Comfortable night, exceptionally pleasant and efficient check-in etc, enthusiastic and efficient staff (those two adjectives don't usually go together). The room is pretty much Ibis standard, shower (no bath), pole on wall (no wardrobe) but it had everything I needed. Free wi-fi (you pay for high speed streaming, but ordinary surfing is free); good sized telly. Loud music in bar so I didn't eat evening meal in the hotel, but the buffet breakfast was better organised than many "superior" hotels, although they haven't got a plate warmer.
Location is an issue; it's just the "wrong" side of Holloway Circus so easy walking distance to the centre, but this involves the underpasses so late night walking could be scary. I wasn't clear how to get my car into the garage so I parked it on the street while I checked in; the side street is pretty desperate and I didn't really expect to find my wheels still on the car when I retrieved it.?
Soundproofing from street noise was fine but there is some noise from adjacent rooms, and they use laminate flooring that creaks as you walk on it.
None of the negatives really impaired my stay and I was happy with the value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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