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The Midland
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Morecambe
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Kent
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“Really special”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

We spent two nights in the Midland in a family room (kids aged 13 and 10) and had a wonderful stay. I had long wanted to visit this iconic building, but our time in Morecambe exceeded our expectations. The hotel staff were very friendly (we had fun bantering about how to pronounce "Lancaster") - it struck us that the fact the hotel is owned by a relatively small, family business rather than a large, international chain stood out in the quality and friendliness of the service (in particular in the very reasonably-priced spa where my daughter and I had a manicure and spent a lovely hour chatting to the beauty therapists).

The hotel itself is gorgeous - the architecture (Oliver Hill) and original artwork by Eric Gill are really special and worth making a visit to see in their own right. Other reviews had suggested that Morecambe was disappointing. It is run-down, there's no denying, but everywhere I got a sense of a town and council that are investing in its future and using imagination to try and reverse its fortunes (for example, the new trail of puzzles/artwork and playgrounds along the front which we would have explored more fully if we'd had better weather/more time. Of course, everyone was having their photo taken with the Eric Morecambe statue) . There are also a small number of new shops trying to make a go of it on the front (check out Alchemy which had just opened when we there - shabby chic, upcycling, some antiques - I found some lovely, very reasonably-priced one-offs).

As for things to do - by chance we discovered Carnforth station just up the road where Brief Encounter was filmed. There is a small heritage centre where, if you have the time and inclination, you can sit and watch the film in its entirety. And the Lakes aren't that far away. Staying at the hotel, you have free access to the leisure centre at the Midland's sister hotel in Lancaster (a shortish drive), so the kids enjoyed a hour or so's splashing at the end of the day.

We didn't eat in the restaurant, but did have a meal in the bar. The food was really good - better than your average bar food. My steak was delicious and cooked just as I'd asked.

We'll definitely go back and really wish this hotel, as a significant part of our architectural heritage, a long and successful future.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

We stayed here for two nights. Each time we asked to book for a meal we were told that we are fully booked, no other option was given to us, the staff just found it amusing. At breakfast extra milk was just slammed down on the table no acknowledgement. A very disappointing experience, such a shame.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

We spent just one night in the Midland but wish we had booked for longer.
I had previously read about the restoration and refurb which is in my view a huge success. Our room was lovely with windows on two sides and a sea view. We just loved the way the cupboards, and the bathroom, were hidden away behind a wooden wall. The biggest surprise was the bathroom which was the full length of the room with an enormous free standing bath and a wet room. However the shower head which was also enormous, was very disappointing as the pressure was so low. But this is a minor niggle. The lavatory tucked away in a "box" initially took some finding - and even more so in the middle of the night!
Breakfast was fine, nothing special, but the view of sea whilst eating was wonderful.
All in all a lovely stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

A group of us went to The Midland Hotel for afternoon tea for a friend’s birthday. We had a lovely few hours. The views are amazing while you are drinking your tea and tasting the lovely sandwiches and cakes. The only negative was we had to ask for refills etc. There was plenty of staff around but seemed to just leave you alone. On the whole I would recommend afternoon tea and the hotel itself looks stunning.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

To stay at The Midland (as my husband and I did for two nights in early September, in one of the top floor rooms) is to enjoy a luxurious experience in a welcoming atmosphere with unique architecture, delicious food, delightful bedrooms, stunning views and friendly staff. Such a classy establishment could easily be intimidating and stuffy, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Almost impossible to fault. Congratulations, Matt and team!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bristol
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Lovely hotel practically on the beach. Very large, spacious room with a massive bed. Incredibly clean and comfortable. Enjoyed the large walk-in shower and slept very well in the memory-foam topped bed. Good breakfast on both mornings- nice Cooked and continental selection available. All in all would recommend this hotel for business (or couples looking for a nice weekend away).

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Stayed for one night in room 312 which is a lovely suite of rooms with fabulous panoramic views of the bay and of the town. Most of our stay was excellent and we enjoyed dinner in the restaurant where the service was great. Staff were friendly and helpful. However the hotel disappointed on the following matters:
1. Drinks at the Rotunda bar were served to us in plastic drink ware. There was an event taking place outside the hotel which may have meant guests wishing to go outside had to be given plastic for safety reasons, but we were seated inside at a table, so that was not great.
2. The shower above the bath in the room had no shower curtain meaning that water splashed over onto the bathroom floor where it remained. Using the bathroom therefore meant standing in a large puddle of water. In addition this has led to the bathroom smelling musty. Bizarre that the hotel has not realized this.
3. Breakfast service was not top notch. Table was not fully made up so things were missing, such as side plate and knife. I presume butter should have been replaced when making table up as other made tables had butter, Our table had no butter. These are small things which were rectified when pointed out. However the worst thing was that although hot food orders are taken by the waitress, the food is clearly not cooked to order.It arrived at the table luke warm at best.(We arrived at breakfast at 09:45 so I recon that the food had been hanging around in warming trays in the kitchen for ages). Also toast has to be made yourself using a toaster machine that either toasts one side only or if toast is put through the machine again, comes out burnt. So that was irritating. I would have preferred that toast was served from kitchen.
In summary, good but some greater attention to detail needed to be excellent.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 On the Beach Hotel in Morecambe
#1 Family Hotel in Morecambe
#1 Green 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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