This was a Saturday overnight stay paid with avios (about 10000 for a double, breakfast included).
I've stayed in a couple of hotels in the Broad Street/Brindley Place area (Hotel Indigo in the Cube, Crowne plaza, Mint hotel/now Hilton Garden Inn), so I'll try and draw out a few comparisons in this review.
Bright, clean, modern decor. Friendly staff.
The building is perpendicular to Broad street. Broad street, if you don't know already, is a night-clubbers/hen-nighters/stag-doers hot spot. If your room is numbered 20 or above and is on the lower floors (reception is floor 3, with rooms on the remaining 16 or so floors above), the Friday /Saturday night revellers'noise will disturb you. Ask for a room numbered 10 or below, or as high a floor as possible, and you will be slumbering further away from Broad street.
Whereas Hotel Indigo bedrooms indulge in wooden floors, high ceiling, massive window to take in the views, 3d-effect feature wall, and matching colour rug, Hampton by Hilton is much more cosy-er affair: smaller window, but still a generous king size bed and flat-screen TV. The Hampton's more quirkier room design mean that when you open the bathroom sliding door, it simultaneously closes the wardrobe! The bathroom is spotless, three to four times larger than a typical travelodge shower room (I'm thinking of the travelodge near Birmingham Moor Street), clearly marked, separate soap and moisturiser cream dispensers at the sink and similar separate dispensers for shampoo, conditioner and body wash in the shower. Nice design here too: the shower taps are positioned away from the shower, so you don't get your arm soaked when turning it on!
Room wifi worked well and was speedy (Sunday morning). No imacs, like at Hilton Garden, but then I always found internet access there slow. No annoying registration required Hampton by Hilton. Bed firm. Huge pillows! I slept well (room 10!)
You are advised in reception, via laminated A4 paper displaying traffic light symbology, of when it's quiet, moderately busy and exceptionally busy during breakfast. We opted to breakfast at 0715hrs and it was very quiet! When we checked out later at 1000hrs, it was heaving, with breakfasters trying to get past main reception to the extra seating areas, thus having to 'climb over' the folk trying to either dump their bags to collect later, or just check out.
The breakfast zone is entirely self-service and self-clear. No-one will ask your room number. No-one will ask whether you want tea of coffee. You do it all yourself. There are plenty of copies of the Independent to read, 3 machines that will dispense coffee, or hot water for your tea, dispensers for apple, orange or grapefruit, boxes of cereals and jugs of muesli, two rotatory toasters for either white or brown bread, some sweet pastries. The hot choices were sausage, bacon, hashbrowns, scrambled eggs, and beans. All the basics/essentials are covered, but set your expectations to Tesco/Sainsbury's style, rather than Waitrose or M&S's eatery standards. A maid is over-seeing the whole operation, re-stocking, wiping surfaces as hoteliers come and go. I wished the windows in the breakfast area hadn't got net curtains - would have been nice to enjoy some natural light. If you want waitress service in the morning, this is not the hotel for you (try hotel indigo instead). If you get in early enough, you can enjoy lounge style seats/sofas with tables close to the massive flat screen TV, or seats further away for some peace and quiet.
I would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the heart of the UK's second city center, with onsite car parking, ideal for shop and drop. Our convenient Birmingham hotel is just a short walk from the International Convention Centre and the National Indoor Arena. We are close to the many tourist attractions including the Jewelry Quarter and Museum, Cadbury World, Millennium Point, Botanical Gardens and Sealife Centre. ... more less
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