on April 30, 2009
It is that time again for me and my friends, the bi-yearly NERGC conference. This is the New England Regional Genealogy Conference. Over the years we have had conferences in Providence RI, Portland Me., North Falmouth, Ma and Hartford Ct. in 2009 the conference was scheduled for Manchester NH. Cindy has always been my travel buddy on these excursions and for this one my friend Kathy planned to join us. The Radisson Hotel in Manchester is adjacent to the conference center so that is where we booked our room. I knew that we need to have a room that would allow three people to be comfortable so I booked my room on the phone with the hotel.This hotel offers several different room configuration, you can get the normal two doubles or a king bed but they also offer rooms with a sleeper sofa. We had a room at the back of the hotel it faces the river and the highway. One thing we did notice was that the rooms that face the front of the hotel are larger. Housekeeping assured us that they were the same size but we got a good look into the rooms across the hall from us and they are deeper than our room. I am not complaining our room was very comfortable. What we decided on was a king bed and the sleep sofa. As it turned out it was only Kathy and me so we had plenty of room and the hotel did not charge us any extra for the addition of the extra seating in our room. The couch also has a coffee table, end table and a chair so it is a real living room.The bed is a sleep number bed, if you haven’t slept on one this is an experience in itself. Kathy and I spent our first evening in the room adding and removing air. The hardest part is trying to find your comfort zone. I am a soft 35 and Kathy a slightly firmer 45. It is fun to add and subtract air up and down we went. The TV is located in a large piece of furniture in the corner of the room. The number of stations is okay, not a great choice. There is a desk in the room with a chair and it gives an extra work area. The whole hotel is Wi-Fi and we never had any difficulty accessing the internet from our room since both of us had our laptops with us.There is a large closet with an ironing board and iron. The bathroom is good size with a full size tub and those wonderful Assira soaps and shampoo. If you haven’t tried Assira, I suggest you go to a Radisson for that reason alone. The hotel has a nice Pub restaurant JD’s and for breakfast there is the Café on the Park. There is no free breakfast here. On the lobby level there is a small store with very limited hours. We had a very hard time catching it open. Don’t believe everything you read in the hotel folder in your room, not everything applies to this hotel. There are no snack machines on the second floor; you need to walk into the convention center for find some. There is a pool. Hot tub and health club on the third floor. I forgot to bring my bathing suit so was unable to enjoy this amenity. Parking is $8 a day in the adjacent parking garage; you just need to have the hotel stamp your ticket. Overall, this was a very nice hotel and you can walk to many restaurants and shops in downtown Manchester and I highly recommend it. The staff was in every instance very helpful.
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