Just returned from an enjoyable three night stay at the Hampton. On arrival, head straight for the lift, as reception is on the third floor. For security purposes, you need to swipe your room key in the lift to go to the floors above the third floor; the lift on the far right hand side is a service lift, so it won't work even if you swipe your card.
The hotel was an office block until its renovation about six months ago, so its interior is still modern and new. There is free wifi access (no access codes needed) throughout the hotel, and if you turn right at the reception desk, there are three computer terminals with free Internet access and a printer at the end of the room- very handy for checking in for flights and printing out boarding cards. There was a computer glitch when I was there, but reception staff were very helpful and printed out what I needed. There is a gym on the 4th floor. The seating area to the left of reception had a good atmosphere.
The bedroom was spacious and clean, with a sofa bed, flat screen tv, tea and coffee making facilities, and a lap tray which also held the remote control for the tv. Bed very comfortable. The hair dryer was in a bag in the wardrobe, next to the iron and ironing board. The bathroom was well designed with a large walk-in shower. There were dispensers containing shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, as well as hand soap and moisturiser at the sink.
There was a good choice of hot and cold food for breakfast- I could imagine there being a fight for seats if the hotel was full, but hotel was quiet when I was there. No noise at all heard on the tenth floor (I wasn't there on a Saturday night, so can't comment on possible noise from nearby clubs). The windows don't open (there is a roller blind on them too) but there is air con in the room.
The stay was excellent value for money.
Things near to the hotel- a cinema and some good restaurants about two minutes walk to the left of the front door, a small Sainsburys with a cash point across the road to the right. Just under ten mins walk to the Symphony Hall/ICC (still on Broad Street). Lots of restaurants/clubs on Broad Street and the area around it. The hotel doesn't have a car park at present, but I believe they are planning to renovate one right next door.
I'd definitely stay here again and would recommend staying at this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the heart of the UK's second city center, with onsite car parking, ideal for shop and drop. Our convenient Birmingham hotel is just a short walk from the International Convention Centre and the National Indoor Arena. We are close to the many tourist attractions including the Jewelry Quarter and Museum, Cadbury World, Millennium Point, Botanical Gardens and Sealife Centre. ... more less
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