I had the opportunity to stay here for the first time on 1 March 2013. The initial impressions of the hotel were positive. The building is modern and well appointed, with the main public areas - restaurant, bar, reception being of a high quality and welcoming ambience.
The staff were superb throughout the stay, including the reception staff and those in the bar and restaurant, It was great to be able to talk to some of the staff about their journeys - the bar man was from Greece and had worked in Germany before coming to the UK, and one of the waitresses was from Punjab in India, and we were able to share some dialogue about my visit there the previous year.
In terms of accessibility to the airport, it really doesn't get much closer than this - the hotel is across the road from the terminal, and the walking distance is an attraction.
The breakfast is quite pricey at £15.00 for the full English. I suppose that is the price one has to pay for the proximity of the hotel to the airport. There is a good selection of breakfast, including cereals, breads, fruit, cold meat, fish and cheese as well as juices and cereals. It is also possible to nip into the terminal to the nearby Frankie and Benny's or Burger King if you are unhappy with the price.
The Rail Link from the terminal to the train station is also on your doorstep.
The rooms are very comfortable, and have a novel pull out desk as well as mini safe and mini bar (beers and soft drinks are £3.50).
An unusual feature is the fact that the lavatory is in a separate cubicle to the main bathroom, so there is no chance of a person not being able to use the loo if another is using the bathroom,
One of the worries about airport hotels is the risk of aircraft noise. I did not notice any over my stay - all the windows in the hotel are triple glazed.
The one thing that I would campaign for here is free WIFI, rather than the £19.50 broadband package offer they have on for 24 hours, to include unlimited movies.
Car parking can be provided in the nearby multi storey.
- 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