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The Midland Hotel
The main entrance to the hotel
The main entrance to the hotel
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Location Forster Square, Bradford BD1 4HU
Coordinates 53°47′43″N 1°45′06″W / 53.7953°N 1.7518°W / 53.7953; -1.7518Coordinates: 53°47′43″N 1°45′06″W / 53.7953°N 1.7518°W / 53.7953; -1.7518
Opening date 1890 (original); 1993 (restored)
Developer Midland Railway Company
Management Peel Hotels
Owner Peel Hotels
No. of rooms 90
No. of restaurants 1
Parking 40 spaces (free for guests)
Website http://www.peelhotels.co.uk

The Midland Hotel is a 90-bedroom three-star Victorian hotel in Bradford City Centre, owned and managed by London-based Peel Hotels.

Construction of the hotel began in 1885 and took five years to complete[1]. It was built by the Midland Railway Company as part of the original Forster Square Railway Station, as a showpiece for the company's northern operations.

Following the "golden age of steam" the hotel fell to rack and ruin until it was bought by Bradford entrepreneur John Pennington in 1992[2], who restored it and the hotel re-opened as the Pennington Midland Hotel in 1993[3]. It was sold to Peel Hotels in December 1998, who renamed it back to its original moniker.[4]

In 2008 it was announced that the basement of the hotel, a former nightclub called 0898, would be leased to Clermont Leisure to open a casino[5]. This casino will be called the Guoman Club[6] and will be the third casino in the city, joining the Gala and Napoleon's outlets already open. It will effectively join the new Westfield Shopping Centre being built adjacent to the hotel.

During its life, the hotel has played host to many famous guests, including every Prime Minister up to Harold Wilson, and Sir Henry Irving, an English stage actor, who died there in 1905.[7]

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