The Etap at Birmingham Airport does not pretend to be a luxury hotel. On the contrary, it is a budget establishment. The primary advantage is its location, no more than five minutes' walk from the check-in desks at Birmingham Airport.
The rooms are very basic with a double bed, single bunk bed, TV, toilet and shower. WiFi Internet is free of charge, but there are no tea-making facilities or kettles in the rooms - and only one pillow per person. We had no problem with the quality of the bed linen or the mattress in our room. Although other reviewers have complained about the mattresses, I was very happy with the firm support.
This Etap is being re-badged as an Ibis Budget hotel, so painters and decorators were working on the public areas and guest bedrooms. Although our room (No 311) was spotlessly clean, it had been repainted very recently. With hindsight, we should have requested a different room, before we retired for the night. Unfortunately, the air-conditioning unit only worked as a room heater and did not seem to provide separate cooling or ventilation functions. The smell of new paint became increasingly unpleasant through the night and it was not practicable to leave the window open in February. In any case, the noise of passing traffic and the monorail train would have prevented any sleep.
The accommodation at the Etap is remarkably cheap and I paid less than £30 for our room. The cost of the decent buffet breakfast with fruit juices, bread rolls, croissants, pastries, toast, cold ham, packaged cheese portions, yoghurts, tea and coffee was only £4.95 per person.
This hotel would be a good choice for travellers who want nothing more than a clean room, prior to a flight. However, the management must attend to the air-conditioning system, because it is not acceptable to expect guests to sleep in totally unventilated rooms. Furthermore, the hotel should not allocate newly painted rooms, until the smell has dissipated.
These aspects prevented us from sleeping well, so I have downgraded my rating accordingly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis Budget Birmingham Airport (soon ibis budget) is a low-cost hotel located at Birmingham International Airport. Book this hotel for a short walk from the hotel to the Airport, or easy access to the NEC or LG Arena. The hotel has 120 modern guest rooms, each with en-suite shower, air cooling and flat screen TV. Our Fraiche food outlet serves a good value all you can eat breakfast buffet every morning, and snacks and drinks are available 24 hours a day. 100% non-smoking hotel. Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel in guest bedrooms & public areas. Discounted NCP car park available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Etap Birmingham