The Midland Refurb Foyer
Interiors firm Sundara Design oversaw the project

Midland’s £14m upgrade nears completion 

Dan Whelan

A refurbishment of the grade two-listed hotel building, including the modernisation of its 312 bedrooms, will complete by the end of this month, according to operator Leonardo Royal Hotels.

As well as refurbishing the Midland Hotel’s bedrooms, the project has also created a split-level bar on a raised platform in the main foyer of the Manchester building. 

Belfast-based based interiors firm Sundara Design led the refurbishment, which was due to complete in June but was delayed due to the pandemic. 

Additionally, the hotel has opened Mount Street, a British-style brasserie, as part of the relaunch. 

The Midland has remained open throughout the refurbishment, aside from when it was forced to close due to Government advice during the Covid-19 lockdown earlier this year. 

Located on Peter Street opposite Manchester Central Convention Centre, the hotel first opened in September 1903. 

Stockholm-based hotel investor Pandox bought The Midland for £115m in November 2018 and Fattal Hotels Group, which owns Leonardo, was chosen to operate the venue. 

Jason Carruthers, managing director of Leonardo Hotels UK & Ireland, said: “The acquisition of The Midland hotel in November 2018 marked the start of an extremely exciting chapter for Leonardo Hotels in the UK.  

“The Midland’s £14m investment has allowed us to make our own mark on this famous Manchester property, while maintaining the hotel’s historical status.”  

The refurbishment follows a rebrand of the hotel’s on-site spa, which became known as Rena Spa at The Midland from November 2019.  

The Midland Room6 Edited

The hotel’s 312 rooms were upgraded and modernised under the revamp


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Hmm. Could do with more velveteen cushions and gold chandeliers if you ask me. And where’s the two storey portakabin rooftop extension??

You guys just don’t know how to do hotels do you!

By Mike

I’d be interested to see how this turns out. When I last visited the Midland Hotel (for the French) I found the main lobby to be straight out of the 80s and lacked the wonderful character of the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel Lobby/Restaurant Bar area (ex Principle/Palace)


Gorgeous quality hotel. A shame I can’t find anywhere as good as this to stay in my city

By Liverpool Romances