When we have an early flight we often stay over at Manchester Airport in one of the airport hotels. Last month we tried out the Radisson Blu for the first time and it was really relaxing. The great thing about staying over is that you can check your bags in (for some airlines anyway) the day before and avoid that horrible wait at stupid o clock the next day when everything is just too much trouble!
This time we checked in at two p.m. then spent the afternoon drinking coffee, browsing and shopping for books in WH Smith and then lazing in bed! There is a pool but I had just had my hair done so no way I was going to spoil it with a swim.
The rooms are large, as you would expect, with great quality bedlinen, shower plus bath, flat screen TV and wifi. Check in is efficient and you can do it all when you arrive so no timewasting next day having to check out. There is a restaurant on site but we walked through the tunnel to the airport to grab something to eat.
There are lovely This Works beauty products, fluffy towels, decent tea and coffee and an iron/ironing board should you need it. The room was quiet despite proximity to the runway and aircon worked just fine.
When it was time to leave, we were too early for breakfast, but the hotel provides a free grab and run service for early risers so you can pick up a coffee, some fruit and a cereal bar which you can take with you as you make your way to the airport.
As we had already checked in for our flight, we clocked the huge queue snaking to the door and thanked our lucky stars we could go straight to security. We were on the other side in no time.
We have decided to do this for all our early morning flights from now on. The cost can be combined with a Meet & Greet parking deal so the cost isn’t too bad.
I am most definitely not a morning person and this works just fine for me!