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The Midland Hotel was built between 1885 and 1890 by the Midland Railway Company. One of a group of nine Midland Railway Hotels, the hotel was
a showpiece for the railway company’s northern operations. The original hotel housed 115 bedrooms and is of particular architectural interest, with some of the finest
Victorian interiors in the city. The quality ornate plasterwork in The French Ballroom is rivalled only by similar examples in London, high ceilings, glittering chandeliers
and the architecture of the building is both breathtaking and inspiring, blending to make you appreciate the opulence of an era unfortunately long past.
There is a significant amount of history attached to the hotel due principally to the fact that it played host to the rich and famous during its heyday, including Laurel and Hardy, Paul Robeson, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. In 1905, the famous stage actor, Sir Henry Irving, died on the main stairway after his appearance at the nearby Theatre Royal. He was attended by his manager, Bram Stoker, better known as the originator of Dracula. Sir Henry’s last words on stage were "O’Lord into my hands I command my Spirit". A plaque erected in Reception records the stay of another great entertainer, George Formby, who performed at the Alhambra Theatre from 23rd to 28th September 1940. George Formby was the highest paid entertainer of his day; latterly awarded the O.B.E. the plaque was commissioned by The George Formby Society.
Almost every Prime Minister up to Harold Wilson has stayed at the hotel. After a succession of companies and private owners during the 20th century the hotel fell on hard times and became almost derelict during the 1970’s and 80’s. A local businessman and his wife bought the hotel in the early 1990’s and over a period re-opened the Ballrooms and eventually the bedroom levels, which had remained closed for some 28 years.
Today sees a hotel that has undergone a transformation, with investment to all areas of the building, restoring it to its original greatness. Situated in the heart of Bradford, 100 yards from Forster Square mainline railway station; a stay in The Midland Hotel is a uniquely relaxing experience.
Step back into the ambience of an era long gone, but with all the facilities of the 21st Century. Magnificent public areas, spacious rooms and bathrooms, an excellent English & Continental restaurant, 24 hour room service and a residents bar that never closes.
The hotel retains some of the finest Victorian features including the Victorian Passageway with its floor to ceiling Burmantoff tiles. The railway history is reflected throughout the hotel.
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