Firstly, let's understand this is a typical modern conference centre/airport hotel on the site of the National Exhibition Centre. It does most things quite well, and despite the odd hiccup on this, our fourth visit, we would stay there again either for airport stays, or visiting family in and around Birmingham.
It's usually quiet at weekends and holiday periods, and this is when travellers like us can get best value. Some building works were in progress this time, and it did impact to a degree, but the place was almost empty. Disappointingly, there was no hot breakfast buffet when we arrived an hour before they were supposed to finish serving on the Sunday. I accept with a handful of guests this is an overhead they could do without, but at £18 odd for breakfast it should be available.
Otherwise, reception, room and bar staff and pleasant and efficient. Rooms OK, and hotel facilities available for those who want them. However wi-fi is not available in rooms, and a ridiculous overcharge for broadband in this day and age is unaccepteble.
Car parking is confusing, as it appears on entry that you will be charged. However, the guide in the rooms clearly explains that parking is free for hotel guests and we were not charged during our 2 night stay.
Yes, they can do better, but at a bargain price this is an excellent place to stay. Whether I would pay the advertised rate is debatable, but weekend rates are good. Overall quite a good place to stay, and maybe one of the best in its class and area.
- 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:
- Crowne Plaza Birmingham
- Birmingham Crowne Plaza