I stayed for several days on a business trip. Let me start by saying that this is not really a hotel geared for business travelers.
Good location in the Jewelery Quarter and about 15 minutes' walk to the city center.
Nice design and optimal use of space.
Spotlessly clean rooms.
Friendly helpful staff.
The windows don't open, not even a tiny vent.
The a/c is hard to fine-tune so it can get much too cold or hot in the room.
Three short hooks for clothes and one hanger is not sufficient for anyone but the most spartan of short-trip travelers (I was able to get more hangers by asking)
There is no chair and no desk so the only place to work is in the bed
The WiFi is very slow and unreliable, albeit free.
No electronic safe.
The hallmark of this hotel is its small cool design rooms. Alas, form has out-ranked function. The hotel could easily install a shelf above the hooks and there is also room for some shelves/shallow storage on the wall between the hooks and the bed. Again, there is empty unused wall space above the "night-stand" where shelves/containers/shallow storage could be installed. Any shelves/storage would be a HUGE improvement over having nothing at all - which is the current situation.
There is obviously not room for a desk and chair in the room, but if the hotel wants to cater to business travelers it will need to accommodate them in some way by providing desks with proper working chairs in a shared space somewhere on the premises.
- 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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