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somewhere to say NEC

I know this question will have been asked 100s of times but we are looking for somewhere to stay

to visit NEC friday and then have a night out in central birmingham friday and to spend the day/ night saturday in birmingham for a nice meal and a few vino . Would like safe on site parking dont mind driving to NEC but a short taxi ,tram or bus in to town any help appriciated

Premier Inns ,holiday Inn normally good standard (ps not a party hotel as in our 40 s

thanks in advance

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1. Re: somewhere to say NEC

The NEC is about 5 miles East of Birmingham City centre.

There is a station right next to the NEC called Birmingham International and from there it is a short 5 minute train ride to New St station in the centre of Birmingham.

So I guess you have two main choices.

1) Stay at a hotel around the NEC and get the train into central Birmingham on Friday evening and on Saturday.

The advantage of this is that most (all?) of the hotels around the NEC have on site parking so you will have no problem parking your car.

The disadvantage is that you will need to get the train back to the NEC late on Friday and Saturday evening.

2) The other choice is to stay in a hotel in central Birmingham and get the train out to the NEC on Friday.

The advantage of this is that you are already in Birmingham for your night out on Friday and for your day / night in Birmingham on Saturday.

This disadvantage of this is that almost none of the hotels in central Birmingham have their own on site parking so you will probably need to park at a nearby car park and pay (though many hotels do have deals with nearby car parks).

If you plan to stay out late Friday and Saturday nights you may find the trains have stopped running (I am not sure what time the last train leaves New St station for the NEC) and a taxi from city centre out to NEC may be a bit pricy, so you may be better staying in a hotel in Birmingham.

So the choice is yours.

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2. Re: somewhere to say NEC

There are about a dozen or more hotels around the NEC site, covering all budgets.

They include:

Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC

Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel

Premier Inn Birmingham NEC Airport

Holiday Inn Express Birmingham NEC

Ramada Encore NEC

Arden Hotel and Leisure club

and a few other smaller hotels / guest houses

There are also hotels nearby that are near the airport but are also good for the NEC (the airport and NEC are next to each other):

IBIS Birmingham Airport

ETAP Birmingham Airport/NEC

Novotel Birmingham Airport

Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport

Travelodge Birmingham Airport

There may be others but these are the main ones I think.

Note that some of the hotels near the airport (IBIS, ETAP, Novotel) don't have their own parking so you will have to pay, but there is a huge car park right beside them..

A search in Google for "Hotels near NEC" will give you loads of web sites.

Like this one (and others)

laterooms.com/en/k16844366_birmingham-nec-ho…

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3. Re: somewhere to say NEC

If you decide to stay in Birmingham then again we have dozens of hotels in the city centre.

In fact there seems to be hotels opening up every couple of weeks in Birmingham city centre and again they cover all budgets, from IBIS, Premier Inn, Travelodge up to 3 and 4 star hotels.

As I said, the biggest problem is parking as few of the city centre hotels will have their own parking and you will have to park (and pay) in a nearby car park, though many do have deals with nearby car parks.

If you are going to get the train OUT to the NEC on Friday from Birmingham then you need a hotel near New St station, but the city centre is pretty small so any city centre hotel is only likely to be a 5 or 10 minute walk to New St station.

There are far too many hotels to list here but off the top of my head you may consider.

Staybridge Suites. Brand new (an old office block has been refurbished) and you get a small "suite" rather than just a room. Never stayed there but if you are here for the weekend it may be better than just a hotel room. No parking I think.

ihg.com/staybridge/…hoteldetail

In fact we have a few of these "Serviced Apartments" in Birmingham now and a search in Google for "Birmingham serviced apartments" lists a few like CityNites, Arc Apartments etc

But we also have a IBIS hotel near New St station.

ibis.com/gb/…index.shtml

Also the Premier Inn Birmingham City Centre (another new hotel in a refurbished office block) and right next to New St station (but no car park)

premierinn.com/en/checkHotel/BIREXC/birmingh…

There is also the Premier Inn Broad St which looks like it may have parking

premierinn.com/en/checkHotel/BIRWHA/birmingh…

There is also the Travelodge BullRing which is near New St station but also near the huge BullRing shopping centre.

travelodge.co.uk/hotels/503/Birmingham-Centr…

Note there are other hotels from these chains (IBIS, Premier Inn, Travelodge) in the city centre, as well as many other hotels and far too many to list here so these are just a selection.

A search in Google for "hotels central Birmingham" will find loads of "hits".

Like this one

laterooms.com/en/k16280256_birmingham-hotels…

Edited: 18 April 2014, 07:35
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4. Re: somewhere to say NEC

Thank you so much for all your info its more than a pointer ,reallly appriciate all the details

think the out of town choice may work best .Wil l have a look sort out over the weekend

thanks again for your expert help and advise . if you get time could you suggest a nice or in your case a few

nice places to eat , although we like cheaper clean accomadation dont mind paying for nice food

as its part of your evening , like chinese italian or good steak ect thanking you in advance

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5. Re: somewhere to say NEC

I thought of one more disadvantage of staying out by the NEC, particularly for the Saturday.

If you are going to spend the day AND evening in Birmingham on the Saturday you may want to go back to the hotel at the end of the day to change for the evening.

This would obviously be a lot easier to do if your hotel was in Birmingham rather than out by the NEC.

So another option would be to stay out by the NEC Friday night, but then move to a city centre hotel for the Saturday night.

It does mean moving hotel, but it does fit better on what you plan to do on Saturday.

Plus you would wake up on Sunday morning in Birmingham, giving you a chance to spend some time in the city on Sunday before heading off home.

To be honest there is not a lot to do around the NEC so unless you are visiting the NEC or the LG Arena or the airport it is not a particularly nice place to stay.

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6. Re: somewhere to say NEC

I gave a fairly long answer here about the best areas to go in Birmingham to find places to eat.

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g186402-i386-k73…

Basically it falls it to 4 main areas: The Arcadian, The Mailbox, Brindley Place and Broad St.

You could also consider the Jewellery Quarter

http://www.jewelleryquarter.net/

Also at the "back" of the BullRing shopping Centre (near the church)

http://www.bullring.co.uk/eating

There are of course other restaurants dotted around the city centre that are not in any of those areas.

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7. Re: somewhere to say NEC

Many thanks again ive got some homework to do , thanks again

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