I visited St. John's as a conference guest and had I only attended for the days I would have a very different perspective on the hotel. The hotel is well located, a short train ride from central Birmingham. The conference was very slick and as guests we had everything we could have needed - a large room set out cabaret style for everyone to gather and up to 20 breakout rooms, comfortable seating, constant supply of tea, coffee and cold drinks as well as fruit and biscuits, regular snacks, water on every table, provision of pens and paper, a good sound and projection system etc. The lunch buffet didn't have much of a vegetarian selection, but the meat options looked tasty, and the lack of savouries was almost made up for by an excellent selection of desserts.
Unfortunately, the rest of my stay was not as uniformly positive. The room was clean, tidy and neutrally decorated. Wifi was included in the price for the conference, and I found the reliable. There was a nice bathroom, with good towels and toiletries provided. The leisure facilities are a definite plus - good pool, gym, steam room and sauna with changing facilities.
However, my room faced the road, and I was woken up by the noise from traffic in the small hours on both nights of my stay. Added to this, the rooms were not very well soundproofed at all and so I was woken at 5am when the guest in the room next to mine took a shower. There was frequently noise from the corridor. Whilst I managed to keep my room at a reasonable temperature, by setting the air-con to 18 while I was out of the room and switching it off when I returned, several of my colleagues complained about the temperature of their rooms and the noise from the air conditioning. Many of the rooms lack natural light and can feel somewhat dingy.
The food was another big let down. Whilst there was a decent selection of food at breakfast, the hot food looked greasy and congealed. When we ordered tea and coffee, we were not provided with milk. The three course meal we were served on the evening of the first day of the conference was poor. The omnivores were served a prawn cocktail which comprised limp lettuce and a few prawns swimming in seafood sauce. The veggie option - French Onion Soup - was watery and tasteless. The main for vegetarians was a risotto, which was mushy and overcooked. Again, dessert was the highlight of the meal. Whilst there's a decent bar in the hotel, the prices were extortionate - £9 for a glass of wine or £4 for a pint of coke is unacceptable, particularly when the hotel is located just minutes away from some very nice pubs with perfectly reasonable prices. As you can imagine, after buying one drink, we took our custom elsewhere,
Whilst in many ways this is a nice hotel, it needs to perform more consistently, and for me the noisy rooms were its biggest let down. If you want a decent night's sleep, go elsewhere.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotels.com, HotelTravel.com, Travelocity, Tingo, Expedia, BookingOdigeoWL, Despegar.com, getaroom.com, Priceline, Venere, Agoda and Otel so you can book your The St. John's Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- The St Johns Hotel