I've never stayed anywhere before quite like Bloc. The nearest hotel for comparison that I have stayed in is one of the Yotel hotels at a UK airport. However, the rooms are slightly larger at Bloc, but you can still only get out of bed on one side and rooms with windows are available at a supplement. The ensuite was a wet room, which can be a cause of wet socks/feet if there are two of you and one of you showers & then the other wants to use the toilet/sink. This was not a problem for us but wet rooms aren't to everybody's tastes. The bed was comfortable.
The best aspect of the hotel, in my opinion, is it's location in the Jewellery Quarter. It's only a 10 minute walk to Birmingham city centre or 10 minutes to the heart of the Jewellery Quarter & its plethora of small independent jewellers & coffee shops, which are really worth a visit. There are several good restaurants within a 5 minute walk of Bloc and discounts are available for Bloc guests at some of these.
I'd stay at Bloc again but not for more than one night. It was an interesting hotel for one night and a unique experience to stay in a hotel that has been designed around a specific concept, but for a longer stay I'd be willing to sacrifice the interesting design features and opt in favour of more space in the room and a standard bathroom instead of a wet room. This is a matter of personal preference, of course.
- 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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