Lunchtime with my friend – we meet there because it is quiet and convenient for us. However today the whole bar area was like a drop-in centre. One person serving at the bar – drink and food. No chance of us being served as the bar was inundated with people waiting in a queue, so we decided to sit and wait until it quietened down. Within minutes about 12 people arrived, sat down and proceeded to eat McDonalds, sandwiches from EAT, milkshakes and cans of pop. The whole area smelled of takeaway food – none of these people purchased anything from the hotel and neither did they sit with anyone that had. When we gave up and left after about half an hour, we asked to speak to the manager – this was difficult to request from the staff as none of them appeared to understand english. When we did eventually get to ask him when it had become acceptable to bring your own food, he professed to not know what we were talking about but did say that these people were at a conference that hadn’t provided catering and that they should have been eating their brought-in food in their conference room not the hotel bar. Strange that waiters and waitresses had been serving food to nearby tables and hadn’t said anything to them ……
Nice place if you like a college common room atmosphere. Not so nice if you remember you’re in an international hotel bar.
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- Glass-sheathed contemporary mid-rise hotel in the center of Birmingham, adjacent to International Convention Centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Copthorne Birmingham Hotel Birmingham
- Birmingham Copthorne Hotel