The Midland Manchester opened in 1903 and built by the Midland Railway. It’s location by the railway served as a hotel for travelers from all over the country. Today, the hotel still hosts guests from all over the world in its 300 rooms and an award-winning spa, two restaurants, bar and the Tea Room for its famous afternoon tea.
How to Book
I booked my three night stay at the Midland Manchester through Booking.com.
The Midland Manchester is located in the city center. It was walking distance to everywhere I wanted to go.
It’s just across the street from Manchester Town Hall, Manchester Art Gallery, 8 minute walk to the John Rylands Library, about 15 minutes to the Northern Quarter and about under 20 minutes to Manchester Piccadilly train station.
My flight arrived at 7:15 am and by the time I got into an Uber and into the lobby of the Midland, it was only around 7:45 am. Check-in time is at 3 pm and I was told it was completely booked, therefore no available rooms until check-in.
I left my bag and went out to Federal Cafe a five minute walk away from the hotel for breakfast. Then ventured out to Waterstones, the largest bookstore in the north of England and the John Rylands Library.
I got back to the hotel at around 1 pm and tried to check-in. But was told there still wasn’t any rooms available. Instead, I went for afternoon tea.
By the time tea was over, it was after 3 pm and I was able to check-in. We were given a thorough explanation of the facilities.
The Midland is known for its spa so the lobby smells just like a calming spa.
To the left of the entrance are a few steps up to the Tea Room and Adam Reid at The French restaurant. To the right is Mr Cooper’s restaurant and bar and the reception area.
My cousin and I stayed in a Standard Twin Room, for two people. While the lobby and hallways seem grand and luxurious, the rooms seem to need a bit of an update.
The Standard Twin Room has two twin beds.
There’s a desk in the room with plenty of outlets for your laptop and other devices. The desk also can serve as a vanity table with a mirror.
There’s also a large armoire equipped with a safe, ironing board, hair dryer and with long mirrors on the outside.
This also seems like a hotel suitable for business travelers. It’s equipped with a trouser press.
A standard bathroom with a tub/shower.
The bathroom was equipped with amenities from Gfl Amenities. Suites at the hotel are equipped with products from ESPA.
Mini Bar/Coffee & Tea
A complimentary bottle of still and sparkling water is included in the mini fridge. There’s also instant coffee and Twinings English Breakfast tea.
Here’s a video showing the room.
My room was on the third of six floors and it was facing the inside of the hotel, so there was no view.
Around The Hotel
Restaurants and Bars
There are two restaurants and a tea room. Adam Reid at the French is known as one of the top restaurants in the UK, Mr Cooper’s is a restaurant where breakfast is served and a bar. There’s also a bar in front of the tea room.
I didn’t have breakfast at the hotel and instead went out and about looking for cafes. One that I really enjoyed was Brewski, very close to the hotel for a full English breakfast called the Brewskie Brekkie – with a sausage patty, bacon, mushroom, ham, egg, black pudding, beans, tomato and sourdough toast.
You’ll have to go inside the doors of the spa to enter the gym. It was closed rather early for a hotel gym.
Inside are two floors. The first has cardio equipment and free weights and weight machines are on the second floor.
Guests are allowed a one hour complimentary time slot to use the spa facilities, including the relaxation pool, sauna, steam room and showers. You’ll need to make a reservation ahead of time.
There’s also a variety of spa treatments and day passes available only Monday to Thursday for £30 per person.
Didn’t have much interaction with staff. We called to get slippers for our hotel room. We waited about 30 minutes and couldn’t wait any longer before heading out for dinner. When we got back to the room several hours later, we found the slippers delivered inside.
Afternoon tea is served at The Tea Room at the Midland. Click here for a full review of the afternoon tea.
I had no problems with the WiFi connection and did not need a password to log in.
The Midland Manchester was a good choice for its location. It was easily accessible to everywhere I wanted to go by foot. The rate was also very reasonable for a hotel in summer.
Room Rate: for a hotel stay in mid July, I paid £334.70 (about $406) for three nights at a Standard Twin Room rate
16 Peter St
Manchester M60 2DS