This was my first stay in a Premier Inn, which was recognized during my friendly and efficient check-in. To be honest, I usually stay in more expensive hotels, simply because I stay away so frequently on business, I prefer a little more than the budget chains can offer.
On a positive note, the whole hotel was clean and tidy, which is essential, irrespective of how much it costs. On that note, I stayed 2 nights, mid-week in November and paid £165 which included breakfast each morning. In my experience, I wouldn't call that cheap, but there you go.
After booking, but before arriving, I was surprised to note that this hotel was number one in the TA rankings, so the reviews did not influence my choice of hotel, it was based purely on location, and there being precious little else near-by. I struggled like mad to find it, so please program your TomTom with care. Mine insisted the place was a health centre a couple of miles away.
WiFi is chargeable, which I find scandalous, shame on you! Bathrooms are very small and as detailed on the website are bereft of bath! It's a good job I didn't want to swing any cats in my bathroom during my stay, as it really wouldn't be possible.
Thin walls meant I could tell when either of my neighbours was putting anything on a hanger, or plugging something in, which is never good, as you can invariably hear other things, that you really don't want to be hearing your anonymous neighbour doing!
Breakfast was also surprisingly good, but again, not especially good value. There were more breakfast pricing options than I was led to believe when booking, which I might have preferred to the full breakfast option. I suppose if I was a regular Premier Inn visitor, I'd have known. Lenny never mentions that in his ad's.
The kettle's electrical safety re-test date had expired, which although is low risk, is poor for a national chain - shame on you!
In summary. I had an OK experience. It was OK, meaning I won't be hurrying back to any PI, but would when location was the primary criteria for my choice of hotel. Generally speaking, (not referring to this location), I think for a few pounds more, you generally get a lot more for your money. Also, I hate paying on arrival, it devalues the whole experience, whether that's in a hotel or a coffee shop, but that's just me.
(No animals were hurt during the writing of this review).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Premier Inn - Birmingham South (Hall Green) is ideally located just off the M42 Junction 4/5, 6 miles from the city centre and 8 miles from the NEC and Birmingham Airport. We have 52 recently refurbished en-suite bedrooms with shower units only. Complimentary tea and coffee making facilities in all rooms. Flat screen TVs with freeview in all rooms. We offer either an "all you can eat" premier breakfast or a continental for the lighter option. We are situated adjacent to a Toby Carvery offering our guests evening meals.The reception is manned 24 hours,so check in after 2pm at your convenience. Directions: From M42, take exit 4 to A34 (towards Shirley) , then pick up A34 (Birmingham). Go straight over 6 roundabouts. At the 7th roundabout, take the 4th exit. The hotel is on the left. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Birmingham South (Hall Green) Hotel Birmingham