My husband and I stayed here on a Friday night as we were attending a gig at the 02. I chose this hotel because of its location. It was a 5 minute walk from New street station, close to the Bullring shopping centre and Arcadian centre with lots of bars and restaurants nearby and a 5 minute walk to the 02 academy. The lobby was clean and inviting with pleasant and helpful staff. Our room was on the 6th floor and even though it was near the lifts it wasn't too noisy. We did hear the woman in the room next door talking though which shows the walls are quite thin. I really liked our room, the bed was massive and comfortable, the decor was stylish and modern and we had a nice big flat screen TV. The bathroom was clean and adequate for our needs and the windows did a good job of shutting out the noise from outside.
The only niggles were that the free Wi-Fi didn't work and there were no instructions as to how to activate it, I'm sure reception would have helped but I couldn't be bothered with the effort of calling them. Also if you wanted anything extra like a shower cap you had to go and get one from reception rather than it automatically being in your bathroom. When we requested this and more tea and sweeteners from reception it was no problem at all though.
The next day we had breakfast in the restaurant which was very pleasant and relaxed. There was a good assortment of food available. My husband had a cooked breakfast and I opted for the continental option - jam and thick, crusty bread and fruit with natural yoghurt...delicious! All the food seemed to be of relatively good quality considering this was a budget hotel. We pre booked breakfast so it worked out about £11 each which is expensive considering how much one person would probably consume during breakfast but it was convenient and there was nowhere that looked particularly inviting nearby so was the best option for us.
I would definitely stay here again as overall it was really good value for money and in a good location and the staff were friendly and helpful.
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- A modern 3-star Hotel located in the Smallbrook Queensway area of Birmingham. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn City Centre Hotel Birmingham
- Holiday Inn Birmingham
- Birmingham Holiday Inn