We were so relieved that we got this room for £19 on the Friday and for free using a Great Night Giveaway voucher on the Saturday - we would have been mortified to pay the online price of £94 for the Saturday night. This is the most tired and run-down Premier Inn that we have stayed in - the room had a mouldy/musty odour that persisted for the entire weekend, the TV and decor was circa 1982, the wooden room door (that was rotten and falling away at the bottom) had an old-fasioned key and did not feel as secure as modern hotel doors and the bathroom was in need of some serious TLC. Worst of all the 'king-size' bed was actually just 2 single beds stuck together with a huge gap in the centre making lying together impossible. The bed was also extremely hard and uncomfortable to the point that my partner came away with a bad back. To make matters worse, we were both kept awake on the Saturday night until around 4am with noise from the room above - it was like trying to sleep below a herd of elephants.
I am guessing that this hotel has also experienced trouble on nights over the weekend in the past as to get back in at midnight we had to show our key and give our names to a woman standing in the locked entrance holding a clipboard - showing the key was not sufficient even though we are 2 respectable adults (definitely not kids looking for trouble), we were clearly completely sober (arriving in a car) and this is probably the only Premier Inn (possibly hotel) in the country that still uses traditional keys instead of swipe cards so where else would we have a key on a Premier Inn keyring from (!) - whilst it is good that the staff are preventing trouble in this way it is not common practice in hotels and suggests that disturbances are a regular occurrence here.
The only saving grace for this hotel that stopped it from receiving a 1-star rating was the staff at reception who were generally friendly and the fact that we booked the rooms using offers so did not pay a large amount. There are plenty of budget hotels in the Birmingham/Sutton Coldfield area that charge less than the outrageous weekend rates here but provide far superior facilities such as clean modern decor, secure bedroom doors, regular double beds and flatscreen televisions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There's so much on your doorstep at Sutton Coldfield. The bright lights, sights and shops of Birmingham are just a quick train ride away. While closer to home there are a number of renowned golf courses, as well as the beautiful Sutton Park National Nature Reserve. Conquer your fears on Stormforce 10 at Drayton Manor. Or indulge in retail therapy at big name stores in Birmingham. Watch some famous names tee off at the Belfry, then come back for tea and pampering yourself in our spacious rooms and extra comfy beds. Directions: Approx. 7 miles from M42(J9). Follow A446 towards Lichfield, then A453 to Sutton Coldfield. Turn left into Whitehouse Common Road, the hotel is on the left. 1/2 mile from Good Hope Hospital. Next to the White Horse. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Birmingham North (Sutton Coldfield) Hotel Sutton Coldfield
- Premier Inn Sutton Coldfield