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Bloc Hotel Birmingham
Ranked #27 of 117 Hotels in Birmingham
Chatham, Kent
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A great stay for the second time!”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

We chose to stay in Bloc for two nights and really enjoyed it. We'd actually been a couple of years before and were impressed then so knew we'd be coming back. The rooms are clean, simple and compact. The bathroom is pretty small and its worth leaving just about everything (towel, other toiletries, wash bag) in the bedroom when you want a shower because it does get very wet and steamy in there. We also booked a room for friends and they enjoyed their stay too. A little freshening up of the paint and finish would help because we thought this probably hadn't been done since the first time we stayed but it wouldn't put us off coming again. The staff on reception were wonderful too - friendly, kind and accommodating.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Laura S, Ops Development Manager at Bloc Hotel Birmingham, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
We aim to please! Glad to hear you still enjoyed BLOC second time round and thank you for recommending us to your friends. Thank you for your review.
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2014

I enjoyed the simplicity of the room, and slept well. If you just want a bed, and not all the extras that don't need to pay for, then this is ideal.

Pros
- Comfy linnen and bed
- Friendly staff
- Clean, modern
- Good value for city centre location
- Pretty central location, depending where you need to get to, 10 min walk from ICC

Cons:
- No storage space other than the bed, made it difficult to tidy stuff away
- Poorish noise insulation vertically

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Laura S, Ops Development Manager at Bloc Hotel Birmingham, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2014

Great room layout, comfortable bed and great shower. The wi-fi was non existent and the air con didn't work but for the price and location it is worth trying this place. A short walk into central Birmingham and plenty of nice restaurants just around the corner.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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1 Thank yggdrasil1
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Laura S, Ops Development Manager at Bloc Hotel Birmingham, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Thank you for your review. The review mentions that the wifi was non existent and that the air con in your room did not work. I would like to know on which day and room this was so I can check if it was reported to reception. I have checked with reception to date and the hotel has not received any queries regarding the wifi being non existent on any days or indeed any queries regarding the wifi access codes given out to guests not working.
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 April 2014

Not a great stay overall - two things really bothered me.

1) The windows don't open. I realise this is becoming quite common in newly-built hotels and I've no idea how this has come to be acceptable. So the first room I was allocated smelled bad and felt really stuffy. The receptionist was helpful and was able to get me another room which didn't feel quite as stuffy or smelly. Still, the carpets in both rooms, and in the corridors in fact, were worn and really quite dirty, with lots of stains, etc. Disappointed to find the rooms not as fresh and clean as I'd like them.

2) Sound insulation is poor so you can hear your next-door neighbour(s). Mine watched a lot of tv until late. I don't think they had it on particularly loud, but the walls are thin. I used earplugs but could still hear them, so I didn't sleep too well. I'd also get woken up by doors slamming in the corridor through the night, although I must point out this may not be an issue for rooms not located right near one of the fire-doors.

On the plus side, all receptionists were friendly and helpful, and it's in a nice and quiet part of town, at least on my stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Laura S, Ops Development Manager at Bloc Hotel Birmingham, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
We do not use carpet within the hotel. What is used is a product called BOLON flooring. BOLON's unique structure incorporates a specially formulated yarn which is woven into textile flooring. The result is an ultra hard wearing yet easy to clean product which eliminates the issues associated with traditional textile carpets such as flattening, wear and loss of colour.
May I thank you for your review and kind comments regarding the staff you encountered during your stay.
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2014

Enjoyed the experience, apparently it's the "pared down chic" concept- I'm not sure what that is, but I liked it.
Good night's sleep.
Great shower.
Staff very pleasant and helpful.
Did not like the tiny simplified TV controller - not a big deal.
Would have liked tea/coffee in room but I have read BLOC's comments on this.
Flying from Gatwick soon and may try BLOC's new hotel there.

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Room Tip: Don't expect a window.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Laura S, Ops Development Manager at Bloc Hotel Birmingham, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write your review. If you enjoyed BLOC Birmingham wait until you've stayed at BLOC Gatwick!
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 April 2014

Myself and a friend decided to go with this hotel for the Men's Roller Derby World Cup in March. It was perfect for an event such as this (out all day, only coming back to sleep) as it was little hassle to come in and out and the room was small, but affordable and really good quality for what you pay. I wouldn't say come here if you're looking for a romantic vacation away or anything like that, but more for the business trip type or if you're going to be out all weekend. The bed was MASSIVE and really comfy, tv built into the wall and mood lighting was awesome. I will say one thing we found hilarious was the fake-window you get when you don't get a window. (Psst, getting a window makes literally no difference in my opinion, room was still enjoyable) It's basically a wall with a curtain which shows through fake morning-light. Rather confusing at 3am but apart from that really cool! The showers are awesome, though I will say try to turn on the roof-shower rather than the detachable one as I had an incident with my clothes being on the towel rack and accidentally turning on the detachable one! Best shower I've ever had though. Never wanted to get out!
The staff were really helpful and friendly, answering any of our questions and the parking discount was great! If the event is hosted in Birmingham again I'll definately be coming back.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Laura S, Ops Development Manager at Bloc Hotel Birmingham, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
That's what BLOCs all about! Hopefully we can welcome you back soon. Great review, thanks.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2014 via mobile

Just ignore his review he's professionally miserable
I like bloc
But then again I'm easily pleased
I like it for it's no frills but attention to detail attitude. Clever business strategy (if deliberate?) based on assumption that many travellers business or pleasure don't want to eat in their hotel, and locating in an area with an abundance of nearby eateries suggest this.
Word to the wise though. Do something mire creative with your reception / lounge area (Joe agrees with this)

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Bloc Hotel Birmingham
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 #27 of 117 Hotels in Birmingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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