Quite why my wife and I ended up in Birmingham is a long story however the Menzies Hotel was to be our destination. Thanks to previous contributors we easily found the hotel due to its strange architecture. It really is a weird shaped building for a hotel.
Once inside however we found a bright modern establishment. The ground floor comprises reception/lounge/dining areas. Check in was quick and efficient and carried out by a pleasant young man. First negative however - a supposed four star hotel but no offer was made to assist with luggage to the room. Our allocated room was situated in the inner circle and again as previously described is wedge shaped. The room was immaculate, well fitted, however! It was compact. My wife and I found difficulty in navigating around each other and I eventually ended up just crawling across the bed at times. The space between the foot of the bed and the wall was only about two feet and you had to be careful not to bang your head on the projecting wall television when passing. The only very small window looked into the inner circle but all that could be seen was other windows and concrete. It could be quite claustrophobic. The bathroom was not too bad a size taking the room into consideration and once more was spotless and well fitted.
I tried to nosey into rooms situated on the outer circle but was unsuccessful. Surely they must be larger in size and therefore well worth requesting. At least they have outer facing windows.
We dined in the hotel restaurant on both evenings and have no complaints whatsoever about the rather good food offered. On night one I was surprised to see omelette on the menu which I ordered out of curiosity and was not disappointed. A very unique and enjoyable take on this dish. Breakfast was also very good, buffet of course, but compared to a lot of hotels all the available dishes were warm and regularly refreshed.
The hotel situation may be slightly outside the city centre however accessing the same is very easy due to the very frequent bus services into town. The bus stop is immediately outside the front door of the hotel.
In conclusion a two day stopover was more than enough in such a compact room I could not have stayed any longer. An outside room may be more accommodating but I did not have the opportunity to check perhaps another traveller could comment. It is for this reason I cannot give the hotel any more than three stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan is centrally located and easy to get to. The hotel is close to Birmingham city centre and offers plenty of free parking on site. Free, superfast WiFi is also available throughout the hotel available to all guests. Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan has 135 bedrooms including 17 bedrooms refurbished in 2017 and 53 new City Double bedrooms created in 2016. The hotel also has lots of great facilities including a Hallmark Grill, bar and lounge, a small gym for hotel guests, 7 air-conditioned meeting rooms for up to 170 delegates. BT Sport is now available in the bar/lounge area playing top sporting action. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Menzies Strathallan, Birmingham Hotel Birmingham
- Menzies Strathallan Hotel Birmingham