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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Midland Hotel Morecambe
- Midland Hotel Morecambe