Did a last minute booking here for Crufts 2010. The hotel is a short drive from the Birmingham International Train Station/ Airport and NEC. The free shuttle bus has a limited service from the station between 15 minutes and 45 minutes past the hour. but NOT all day so do ring in advance to check times. Its on a first come first served basis with no signs and as there are only approximately 7 seats, stake your claim. The same applies to the shuttle to the NEC centre from the hotel.DONT wait inside the hotel, we had problems after queuing outside only to find someone who had been waiting inside tried to pip us at the post . Stand your ground guys or you will end up getting a taxi. We got one on arrival from Birmingham International at 5.00pm and didnt want to wait around 30 minutes for shuttle bus and it cost £7.
The hotel itself is very basic but clean with quickest check in I have ever experienced! Room was ok with TV, hairdrier, Shower and tea making stuff but its very basic fittings. I know it was Crufts weekend and you do expect dogs in all the hotels but we had a sleepless night with 3 dogs in the next room barking all night, which set off a chain reaction in other adjoining rooms. Added with children running around late at night and early morning it didnt make for a very good nights sleep. to be fair this isnt a problem with the hotel more an issue with the people staying in the hotel. Come on guys remember you have neighbours!!!The breakfast was what you would expect for a express hotel. Nothing to write home about but plenty of it. I have seen better dining areas in budget hotels.Theres a pub next door that sells pub grub until 10.00pm but was very busy so eat early if you can before the rush.
I would suggest if anyone is going down on Crufts weekend to book into a Birmingham City hotel as its only a 15minute train journey and I would imagine it would be quieter. Also I noticed that the Premier Inn seems to be closer to the NEC and having stayed in both the Premier and Holiday Inn Express, I think I would plumb for The Premier as its much better value for money. The Holiday Inn was £200 a night so not exactly cheap!!
So in conclusion - it delivers what it says but thats all.I would prefer to get the early booking rates at a more upmarket hotel although you may still have the problem of dogs on Crufts weekend.
- 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
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