There have been some great rates at the ICH chain of late - but some hotels do try and make up what they charge where-ever possible. I paid £65 for a suite, but could have had an ordinary room for £35 for a Sunday evening.
Check in inefficient - very quiet but booked room (suite) was not available at 3pm and only similar type room they had was a junior suite - receptionist said bigger / better - it was not - basically just a larger room with sitting area, no separate lounge, extra bathroom etc. But having traveled most of the day little option to accept.
Room was OK - all you need, not spotlessly clean, small bathroom.
Rip off was Internet at £6 an hour or £16 overnight - the city centre CP only charges £5 for 24 hours. Drinks, food and breakfast similarly surcharged / over priced. Clearly a hotel designed to fleece business expense accounts.
The hotel is isolated on the NEC estate - but that said it is a short walk from the NEC and train station (about 3/4 mile) with lots of trains to city centre taking about 10 mins, and if room price right this is an alternative to being in town if traveling, and being handy to motorway important.
Overall, not impressed - but if stuck and few options in Birmingham area this would do if price right. Don't waste your money on in room / hotel extras - there are plenty of alternatives a short drive away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of England the Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC offers a unique contemporary style and simple elegance on the doorstep of the NEC and within close proximity of Birmingham International Airport. Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC offers a luxurious accommodation featuring air-conditioning, high speed Internet access (subject to an additional charge) and TV with movies on demand. A fashionable bar and Pendigo's Restaurant is also available for all residents and non-residents. With 11 custom-designed meeting and banqueting suites, Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC has the flexibility to host events of many shapes and sizes. Set in landscaped grounds overlooking Pendigo Lake, Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC is only 5 minutes walk from the National Exhibition Centre and NEC Arena, 5 minutes drive from Birmingham International Airport and International Train Station, 10 miles from Birmingham City Centre and within easy reach of major UK motorways (M5, M6, M40 and M42).WI-FI Internet Access is available in all meeting rooms, bar and the restaurant. We also have very reasonable Park and Fly packages packages available. ... more less
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