Although very near the NEC its a bit tricky getting to it for the first time, although getting back to the NEC takes just minutes. Check-in was very efficient and our room was fine and comfortable , although with a very dated bathroom, which was fine apart from the shower head which my husband had to clean before we could use it. The air vent was also clogged with dust and there were cobwebs on the ceiling. Old fashioned is fine but a bit more care with the cleaning would have helped. There is a very pleasant large bar with lots of very comfortable seating and the staff are efficient and friendly. There are a la carte and table d'hote menus available in the restaurant but we chose to eat in the bar area and had a delicious burger with salad and fries for a very reasonable price. The portions were large and everything was very well cooked.
A small point but the car park is free! unlike some hotels in the immediate area.
All in all, The Arden is looking a little tired and there are signs that they are in the process of up-dating but it is very clean and well kept. We would definitely consider this hotel when we book out next trip in September.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Arden Hotel & Leisure Club is ideally located adjacent to Birmingham Airport and NEC, just a 15 minute walk to the Genting Arena and Resorts World Birmingham. Our 3* AA rated hotel boasts 216 Bedrooms, 12 Meeting & Event Rooms, and a full health club with indoor pool onsite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arden Hotel And Leisure
- Arden Hotel & Leisure Club Bickenhill, UK - Solihull