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“Lots of fuss, pomp & circumstance about.........not much!!” 1 of 5 stars
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Hotel du Vin & Bistro
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Church Street, Birmingham B3 2NR , England (Ladywood)   |  
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Ranked #47 of 136 Hotels in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
UK
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Lots of fuss, pomp & circumstance about.........not much!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I've given this hotel a score of 1/Terrible not because it actually is, more so in a weak attempt to reduce the overall rating, as honestly, this is FAR from the upmarket, plush, luxurious hotel it purports to be. There are MUCH better hotels in Birmingham and I suggest you try these instead e.g Hyatt, Crowne Plaza etc.

Firstly the street parking in the immediate area is 2hrs max which means having to use the multi-storey further along the road. A tip is to drop off your luggage as it's a decent walk. On entering the VERY dimly lit reception you're met by a surly gent with very little personality who gave virtually none of the information you receive when checking in e.g breakfast times, location of the room etc.

Ok, into the lift. S-L-O-W! It also only holds 3 people so families of 4 with luggage are a bit stuck! Each room is named rather than numbered (how quaint) but there are NO signs saying where each one is located; cue much up & down, back & forth corridors trying to find said accommodation.

And then the room (we had Veuve Clicquot). Decent size, comfy bed, the usual very dim lights and a surprisingly small TV (they're bigger in Travelodge, genuinely). What dominated however was the wardrobe at the foot of the bed - it was big enough NOT to allow you to pull your suitcase between it & the bed. Additionally the tea & coffee bits were inside the door that you couldn't open properly because it's so close to the bed! Great planning Mr Room Designer.

The bathroom is huge, and unnecessarily so. A shower in one corner, a sink & loo against the wall and a bath opposite. The rest? A wasted amount of floor space that would be better served as part of the bedroom. Now if you have a penchant for playing baseball or cricket in a hotel bathroom then this is for you - you'll have enough room for 16 fielders.

The bar is tiny with very limited seating although the staff are very friendly & polite.

Seriously, this hotel sells itself very well on a cleverly created image of unadulterated luxury that in reality doesn't exist. It's an old building converted into a hotel with big bathrooms and that's it. We paid £195 for a nights stay and felt like one of the breakfast dishes: done like a kipper.

This place caters for wannabee City traders that are trying to impress their latest catch, and those that need to impress their friends by telling them they stayed there. I've stayed in all of the higher-end hotels in Birmingham and honestly, this is far from the best. Try those I've mentioned above or the Malmaison which is owned by the same company but poles apart in EVERY respect.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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  • Value
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

Visiting area for special occasion so was near by
Rooms are nicely adequate but understand why some comments refer to it being tired!
More lighting would help as hard to use desk area and see. The huge wardrobe is a feature but seems to overpower the standard room but not a problem really for 1 night but. Bed nice, comfortable and large. Windows could really benefit from being double glazed to stop huge amount of draught and noise from street.
All staff v helpful. Liked the quirky reception area and darkness is not a problem it's the feature of this style of hotel.
Used valet parking as meters are expensive in surrounding streets and it is an extra secure area in the carpark they have access to and all dealt with very efficiently as no need to pre-book this.
V.busy on Saturday afternoon so ended downstairs in the pub as no seating left in bubble bar.
Breakfast best paid in room rate otherwise appears expensive but good variety to suit all tastes. Nice fresh orange juice!
Sunday brunch needs to be booked in advance something we were not advised when checking in and was full when we asked on Sunday and noted others who had not realised this being turned away but instead we had relaxed bar snacks in champagne bar instead.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

All the hotel Du Vin are excellent that I have stayed in, Birmingham no exception however it does feel a bit tired now in the rooms and probably need a redecoration. The bar is excellent and a great venue for business users. Excellent breakfast ingredients however they forgot my tomato when asking for no black pudding - also no baked beans ! Valet parking very good.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

I visited here on Saturday 16th February for my friends 40th Birthday and we had afternoon tea. We chose the £18 tea which includes a glass of champagne. We thought it was excellent value for money and lovely surroundings, as our table was in the Bistro.

The service could have been a little more attentive but overall it's a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

a generally nice building but a little tired in places. on arrival the waiting bay outside the hotel was full but the valet parking service took care of my car promptly, this was the only prompt thing for the rest of the weekend. pub was booked for a wedding party, half of bar booked for a birthday party, very little space left for other guests too few barmen so slow service. breakfast was a shambola with very slow service indeed but quality good.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

We have just got home from a fantastic wedding held at Hotel Du Vin. The staff were fabulous - so welcoming and do anything to make your stay enjoyable. The hotel itself is lovely, lots of big, airy rooms beautifully restored and full of character. Our bedroom was on the 3rd floor and a very good size, big wardrobes, huge bathroom with big bath and towelling dressing gowns. It was very quiet in the room and the bed was massive, slept so well!
The wedding reception was brill - good food, staff again just so lovely - we finished it in the downstairs pub where we all danced the night away. Extra impressive in the fact it was all organised in 2months (they got engaged in December!)
Breakfast was delish - a real mix of pastries and yummy eggs benedict. Orange juice was squeezed in front of us and the croissants were spot on.

The Valet parking was a great touch - we handed over the car keys and had no worries or responsibility for the whole stay.

Thank you so much Hotel Du Vin for a great weekend!

I have no idea what the surrounding area was like or where we were so no idea what was outside the hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We stayed for one night recently, although my husband has stayed here before a few times when in Birmingham on business.
All the staff were friendly & helpful & the breakfast was excellent with the hot food cooked to order & plenty of cold choices (fruit, pastries, cereals etc).
Unfortunately the room we were given was smaller than some of the ones my husband had stayed in before alone, typical! The TV is quite small & not a lot of channels - couldn't even get a 24hour news channel with is unusual.
I agree with another comment that there is nothing free to nibble on & a small box of pringles was £3.25, a hotel of this calibre should at least provide a few biscuits for free.
The reception/lobby area is quite dark which is not a good look & in general we feel it is in need of some TLC.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Church Street, Birmingham B3 2NR , England
Location: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Birmingham > Ladywood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Birmingham
#16 Luxury Hotel in Birmingham
#34 Family Hotel in Birmingham
#39 Romantic Hotel in Birmingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel du Vin & Bistro 4*
Number of rooms: 66
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