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Historical Traveler Reviews The Midland Manchester
Midland is still a piece of jewellery
I stayed for one night at the Midland on 14 August 04 for the Madonna concert at MEN Arena. My last visit at the Midland Hotel was 5 years ago. I've got a good rate for the room and I know what to expect. The rate was one of the best I was able to book at the weekend. My girlfriend loved the hotel from minute one, because this hotel is unusal. I was not disapointed. The room was clean - ok the bathroom could be more modern but was clean too. The lobby is still very impressive, staff was friendly. I hope Paramount will invest money to keep the hotel in good condition. Yes I agree - the hotel needs new lifts ! I would stay again at the Midland, stipulation is a good rate for the room.
We stay at the Midland each year for my birthday, but not anymore - the standards are slipping and now there is real competition, I can see things only getting worse for the new member of the Paramount Group.
The Midland is an exceptionally beautiful Victorian landmark on the outside and a shambles on the inside. I AM CURRENTLY STAYING THERE...
I felt moved to write on behalf of the Midland so that users of this guide are not misled by other comments. I've stayed at this hotel many times, the last being when I was snowed in and had to stay in Manchester for two nights. The Midland is faded grandeur but that just adds to the charm. The public areas are lovely and you'll have to book early for the cream teas in the afternoon which attact a real cross section of society and promote a real feeling of well being. Many of the big bands like the Rolling Stones make the Midland their base when touring because it's not another sterile modern hotel. It was also the base for the Labour Party conference. It's always busy and you'll see lots of celebrities passing through if you sit in the lounge with a fantastic cafe latte and shortbread. The rooms vary because it's an old hotel and not built to some formula. Room service is served in big silver dishes and really enjoyable. I felt thoroughly comforted by my stay.
I have stayed at the Midland a few times. Some of the rooms are small, others are huge. The location is excellent, although as a city centre hotel, there is likely to be some loud noise late in the evening from revellers making their way home, plus if you get a room on the Lower Mosley St side, particularly the Mezzanine level, you must expect to be awoken by the trams from around 6am (and they toot their horn as they enter St. peters Sq).
Good Location/Too Expensive
We stayed for one night before flying out of Manchester in March of 2004. The room was large with two Queen beds, but for 99 pounds didn't seem like a great deal...especially in US dollars. The location is great, the building beautiful but the rooms are badly in need of refurbishing. The carpets, decorating and even the mattresses have all seen better days. Apparently the hotel has just recently been purchased and will be redecorated. On the positive side...there is a Starbucks across the street and it's a 10 mile cab ride(22 pounds) from Manchester Airport. Look for a cheap online rate and it will help you overlook the hotel's flaws!
Hmm, mixed feelings. On the one hand, all basically fine - there were posh chandeliers, it was central, a good choice of breakfast, decent room, a good shower, a good hairdryer. The cleaners did a great job.If you get a bargain internet rate like the previous reviewer, if you get a good room and if you catch the staff in the right mood, it could be a real treat.On the other hand, it took me four requests to get an ironing board; when I walked in with large bags the flunkies just watched me struggle; the receptionist misplaced my credit card; the central heating was slow, loud and breezy, so I went to bed too hot and woke up in night shivering; the lifts malfunctioned repeatedly, with no option of using the stairs except in emergencies (I got escorted down stairs through private staff area when I complained); what fluffy robes?; 6 GBP for a Cointreau?; beware automatic minibar which charges you to put your own stuff in fridge (it senses movement) - though when I explained this they dropped the huge bill; also, it's not the hotel's fault, but my colleague had an allergic reaction to the wallmounted Dove bodywash - nasty!Avoid the Mezzanine front rooms if you're a light sleeper - trams and revellers outside go on until late.By the way, the trams are great, and Manchester's fascinating - Chinatown nearby, lots of theatre, galleries, shopping. Take a look inside the Town Hall if you can - Victorian gothic, used as pretend House of Commons in House of Cards, etc.So, mixed feelings, but at those prices and at 4 stars, I'd expect more.
Stayed in the Midland 27th December 2003. Booked on line and got room for £89.00 per night including full english breakfast for myself my wife and 12yr old son. Room had 2 double beds, sofabed, writing desk and additional table and chairs. It was huge. Nice big bathroom. Shower not very good needs water works looking at. We had been to the palace Theatre less than half a mile away. Eat in close by Chinese restaurant.
Stayed at the Crowne Plaza Midland October 2003 with my cousin on a 'girlie weekend'. Nice location-more or less in the centre of the city in the close vicinity of bars and nightclubs. Thought it was a bit rough at the back of the hotel, towards Oxford road train station though! (Would'nt walk down there late at night!) The hotel reception is very impressive-a high ceiling, rich red carpets and leather furniture give a rather grand feeling. The coridoors are furnished in similar style. It stops there. Our room appeared to be dark and was quite small, which was rather unexpected for a hotel of this size. The bedspread was faded and dated looking and the wallpaper had a few damp patches. Bathroom in good condition with a good shower. The window overlooked a hellish looking courtyard of concrete and the inner walls of the hotel in scary psycadellic shades of red and cream! Nasty. We just drew the curtains and began to get ready, raiding the rather well equipped but expensive minibar in our fluffy white bathrobes. The TV has radio chanels aswell as satellite chanels. The leisure club is disappointing. A small pool and jacuzzi plus steam room. Small gym with cardiovascular equipment and an aerobics deck with free weights.
Manchester hotels are, in general, poor. The Crowne Plaza is well regarded, and its public areas, leisure complex and French restaurant are good. Rooms, however, disappoint. My GBP 128 room was average to small in size, with a wobbly floor, dark green carpet, dark green walls, cracked windows and no real view. The bathroom was small, all plastic - no marble - and with dull toiletries and plastic (!) glasses.
There is also no turndown service, unless you ring and request it. This Victorian building may have a certain charm but it would be worth pulling it down and starting again. Next door is a brand new Premier Lodge which is only GBP 50 per night and, I would expect, should have bigger - and certainly more modern - rooms.