Me and my husband stayed here for two nights and I would definitely come back although there were a few disappointments. Me being me, I checked the bedsheets which had a few stains and many hairs. As the sheets were not tucked in very well, I pulled it back to fix it and discovered many hairs underneath. I was not best pleased, I am presuming they keep the same mattress protector sheet but replace the top sheet... consequently I asked for new clean sheets which me and my husband put back on ourselves and completely re-did the bed. After, we were able to relax. The cleanliness of everything else was spot on, the bathroom was sparking.
The bed is very comfortable and the staff were polite although I got the feeling that the receptionist wasn't best pleased when we asked for new sheets within an hour of being there. The shower has two options, either through the normal shower head or a power shower from the above... both were great. Although the water got everywhere after, it wasn't that much of a problem, we just used a hand towel to dry the floor and toilet.
We was also a bit disappointed with the view, we were on the first floor and faced an office, the staff could see directly into the room. A bit frustrating as you pay for a window room but do not feel comfortable having the blind up - so basically defeated the whole point of having a window as the blind was always down anyway.
Free wifi is a brilliant touch and the tv too. It definitely has a 'luxury' feel for a budget hotel. We didn't mind the distance as the walk was ok to the town centre and there are nice bars/ restaurants in the jewellery quarter too. Parking is not far and having discounted parking is definitely a must. We probably wouldn't have stayed if we had to pay £14.50 for parking for per 24 hrs...
Maybe we are just a bit fussy, I would rate THIS experience a 4/5 but no doubt if we returned and we had a better view and no problems with the sheets... it'll be 5/5.
- 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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