The oldest railway hotel in the UK, this former Midland Hotel opened in 1841 and was originally part of the Railway Village, a complete railway complex designed by Francis Thompson. (Interesting train fact alert! – Thompson was appointed architect for the North Midland Railway by Robert Stephenson, son of famous railway engineer George Stephenson.)
The Railway Village included the station itself, a large train shed, 80 houses built for railway employees, a railway roundhouse and workshop, and a hotel on either end – the Midland, for First Class passengers only and the Brunswick Inn, for everyone else! The station has been completely rebuilt, but the workers cottages are still there, as is the roundhouse (now part of Derby College) and the Brunswick Inn, although that’s now just a pub. The Midland Hotel remains much the same, at least on the outside, and is now called the Hallmark Hotel.
The Hallmark Group bought the Grade II-listed building in 2009 and refurbished its 102 rooms and its public spaces to create a cosy, contemporary interior that still retains a touch of the hotel’s Victorian history, such as the original oak doors and window sashes, the walled garden and ornate garden room. It’s a 4-star hotel, with all the amenities you’d expect, including a well-reviewed brasserie.
Location: Right across the road from Derby Station and just ten minutes walk to the city centre.
Prices: Doubles from £59
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