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12 reviews of The Midland Hotel in English
A grand old iconic hotel in the centre of town. a bit pricy but deals can be had on the internet. great if you're travelling by train. a bit expensive if you have to park. the place is full of character and history. my favourite hotel in Manchester.
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The Midland is the place I want to live in when I'm an old embittered gin-soaked divorcee. Not only is the building steeped in history, but it screams opulence from the moment you walk through the door. Indeed, this is a place where you are expected to dress for dinner, where women swan around in fur coats and pearl necklaces, and the gentlemen always, ALWAYS wear a tie.
Whilst it may not be as "posh" as it once was, it is still arguably the grand old lady of Manchester - a relic of an era of factories and cotton mills, gas lamps and understated elegance. If you've visiting Manchester, have got a large wallet, and fancy a bit of faded Victorian grandeur with your bacon and eggs in the morning, then this is the only place you should consider staying.
My favourite hotel in Manchester and one of my faves in general. Back in the day I hear this was THE place to go in Manchester, proper 5* old school class. Well, a few years ago I stayed here and it was alright. But I couldn’t really see what the fuss was all about - felt just a bit run down and bed was rubbish and breakfast was good but in a big gloomy room. Kind of had a Shining feel, especially with its long windy corridors.
But went to Labour conference last year and they used this hotel and clearly it had been done up. Proper nice flowers in the big lobby, man tinkling away at the piano, and I got to meet Gordon Brown here (boring) and Pete Waterman (yay!) So when I knew I was coming up for a weekend I thought of the Midland straightaway and got a really good internet deal. Make sure it includes breakfast!
Actually got a deluxe room which was wicked - huge and spotless and giant bed and bathrobes and everything. Only problem was that as I had prepaid I didn’t leave my credit card number at reception - meaning that the mini bar remained locked. Although this probably saved me some cash, I was not impressed when I desperately needed something to drink to soothe my hangover and couldn’t prize that fridge door open for love nor money (weel, probably could have with money but that would have meant going all the way downstairs which would have defeated the point of needing the minibar in the first place).
Breakfast is now served in a much brighter room, all clean and new and smart. It’s serve yourself and huge range of fruit and meat and cheese and cereal etc etc. Oh and full english of course.
They still have the nice man playing the piano in the lobby bar - just a shame that this time I didn’t stop for a cocktail and enjoy it more.
Highly recommend. Although, this place is huge with its long corridors and probably easy to get lost - don’t watch The Shining before you stay here.
Faded grandeur. And I like that. I wish they still built things like the Midland Hotel, it’s certainly got a wow-factor with the sheer scale of the lobby. Sadly, on my visit this weekend the impressive gas-torches outside were not lit, but I suppose they can’t be that environmentally friendly! We got a decent rate on a delux suite for the weekend (160 GBP for 2 nights), and I was pretty happy with everything. Breakfast was also included for that price, and it’s a pretty comprehensive full-English buffet, served till 1100.
My only gripes were the bed, which was really 2 beds pushed together, and the lack of one of those really cool shoe polishing machines! You can’t beat the location though. Recommended.
A huge hotel in the middle of Manchester, conveniently close to St Peter’s Square tram station.
I’ve not stayed at this hotel overnight but I have been to a couple of conferences here over the years. I have to say I’ve been very impressed. The building is old, but classy: it’s been well looked after and is decorated to a very high standard. The food we had at the conference was fantastic and the facilities and staff really helped make for a very good day.
I’ve also popped in here for a late evening coffee having seen a show at the nearby Library Theatre. Again, it was exactly what you’d expect -- live piano music in the background and an excellent place to relax with friends. But the prices seemed to be exorbitant: OK, I’d expect to pay a premium for the ambience, but even so…
So all in all, only four stars I’m afraid, despite it being an excellent hotel.
Stayed here for a conference which meant that someone else was paying. However, rooms were lovely, reception areas were extremely classy and staff were very helpful (porters in particular were very good about storing luggage, giving advice about the free buses, etc). Food was excellent and well presented. However, not impressed by check in arrangements - we had to wait until 5pm when all the delegates were checked in at the same time, leading to massive queues and disgruntled people. Location is great for anyone visiting the MEN arena or Oxford Road theatres, and the facilities are also very good (nice pool, etc) However, not sure if I would pay the usual rate myself, in spite of its attractions.
Very posh-looking hotel, with a lot of history behind it - I’m not sure what exactly, but something to do with the railways I think. Your first impression is 'grand’, with a huge entrance hall and sparkling white marble pillars. It’s in a great location, just off Oxford Road and 10 minutes walk from Piccadilly, on all the main bus and tram routes.
However, myself and my fiance weren’t overly impressed with the service…the room was very expensive (£160 a night), but we didn’t really feel welcomed. The room was lovely, but no extra little touches (nice toiletries, chocolates on the pillow etc) - which you’d expect for that price. Particularly as it was Valentine’s Day and we’d paid full price for the rooms. In fact the only extra we got was a copy of Marie Claire magazine, quite randomly! The reception staff checked us in with a cursory 'have a nice stay’ but didn’t attempt to make conversation or have a chat at all. I probably wouldn’t stay there again - the place itself is very nice, but for that price I want to be made to feel special, not just 'another customer’...I’d expect staff to go that extra mile, and they just didn’t at the Midland.
We stayed here for work, which meant it was paid for by others! Certainly a very expensive place to stay but a sumptuous hotel, with beautiful, comfortable, bedrooms. The food was lovely and there were several vegetarian choices as well. Breakfast was a marvellous experience, with so much variety to choose from (hot and cold) and of course, you could go back to refill your plate as often as you wished. Later in the day there was a pianist in the lounge who played beautifully. The service was good too. I’d have liked to use the swimming pool but alas we didn’t have enough time!
This hotel is amazing its so big and the interior is even more impressive than the exterior having said this if you have the cash to flash they will be all over you like a rash and if your ordinary folk like me out for a treat you wont be so welcome. infact i got the feeling i wasnt! i dont pretend to be someone im not and wasnt prepared to conform i wanted to laugh out loud and scrape my hair back for breakfast… i got the impression this isnt wanted! i dont like this place lovely surrounding and facilitys spoilt by poor service and stuck up so and so’s!
I used to do quite a lot of business at the Midland, and knew the head porters by name. Alas, they decided to try and change their image and got rid of all the display cases in the foyer. Shame.
The hotel itself is certainly the best looking in Manchester. It has gas lamps/flames all along the front, but these rarely get lit any more.
The Midland is a very grand hotel set in the heart of Manchester. It is a well established hotel with an impressive Edwardian façade. The interior is equally striking making it ideal for a special getaway or romantic break. The Midland also offers good facilities with a swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The Midland is no longer the best hotel in Manchester and is probably slightly over priced as it doesn’t match the contemporary luxury of its competition. However, it still retains a regal charm and you can’t help but feel a little smug walking through the grand entrance.
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