Originally opened in 1873 as the Midland Grand hotel, it was designed by Gilbert Scott to stimulate the kind of audacity, creativity and business brilliance that typified Victorian events and grand celebrations. Its glorious Gothic Revival metalwork, gold leaf ceilings, hand-stencilled wall designs and a jaw-dropping grand staircase are as dazzling as the day the hotel opened in 1873.
Sir John Betjeman called this Gothic treasure “too beautiful and too romantic to survive” in a world of tower blocks and concrete. Its survival against the odds will cause wonder; the building itself will take your breath away.
This majestic Grade I listed building features grandiose spaces and historical function rooms, 3 unique restaurants, subterranean spa and 38 historical Suites. Featuring 'The Grand Staircase' which has featured in a number of feature films, TV dramas and music videos. The ornate 'Ladies Smoking Room' - the first public space in Europe where ladies were allowed to smoke. The hotel's wide selection of locations has provided a distinctive backdrop to many films, TV dramas and music videos such as The Crown, Batman Begins and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.