The Mighty Midland Q

Last Saturday as part of our Q Hotel ambassadorship duties we were lucky enough to stay at The Midland Hotel Manchester.  This was our first visit to Q so we were excited but nervous about the task ahead. Now I would imagine the Midland is one of the most grown up hotels of the Q family, It first opened its doors in September 1903 and is every bit as grand now as it was back then.

On first impressions the atmosphere in the reception area was just amazing. It was very grand with a huge tree and with a pianist playing festive tunes, It felt very special.PicMonkey Collagemidland3Check-in was easy, there was plenty of reception staff available and although it was busy, we did not feel we had to wait or were at all rushed during the checking in process. Alex, the Lady that checked us into our room was efficient and very helpful.

We then met Thomas the guest services manager of the hotel, who showed us to our room. Thomas told us about the Midland and a little about its history, and kindly arranged a pre theatre dinner for us. This allowed us to chill for a while, rather than rushing around trying to find somewhere to eat. He made us feel so at ease and welcome and even arranged our pre dinner drinks when we visited the bar later in the afternoon.

PicMonkey Collagemidland1Our room was beautiful and with the addition of a sitting area it was perfect for a family. We were able to relax and get ready for the evening at our own pace and did not feel at all cramped, in fact quite the opposite.

The Midland welcomed the Boys with a goody bag with some treats, fruit, water and maps of Manchester. They loved their goody bags and on this note; I would just like to say a huge thank-you for taking the time to arrange diabetic chocolates for Jack, it was just so thoughtful.

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We ate our evening meal in Mr. Coopers restaurant, which was wonderful, and deserves a review of its very own so watch this space. Breakfast was delicious, again it was very busy, but the lovely staff managed it very well, It did not affect the attentiveness of staff or service one little bit.

We spent some time talking to Houriey the breakfast manager a lovely man and a real character, he kept the boys entertained discussing football. A subject, which is always welcome with all the men in the Christie family! He also gave us a fascinating insight into all the hard work behind a busy hotel breakfast service. I honestly never realised how much work and commitment goes into providing guests with a hearty breakfast.

PicMonkey Collagemidland4The Midland is in the perfect location for the Christmas Markets, it was, just a 2-minute walk, perfect for the boys, as we were able to nip in and out of the markets. It’s funny we have visited the markets for a few years but never taken the Boys, yet Manchester has so much to offer families. Firstly they were amazed by all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Markets, and loved the variety of the stalls.

The palace theatre was only a 10 minutes walk; so we were able to see Shrek, the perfect show for families. They also loved the atmosphere of Spinningfields with its street stalls and unique spaces like the Oast House, Helter-Skelter and Ice Skating Rink. There really is so much to see and do.

Whilst we were enjoying our evening drink, Jack and I were discussing the Midland and agreed it reminded us of the Queen Mary 2, refined and luxurious yet friendly. Jack  also thought the Midland wouldn’t look out-of-place in New York.

So is the Midland good for families? Well, it certainly is a grown up Hotel. But it’s a grown up Hotel that welcomes families with open arms. The Boys loved the Hotel, our room, the food and the pool. The staff made us so welcome, and the location is just perfect, if your families, like my family are explorers,  Manchester is a must place to visit.  And if you do visit Manchester I can wholeheartedly recommend the Mighty Midland Q. If the Midland was anything to go by we are going to have an amazing journey as Q Hotel Family Ambassadors.

This post was made in collaboration with the lovely people from  Q Hotels and the Midland Q

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16 Comments

  1. 13th December 2014 / 8:04 am

    Great first review for Q Sarah. Fabulous photos too. Love the Manchester Christmas markets and what a place to stay to enjoy them!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      13th December 2014 / 8:36 am

      Thanks Karen we had a fantastic time. And the Boys loved the Hotel and the markets too x

  2. 18th December 2014 / 11:46 am

    I was at university in Manchester, so lived there for three years. I know the Midland Hotel and how grand it is! Not that I could afford to go there back then. Fab review, looking forward to the next ones now. #SundayStars x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      20th December 2014 / 4:46 pm

      Ah thanks Heledd yes it was beautiful we loved it and I too love manchester x

  3. 20th December 2014 / 7:27 am

    great review, sounds like a lovely trip how nice of them to put the little goody bags together! thanks for linking up #sundaystars

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      20th December 2014 / 9:11 pm

      Ah thanks Amy, yes it was lovely and they were so so thoughtfull x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      20th December 2014 / 9:11 pm

      Ah thanks Amy, yes it was lovely and they were so so thoughtful x

  4. 25th May 2015 / 2:12 pm

    We have walked past The Midland many times but wow how gorgeous is it inside. I love your room as its perfect when you have the kids with you. I might just drop some hints to hubby for a night away as we love Manchester x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      25th May 2015 / 9:23 pm

      Thanks Tracey, our room was stunning and it really is the perfect location, we will definitely be staying again. Ha ha Tracey book it as a surprise for him xx

  5. 25th May 2015 / 7:28 pm

    Sounds a great hotel – love the thoughtful little touches and I’m always fascinated hearing behind the scenes stories. #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      25th May 2015 / 9:27 pm

      Me too Cathy, I love meeting the people ho make it happen x

  6. 26th May 2015 / 11:34 am

    A fantastic and insightful review of The Midland. I’ve walked past it a few times and always admired it from the outside, so great to get a peek inside. What a gorgeous hotel. I love the fact that it’s ‘grown-up’ but also very kid-friendly – the goodie bag is a nice touch. Thanks so much for linking up with #MondayEscapes x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      27th May 2015 / 5:18 pm

      Thanks Ting, it really is wonderful somewhere I think I will stay many times xx

  7. Marie
    13th January 2016 / 8:09 am

    Very insightful review, thanks for sharing. I’ve not stayed at one of their hotels but would love to. Thanks for giving us an inside look!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      13th January 2016 / 7:42 pm

      Thanks Marie, I can honestly say we have loved all of our visits Q Hotels are fab x

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