I have stayed here twice, but admittedly not for about a year. That said, I have been here a couple of times and as such it deserves a mention.
The first time I checked in, travel-stained and weary, I was welcomed with a complimentary glass of wine at reception which was a most welcome surprise. The staff are invariably polite, coolly efficient, very attentive, and very professional. One can tell that one is staying at a superior establishment from that perspective alone.
This hotel is extremely interesting architecturally, and reminds me of the MacDonald Burlington (I think it's called) in Birmingham (see: relevant review) as it used to be an old railway hotel in Victorian times, and has lost little of its olde worlde charm, and is far removed from the bland, post-modern linear blocks that owe more to sixties high-rise concrete ghetto chic (if that be the word) than any form of inspired constructivist invention. In other words, it's actually nice to look at internally and externally, just like me :-)
I was given a honeymoon suite first time (nope, I was on my own lol) which consisted of a spacious room you could frolic in and roll around in to your heart's content (maybe a cunning part of this room's ulterior purpose!), with a very wide and comfortable four-poster bed and large bathroom, equipped with what one would expect toiletry-wise at this end of the market. Plenty of storage space, too, if you're burdened with those innumerable knick-knacks that you simply can't bear to travel without.
The dining room is splendid, a study in elegant and refined ambience which may seem a bit out of character in such chilly northern climes bereft of the urbane sophistication of cosmolopitan London hostelries, or wherever. But, it is truly a decent place to eat a good, wholesome breakfast and waited on by friendly and personable staff who know what they're doing.
The hotel also boasts a reasonably-sized bar, populated by comfortable chairs, stout polished tables and pleasing if rather bland background musak. From that approach at least it's a step up from that dreadful place in Bangkok where they played a cocktail version of AC/DC's Highway to Hell. Too, too ghastly for words!
Regarding the hotel's location, it's slightly removed from the beating heart of Bradford's city centre and nightlife, such as it is. It sits adjacent to a huge boarded wasteland more reminiscent of the old Communist era Berlin Wall that, apparently, was meant to be a new shopping mall until the recession occurred and that was that. No regeneration, just a sad metaphor for what this city has now become. For a native Bradfordian, it's heartbreaking gazing out at this monument to failed entrepreneurialism from your 5-star window. How ironic.
Anyway, if you're going to Bradford for whatever reason, do try it. It's a good hotel in every sense of the word, and I would not hesitate to recommend it. It's a bit pricier than the average in this city, but hey you get what you pay for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Midland Hotel is now Bradford’s Premier city centre hotel by reputation. Blending contemporary facilities with an era of opulence, the hotel offers some of the finest Victorian interiors in the County, ornate plaster work, high ceilings and glittering chandeliers. Classically designed new Four Poster Suites, Family,Premium, Executive bedrooms and all the modern day facilities that you would expect of a 4 star hotel, including Free Wireless broadband to every guest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Midland Hotel Bradford