Visited and stayed at the Novotel for a kids treat to go to the Gadget show. Everything with the hotel was first rate. Rooms were clean and very comfortable main beds, (however kids sofa beds were a little springy which they found uncomfortable) Bar area was very relaxing and the breakfast was amazing. Considering I have picky eaters they managed to find something they liked to start the day with full tums. Hot buffet selection was very fresh, plenty of different cereals to choose from and tasty pastries with unlimited coffee/juice together with self made toast excellent.
The location is excellent we travelled by train to birmingham international station, then within the station you catch the free 3 min skylink to the airport terminal (which the kids thought was awesome) and then the hotel is opposite the terminal doors. In addition to this the NECC is linked internally to the Birmingham international station so you never need a coat. The hotel must have excellent glazing panels as I never heard any aircraft in the two nights we were there, in fact I forgot I was at an airport.- top tip - the Terminal building has 'landside restaurants including wetherspoons and Franki and Benny's so we printed off vouchers on line and got 20% discount vouchers so saved money on our evening meal for both families! Bargain.
During our stay the fire alarm went off at 10.30 pm when most families like us were in bed. (The alarm sounded in each bedroom as well). As I was on my own with the kids, it was quite an anxious experience but we pulled on our coats and headed to fire exit (which I had just read that evening!) and left the building as instructed by staff. Many people in PJ's and dressing gowns, wet hair etc.The staff were excellent, this was not a drill but a real situation, the staff at the lobby door guided people out and within a very few minutes the situation was resolved. (I think the staff said a resident had been smoking in their bedroom) and we returned indoors to warmth very quicky. Although a 'scary' experience for a mum with kids, its good to know the Hotel system works very well.- So the gadget show was great, but the kids memories, well its the fire alarm they tell people about!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Birmingham Airport is located at Birmingham International Airport, opposite Terminal 1, 20 minutes drive from the centre of Birmingham. Adjacent to the NEC and offering modern meeting rooms, this hotel is ideal for a business trip. A free SkyRail service every 90 seconds links the hotel with Birmingham International railway station and the NEC. Elements restaurant and bar with 24 hour room service. Fitness and excercise room. NCP multi storey car parks adjacent to hotel (fees apply). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Birmingham Airport Hotel Birmingham
- Accor Birmingham Airport
- Hotel Birmingham Airport
- Birmingham Novotel