Escape the bustle of city life in this elegant spa with shimmering décor and gorgeous lighting. The highlight of The Spa at The Midland is the sumptuous relaxation room with four hanging pods, soft cocooning chairs, armchairs and three beds with duvets and pillows – perfect after your soothing ESPA treatments or more dramatic 3D Skintech facials. The wet facilities include a 9-metre relaxation pool, hot tub, alderwood sauna and steam room. Great for couples, friends and lucky locals.
- Family swim times
- Duo treatment suites
- Relaxation pool
- Alder wood sauna
- Salt infused aromatherapy steam bath
- Caribbean storm and Arctic rain showers
- Big sleep relaxation room
- Time out relaxation zones
- Relaxation pods
- 3D Skintech
Our Spa Spy review
The four-star Midland Hotel is an iconic red-bricked building in the heart of Manchester. Doormen in top hats and tails have opened the doors to royalty, political leaders, sportsmen and rock stars. After a multi-million-pound refurbishment in 2015 the historic hotel introduced The Spa at the Midland, two critically acclaimed restaurants and the award-winning Tea Room.
Take the lifts at the back of the lobby to the spa and gym in the basement. The hustle and bustle of the hotel gives way to an elegant spa which shimmers in tones of honey, dark wood and grey.
What's on offer?
We were warmly greeted in the spa’s reception area and invited to take a seat on a soft sofa to complete our consultation form. The receptionist also asked us to listen to different music through headphones, our choice would be played during our treatment.
The well-equipped changing rooms have high ceilings with original cornices, rows of dark-wood lockers and bench seating. There are two vanity stations in the centre of the room with hairdryers and straighteners, three showers with shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, two loos and two private changing cubicles. The changing area feels surprisingly spacious for an urban spa.
The wet facilities are just across the corridor from the changing area. The nine-metre, L-shaped pool is just large enough to swim gentle lengths; relax your neck and shoulders under swan neck fountain afterwards, or climb into the bubbly Jacuzzi in the corner with seating for half a dozen people.
The salt-infused aromatherapy steam room is lit in warm colours with white walls and white seating and the Alder wood sauna has a salt wall in shades of pink, gold and red. At 85 degrees, the sauna is so hot you’ll may look forward to the bracing ‘Arctic Rain’ setting on the experience showers just outside. There’s also a copper sink with cool water and plastic cups stacked beside it so you can stay hydrated.
The centrepiece of The Spa at The Midland is the relaxation room. The large space is dimly lit and well separated so you won't be immediately facing another guest. There are four hanging pods in the centre of the room, soft cocooning chairs and traditional armchairs. Two seating areas can be completely closed off from the rest of the relaxation room, with three beds covered in duvets and pillows, each with individual reading lights. A spa butler offered us fresh pineapple slices -- spa heaven! Help yourself to water, teas and magazines, too.
Feeling energised? Use the spa’s well-equipped gym located next to reception.
Tell us about the treatments
We tried the Signature Serene Sleep (80 minutes, £105), an ESPA treatment designed for The Midland.
My therapist, Nicola, met me in reception and led me to a spacious treatment room with high ceilings, dark wood counters and a fragrant orchid. She dabbed scented oil on the back of each hand and asked me to choose between the oils, I was drawn to ‘hug in a bottle’ with sweet notes of rose, geranium, lavender and orange.
I removed my robe and settled face down on the warm treatment bed. Nicola used my chosen oil and hot stones to massage my back in soothing circular movements. She also massaged my arms, stretching them out in front of me and then placing them back by my sides with a hot stone in each palm. The stones felt warm, smooth and soothing on my skin.
Nicola asked me to turn over and began the facial element of the treatment. She used a cleansing milk to clean my skin, followed by a light facial massage using warm rose quartz crystals. Nicola applied a rich hydrating mask and, while it set, massaged my neck, shoulders and scalp. I promptly drifted off to my spa happy place…
Nicola removed the mask, cleansed my face again and applied a hydrating moisturiser. She finished the treatment with a sublime foot massage.
I was so relaxed that I fell asleep during the treatment, exactly what it aimed to do. My face had a younger, healthy glow, too.
The Spa at The Midland offers ESPA facials, massages, and body treatments such as scrubs and wraps. Try the rasul, express 25-minute treatments or more holistic options such as reflexology. If you like your facials with more dramatic results, the 3D Skintech facials use microdermabrasion, light therapy and mesotherapy to lift and plump.
You can eat lunch in your robe at the tables alongside the spa reception desk; they're separated from the walkway by a chain-effect dividing wall. Choose from a menu that includes light sandwiches or healthy platters.
If you want to indulge, get dressed and head upstairs to The Tea Room for afternoon tea. Our refreshing British mint tea was accompanied by a selection of sandwiches, two scones (including a white chocolate and blueberry) and an assortment of home-baked cakes.
If you’re staying overnight, dine in the quirky Mr Cooper’s House & Garden Restaurant which has a tree in the centre and garden-style seating around the outside. Our dinner was outstanding from the rump of lamb to the sticky toffee pudding.
We loved / we didn't love
The staff: Everybody in the hotel and spa is friendly, courteous and helpful.
The stylish design: We loved the original Art Deco touches throughout the property.
The delicious food: Everything from the afternoon tea to our dinner was a triumph.
We didn’t love
The smell of chlorine was a little overpowering in the hot tub.
More hooks for towels and robes in the thermal area would be a good addition.
Who do you think would like it?
Single spa-goers: The Spa at The Midland feels friendly and intimate enough to go solo.
Couples: Book a dual treatment suite to spa alongside each other.
City slickers: The central location and express treatments lend themselves to a post-work treat.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded The Spa at The Midland a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 Bubbles. The friendly staff, unusual treatments and great food make for an indulgent spa day. The pool and thermal facilities are a decent size for a city centre hotel and the relaxation room is spa bliss.
The Spa Cafe serves afternoon tea and a healthy lunch menu, fresh fruit smoothie’s, botanical cocktails and of course, ‘bubbles’. The hotel offers award winning cuisine by Simon Rogan in The French restaurant and Mr Cooper's House and Garden restaurant.
There are 312 bedrooms at The Midland Hotel.
The leisure facilities are open Monday to Friday: 6.30am-9pm and Saturday and Sunday: 7am-7pm. The spa facilities are open Monday to Thursday: 9am-8pm; Friday: 9am-7pm; Saturday: 8am-6pm; Sunday: 10am-6pm.