I was concerned about staying in a hotel without aircon during July, despite the fact that the UK doesn't tend to get great summers for some reason our summer nights can be very hot and given my past experiences staying in hotels without aircon they can be unbearable so don't ask me why I had forgotten this fact! The room was roasting and the main issue was that the windows didn't open more than 5 inches, we did ask for the windows to be unlocked and was told it was a no no despite the fact that we are adults we could not have the windows open - why is this? however, the hotel did give us a fan which was great but it does raise an eyebrow that this is something that they offer so do be warned that the rooms are obviously often very hot
we had a twin room and it was ok, a bit small and the deco was a bit all over the place with it's 80's off-set diagonal bits of wood against the traditional wallpaper, curtains and pictures. The bathroom was ok and had a large shower, the taps were a bit stiff and the looroll holder kept on falling down - nothing really to complain about, just annoying when the loo roll goes flying across to the other side of the room. The water in the shower was powerful and hot. There was a fan in the bathroom that was very noisy and stayed on for ages after the light was turned off, this was annoying when trying to get to sleep
Parking was ok, plenty of it but they do charge you £7 per night to park and the machine outside does not work and I was told it had not for ages but there is no note stating this - one thing to note is that they automatically charge you for parking for the duration of your stay, we only parked at the hotel for 2 of the 5 nights and they tried to charge me but I soon put them right on that one - don't know how they are supposed to know how often you have stayed there with your car.
Breakfast was good, typically help yourself continental breakfast with lots of choice and places to sit.
The staff were helpful and friendly
we stayed in this hotel for 5 nights whilst attending the NEC, it was convienient and cheap, we paid £40 per room per night including breakfast, this was ok however, I would not stay in this hotel during the summer again, it was just too hot and it does not say anywhere on it's website that the windows are restricted, it says 'windows open by guests" - not quiet sure what that means but we guests could not open the windows more than 5 inches!! - you may think that this is nothing to worry about but it was so hot in the rooms, you just wanted to kick those windows out so to get some air in the room
there was no room service so if you were there in the evening you had to go to the pub which was next door, which was ok but some times you just want to chill out and order a bit of room service - there are take away options from local pizza etc places - still not the same as just getting a bit of grub in your room
so to sum it up - good value, good breakfast, good location for what I wanted it for, too hot, rooms too small, bathroom fan too noisy, parking expensive so takes away from the cheap deal. I would stay her again but only if it was cheap and not in the summer
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Express Birmingham NEC is a modern hotel located in the grounds of the UK's largest exhibition centre, the National Exhibition Centre, 10 minutes from Birmingham International Airport and Train Station. Our modern rooms feature comfy beds, en-suites with power showers and air-conditioning. The rooms are kitted out with everything you need for a relaxing stay including free Wi-Fi, 32-inch TVs with Freeview and a choice of pillows. Tasty evening meals such as pastas, curries and burgers are served in the Great Room daily and you can grab a pint or glass of wine from the bar after a busy day. Our Express Start breakfast is included for every guest. Help yourself to toast, pastries, cereals, porridge, bacon bap or a helping of scrambled eggs, sausages and baked beans. The hotel has ample parking and is charged at £8 per night for residents. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Birmingham Nec Hotel Birmingham
- Birmingham Holiday Inn