I stayed here about 4 years ago with family, but returned recently for a short business trip whilst attending a conference at the nearby NEC.
The hotel hasn't changed much in the interim, offering a reasonable level of service and room quality for the price.
Parking is plentiful and free, and a 15 minute walk takes you via the NEC train station directly into the back end of the conference facilities.
The hotel decor is looking very worn and badly needs replacing. The room heating/cooling system was a little temperamental (totally analogue controls) but adequate once I got it set just so. There was a little external noise in the room; surprisingly this mostly consisted of train noise rather than from the nearby airport, but nothing too excessive really.
Breakfast was busy but reasonably well serviced. I didn't try the bar or restaurant for dinner for comment. There is a pool/health club, although again I didn't see it on this visit.
Conclusion: It's not my first choice when going to the NEC, but the Arden Hotel is an adequate second.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Arden Hotel & Leisure Club is ideally located adjacent to Birmingham Airport and NEC, just a 15 minute walk to the Genting Arena and Resorts World Birmingham. Our 3* AA rated hotel boasts 216 Bedrooms, 12 Meeting & Event Rooms, and a full health club with indoor pool onsite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arden Hotel And Leisure
- Arden Hotel & Leisure Club Bickenhill, Solihull