Stayed here for a conference at the Think Tank. Interestingly this was not one recommended by the Think Tank even though its just across the road and also part of the University. Its quite hard to find by car, in fact a bit of a nightmare. Once I found the car-park (more on this later) it’s a little walk to the hotel which has almost zero sign posts. You walk through the university so it’s all pedestrian paving. It was dark and raining and after fruitlessly searching for about 10 minutes I gave up and asked a few students, none of whom knew where it was. A friendly lecturer however did know and pointed me to the business school. This is actually also the hotel lobby, but there is no way of knowing from outside and there are no signs at all. I wasn’t alone in getting lost, most of the 26 other people at the conference had the same experience.
My room, 539, was large and very nicely furnished. The bathroom was large and very clean. The room has nice built in furniture with a very convenient cupboard with iron etc, and a nice work desk with plenty of power sockets and a comfortable chair. WiFi is free and fast, as you would expect at a University. The bed was excellent, with plenty of pillows and all the switches to turn of the room lights from your bed. I did hear from some of the other guests that the single rooms are quite small, I paid only £60 per night for my double room.
The downstairs bar and adjoining meeting rooms are spacious and comfortable. The beer was cheap and there are nice areas in front of an open fire to meet and chat with your friends. I had breakfast at the restaurant near the bar, an excellent full English with plenty of choice, including a chef who will cook eggs to your liking. The coffee was plentiful and brought to your table in a nice thermo flask.
The parking building is part of the University. You must park in one of the spots labeled as part of the hotel and even then you must return quick as a flash with your parking voucher (£1 overnight and £4 per day). The parking Nazis got me in the 15 minutes I spent hunting for the hotel and slapped a £100 fine on my windscreen. I am still fighting to get it overturned. Not a pleasant experience.
So apart from the parking, recommended. Wonder why the Think Tank does not provide this as one of its recommended hotels (which by the way were all in the £130/night and above range). Maybe it's because no one can find it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A stylish city centre hotel, based on the Aston University campus in Birmingham. Located within the Aston Business School building, the hotel offers 163 four star standard bedrooms, a mix of single, double, twin rooms and suites, all ensuite with free WiFi, LED televisions and all of the comforts you would need when you're away from home. The hotel is perfectly situated for Birmingham and Midland attractions with the city centre within walking distance and other Midland regions close by. The hotel is approximately 20 minutes' walk from New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill train stations, 9 miles from Birmingham Airport and less than a mile from Junction 6 of the M6. Pay and display parking is available onsite. As part of Birmingham's largest residential conference centre, the hotel is ideal for business travellers. Hotel guests also have free use of the adjacent Woodcock Sports Centre, housing Birmingham's oldest swimming pool within a stunningly restored Victorian sports centre. An extensive gymnasium, squash courts and fitness studios are also available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aston Business School Conference Centre Hotel Birmingham
- Aston Birmingham
- Birmingham Aston