This review is very late but I am new to Trip Advisor.
The Midland Hotel is fantastic in every way but price. That said, I suppose it is only right to pay for quality.
We stayed here in December 2009. We got the room on a special deal, otherwise it would have been an extravagance that we couldn't justify.
What can I say about The Midland?
Are there nearby hotels with a higher star rating at a similar price? Yes.
Are there more modern hotels? Yes.
Are there nearby hotels which are more trendy? Yes.
The Midland, however, is like coming home. A genuinely warm welcome awaits without the snootiness which so often goes with high class establishments.
The interior is massively spacious, yet reassuringly cozy.
The Midland has kept it's values amid an influx of modern, cold, glass and steel constructions, competing for the young executive.
The Midland has resisted any temptation to turn into a copy of other seemingly more fashionable hotels. This isn't to say that The Midland isn't fashionable. It is, just in a different, less obvious way.
Now onto the specifics of our stay there:
When we went, the plan was to do the Christmas markets. The weather didn't disappoint ... Although The Midland can't take the credit for the snow.
The snow, combined with the Alpine style of the markets was magical. It was bitterly cold and the haven of The Midland was a welcome and warm retreat. I can't think of anywhere better to thaw out .... Maybe Malibu, but as I've never been I am unable to truly compare.
The effort put into the Christmas decor in the lobby did not go unnoticed. Massive trees, lights and tasteful decorations both inside and out added to
the wonderful ambiance.
The customer service was second to none. Above and beyond excellent, in my opinion.
I had hatched a secret plan to ask my partner to marry me that evening. The trouble was ... The plan only existed in my head. I hadn't shared or prepared these with the staff.
The plan was to have a specific piece of classical music played in the piano lounge (my partner's favourite) and to propose there.
I sprung this plan on the staff virtually last minute and nothing was too much trouble. Elaine Stott was superb in putting my plan into action. She telephoned Lawrence, the pianist, who was on his way in already and I spoke with him. She secretly passed him the sheet music to allow him to practice and she reserved a table for us.
The answer was "yes" by the way and we were immediately congratulated with a complimentary glass of champagne and strawberries.
Nothing was too much trouble. The setting was perfect, as were the staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Midland hotel in Manchester is an iconic Grade II listed building. The hotel oozes luxury, comfort and style, and enjoys a history that leaves other Manchester hotels out in the cold. The hotel is famous for it's fantastic architecture and the building's characteristic style continues inside, where you'll find opulent decor, rich fabrics and shimmering chandeliers. The hotel has 312 spacious, stylish bedrooms to reside in and is conveniently located in the heart of Manchester city centre. The hotel is ideal for both leisure breaks and a superb venue to hold a conference or event. As for your dining experience - four AA rosette, award winning restaurant The French by Simon Rogan, winner of a number of reigional and national accolades is perfect for that special occassion or important client. Mr. Cooper's house & Garden is also overseen by Simon Rogan and offers a fantastic a la carte menu of seasonal dishes. For leisure guests The Midland is conveniently situated near to theatres, museums and of course the fabulous array of shops in the city centre. If you are here on business you'll be pleased to hear that The Midland have 14 conference and meeting rooms which can hold up to 700 people. The Midland also offer free internet access to all guests and delegates. After a busy day of shopping or stressful day in the meeting room, enjoy relaxing in the leisure club which is home to a gym, swimming pool and squash court. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Midland Hotel Manchester
- Midland Hotel Manchester
- Midland Manchester
- Hotel Manchester Midland