peter Street
Manchester Manchester
Tel. 0161 835 9929
Happy Trails,

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