Good hotel, not quite as pristine as newer build Premier Inns but clean, tidy and easy to find. Staff were excellent - very pleasant and helpful. Room was set up for our family of three with the spare bed already made up for our child to sleep in, which is a nice touch.
The restaurant is attached to the hotel and is a 'two for one' chain type. Not the best restaurant in the world, but if you go there expecting 'posh nosh' in a two for one joint you are going to the wrong place! As a family of three we ate a reasonable meal for a good price and no real issues with the restauarant as the staff were helpful as well.
Breakfast was in the same restaurant and was very good, well up to normal Premier Inn standards.
The main problem with this hotel is the location. It's in Shirley (not Solihull) and appears to be on the main 'high street' of this area of Birmingham (we're not experts in the Birmingham vicinity). In the evening we walked out of the restaurant front door after dinner (around 7pm) to walk to a local supermarket for some supplies and hadn't got more than a few yards when some 'youths' sitting a hundred yards away, (outside the supermarket) spotted us, pointed in our direction and their body language indicated that they were looking for trouble. To avoid any trouble (and to keep my family safe) I therefore got my wife and young daughter to turn around and head back to the hotel followed by myself. Whether this is something after the recent 'troubles' in the UK or an isolated incident, who knows, but the general area which the hotel is located looks quite a run down area and we wouldn't feel comfortable walking around the locality with or without this incident.
So unfortunately this hotel is not recommended for families to stay at due to the location.
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