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“depressing” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Britannia Hotel Birmingham

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Britannia Hotel Birmingham
Ranked #108 of 117 Hotels in Birmingham
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“depressing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2014

The two stars show credit for the position of the hotel, very near New Street station, and in the centre of town. Nothing much else deserves a star in my opinion. The food was poor, the decor drab,the room basic and noisily situated. Only use if the cost is right for you, or if you want the convenient situation.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank 911helend
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Birmbritannia, General Manager at Britannia Hotel Birmingham, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Dear Guest

Please accept my sincere apologies that the hotel failed to meet with your expectations

As I would advise any guest, should you experience any issues during your stay or wish to raise any concerns you feel should be brought to our attention, there is a Duty Manager available 24 hours per day who will gladly assist you in making your stay a much more comfortable and enjoyable one enabling you to leave the hotel with a more favourable view.

Regards
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75 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great location, easy to access and not far from Birmingham New Street station and the Bullring.

The breakfast buffet was excellent.

Staff were helpful as I needed a hotel at around midnight, due to cancelled booking elsewhere.

The interior needs revamping. It felt too old-fashioned for my own liking and the bathroom was not immaculately clean. The view from my room was overlooking another guest room, so I decided to keep the curtains closed.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank angbna
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Birmbritannia, General Manager at Britannia Hotel Birmingham, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write your review

Both your positive and negative comments have been passed onto the relevant Managers for improvements to be made where deemed necessary.

We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

Regards
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2014

Came with my son after a busy day visiting Birmingham uni.
Arrived at the hotel and eventually found our "quiet" room at the back of the hotel at the end of a very long depressing corridor very reminiscent of "The Shining" and through several sets of double doors. It was really dark and overlooking an incredibly noisy ventilation shaft. Took one look and went straight back to reception to ask for another room. The receptionist had obviously been specially trained not to smile but did give us another room on the 4th floor at the front, down an equally miserable corridor with a horrible loud buzzing sound coming out of one of the doors. The second room was at least light and airy.

After about 15 minutes trying to get the lights to work, we gave up and phoned reception. A man came up and rummaged around in the wardrobe for a hidden trip switch which turned the power on. The bathroom was fairly clean, although the bath was old and stained and the basin had a crack in it. We had difficulty finding a second plug for our phone chargers as the room seemed to have a predominance of obsolete 3 pin round plugs. There were a few stains on the furnishings but the sheets were clean and the bed was relatively comfortable.

The street was quite noisy but I manged to sleep until about 2am when I was woken up by shouting in the street and a drunken hen party singing at full volume. The sea gulls (in Birmingham?) were squealing all night, unless it was a sound recording designed to put guests off ever returning to the hotel. At 3am the man next door came back and started having a conversation at full volume and after ramming my earplugs further into my ear and wrapping the duvet round my head I finally went to sleep at about 4am and was woken up again at about 6am by the street cleaning lorries below.

We decided to skip breakfast and pick up something to eat at the station. After reading some of the reviews, I am very glad, as it sounds as though we may have been in danger of risking a jippy tummy from the virtually raw bacon and sausage described by other guests.

I have never reviewed a hotel before but have been compelled to warn people off this terrible hotel. The best thing about it was the laugh we had from reading all the other reviews and worst thing about it is that they are all true!

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank Lottielocco
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Birmbritannia, General Manager at Britannia Hotel Birmingham, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Dear Guest

Please accept my sincere apologies that the hotel failed to meet with your expectations

As I would advise any guest, should you experience any issues during your stay or wish to raise any concerns you feel should be brought to our attention, there is a Duty Manager available 24 hours per day who will gladly assist you in making your stay a much more comfortable and enjoyable one enabling you to leave the hotel with a more favourable view.

Regards
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York, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014

Two days before I was due to arrive in Birmingham for an important business conference, my booking here was CANCELLED BY EMAIL! No doubt the reservations manager decided she could re-sell my room at a higher price, or had simply double-booked the accommodation.

Total disaster! And, because there were a number of conferences in town, it was almost impossible to find another centrally-located hotel at such short notice. Furthermore, I had already arranged for deliveries to arrive at the Britannia - several boxes of magazines, stands for our conference display, a lot of stuff that had already been despatched with Parcelforce and couldn't be recalled.

But, my bacon was saved by the Duty Manager - Mo. He's a great problem-solver who sorted everything out and enabled me to attend the conference with everything I needed. I rang up the hotel absolutely fuming about the cancelled room, but I couldn't stay angry at someone who was so helpful in a really practical useful way.

Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
Helpful?
Thank Paul J
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Birmbritannia, General Manager at Britannia Hotel Birmingham, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Thank you for your kind and positive reveiw.

I shall certainly pass your comments and thanks onto Mo, who i know will be equally pleased,

Regards
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Osijek
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

The location of this hotel is perfect. And that's about it if we talk about perfection. It is not a bad place, but some things need some fixing or were just hillarious, like the curtains in conference rooms or the almost raw potato I got for my first dinner there. The British should really get some education on plumbing systems. Old carpets everywhere, of course. The food was average. Beds are comfy and you can get a decent sleep if you get a non street side room. I think it's not worth the price.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Dado_HR
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Birmbritannia, General Manager at Britannia Hotel Birmingham, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write your review

I am pleased to see that the hotel met with your expectations for the purpose of your trip and we hope to welcome you again in the future

Regards
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Kaunas, Lithuania
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

This hotel has only two advantages - its location and the price. It is situated in the city centre, it is easy to reach main places of the city.
Other things are not client friendly: we didn't find the soap in the bathroom, the carpet and windows were unclean. At night there was a noise from other rooms.
There is a strange smell on the ground floor near the reception - incredibly bad perfume which they use for carpets.
However the staff was helpful - they brought us soap and helped to reach taxi in the early morning.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Ieva G
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Birmbritannia, General Manager at Britannia Hotel Birmingham, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write your review

Both your positive and negative comments have been taken on board, and will be passed onto the relevant Managers for improvements to be made where deemed necessary.

Regards
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New York
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

I was there for 8 nights. The hotel is in the middle of everything, very close to the bullring with lots of restaurant, next door to the Primark clothes department store, Movie Theatre opposite, 3 minutes to the New St . train station and lots of banks.

Also so close to other entertainment and museum, etc.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank Minatus
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Birmbritannia, General Manager at Britannia Hotel Birmingham, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write your review

I am pleased to see that the hotel met with your expectations for the purpose of your trip and we hope to welcome you again in the future

Regards
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Additional Information about Britannia Hotel Birmingham

Property: Britannia Hotel Birmingham
Address: New Street, Birmingham B2 4RX, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Birmingham > Ladywood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #108 of 117 Hotels in Birmingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Britannia Hotel Birmingham 3*
Number of rooms: 195
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Britannia Hotel Birmingham is situated in the very heart of Birmingham city centre. The famous Bullring shopping mall is within walking distance and Primark and other high street stores are right next door to the hotel. The hotel's 214 en-suite bedrooms are tastefully furnished, all with tea and coffee making facilities, ideal for cost effective city centre accommodation. ... more   less 
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