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.
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