I am writing this review as I sit at the top of “Radisson Towers” looking down onto the beautifully vibrant and considerably rebuilt city of Birmingham…..the one in the West Midlands. The Radisson is very well placed for the shops and theatres as well as the famous night life including the recently refurbished Hippodrome Theatre.
The service at this hotel is faultless with knowledgeable reception staff and a well meant greeting from all of the staff. Unfortunately, there is no hotel car park and the nearest NCP is a bit of a trek away which should not be problematic if you are arriving by train (or air).
The rooms are modern and spacious with large beds, soft duvets and fluffy pillows. Cupboards abound and I am not sure I have properly explored all of those different doors in my room yet. The bathrooms are well proportioned and complimentary accessories are of a very good quality. The room even has FREE internet access which, to me at least, is a real positive as my bills are all too often run up with these additional extras.
The only thing that lets the place down is the enthusiastic housekeeping and the food in the restaurant. First of all, the corridor outside my room this morning was like a war zone and I had to spend my time carefully manoeuvring my way around housekeeping carts, hoovers, black bags and towel bins as well as the numerous copies of the Birmingham Post which were littering the corridor.
The evening meal and the breakfast were also minor disappointments in spite of the excellent and very attentive service. Don’t get me wrong, the soup was delicious and the many different varieties of breads on offer certainly filled me up. However, the pizza was very salty and so was the breakfast in the morning….are the staff at the Radisson intent on drowning their food in salt which I thought was supposed to be bad for me!!
Enough said and I do recommend the place for its comfort, service and attentive staff but beware the food ….I suppose there are plenty of other places to eat when staying over in Birmingham?
- 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. The 211 contemporary rooms and suites showcase modern accents and furnishings and provide amenities such as Free high-speed, wireless Internet. Experience the unique twist on the classic British Brasserie in on-site Collage restaurant. From sumptuous steaks and smoked haddock kedgeree to a classic British cheeseboard, enter the world of Collage where the theatre of service and unforgettable dishes are the order of the day. Enjoy a cocktail or beer at our Lobby bar or the Collage bar. 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