A very centrally located hotel, and its location is its principal attraction. I booked a week at Copthorne because my first-choice hotel didn’t have any vacancies for my time bracket, and I was looking for a centrally located hotel. It’s three minutes to the Museum and Art Gallery (highly recommended), ten minutes to New Street Station and about twenty minutes to Moor Street Station.
The rooms are a standard affair, everything you expect from a hotel of that class. Some items are found in unexpected places, for instance, I found the hair dryer in a desk drawer, but all the requisite amenities are there. However, I don’t recommend staying at this hotel during a heat wave like I did. The lobby is pleasantly air-conditioned (I wonder about the management’s offices), but the most you can count on in your room is a fan, and to benefit from it, you have to position yourself directly in the line of the air flow. I tried asking for an air-conditioned room, it was so hard to breathe in mine I was ready to pay extra for the privilege of not feeling groggy all day long, but I was told the hotel had no air-conditioned rooms. I wouldn’t recommend opening the windows for the night either, at least not if your room overlooks the Paradise Forum as mine did. The hotel power unit, or whatever that is, is located there, and it emits steady, industrial-strength noise, and round the clock, too, loud enough to drown out the TV.
The staff at reception are very, very nice and helpful, but good luck getting anything out of the housekeeping people. Notes left with them via reception, attempts to explain your problem directly to the person tidying your room produce absolutely zero results.
The hotel also has a restaurant with Singapore/Malaysian cuisine, and it’s nice and moderately priced compared to the restaurants in the city. Yes, I know, hard to believe it can happen in a hotel, but there you go. However, if you want to have breakfast at the hotel, you have to pay extra, so they still get their money from you in the morning, even if you pay less in the evening. Then again, Paradise Forum is full of little cafes, so you can go there.
The Internet access comes at the additional charge of 5 pounds for 24 hours, and it’s a bit ridiculous when cheaper hotels offer it for free.
Oh, and their vacuum cleaners are called Henry (written on top in large letters), and they have faces on them, smiling shyly. Very nice and friendly-looking vacuum cleaners.
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- Also Known As:
- Copthorne Birmingham Hotel Birmingham
- Birmingham Copthorne Hotel