I really wanted to give The Midland the top score. After all, the layout of the hotel is excellent, our room on the first floor was extremely spacious (and with a sea view), a fridge was laid on in the room (with an initial pint of fresh milk - a very nice touch), there was a deep bath and wet room-style shower in the bathroom, we had a very enjoyable three course meal on one of the evenings of our three night stay, there was an excellent choice at breakfast, and the service couldn't be faulted.
So why not the top mark, then?
There are three reasons. The first one is perhaps trivial. The toilet, as part of the design, was hidden behind some panelling which also serves as the door to the bathroom. Unfortunately, this means a fair amount of opening and moving of the "door" in order to use it. Not great if this happens to be during the night which, at our age, is becoming more and more frequent! The design did seem a case of "style over substance".
The second relates to the restaurant area. This is almost totally built in glass and provides a wonderful view over Morecambe Bay, facing due West. Unfortunately, on hot days (and they do happen in Morecambe!) the temperature in the restaurant can get extremely high, and the hotel appears to have given little thought to addressing this.
The third reason relates to the plumbing. This is a newly-refurbished and not cheap hotel yet, each night, we were aware of toilets being flushed and water running in other rooms. It actually sounded as if the activity was taking place in our bathroom!
Despite these reservations though, we would have no hesitation in returning to The Midland on a future visit to the area.
- 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