Most modern hotels are so bland they are instantly forgettable once you leave. Guests at the new, £60 million Radisson Edwardian Guildford have no such worry.

Tucked off Guildford’s historic high street, the striking glass façade makes a bold statement. But inside is where award-winning designer Rabih Hage really has fun.

Walk under the huge chandelier in the atrium lobby and it feels like you are on an Alice in Wonderland film set. A two-storey, free-standing kiosk houses information pamphlets, plush seating and a TV displaying a roaring fire, with a roof-top business centre you can look down on from the balcony walkway leading to your room.

The soaring back wall comprises floor-to-ceiling library shelves and attached crooked, white ladders, up which you half expect to see the Mad Hatter. Stage lights complete the illusion.

Relish, one of two eateries, is equally theatrical; murals and nets printed with sumptuous palace interior scenes are set off by more chandeliers. The wonderfully-inventive, and very tasty, food is only upstaged by the friendly, efficient staff. But why skimp on the napkins at breakfast to use paper serviettes?

The daily Queen of Hearts Afternoon Tea includes tarts and a Madhatter Milkshake,
besides teas.

Guest rooms are comfortable and a restful chocolate-brown. The bedside iPod dock is a nice touch. Shame the immovable hairdryer in the wardrobe isn’t closer to the looking glass.

It costs £10 to use the superb spa’s facilities (sauna, steam room, small pool, relaxation room, five treatment rooms). But indulge yourself with a massage. It will have you grinning like a Cheshire Cat, as will your stay.


Radisson Edwardian Guildford

3 Alexandra Terrace, High Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3DA

Tel: 01483 792300

Double room from £99 B&B

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best for

  • Sense of fun
  • Exquisite food
  • Spa breaks

could do better

  •  Paper napkins? No…

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