You will enjoy your time here or you won't, it depends on the nature of your stay. If you've booked as a family, you probably won't. Due to the price (cheap) and the location (10 min walk to centre), this is an ideal place to rest your head after a night out.
Location - 10 min walk to Bullring (note you have to use subways which is something I'm not particularly keen on doing in the evenings in an unfamiliar city (taxi between the two around £5).
Room - it's quite clear these are small rooms and maybe if you're happier with Premier Inn sizes then Ibis Budget isn't for you. Not a problem for us however, cleverly thought out design that ulitilises the space you do have. We had a family room (a double with a bunk bed above your head) which was suitable for us. Toilet room is very small though, smaller than most cubicles you find in public toilets (not for the claustrophobic, or just keep the door open!)
Shower - no baths here but shower was one of the best I've used in a 'budget' hotel. Large, easy to use, clean and the desired temperature!
TV - clear picture, free view channels and no Sellotape on the back of the remote in sight!
24hr food - decent selection of food - sandwiches, fruit, crisps, chocolate, yogurts as well as coffee, chilled drinks and alcohol (not great for those wanting to sleep) available in reception all night. Other similar hotels and you're lucky if there's a vending machine.
Parking - £4 per 24hrs. Advertised on website as 'payable' but price not displayed (or I couldn't see it). Added an extra £12 on bill for our 2 nights but the bigger issue to spaces. Managed to find a space but both nights were full into the evening. There are a couple of places in the car park where you could (un officially) park but the staff decided that although they caused no obstructions this wasn't permitted and placed cones there. I'm not too sure why, as it's a barrier system, they will still pay and it keeps your customers happy.
Lifts - not working and judging by previous reviews they haven't for a while. Poor. Especially if you're on the 3rd Floor. With luggage and a toddler.
Noise - no road noise but other guests. Plenty of younger guests enjoying themselves before or after their night out. In my opinion, selling alcohol and serving pizza throughout the night fuels the noise and people's behaviour. Get up in the morning and find empty alcohol bottles down the corridor and the stairwell smelling suspiciously like weed...
We usually stay in Premier Inns and this is not up to that standard however it was about half the price for the dates I wanted. Travelodge standard can vary from one hotel to another. This Ibis is like an average Travelodge. It's a nice concept and if you need a cheap bed after a night out in Birmingham look no further, however as a base for the family to visit the city and do some shopping etc I wouldn't recommend.
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