THERE are not many better ways to view a world heritage site than from
the luxury room of an historic hotel.
That is just what the grade II-listed Midland Hotel in Morecambe offers from its envious vantage point overlooking the majestic sweep of Morecambe Bay across to the Lake District.
It could so easy have been a different story. Mirroring the declining fortunes of British seaside resorts, The Midland, which
originally opened in 1933, looked to have had its day come the 1990s. Tired and run down, it finally closed in 1998. For nearly a decade it stood derelict at the mercy of the sea and wind. There was talk of demolishing it, if it didn’t fall down first.
But fortunately there were people who were not going to let that happen, and in 2006 The Midland received a stunning multi-million pound makeover, and three years later the boutique hotel chain English Lakes took over the landmark hotel.
The inspired refurbishment pays due homage to the hotel’s art deco heritage, but has a funky, quirky, fun air, while also
offering the ultimate in comfort and practicality expected from a top 21st century hotel.
The Midland is an architectural gem. Many of the original elements, from the grand cantilevered staircase to artworks by the celebrated 20th century artist Eric Gill, have been saved, while also featuring contemporary additions such as the magnificent chandelier in Rotunda Bar.
Illustrious guests of yesteryear such as Coco Chanel, Sir Laurence Olivier and Noel Coward would no doubt be suitably
impressed if they stepped back through the door tomorrow.
And while comfort comes as standard in all guest rooms at The Midland, the luxury sea view rooms on the top floor are something very special indeed.
Floor to ceiling windows offer spectacular sweeping views of the ever-changing bay and sliding doors lead out onto a huge
balcony, complete with hot tub and far reaching views.
In fact everything is huge. From the airy room to the bed, sofa, and tv. The also huge bathroom offers its own surprise with
not just twin sinks, but twin toilets, together with a huge circular bath tub with ceiling fitted shower.
Those who can manage to leave their room will not be disappointed by the Midland’s superb Sun Terrace Restaurant,
serving innovative and imaginative dishes, using the finest and freshest ingredients, complimented by a carefully selected wine list.
Anyone who fancies escaping the winter, Brexit and election blues need look no further than The Midland – where a stay will
remain long in the memory.
Visit englishlakes.co.uk to book and for further details.