Travellers are all about the views. When I worked in reservations at a hotel in central London people always wanted a room with a view but being in central London that wasn’t always possible. Some of the rooms had fantastic views over the rooftops of Kensington while others had brick walls covered in pigeon poo. I didn’t think I was too concerned about having a room with a view until I had a room at The Midland with this one:
The room had full length floor to ceiling windows and a balcony to match overlooking Morecambe Bay. When sunny the bay was a sight to behold as it was when the waves were crashing violently against the Stone Jetty. The windows really opened up the room making it feel huge and, if that way inclined, you could sit in the bath in all your glory looking out at the bay in all of its.
The iconic four star Midland Hotel was built in 1933 and renovated in 2006 to bring the Art Deco glamour of its heyday into the 21st century. The Art Deco touches don’t extend to the bedrooms which in one way is a shame but at the same time all the public areas are styled from that era so having it in the rooms might be a bit of an overkill.
Our room was on the third floor and after arriving quite late we were welcomed with a glass of Prosecco before ordering room service. Little did I know when Phil and I woke the next morning and ventured down to breakfast we would be faced with one of the best hybrid dishes I’ve ever seen… the Bacon Benedict. Forget your salmon, forget your ham, forget your spinach and your Florentine, the Bacon Benedict is quite possibly the greatest reason to get out of bed.
But back to the room. It was spacious and had quirky touches to it like a magnetic wall calendar and tree coat hook. What I noticed first though when we went into the room was Sam, lovely little Sam sitting on the bed.
One of my favourite features of the room was the binoculars for looking out at the bay. Not every hotel has them, not every hotel has reason to, but The Midland does and uses what it naturally has to add something unique to the room which I thought was a really great addition. In the same vein I also loved that the bathroom products were sea kelp as a way to incorporate the area and the view into the room. Very smart.
Speaking of the bathroom, there was very little privacy offered. The bathroom door had two gaps down each side of it and was opposite a mirror, and there was also a clear window looking into the shower and toilet. Not ideal.
On our second night we had a few cocktails at the Rotunda Bar followed by dinner at The Sun Terrace Restaurant which was packed, not a free table to be had. One thing that really stood out for me was the service; the staff were really lovely and accommodating both in the bar and restaurant. For dinner I had the beetroot tartlet and duck breast while Phil had the roast breast of pigeon and slow-cooked blade of beef, followed by more cocktails at the bar. Something that is really great about the restaurant is that the selection of wines by the glass were all the same price. I hadn’t seen that before so instead of going for the wine at the top of the list and feeling like a cheapo you could select one you actually wanted. Such an excellent idea and if I ever have my own hotel it’s definitely something that will feature in it.
It was Phil’s birthday the next day. I had mentioned this to the hotel before we arrived and come the morning our sore heads were treated to breakfast, Buck’s Fizz and a birthday card.
I can imagine The Midland being absolutely packed in the summer and a hive of activity. When I was there the weather was a bit grey and miserable but the bar and restaurant were still really busy. We were made feel so welcome by the staff, and the cocktails, Bacon Benedicts, views and sweet gestures like the Buck’s Fizz and Prosecco made the weekend a really enjoyable one. Go and check it out for yourself, you’ll be well looked after.
(I was a guest of The Midland Hotel)