As a business person that travels a lot, 2 or 3 nights away per week, i am always looking for new places to stay.
I decided to stay at the Crown Plaza, Birmingham, as it was close to my planned meetings the next day.
Having arrived in my room to hear the sound of the air conditioning running at what sounded like 100%, i went to turn it off. It was then when I saw the fugi growing nicely in the a/c unit. See picture below.
Needless to say i turned if off and not to be used again durning my stay!!
In general terms the rooms are basic with tired furniture. The in-room Wifi (which you get free as a 'gold elite' customer) is very poor. limited access which struggles to stay connected for more than 5 minutes at a time.
With a full day of meetings ahead, i asked if I could get access into the 'Club Lounge' to clear some emails (I thought my 100 room night a year at IHG hotels and Gold Elite status, might allow me 30 minutes access), although i was told no, I hadn't booked the right room type!! i wondered if these rooms would be any better than the room I stayed in.
Sorry to say Crown Plaza, you're not going to be on my list the next time I look to book a room in Birmingham.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crowne Plaza Birmingham City is a 4 star deluxe property, conveniently located in the heart of Birmingham City Centre. Birmingham New Street Station, The ICC, NIA and new shopping developments are just a short walk away. Events coming soon-Cirque Du Soleil and Dancing on Ice. The hotel has 312 spacious bedrooms with a variety of amenities including en suite facilities, air conditioning, in room dining, satellite TV and refreshment making facilities as standard.A range of flexible food and beverage options are available to guests in our vibrant, contemporary B1 Bar and Restaurant and 24 hour room service, all of which offer creative menus with healthy options to suit all tastes. Overall, the Crowne Plaza Birmingham City offers great quality accommodation and facilities with service to match - we guarantee an enjoyable experience to all our guests! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre Hotel Birmingham
- Birmingham Crowne Plaza