The Radisson Blu Edwardian Guildford is tucked away just off the bustling High Street in central Guildford. From the outside it really isn't much to look at, but as soon as you step inside you are immersed into funky urban serenity! The first thing to catch your eye in the main lobby is the unusual roundel with inviting seats, a virtual real fire and a whole host of leaflets about local attractions and the surrounding area. Another nice touch is the huge bookcase filled with books for you to borrow during your stay, or perhaps to donate to when you leave!
The décor throughout the hotel is very contemporary, lots of glass and stone, bold block colours. Big canvases of a Versaille type palace adorn the walls throughout adding a renaissance twist to the contemporary feel.
We stayed in a standard room, with a lovely big bed, lots of pillows and all the usual amenities you would expect of a 4* luxury hotel including thick fluffy bathrobes! Bold block colours and matching soft furnishings matched the contemporary urban feel of the public areas of the hotel.
The hotel has a luxury spa offering lots of pampering treatments, a gym and pool. The pool is quite small, however with its jet propelled water you can swim continuously against the current if you wish to have a more energetic swim rather than a relaxing dip! The spa is not open to children and so serenity is maintained! We indulged in a couples relaxation massage and enjoyed an hour of sheer blissful pampering followed by some quiet time in the peaceful relaxation area sipping on herbal tea and cooling fruit sorbet.
Urban chic continues throughout the bar and restaurant, where we enjoyed a cocktail before going through to dinner in the main restaurant, Relish. The menu uses locally sourced food with its Best of British philosophy, all beautifully presented by friendly but discrete staff. We enjoyed seared scallops with a pea puree and lemon preserve, Sea Bass served with spinach, crushed new potatoes and clam vinaigrette and Rib eye steak with slow cooked shallots, mashed potato and bone marrow red wine sauce. Rabbit was on the menu but they fall too much into the cute and fluffy category for us to try. Dessert, as usual, was a touch choice, the delicious Bakewell Tart and steamed chocolate pudding rounded off a delightful English meal.
Throughout our stay, staff were always friendly and welcoming, clearly enjoying being part of the team. Our enquiries and requests were dealt with quietly and efficiently.
The Radisson Blu Edwardian Guildford hotel is ideal for couples or a group of friends wanting a combination of a golfing break but with options on the doorstop to enjoy browsing the smart boutiques and ornate architecture of Guildford's bustling high street or one of the many National Trust properties in the vicinity. There are plenty of opportunities for walking in the rolling countryside or meandering along the pretty River Wey.
Radisson Blu Edwardian, Guildford is offering golfing breaks, which include a round at one of Surrey's three top clubs; Laura Davies designed Sutton Green, Merrist Wood - one of the longest courses in the south of England and awarded Silver Regional Course by HSBC and Clandon Regis, set in 170 acres of stunning Surrey countryside. The golf break costs from £155 per person including double room, full English breakfast and one round of golf. Return taxi transfer between the hotel and one of the golf courses costs £24.
The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Guildford is situated at 3 Alexandra Terrace, High Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3DA. For further information call +44 (0)1483 792300 or visit www.radissonblu-edwardian.com/guildford.