Booked this hotel as a last minute resort for a night out. Even though I was staying by myself I booked a double bedroom as I suspected I might get a *slightly* nicer room. Location is good, only 5 minutes walk from New Street station and very cheap.
Upon arrival the reception looks quite nice. Receptionist didn't really have any people skills at all. Taking the elevator to my fifth floor room, the corridors absolutely stunk. I have no idea what the smell was, perhaps mould but it was very peculiar. Decor extremely dated and it seemed like a maze to get to your room as the hall was small and twisty, dark and couldn't tell whether the rooms were for guests or store rooms.
Eventually finding my room I was actually pleasantly surprised, half expecting blood stained sheets and everything considering the reviews. The bedding was clean and the bathroom was okay so as I just wanted to use the room as somewhere to dump luggage and get a couple hours sleep, I was fine. My room didn't actually have a main light, had to use lamps and only one socket to charge things with.
To be honest I wouldn't dare use the shower or bathtub, a bath mat was draped over the tub which I daren't touch as it was encrusted with dirt and black stuff, disgusting. Why not just get rid of it? The toilet was clean enough and I was provided with fresh towels and toiletries.
Coming back here at 4am in the morning my key card wouldn't open my door so I got a bit panicky but thankfully someone was on reception. Didn't really feel safe.
Okay for somewhere to rest your head but would not stop more than one night. Don't even know how it passes health inspections.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Britannia Hotel Birmingham is situated in the very heart of Birmingham city centre. The famous Bullring shopping mall is within walking distance and Primark and other high street stores are right next door to the hotel. The hotel's 214 en-suite bedrooms are tastefully furnished, all with tea and coffee making facilities, ideal for cost effective city centre accommodation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Birmingham Britannia Hotel