There are a number of hotels around the NEC but opted for the Crowne Plaza because we new it was the closest. It literally is a five minute walk, we went to see Rock With Laughter.
We were on the 4th floor overlooking the car park which wasn't a problem for us. We dumped our bags and headed out to the Little Owl pub restaurant which is behind the Hilton Express (a £5.00 cab ride away) We booked after reviews I'd read and because the food was supposed to be expensive in the hotel, the drinks certainly are!
The staff were friendly, the breakfast was very nice, a full English buffet.
The only downside really, was that it was so hot in our room even with the window open the fraction that it would open, and we turned the thermostat down to 17degs. The bed wasn't particularly comfy either, every time my hubby turned over I bounced around and although the pillows looked lush, they were like bullets! I wish the buyers would try them out before they purchase them. I didn't sleep very well!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Birmingham
- Birmingham Crowne Plaza