1st impressions not good, all doors and door frames are very tired, dirty looking and in need of either painting or better still replacing, this gives a very poor impression. Reception staff pleasant and helpful but over worked at peak check in check out times when you could wait 10 - 15 mins.
Room - ok. For once I was not too hot. If you like your room hotter than me, there was a small plug in radiator to warm it further, seemed a good compromise to me. Bed reasonably comfortable. Steady background rumble / hum which was disturbing (room 314) but not quite enough for me to go and complain and get moved, still not sure what it was from but it was "internal" to the hotel not the airfield. No free wi fi although there is a "connection" which you get charged for. It is also worth noting that you get charged for parking which seemed a bit tight given the price of the hotel.
Pleaseantly suprised by lack of airport noise - double glazing must have been working well.
Breakfast good. Kettle lead needs changing as it had to be "jiggled" and held to keep power on!
Other meals - very poor, we eat in on first night and drove down to Solihull on the second. Colleague had burger - vastly overpriced and not much better than McDonalds. I had fish cake as starter - bit of limp lettuce and an small cish cake that had spent far too long in the deep fat frier. I then had a Caesar Salad which again was very dissapointing - lettuce, dressing a couple of croutons and some dry chicken - when challenged, I was brought pot of grated parmesan cheese but noticed as walking out that another person's portion was still missing this key component!
Pool was nice and small gym was good
Overall, OK as long as you do not expect too much. Do not "eat in" and as a bottom line, I hope no one ever pays full price for this hotel as they will be seriously disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport Hotel is located just minutes from Jct 6 of the M42, & is only 1.5 mile from Birmingham International Airport & Birmingham International Train Station with easy access to the revitalized Birmingham city centre.The hotel enjoys close proximity (1.5 mile) to National Exhibition Centre (NEC).Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport is a contemporary upscale hotel which offers modern bedrooms with High Speed Internet Access,and Wifi in public areas and conference rooms. The hotel offers a wide range of conference and meeting facilities that can accommodate up to 170 people.With a wide range of food experiences, light modern dishes from The Flight Bar and a fine dining experience in The Grill Room Restaurant created by award winning Chef 'Marcus Renzi'. Alternativley treat yourself to our In Room Dining available 24 hrs a day.Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport offers Airport Parking both onsite and offsite at very competitive rates. Either flying for business or leisure, you can benefit from our Park and Go packages which include one night's accommodation and car parking for up to 15 days with airport transfers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport Hotel Birmingham
- Birmingham Holiday Inn