My daughter and I booked a twin room on a special offer of £34 per room for 17th November so we could visit the Christmas markets in Birmingham. We started our visit to Birmingham with a visit to Cadbury World on the Sunday afternoon and following our directions easily found the Paragon as it is a very iconic building. We parked the car in a very spacious complimentary under cover car park. 5pm on a Sunday evening and there were about half a dozen cars parked, that seemed a little odd. A 215 bedroom hotel with an empty car park. We checked in and had a very brief look at the ground floor of the hotel. It was quiet, there were a handful of people at the bar, but it seemed lacking atmosphere and music. We went to our room on the second floor, it sort of looked like the one on the website, but a little sadder. Tea, coffee, biscuits, toiletries and free internet were present. We asked at reception for directions to the markets / city centre and although was a good walk was easy to find. Turn right out of hotel, turn left at the church and walk down Bradford st. It was 1.3 miles on 'map my walk' to the Bullring and took us 20 minutes. Although the Paragon is advertised as located in the vibrant Irish Quarter I think the vibrancy has disappeared, the walk into town is mostly grim, blocks of flats, homeless shelter and an area in need of re-generation. We enjoyed 3 hours shopping, a little dancing and drinking gluhwein in the markets followed by a lovely meal at Chaophraya thai restaurant. We walked our meal off back to the Paragon. We didn't want a drink in the bar as we were tired, but did buy some water from the little shop in reception. That night we watched our flat screen Tv, had a brew and a very good nights sleep. The next morning we had an issue with the electrics and shower. Fuse went on the GHD's which blew all the sockets. Within minutes the maintenance guy got a fuse and sorted the socket. However afterwards I had a problem with the shower and couldn't switch it off. Having got home and checked out Trip Advisor these problems are common. We had paid for breakfast and we had a very substantial breakfast for 6.95 each. There was a Tea / coffee machine, real toasters (hurrah) . There was some fruit, cereal, cheese, ham and tomatoes and cooked breakfast was cooked and plated by order. We are veggie, and we had veggie sausages, usual breakfast trimmings and eggs cooked to perfection. I had fried and daughter had poached eggs and really enjoyed them. She commented it was probably the best breakfast she'd had. We checked out, but strangely the receptionist didn't ask if we'd enjoyed our stay, there was no feedback form, I actually felt that the staff were ashamed to ask. We walked back into town on the Monday to do our Christmas shopping and visit the museum. We didn't need lunch at as we were still full from breakfast. We walked back up to the Paragon car park by 3.30 -4pm and went to the (sit down) chippy about 50yrds away and had tea, a Jamaican veggie pasty and shared some chips. We enjoyed our weekend, our room was ok for the price. We would stay again at £34 but work needs to be done on the atmosphere, building, electrics, windows, bathrooms. It is a shame that the management do not respond to comments on Trip Advisor as clients actually want to give constructive advice.
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