Sleepover after the One Direction Concert @ LG Arena on Sat 23rd March 2013, with my teenage daughter and sister-in-law.
Snow, snow, snow everywhere!
I was very grateful that the Crowne Plaza offer a free shuttle service from the Railway station to the hotel - the footpaths between the NEC-LG Arena-lakeside path to the hotel were covered in snow and ice, and did not appear to have had any grit/salt laid.
Special thanks to "newbie" member of staff Tyronne who was very helpful in transporting us safely to the hotel, and then expediting a delay in booking in as the room was not quite ready. Tyronne was also the member of staff who took my daugher and I back to the Railway station 1 hour later to meet my sister-in-law prior to the concert.
The room was satisfactory, although I did have to ask for two cups and pillows for the sofa-bed that was made up in the room. I was also informed that the fridge in the room was switched off, as they are going to be removed...
Glad to see that Crowne Plaza still offer complementary toiletries - these finishing touches make the visit more pleasant.
The only concern that I had was walking back to the hotel after the concert via the Lakeside path past the site for the casino that is being built. The path on the hotel grounds had not been cleared or gritted.
Breakfast in the morning was superb and great value for money - service very attentive, and the tables well laid out.
Also complementary taxi back to the Rail station - very appreciated!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of England the Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC offers a unique contemporary style and simple elegance on the doorstep of the NEC and within close proximity of Birmingham International Airport. Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC offers a luxurious accommodation featuring air-conditioning, high speed Internet access (subject to an additional charge) and TV with movies on demand. A fashionable bar and Pendigo's Restaurant is also available for all residents and non-residents. With 11 custom-designed meeting and banqueting suites, Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC has the flexibility to host events of many shapes and sizes. Set in landscaped grounds overlooking Pendigo Lake, Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC is only 5 minutes walk from the National Exhibition Centre and NEC Arena, 5 minutes drive from Birmingham International Airport and International Train Station, 10 miles from Birmingham City Centre and within easy reach of major UK motorways (M5, M6, M40 and M42).WI-FI Internet Access is available in all meeting rooms, bar and the restaurant. We also have very reasonable Park and Fly packages packages available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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