We were able to check in at 10:30am when we arrived in Birmingham, which was fantastic, the interior lobby/bar as you walk in is beautiful, and the lifts were extremely quick and efficient - not a huge thing I know, but for first impressions, this hotel is excellent. A sign of a good hotel is when all staff greet you, this was certainly apparent throughout our stay.
Room-wise, as we hadn't stayed with Radisson before, the lady on the desk put us on the 15th floor, so the floor to ceiling windows as we entered the room were stunning with a view over Birmingham. There are some nice touches, such as an ice machine on each floor, a heated mirror in the bathroom and speaker so you can listen to the radio/etc in the bath. We used the sauna after a hard day's shopping, which was very nice, but there wasn't a pool/steam room etc to go with it!
Breakfast was very good, self-service on the hot food, which was fine, but some items weren't piping hot - very nice none-the-less. Sunday morning breakfast runs until 1pm and with a 12pm check-out time, it makes for a nice lie-in which you very often don't get unless you're staying for more than one night.
Location - being very near the centre and a 10 minute walk from Broad Street, 5 minutes from the Mailbox, this is in an excellent position.
The only slight disappointment, losing it a 5 out of 5 rating, would be the inevitable noise from the road, even 15 floors up - it isn't bad, but taxis' horns at 3am were quite noticeable. There is no window to open for ventilation, only AC - but these are only minor niggles. All in all, a very nice central hotel. Having stayed in the Holiday Inn City Centre, the Birmingham Ramada, and the MacDonald Burlington, this definitely ranked joint top out of the four.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Radisson Blu Hotel in Birmingham soars above the cityscape in an impressive 39-storey structure near the business district, convention centre and shopping complexes. The large 170,000 square foot John Lewis and the new grand central station on New Street are just a 3-minute walk from the hotel. The hotel also has NCP parking facilities directly behind on St. Jude's Passage. Designed by Matteo Thun, the 211 contemporary rooms and suites showcase modern accents and furnishings and provide amenities such as Free high-speed, wireless Internet. The on-site dining option for guests is the award-winning Filini Italian restaurant. To sip a cocktail or enjoy a beer, step into one of the 2 hotel bars, and keep fit in the 18th-floor fitness centre, where skyline city views enhance your workout experience. The hotel's flexible meeting facilities surround up to 130 attendees with generous meeting spaces and equipment ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Birmingham Hotel Birmingham
- Radisson Birmingham
- Birmingham Radisson
- Radisson Sas Birmingham