I must confess, I was slightly apprehensive about staying at the Copthorne due to the mixed reviews detailed on Trip Advisor. However, based on my recent stay while on business, it wasn’t as bad as depicted.
My firm had arranged a booked a Club Room including breakfast on my behalf. The room, bed linen and bathroom were clean. Yes, the decor in the bathroom wasn’t ideal; whoever thought of including wallpaper in a bathroom should revisit the drawing board and there was a need to retouch the grouting (a perennial hotel problem) but these weren’t significant faults. The hot buffet breakfast was very good and the staff attentive. Dean on reception was courteous and arranged cabs promptly, while Joe the Waiter was pleasant and sincere. I even tried the gym. Although the equipment wasn’t modern, a workout was possible.
If one wanted to be critical, the hotel entrance isn’t terribly well sign posted if arriving on foot from the Paradise Forum. Moreover, I found the ‘professional beggars’ who linger around the Paradise Forum during the evening bothersome but appreciate this is beyond the control of the Hotel. This said, the Hotel is very close to Birmingham City centre for shopping and restaurants.
I've given the hotel a three star rating (on Trip Advisor) because the rooms are dated and there is a need to refurbish the hotel to contemporary standards. This is recognised by the management of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels and proposals to redevelop the area around Paradise Circus, including a replacement hotel, were approved by Birmingham City Council in October 2013.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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