The website claims that the hotel rooms have the 'Use of specialist sound insulation and noise reduction materials' - rubbish. Probably the worst hotel I've ever stayed in for noise levels. A vending machine just outside my door made my sleep virtually impossible. I'm writing this now at 0515 in the morning as I listen to the sound of crisps being crunched outside the room. That's right, a room so sound proof you can hear crisps being eaten. Not to mention the sound of coins dropping into the machine, coins being rejected, coins being spit out for change and disturbing clunk as the chosen product it grabbed from the bottom.
From your 'sound insulated room' listen to the smokers at the front of the hotel scream and laugh at 0230.
After complaining the member of staff on reception (no phone in the room btw, use your own phone at your expense) I was met with arguement as if it was my fault for choosing to stay in such a room. Staff have a serious attitude problem.
Light streams in through the window with around the side of the blind. Wheb you can't sleep, keep yourself entertained by the sound of water (and probably much worse) running through the pipes.
The hotel is poorly located with a good 15 min walk to the main restaurant/bar area.
Overall a great conceptual idea that falls from poor execution. There's a Travelodge around the corner, stay there. Stay here and regret it. I do.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bloc hotel is located in Birminghams Jewellery Quarter. The village atmosphere created by its cafes-bars and restaurants is complemented by the business-shopping-arts and sports facilities that are also on its doorstep. We have taken loose inspiration from Japanese pod style hotels which means much larger rooms more akin to a cabin on a luxury yacht with finishes and fittings to match. The rooms are equipped with a King Size Double Bed-luxurious linen-climate control-wet room with monsoon drench shower-Samsung 32inch led flat screen TV and high speed WIFI. Birmingham is of course a centrally located travel hub and for many of our visitors that will be the most important factor in just how quickly and conveniently they can access the motorway network-national rail and international flights. ... more less
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