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Novotel Birmingham Centre
Ranked #39 of 117 Hotels in Birmingham
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Good location in city centre”
Reviewed 30 November 2011

Hotel easy to get to by car and very convenient for Christmas Market, shops and entertainment. Breakfast very good - large choice and good quality. Nearby nightclubs can be noisy but ok with window closed (rooms air conditioned)

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NovotelBirminghamGM, General Manager at Novotel Birmingham Centre, responded to this review, 1 December 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Novotel Birmingham Centre and look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Great to hear that the recent improvements to our windows is making a real difference to the comfort of our guests! Kind regards,
Richard Marsh, General Manager.
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

Hotel in an excellent location especially for a first time visitor to Birmingham. Dinner Menu, very good as was the breakfast. Would definately stay again. Only criticism was lack of an elevator from the car park to the reception.

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NovotelBirminghamGM, General Manager at Novotel Birmingham Centre, responded to this review, 1 December 2011
Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Novotel Birmingham Centre. Our recently refurbished public areas and new menu, appear to be very popular with our guests! We look forward to your next visit. Kind regards, Richard Marsh, General Manager.
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

Very easy check-in. Quick and with a genuine smile (Eleanor I think). Secure access to upper floors. Room tidy and clean. Rather smaller than expected at this type of hotel, but adequate if not intending to spend too much time in room. I would generally find the budget hotels' rooms too be bigger.

Room was at front of hotel, overlooking Broad Street. Being a Saturday night, it was absolutely raucous out there. However, once the second (inner) window was closed, it was like being in another world - not a sound gets in. Clever indeed !

On waking up, I felt a 3-star rating was deserved, but had not yet sampled breakfast.

The breakfast area looked to be too small for the numbers involved, but no-one had to wait or queue at any time on the busy Sunday morning. Waitress service with tea/coffee was prompt. Good selection from the cold buffet. The highlight was the hot buffet. Other hotels could learn a thing or two about how to manage cooked breakfasts. I usually find that "the bacon will be few minutes", or the fried bread is rock solid, or the eggs are rubbery from being under the hot-lights, or "the eggs will be a few minutes". None of that palaver here. All items were fresh, plentiful, and hot. Everything that should be available was available. Regular appearance of chef - he clearly cares about his product. And people looked as though they were enjoying themselves !!

3-star Accommodation. 5-star Breakfast.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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NovotelBirminghamGM, General Manager at Novotel Birmingham Centre, responded to this review, 1 December 2011
Glad you had a good time at Novotel Birmingham Centre! Realy good to hear that the window improvements we have made are making a difference! The breakfast team will be delighted to read your comments, they work hard at what they do! Hope to see you again.
Kind regards, Richard Marsh, General Manager.
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

Stayed 1 night on business Nov 2011. Good hotel, friendly helpful staff, and good location (plenty of bars restaurants nearby). TIP - car park entrance is down ramp next to hotel entrance at front of hotel; map implies it is at rear of hotel.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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NovotelBirminghamGM, General Manager at Novotel Birmingham Centre, responded to this review, 1 December 2011
Thank you for your kind comments and compliments. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Novotel Birmingham Centre and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards, Richard Marsh, General Manager.
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

Stayed the Saturday here for a performance at the National Indoor Arena (NIA). Got a weekend deal on the main Novotel website. Location wise it's very close to the NIA, ICC, Brindleyplace Canalside, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Lots of eateries and drinkeries around so no chance of malnutrition. The German market is also very close (open in Nov and Dec) - it's enormous but worth a trip. As for the hotel itself:

Good: underground secure car park, great staff, very modern public areas, secure lift / stairs accessible by guests and staff only, very generous quality breakfast (didn't get to use the bar), good rooms (temperature, bathroom, bed all fine)

The not so good: being a city centre hotel, there is a charge for the parking. Shame it wasn't either free or discounted to patrons. That said, £12 isn't bad for a day's parking in the middle of one of England's largest cities. Very small quibble on the loo being separate from the rest of the bathroom in our room - one could call this quaint or old fashioned. It was Saturday and there was a some noise from the busy area - not really the hotel's fault as there seems to be substantial sound proofing installed already - if you're a light sleeper bring some ear plugs (I'm a heavy sleeper so didn't bother me once my eyelids were shut). Also, if you can't live without Wi Fi, it's not free.

Would I return / recommend this establishment? Absolutely, particularly if you've managed to secure a deal or on business.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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NovotelBirminghamGM, General Manager at Novotel Birmingham Centre, responded to this review, 1 December 2011
Thank you for posting your thoughts on here, we really value your feedback, as I am sure other potential guests reading this, will too. We will always try to accommodate guests needs, particularly in respect of room position, however the recent improvements to our windows has made quite a difference. We look forward to welcoming you back at Novotel Birmingham Centre very soon. Kind regards, Richard Marsh, General Manager.
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

The room was paid for by work, so I can't comment on the price of this mid-week business trip which included evening meal, overnight stay, breakfast, lunch and all day meeting.
The hotel is easy to find on Broad Street, although I was a bit confused at the entrance; yes you do take the small road in front of the hotel to gain access to the car park. Signage might help.
The bar and restaurant were pleasant, tastefully decorated and nicely laid out. We started late for dinner (8.30pm) which may explain why staff were keen to clear one of our party's plates before she had finished her pate starter.
I had the rocket salad with shiitake mushrooms which was a good choice. For main, I went for the risotto which was disappointingly bland, and I regretted not going for the hake which looked much more appetising. Dessert made up for it though, a delicious pinapple ring cooked in black pepper, served with cinammon ice cream. I guess I've led a sheltered life, but not tried this before and I would love to try making it myself now.
The room was clean, light and well laid out with plenty of storage and a good sized double bed. There was some noise from the revellers on Broad Street, but closing the substantial curtains muffled them enough so that they didn't stop me from sleeping.
Breakfast the next day was as you would expect from a quality restaurant with a full English, cereal, fresh fruit etc.
The meeting rooms were well presented with all the equipment we required. Breaks were well serviced with tea, coffee, juice, water and small snacks.
Lunch seemed to come too quickly, so I opted for salad, although colleagues found the hot choices offered enough variety.
Car parking cost £13 for 24 hours which was okay for inner City parking.
All in all (aside from the risotto), I would recommend this as a good location in central England for business events.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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NovotelBirminghamGM, General Manager at Novotel Birmingham Centre, responded to this review, 1 December 2011
Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Novotel Birmingham Centre. It is great to see our conference delegates taking the time to post a review. Be assured that I will review the flavouring of the risotto with our chef. We look forward to your next visit. Kind regards, Richard Marsh, General Manager.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

WOW! we stayed here after a horrible night at travelodge. The check-in man was really friendly and happy which really reasured us about the hotel. The apprence of the hotel is good on the outside however on the inside it gets much better! It was the most amazing hotel i have stayed in! I had my own room which was really nice. I had a brilliant nights sleep, the bed was amazingly great!

The bath room and the hotel room was clean "you could eat your dinner off the floor" the room included a mini-bar which included pringles, mars bars, compementry cold milk and alcohol. I did not use the mini-bar but some customers might. The room had a coffee machine in it!. It was a moden and stylish room and i would recomend it to everyone.

brilliant! i had never been inside this hotel before i only go past it on my way to work, but it is great!

WELL RECOMENDED!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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NovotelBirminghamGM, General Manager at Novotel Birmingham Centre, responded to this review, 1 December 2011
My team and I very much appreciate your kind words, and we’re glad to have been a part of your visit. Our aim is to ensure that every guest departs feeling the way that you do! We look forward to welcoming you back to the Novotel Birmingham Centre.
Kind regards, Richard Marsh, General Manager
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Property: Novotel Birmingham Centre
Address: 70 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HT, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Birmingham > Ladywood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Green Hotel in Birmingham
#19 Luxury Hotel in Birmingham
#20 Family Hotel in Birmingham
#28 Business Hotel in Birmingham
#37 Romantic Hotel in Birmingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel Birmingham Centre 4*
Number of rooms: 148
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Novotel Birmingham Centre is an AA rated 4 star hotel right in the centre of Birmingham. We are the first choice for a business trip or a holiday. For meetings, conferences and banquets, Meeting at Novotel offers a professional service to ensure your event runs smoothly and successfully. A short walk for the international Convention Centre, National indoor Arena and Brindley Place. ... more   less 
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