When I visited the wonderful city of Manchester to do site inspections, I was, unfortunately, on a very tight schedule which left me with less than 30 minutes to experience The Midland. Now, with the bittersweet benefit of hindsight, I only wish I had dedicated more of my time to the venue and stayed for lunch, potentially overnight… or maybe just never left.
Upon arrival, the grand exterior took me by surprise, as it seemed to stick out like a sore thumb in comparison to the grey skyscrapers that seem to dominate most of the city. Walking into the hotel is like taking a step back in time. Built in 1903, the Grade 2 listed building has stayed true to its roots, supporting an art deco, ‘Gatsby’ feel throughout. The huge reception area could easily double up as a ballroom with its chequered marble floor and dark columns. To the left, is a circular hotel bar with an incredibly ornate, domed ceiling and bright blue walls, like something seen in Mediterranean chapels. An elegant tearoom sits adjacent, flooded with light and white tablecloths. There is certainly a heavenly theme throughout the building. Another dining option is the award-winning ‘Mr Coopers’ Restaurant, steeped in history and offering a range of items on its diverse meu. Delicious steaks, Sunday lunches and pre theatre menus can all be found here.
The bedrooms themselves are more than generous in size, with velvety, plush interiors. I won’t labour the décor too much, as the rooms are due to be fully refurbished within the next year. Modernised whilst maintaining the classic, art deco theme. There are also Spa and Leisure facilities on site, including a relaxation pool, thermal areas and gym.
Though it may not appear to be a conference venue, there are several fantastic meeting spaces on offer at The Midland Hotel. With 14 different meeting rooms, the hotel can accommodate up to 700 delegates comfortably. Host your boardroom meetings in the comfort of a roaring fire, an exhibition in the Alexandra Suite, or an impressive awards dinner in the Trafford Suite. The Midland has a history of hosting successful events. Not only is it the site where Rolls and Royce formed their partnership, but it also hosted Winston Churchill for one of his epic speeches.
Attention to detail is crucial at the Midland, and the customer service level certainly does the beautiful property justice. Ultimately, I could write lists upon lists of why The Midland is such an impressive hotel, but it really does need to be seen to be believed.
So, if you enjoy excellent service, tasty food, and beautiful surroundings, then the likelihood is that The Midland will be just your cup of tea.