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Situated just below the Lake District with stunning views over Morecambe bay, The Midland is one of the UK's most iconic Art Deco buildings, well, Streamline Moderne to be exact. Originally designed by Oliver Hill and built by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1933, the grade II listed hotel's architecture is internationally renowned. In more recent times, the hotel has been fully restored by Urban Splash in conjunction with architects Union West, Lancaster City Council and the Northwest Regional Development Agency.
The long sweeping concave curve that forms the front of the building has its entrance in the central circular tower atop of which are two large Art Deco style seahorses. You can get a much closer look at them from the rooftop terrace. The tower also houses an impressive looking circular staircase to the upper floors - as you climb the stairs, be sure to take in the restored Neptune and Triton medallion painted on the ceiling.
The hotel has forty-four bedrooms, a mixture of classic rooms, feature rooms and, for a particularly special stay, luxury suites. The feature rooms and luxury suites have balconies where you can take in the sea air while enjoying the view.
The renovated interior is a modern take on the Art Deco theme with guests enjoying top notch food and friendly service. Other highlights of the four-star hotel include the stunning views from the main restaurant, the Sun Terrace, over Morecambe Bay and the original Rotunda Bar where you can enjoy a delicious cocktail or two.
Of course, with the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales not too far away, there’s plenty to do in the area. In close proximity to the hotel, Lancaster Castle and Williamson Park are both worth a visit and in the evening, weather permitting, you can take a stroll along the promenade to the Eric Morecambe statue while enjoying those amazing views of the bay.