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The Midland
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Morecambe
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“Very, very Good”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

My wife being interested in anything remotely Art Deco, we booked this two night stay through KGB deals and added a sea view room for an extra £20 per night.
The hotel sits on a promentary type site with what appears to be an old ferry terminal jutting out into Morecambe Bay behind it, this has all been renovated and includes seating and, if the weather was good, excellent views across the Bay.
Even though it was quite dull and rainy, the ambience of the Hotel was excellent, superbly decorated, especially the Rotunda Bar, and warm and welcoming.
The staff were similarly warm and welcoming, helpful too when asked anything from information regarding the surrounding area to the history of the Hotel itself.
Our room was spacious with a quirky bathroom entrance that, at first, just looks like an extension to a wooden fronted wall area. The bathroom contained a deep bath, and a walk in shower with a drench type head, there was plenty of hot water available too.
The room is equipped with the obligatory flat screen TV, mounted in a recess in the aforementioned wooden wall, this pivots out on a sturdy arm to allow viewing in bed or from the two chairs in the room. Also below the TV there is a small fridge, a rubbish bin, and a drawer, these all pull out or open and are hidden when the door is closed in front of the TV. The chairs are studio type chairs and we found them quite low, not being as young as we once were, and this was the only negative that we coul think of regarding our stay.
At the end of the room nearest the entrance door theres a wardrobe that opens out to reveal storage space and a pull down clothes hangar. Theres also a room safe.
The dinner and breakfasts were top notch, the food is beautifully presented and varied, the breakfasts have a serve yourself area for porridge and cereals, toast, fruit etc and theres a hot breakfast order service with a variety of delights such as Manx Kippers or a full English.
In the position the hotel is, you can be in the Lakes in less than an hour, over to the east coast in not much more than an hour and a half or round the Forest of Bowland in half an hour and theres Blackpool just down the coast if you fancy a ride on the Big Dipper.
An excellent hotel, quite pricey if you're not on a deal as we were, but worth at least one vist, if only to say you've been and stayed there. We hope to go back.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms would be ideal if you've got the weather!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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MidlandGM, General Manager at The Midland, responded to this review, March 23, 2013
Dear davyeck

Many thanks for the great review of your recent stay.
I hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future

Best regards

Matt Stanaway
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We live locally and over the years have been to the Midland for various meals and functions but never for lunch in the Sun Terrace,we decided to go on a Thursday.It cant be stressed enough the view across Morecambe Bay,unique,it was particuarly good yesterday with the sun shining and snow on the Lake District hills.It was also lucky that the menu featured some of our favourite dishes such as pasta to start,plaice for main course and an interesting hazelnut panacotta sweet,there were about 5 other choices,my wife had chicken and creme brulee.All the food was cooked with care and a lovely balance of flavours.The waiter was friendly and professional.Prices are what you would expect for that standard but nice to have a treat,the meal couldnt really be faulted.
I would recommend anybody coming to Morecambe to consider a meal in the Sun Terrace,afternoon tea is served,the Rotunda which is the alternative where we have eated before is interesting but i would still favour the Sun Terrace for the view alone.If anybody is staying at the Midland they may also consider a visit to Lancaster 4 miles away for its historical interest.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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MidlandGM, General Manager at The Midland, responded to this review, March 23, 2013
Dear tangerinelancaster

Thank you for taking the time to review your lunch in our Sun Terrace restaurant.
I am delighted this was enjoyable and hope to welcome you back soon.

Best regards

Matt Stanaway
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Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

This was our second stay at The Midland and we just love everything about it. The wonderful Art Deco building is marvellously complemented by a modern but tasteful interior. The restaurant is fabulous on all counts - the food is excellent, the view is spectacular, the staff are charming, and the 1930's soundtrack completes the experience. It really is like stepping back into a bygone era when style was everything. Wonderful!

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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MidlandGM, General Manager at The Midland, responded to this review, March 23, 2013
Dear Ed H

Thank you for a great review of your recent stay at The Midland.
I hope to welcome you back for a third stay in the very near future.

Best regards

Matt Stanaway
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

I checked Trip Advisor before I came , just out of curiosity , and found a couple of negative reports . Please rest assured these can only have been posted by the miserable and the damned ! The Midland is a beautiful hotel , the perfect mix of restored and imaginative new . My room was excellent , comfortable , functional and had superb views across the bay . My lunch was tasty and prompt and throughout all the staff were courteous and polite . Indeed , their love for the place was effused and they keenly gave me impromptu tips and mini-tours .It's spotlessly clean , I parked outside and I've already recommended it to my friends . If you want a treat then put this gem at the top of your list .

Room Tip: I stayed on the third floor , the new rooms and the views from the balcony were lovely
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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MidlandGM, General Manager at The Midland, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Dear Chris P

Many thanks for the great review of your stay at The Midland.
It was great to read that this was enjoyable and I hope to welcome you back soon.

Best regards

Matt Stanaway
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Really enjoyed 2 nights at the Midland using kgb deals which meant our stay was about half the normal price. The hotel is beautiful - it's like stepping back in time - fantastic foyer with spiral staircase and lovely room with quirky features ( took a while to find the hidden toilet !) Loved the retro music and the staff were great ,efficient and friendly. Morecambe is a bit drab -we took a train to Lancaster and had good day there as the weather wasn't good enough for our planned walk along the coast to Heysham. Definately watching out for the kgb deal next year .

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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MidlandGM, General Manager at The Midland, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Dear ElaineandChris40

Thank you for taking the time to post a great review of your stay at The Midland.

I do hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon.

Best regards

Matt Stanaway
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Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here in March 2013. Such a fantastic hotel. We stayed 2 nights Friday Saturday. This Art Deco certainly lives up to it's name with many quirks and features. The history behind the hotel and how it's was restored certainly gives it a very special feel. Parts if the original decor remain and the hotel is reminiscent of the 1920 and I could imagine walking down the grand stairway to the charleston. The food is excellent and the service second to none. We eat in both the restaurant and the rotunda bar and have no complaints about either. Best of all the staff were exceptional, nothing was too much trouble. We were served by a family of a mum and her boys who all worked there, such lovely manners.
Usually when we do hotel stays we select one with leisure facilities, the midland doesn't have this but you can use their sister hotel in Lancaster. We decided not make the journey to this and instead took a brisk walk on the seafront.
Overall an enjoyable stay and will definately return.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Tina M
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MidlandGM, General Manager at The Midland, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Dear Tina M

Thank you for a great review of your recent stay and for your kind comments which I will share with the team as a whole, and those mentioned in particular.
I hope to welcome you back to The Midland very soon.

Best regards

Matt Stanaway
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Spent one night here as a special treat for my daughter's birthday. Our art deco themed room was really spacious with a balcony giving us a fabulous sea view over Morecambe bay . The beds were very comfortable and we had a great nights sleep. Bathroom was clean with a powerful shower , some lovely smelling toiletries and enough big fluffy towels.We also had a laugh trying to find the toilet when we first went into the bathroom as it is cleverly concealed in a sort of cupboard with the wall pulling out to become the bathroom door so keeping the art deco panelling across one wall.
We had afternoon tea in the terrace restaurant which again has fantastic sea views and we really enjoyed the dainty sandwiches , warm scones and selection of cakes. There was so much we didn't actually clear our plates which must be a first for us two and the staff did offer to pack the rest up for us.
My daughter and I had booked a relaxing pamper day in the spa and that turned out to be really good value as lunch in the terrace restaurant was included along with 4 treatments so making it a really special day all round.
I really cannot find anything negative to say about the hotel itself at all but there are reasons why we would probably not go back.
The first is that at the other hotels we have stayed at for the birthday treat weekend we have enjoyed the full 'spa ' experience with access to a swimming pool, jacuzzi , sauna etc and the 'spa ' at the Midland is really more like a beauty salon albeit a very nice one .
The second reason is our disappointment at the resort of Morecambe . I have not been for many years and I was suprised at how run down it seems to be, We went for a stroll in the evening and the only interesting feature was the view over the bay towards the hills of the Lake District. I don't know if it livens up a bit in the summer season but when we were there [ March ] it was dead. Where are the tearooms / coffee shops , bars ,individual character shops ? We had to use google whilst walking on the prom to find somewhere to buy some chips ! At the
seaside !
I am sorry to be so negative but it really put us off returning to what is a really nice hotel in a beautiful scenic setting that is sadly let down by the resort.

Room Tip: First floor rooms with sea view even have binoculars provided !
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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MidlandGM, General Manager at The Midland, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Dear Mary J

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at The Midland.
We are always delighted to provide information on recommended places to eat and visit in both the local area and further afield and I do hope to welcome you back in the not too distant future.

Best regards

Matt Stanaway
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Property: The Midland
Address: Marine Road West, Morecambe LA4 4BU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Lancashire > Morecambe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Morecambe
#1 Family Hotel in Morecambe
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Morecambe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Midland 4*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Midland is a beautiful Lancashire hotel that curves gracefully along the North West coast of Morecambe Bay. The Midland is an hotel with history and internationally renowned art deco building. Restored for the 21st century to become renowned as a modern day masterpiece and iconic architectural edifice that showcases the elegance of classic Art Deco design. Designed by Oliver Hill with interior decoration by Eric Gill, the hotel has a rich heritage. ... more   less 
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