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Conference Aston Hotel
Ranked #64 of 118 Hotels in Birmingham
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

stayed here for one night on a weekend trip to brimingham. location wasn't in the city centre but it wasn't a hassle to get there, even on foot. the room was cosy, and the breakfast was good. great service at the reception. would definitely come back!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

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!
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Room Tip: Go for a double room, they are very much larger than the singles.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

I stayed in a 'classic room' which is the most basic. However, it was enough for my 2 nights business stay. The bed was moderately comfortable, toilet was clean and not as claustrophobic as I expect from such university conference center hotels. The thing I enjoyed the most was the included WiFi access which was pain-free. Staff were very friendly and helpful. I give this 4 stars only for the somewhat battered state of furniture and furnishings.

As a side note, the conference center itself is a great venue. Also, there is an ATM at the students union building about 200 yards to the north of the conference center.

Room Tip: Pick a room close to the stair or lift to avoid long corridor walks.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Easy to reach on foot from mainline stations. Clean, comfortable small double bed, free wi fi, toiletries and a good selection of TV channels. Friendly staff, small bar and comfortable seating area. Lifts are at one side of the building so there 's a trek, but you don't get the volume of traffic passing through.
It is what it is; good quality student accommodation.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

I have just stayed here and was really impressed. My room (327) was lovely and modern. Everything was very clean and the bath / shower was superb for relaxing after a long day at a conference.

The food was reasonably priced and tasted nice.

The hotel had a very central location and everything is easy reached with a 5 min walk.

Would highly recommend if you are on business at the university or are at a conference nearby.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Booked this hotel at 2pm for a stay that night. Was dubious about it but because I was stuck I proceeded with the booking. Well, it was much better than any of the other hotels charging in excess of £100! Lovely new building, comfy beds, friendly reception staff, and it's a 5-10 minute walk from the centre.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Booked this as we were in Birmingham for a friend's party in Jewellery Quarter on a Saturday night. We booked this because it was cheap but the reviews seemed fairly positive.
As others have said it's not clear exactly where this is, but head for the Business Centre and you'll find it. We had a car, and they gave us a permit for the carpark - apparently you can prebook this but I hadn't seen anything about it during the booking process. The car park is about a minute walk from the entrance, but is accessible by road only by driving around the perimeter; however they seemed fine with us unpacking outside the front door despite the No Parking signs.
We were in the older block, which others have said was no so nice, and although the corridor was narrow and a bit like student halls, the room itself, although small, was decent standard (better than you'd expect in a lot of budget hotels), clean and good bed. Bathroom was also of a high standard. We didn't try the breakfast etc but it all looked pretty decent and reasonably priced, although you're close enough to the city centre to have plenty of places to go for breakfast. Staff seemed friendly and welcoming.
Only downsides were some plumbing noises during the night, the extractor fan quite loud and the stated 9.30 checkout time, which seems excessively harsh for a weekend. However, we checked out about 10.15 without a problem, so I'm not sure how strictly they enforce that.
Definitely would go back here if I needed a cheap place to sleep at a weekend; you could spend twice as much and not get much better.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: The Aston Triangle | The Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET, England (Formerly Aston Business School Conference Centre)
Location: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Birmingham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Birmingham
#22 Luxury Hotel in Birmingham
#39 Business Hotel in Birmingham
Price Range: $74 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Conference Aston Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 163
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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