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Along with providing a fabulous night’s sleep, everyone loves a hotel with a sense of place. A property that oozes with the unique history and character of its home city. Step forward the Hallmark Hotel Derby Midland. A Grade 11 listed landmark, its classic red façade, colonnaded entrance and walled garden drip with Victorian dynamism and endeavor.
The first purpose-built railway hotel in the world, it was designed by renowned architect Francis Thompson (he was commissioned by the son of the legendary steam train engineer, George Stephenson). As one part of a complex including the Midland Station, 80 employee’s cottages and rail workshops, it’s an essential part of the fabric of a city that’s one of the birthplaces of the industrial revolution.
We’re not just at the heart of Derby metaphorically. We also have a plum location close to its centre. Just a ticket toss from its train station (the hotel was originally known as Cuff’s Midland Hotel after the manager of the railway cafe), we’re only a short stroll from the Museum and Art Gallery, home to the planet’s biggest collection of Joseph Wright’s paintings, the Cathedral Quarter and the city’s vibrant nightlife. We’re also a perfect base for enjoying the nearby Peak District, National Trust properties including Chatsworth and Calke Abbey, and the less stately charms of Alton Towers.
Of course, while the Hallmark Hotel Derby Midland may have a superb location to go with a fabulous history, it hasn’t rested on its laurels. It has moved with the times, particularly since Hallmark took the reins. Those fine period proportions and detailing, including original oak doors, paneling and sash windows have been given a 21st century facelift with rich warm olives, deep earth tones along with light whites and pastels. Our 102 tasteful rooms, including several for families, have wonderfully comfortable beds, crisp linen and smart ensuite bathrooms, along with those modern essentials, flat screen TVs and superfast WiFi.
And that’s just the start. There’s also our acclaimed brasserie. Its modern British and European menu, drizzled with spicy long haul favourites, offers everything from arancini and beer battered fish to pork schnitzel and Goan prawn curry. Don’t forget to check out the staggeringly generous historic menu framed on the walls of our bar, a memory of Queen Victoria’s stay at the hotel – calorie counting and cholesterol watching are clearly a more recent consideration!
The Hallmark Hotel Derby Midland offers more than guest accommodation and food, however. It’s also a peach of a spot for meetings, conferences and celebrations, including weddings. Its nine event rooms include four beautiful banqueting suites – three licensed for civil ceremonies – blending elegant 19th century design with state-of-the-art facilities, for everything from a dinner for six to an evening dinner for 200.
We have 102 bedrooms in total, including singles, twins, doubles and family bedrooms. Whether you’re travelling on business or leisure you will find our hotel in Derby comfortable and welcoming, with a fantastic brasserie, lounge and bar.
The Hallmark Hotel Derby Midland is a popular venue for weddings in Derby. We have a dedicated wedding coordinator to help you organise your big day and a range of events rooms (though we only ever hold one wedding on any single day).
With nine varied rooms, we can accommodate meetings, training sessions and team-building events for up to 200. We are next to the railway station and have plenty of free car parking – all the ingredients for a successful business event in Derby.
To help take the strain and ease the pain of arranging a function, celebration or wedding, our friendly yet efficient staff includes expert planners and organizers with huge experience and contact books overflowing with trusted local suppliers for everything from photographer to printers to music.
So whether you’re considering a visit for business or leisure, or to celebrate an anniversary or even to tie the knot, our doors are open, our room are ready and waiting. The Hallmark Hotel Derby Midland might have been established in the city’s dynamic thrilling Victorian era, but it remains at the very heart of local life and a beautiful area of the UK.
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