Stayed here for a couple of nights, the hotel is really well located for the centre of town and Bullring in one direction and the Mailbox centre (loads of restaurants and shops by the canal) in the other. Parking was reasonable at £12 per night although there's a small car park further along a slightly dodgy looking back road that's £8.
The hotel is modern and clean, the rooms are a bit small but standard for a city centre hotel, but the bar and restaurant are both nicely decorated, and there's an outside balcony where you can sit in small groups taking in the sun, if not the view... We expected some noise in the rooms as they're directly above this balcony and the lively bar is open 24/7 but it was surprisingly quiet. We never ate in the hotel but the menu was decent and well priced.
The staff were exceptionally good, everyone we spoke to was friendly and enthusiastic , particularly Vickie the reception manager who sorted out a few issues we had when we first arrived, and the Scottish barman whose name I never caught (sorry!) who was brilliant.
I'd definitely stay here again, and recommend it to anyone looking for a decent short stay in Birmingham.
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- We're less than a mile from the city centre, but a million miles away from the usual. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the pentahotel Birmingham. Just the tonic for the weary traveller, or the visitor who's rearing to go. Perfectly positioned to jump-start your visit to England's Second City. In fact pentahotel is much like Birmingham itself: relaxed, confident in its unique personality and right in the middle of it all! ... more less
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