We stayed at the Novotel Birmingham Airport for one night prior to an early morning flight. Last time we flew from Birmingham we stayed at the Etap for the grand total of £18 but we decided to treat ourselves to a bit more luxury this time and paid approx £83 (which was a 10% discount) through Superbreak for room only at the Novotel. The hotel’s own price for that night was approx £120.
On arrival the receptionist couldn’t find a record of our booking and suggested that perhaps we were at the wrong hotel, asking whether we had in fact booked the Ibis next door. (In all our travels we’ve never turned up at the wrong hotel, but with the Novotel, Ibis and Etap all being in such close proximity, perhaps this is a regular occurrence.) Once we produced our copy of the booking paperwork we were quickly checked in.
The room was small (only about 50% bigger than the Etap room) but adequate. It had a double bed and a sofa, a desk and chair, TV attached to a shallow fixture against the wall that had no discernible purpose, and a small bench-like thing possibly designed to set your luggage on. There was a full door in the bedroom which, together with the main entrance door, created a little corridor. On one side of the corridor was the bathroom, with sink and bath/shower, and a separate toilet (a bit claustrophobic). On the other side was a fitted unit with a wardrobe and various shelves and cubby holes, containing a safe and tea-making kit. We couldn’t work out the purpose of the extra door, all it seemed to do was take up space.
The hotel does have a restaurant and bar but we didn’t visit either so can’t comment on them. There were no ice machines which was inconvenient – unfortunately UK hotels tend not to provide them, although our experience has been that generally airport hotels do.
There were some noisy people in the corridor on and off throughout the evening. Not creating enough noise to warrant complaining to the hotel but just people being inconsiderate of others as they went to and from their rooms.
Overall we had a comfortable stay prior to our early morning flight. The Novotel was considerably more comfortable than the Etap but the price difference is way out of proportion; it certainly wasn’t worth 4.5 times the price of the Etap, let alone the 6.5 times that the hotel was charging. The 3 hotels – Novotel, Ibis and Etap – are all owned by the same company and are in the same block so are all within walking distance of the airport terminal. The restaurant and bar facilities are open to all-comers so the price difference is simply down to the different standards in the rooms. We preferred the Novotel but we’re not sure that we could justify such a price difference another time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Birmingham Airport is located at Birmingham International Airport, opposite Terminal 1, 20 minutes drive from the centre of Birmingham. Adjacent to the NEC and offering modern meeting rooms, this hotel is ideal for a business trip. A free SkyRail service every 90 seconds links the hotel with Birmingham International railway station and the NEC. Elements restaurant and bar with 24 hour room service. Fitness and excercise room. NCP multi storey car parks adjacent to hotel (fees apply). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Birmingham Airport Hotel Birmingham
- Accor Birmingham Airport
- Hotel Birmingham Airport
- Birmingham Novotel