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Bloc Hotel Birmingham
Ranked #30 of 118 Hotels in Birmingham
Reviewed 19 July 2011

Although rooms are small and basic. It was very comfortable and clean. Really comfy bed, hot shower and fluffy white towels. Great if you are only staying the one night. Lots of good restaurants within walking distance. Excellent value for £45. Would stay there again.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

Truly excellent hotel situated about 10 minutes walk from city centre, surrounded by great bars and places to eat.

The room is small but perfectly formed as they say - really comfortable bed, LED TV, and great en-suite shower room within a kind of glass cubicle. Amazing shower and even better knowing it only cost £50 per night (extra £5 a night for the window).

There's no phone in the room, no room service and no bar, but plenty available a couple of minuets walk away. There is a vending machine for snacks and coffee etc.

Give it a go - wish there were more Blocs in other cities!!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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BlocHotels, Ops Development Manager at Bloc Hotel Birmingham, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2011

What a great review to be written about the hotel, thank you. I think you describe it very well so other people can get an idea about Bloc if they looking to stay with us. Keep your eye out and about as hopefully you will see Bloc Hotels popping up in other cities soon.

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Reviewed 18 July 2011

We wanted a comfy but affordable place that was close to town for a night out - The Bloc was amazing - the rooms may be small but they are so comfy - the bed is amazing but sadly my handbag wasn't big enought to take the pillows :)
Its good to see a hotel that understands what people need when they spend most their time out and about.
Recommended!!!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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BlocHotels, Ops Development Manager at Bloc Hotel Birmingham, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2011

Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. The beds are sooooooo comfy, I know exactly what you mean! Many of our guests never want to get out our beds especially when check out out comes round at 11am. We do our best to try and provide what our guests want from staying in a hotel, so if you have any more thoughts on how your stay could be improved please do let us know.

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Reviewed 12 July 2011

This was my first time i stayed at Bloc. Absolutely loved my stay and would highly recommend it. Having travelled most of the UK and always going for the same style of hotel (ie: Travelodge / Travel inn) I found this experience refeshing (hence the need to add a review). The hotel is very funky, modern and very clean. The rooms are a comfortable size. One of the key points for me was how polite the staff were (Lisa) on reception was very friendly and welcoming which made a refeshing change, I would definitely stay agian and hope more Bloc hotels pop up all over the UK.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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BlocHotels, Ops Development Manager at Bloc Hotel Birmingham, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2011

Hey, thanks for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. I will be sure to pass on your comments to Lisa. As I've mentioned before, it's so nice to hear that people enjoy our product and give praise on the level of customer service received from our team.

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Reviewed 8 July 2011

For a hotel to operate at the budget end of the market it has to compromise on space and facilities however, Bloc has achieved this with style and panache and with a level of customer service that makes the whole experience a pleasure.

The attention to detail is evident through the selection of materials, textures, lighting and finishes. Few unsightly joints, not a fixing visible and even the air conditioning grille has been rebated so as to avoid an ugly protrusion. The hotel lacks a restaraunt, bar and gym but its location has been chosen to more than compensate for that with the Jewelery Quarter and St Paul's Square a few minute walk away you are surrounded by fantastic bars and restaurants. Bloc has set out to offer luxurious accomodation at very affordable prices, not to take on the food and beverage market. It has stuck to its strengths and done it very well. I will definitely use it again.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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BlocHotels, Ops Development Manager at Bloc Hotel Birmingham, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2011

'Style and Panache' what a great choice of words! It's good to see that you have grasped the concept of our hotel and the attention to detail that went in to choosing the materials, textures, lighting and finishes. Your exactly right in saying that we have not taken on the food and beverage market, but hey, who would want to with all the scrumptious restaurants located in St Paul's Square?

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Reviewed 3 July 2011

(I've merely copied the review I left on my own blog about this awesome, wonderful place!)

I’m not chic. I get out of breath walking (let alone running), I shop in Peacocks and I wear glasses because I can’t see, not because I want to look trendy. So, you’d think that the most I could stretch to in Birmingham was, if not Travelodge, at least the Ramada or maybe even the Ibis. But no… Alternatively, I decided that this trip needed to be a little bit special. So I hunted, and boy – did I come across a gem.

Located just off St Paul’s Square between the city centre and the iconic Jewellery Quarter, Bloc is a modern hotel; new enough that one could still smell the paint on the walls. Upon checking in at around 7:30 on Friday evening, we were greeted by a very smiley lady who gave us our room card and very direct instructions… Out the lift, turn right, turn right again, walk to the end of the corridor and your room is just to the right. And so it was.

The first thing you’ll note is the corridor, moodily lit by the overhead spotlights, relying on the awesome purple neon-style lights that surround each door. We had both read up on the hotel, and knew it was going to be fairly smart – little did we know what was on the inside.

Bloc’s rooms are inspired by the Japanese Pod Hotel style that has gained massive popularity amongst the budget-hunting travellers in the Far East. I personally would have settled for a king-sized Pod Hotel, provided the person below me was aware it might get a bit rowdy at times(!) – the main reason this sort of hotel wasn’t considered worthy of construction here is that people like their home comforts – surely you’ll agree that your own bathroom is essential.

So it’s not exactly like that – but the rooms aren’t big. Upon entry, you’ll note opposite you a king size bed, wedged neatly between the three walls – most rooms also include a window on the end wall, and all rooms are fitted with a large flat-screen television, attached to the wall at the bottom of the bed. The distance between the door and the edge of the bed is no more than six feet. In most hotels, six feet in and you’d just be stumbling over the tea and coffee making facilities (marking Bloc’s only drawback – there aren’t any). There are no wardrobes, but space to store your bags in a convenient cubbyhole under the bed. There’s also a bedside table which fits perfectly between bed and wall separating you from your companion’s modesty whilst they’re in the bathroom.

Intriguingly, that wall isn’t solid all the way round – indeed, the partition is merely darkened glass – not frosted, not one way – literally just darkened glass. It starts at the end of that wall, diagonally travels to the glass door, which is perpendicular to the main room door. That door and the entry door wall are separated by a full length mirror. It means one corner of the dinky rectangular shaped room is dedicated to the bathroom.

Or rather, wet room, which truly is something to behold. Once the glass door has shut, you hear very little of the outside, and if your companion is lying on the bed, the one solid area of the partition saves you from revealing all! The shower has two options, the head detaches. Turning the tap left starts that head; alternatively, turning to the right starts a waterfall style shower to fall from the ceiling. Although the sink and toilet get a good soaking, the genius and beauty of that shower is insane. The second tap regulates the temperature consistently and accurately. I’m not sure I’ve ever been in a better shower in my life, let alone in a hotel. I didn’t want to get out… Although I laid a towel down, the specialist floor tiles in the bedroom absorbed the water quite nicely, and were quickly dry. That may have had something to do with the air conditioning, which was totally user controlled from a dial at the side of the bed. This allowed cool evenings, and warm mornings following showers.

Those little touches aren’t unique – they offer a second pillow each for free, there are plenty of power points, and to make the wet room seem bigger, the whole of the wall is a mirror. The telly has full freeview – which is a rarity in the hotel world these days – and the blind goes the whole way down the window, offering full shielding from the outside light. The overhead spotlights have two settings – dim and bright – and there are two sets of light switches that control all the lights in the room. Further, there’s strange mood lighting in the form of a UV style purple light, beamed from an area just above the window. That offers a very nice effect at night, and the light can be left on without affecting sleep.

The room was yacht-cabin style – compact, but effective. Perfect for us as we spent very little time in there, although we did take a lot of time before we slept after returning from our day out, and we didn’t feel cramped at all. The bed was extremely comfortable, and I could spend all day lying on it, so comfort is not an issue. The walls around the bed were padded, to stop any flailing arms. This only added to the chic-ery… The best example of all of that for me was the cube “bloc” strategically placed on the wall that lit up as a bedside lamp – it wasn’t a straight cube, it pointed out of the wall at all angles!

All in all – a fantastic, brilliant two night experience in a hotel with a massive potential, based in one of the most fashionable up and coming regeneration areas, ten minutes’ walk away from the city – all for under 90 quid. Excellent stuff.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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BlocHotels, Ops Development Manager at Bloc Hotel Birmingham, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2011

Hi RainbowNines

What a fantastic and true description of your two night stay at Bloc Hotel! It's always so nice to hear kind words spoken about the hotel and the employees that work here. Hopefully you'll be back soon!

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Reviewed 30 June 2011

fun, great shower, perfect location (eg quiet but near some good pubs and bars). Olivier and the team love their hotel and quite rightly.

Stayed: June 2011, travelled on business
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BlocHotels, Ops Development Manager at Bloc Hotel Birmingham, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2011

Hi Piers

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on the hotel. We also agree with comments. The hotel is situated in a lovely part of Birmingham. We are so proud of our hotel and all the employees that work in it.

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Address: 77 Caroline Street, Birmingham B3 1UG, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Birmingham > Ladywood
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 118 Hotels in Birmingham
Price Range: £39 - £103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bloc Hotel Birmingham 3*
Number of rooms: 73
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bloc hotel is located in Birminghams Jewellery Quarter. The village atmosphere created by its cafes-bars and restaurants is complemented by the business-shopping-arts and sports facilities that are also on its doorstep. We have taken loose inspiration from Japanese pod style hotels which means much larger rooms more akin to a cabin on a luxury yacht with finishes and fittings to match. The rooms are equipped with a King Size Double Bed-luxurious linen-climate control-wet room with monsoon drench shower-Samsung 32inch led flat screen TV and high speed WIFI. Birmingham is of course a centrally located travel hub and for many of our visitors that will be the most important factor in just how quickly and conveniently they can access the motorway network-national rail and international flights. ... more   less 
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