I haven't stayed in a Holiday Inn for a while and wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. Our twin room was on the third floor, and although it looked out over some bins and staff car park, there were fields beyond. The room was pleasantly decorated, a decent size and the flat screen tv was well placed for watching in bed. The lighting was good, beds comfortable with soft or firm pillows and the bathroom was clean and tidy. Strangely, although the hotel offers a variety of complimentary products (if you forget your own), they do not supply shampoo and conditioner - which was rather an irritation as we decided not to bring any and there were no shops nearby. There is a pleasant pub restaurant immediately next door which had a decent menu and the free buffet breakfast was adequate with cereal, toast, fruit, yogurt, beans and scrambled egg. The restaurant is basic but fine and looks out over greenery. My one gripe is the shuttle bus which leaves from the Birmingham International station. There was no signage and the station staff could only tell us to go to the downstairs bus terminal. Tip - once you get there, go past the taxi's to some white bus shelters, and watch out for the mini van with 'Holiday Inn Express', which stops just beyond them. There are other Holiday Inn's in the area and we bumped into several people who had taken the wrong mini bus and then had to get a taxi to the right hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Express Birmingham NEC is a modern hotel located in the grounds of the UK's largest exhibition centre, the National Exhibition Centre, 10 minutes from Birmingham International Airport and Train Station. Our modern rooms feature comfy beds, en-suites with power showers and air-conditioning. The rooms are kitted out with everything you need for a relaxing stay including free Wi-Fi, 32-inch TVs with Freeview and a choice of pillows. Tasty evening meals such as pastas, curries and burgers are served in the Great Room daily and you can grab a pint or glass of wine from the bar after a busy day. Our Express Start breakfast is included for every guest. Help yourself to toast, pastries, cereals, porridge, bacon bap or a helping of scrambled eggs, sausages and baked beans. The hotel has ample parking and is charged at £8 per night for residents. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Birmingham Nec Hotel Birmingham
- Birmingham Holiday Inn