I have never felt strongly compelled to write a hotel review before but feel the need after a stay at the Paragon Hotel. I've read a lot of really negative reviews about it, and most of the content in there is pretty fair, actually. However in context, my two nights here cost me sixty quid. It wasn't the Hilton, but I didn't pay for the Hilton, so had no right to expect it.
So - the positives. The staff were friendly and helpful. The building itself is quite impressive from the outside. The room had most of the basic functionality you would expect of a hotel room. The car park was free (despite what the sign in the car park said).
Negatives - principally for me is the area. It is very run down and I didn't feel particularly safe. I didn't feel confident leaving my car in the car park and went back a few times to make sure it was alright (thankfully it was). There was also a bit of noise from the corridors and adjacent rooms - I assume because of thin walls or doors. To put it politely, when the guy in the room next door had to go I could hear every splash. Also, despite clearly being a budget hotel these days the bar seemed not to have gotten the memo so I paid £4.40 for a vodka and coke when the pub up the road did a double for £3.
There are issues with the room which would be unforgivable if I had paid more money but at £30 a night can't really complain about - e.g. the single room I was in was four paces long; the first night my tea-making facilities did not include a teaspoon and on the second night featured a soup spoon; the 'heater' in the room gave off a startling green flash behind the switch when I tried to turn it on; there wasn't actually a ceiling light in my room. If you want somewhere very basic to lay your head though the Paragon is fine. The bed was reasonably comfortable (two pillows, unlike some national chains which only give you one), the shower was reasonably powerful and water stayed hot for me.
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- Also Known As:
- Paragon Hotel Birmingham