Stayed for one night in Feb 2013. Easy to find, James Brindley pub (closed down) car park is right next to the basin where canal boat Katie is moored. Costs £6 for 24 hours, so is a very cheap parking option. Lovely warm welcome aboard the barge, wood burner glowing away in the saloon area and talked through the facilities with a crew member. Each room (three in total - two double, one twin) has it's own entrance/exit and you are free to use the galley area at any time to make hot drinks. Two shower rooms on board, one shared between a double and the twin, the other at the back of the boat shared between a double and the crew area. Bed very comfortable and the breakfast was fantastic, cooked by our skipper Dave. Plenty of hot water and room centrally heated, so even though it was very cold outside, our room was toasty. As the barge is so centrally located, easy walking distance to the Mailbox, Bullring and main bar/restaurant areas, yet this mooring is extremely quiet so you don't get disturbed at all. Gates onto the dock are locked at night, so you are secure. Keys supplied to enable access at any time.
Please remember when booking, this is a narrowboat, the clue is in the title. The barge is 6' 10" across, the rooms are very small, there is no room to spread out, getting on and off isn't elegant but that is the beauty of it. If you want space, desks, keycards and WiFi, book a Travel Inn. If you want something a bit different, Katie is definately for you.