Midland is an historic hotel located in the heart of downtown Manchester across the street from the GMEX convention complex and St. Peter's Square. Whereas the Lowry and MacDonald hotels are new luxury, Midland is classic elegance.
A recent renovation spruced up Midland's interior, including stylish bedding and charming room furnishings. However, its old age is revealed in smaller room sizes, step-in shower/tub combinations, limited sink counter-space, and occasional floor creeks. Still, there is a lot to like about this accommodation. Service from the warm and helpful staff is second to none. Room service is offered 24 hours for those late night/early morning cravings. Clean indoor air is guaranteed by Midland's smokefree policy, and you can surf all day with free WiFi.
Our photos reveal one side of Midland's lower-level fitness center. The greenish-colored walls and dim atmosphere fail to compensate for the lack of windows and natural light. Exercise equipment is a mix of fairly new and older machines aligned with a view of a couple small televisions. Aerobics classes are offered on the hardwood-floor studio and the squash court is another unique feature. We didn't spot any weight equipment, but Midland's website claims to have a few machines. Let us know if you find anything.
Midland's pool is designed for recreational swimming only, as its short length and lack of lane-lines prevents lapping. Serious swimmers are just a mile away from the Manchester Aquatics Centre (£3.20), and even closer to the Bannatyne on Quay (£10/day). Both provide worthy lapping options.