Stayed here for two nights at the beginning of March and was perfectly happy with the experience. My room was comfortable and the bed (a double) was excellent, although the pillows were a bit hard. The bathroom was very good, with an excellent shower; I didn't suffer any problems with water pressure as other reviewers have mentioned.
The location of the hotel is a mixed-bag; good for walking along the canal towards the Library of Birmingham and Broad Street but not great for walking towards the central shopping area and New Street Station, due to a rather pedestrian-unfriendly environment towards that direction.
Breakfast was ok, the quality of the food and coffee was fine, but nothing to write home about. I'd much prefer it if they just increased the price of the room by a fiver and did a cooked buffet rather than the current 'continental' offering.
As others have said, the heating in the rooms will only work in tandem with the air conditioning which was quiet and allowed the room to reach a comfortable temperature.
Service was excellent throughout: quick, courteous and friendly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A modern 3 star Hotel in a prime city centre location. The Ibis Styles Birmingham Centre (formerly Holiday Inn Express Birmingham City Centre)is 5 minute walk from Birmingham New Street Train Station and eight miles from Birmingham International Airport.The Hotel features 248 newly refurbished bedrooms with amenities including en suite facilities, air conditioning, satellite flat screen TV, free Wi Fi throughout all bedrooms and refreshment making facilities as standard. The hotel hosts both business and social gatherings with a total of 14 flexible Function Rooms that can accommodate from 8 to 630 delegates. Easily accessible by major UK motorways (M6, M5, M40 and M42). The ideal place to meet and a great base for exploring the many attractions the Heart of England has to offer. Visit nearby attractions including Cadbury World, Sealife Centre and the historic Stratford upon Avon. The hotel is also excellently positioned within walking distance of the highly acclaimed Bullring Shopping Centre. The established in house restaurant offers a variety of traditional cuisine and after a busy day the relaxing environment of the lounge bar complements the experience of the Ibis Styles Birmingham Centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Birmingham City Centre Hotel Birmingham