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Crowne Plaza Hotel Birmingham NEC
Ranked #44 of 117 Hotels in Birmingham
Winchester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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“Excellent location for LG Arena”
Reviewed 13 December 2010

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!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 December 2010

We stayed for two nights to visit the NEC for the clothes show, a few minutes walk away. Staff on the reception and in the restaurant could not do enough, all very friendly and helpful, some of the best service We have experienced. Rooms clean, food in the restaurant excellent, again service excellent. Complimentary water and chocolate a nice extra. We had an enjoyable stay in a nice hotel and would return.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 December 2010

Stayed here last night as went to see Scissor Sisters in concert at The LG Arena. Great location for LG, station and airport as well as NEC. Three of us shared a room which was no problem. Very clean and slept very well and breakfast was good. Didn't eat in the restaurant or use the bar. Free shuttle bus to station and the driver was fantastic. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2010
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Ireland
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Reviewed 25 November 2010

Decent hotel with nice room and very comfortable bed. Room could have been a bit cleaner. I liked the essential oils sleep aids. Location very handy for the NEC and you can walk to the airport from here via the air-rail link. Path from the NEC is by the lake shaded by trees which is a bit spooky at night if you're alone, better to get a taxi from the railway station.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled on business
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 November 2010

Great hotel and very good location - the food in the hotel was wonderful especially the breakfast. Service was great and the rooms very nice and comfortable.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled on business
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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 October 2010

Having decided to combine a trip to Cadbury World and Drayton Manor, we felt that the Crowne Plaza would be the ideal hotel to fit with that itenary. We arrived at the hotel and went immediately to our room, we arrived quite late and decided to eat at the hotel.
The prices were quite expensive for not a particulary extensive or attractive menu, however we decided to go ahead with it anyway. Our starters took well over half an hour to arrive and we had to chase this up, we finally got our starters and the order was incorrect so we had to wait a little longer for the correct one to arrive. The resturant staff showed there annoyance that we had complained and decided then to not bother with us at all from that point onwards.

Once we had our starters we then had our main meal, which was fine. Both my son and husband then decided to have a sweet and ordered syrup sponge and my son jelly. There was another wait of half an hour until a waiter came out to say there was a problem with the sweets as they couldn't find the jelly....

After complaining to the manager we were told we were to have a discount of 50% of the food bill, which was fine - however when we got the bill we only had £9.00 deducted of a food bill £35.00? but at that point we were to fed up to complain and just wanted to go to bed.

We decided to cancel breakfast.

Possibly the worst of all was how my husband was treated by reception in the morning, with such disdain and rudeness - by the man at reception who also happened to be on shift the night before.

This was a treat for our children as our family holiday in the summer was ruined by weather and I feel that through no fault of ours that because of how we were treated by this hotel that this has tarnished what was a great family outing.

When you go to a hotel, you expect to be treated like you are the best guest and that nothing is to much trouble for you, unfortunately this was not the case for this hotel.
Shame as the hotel is beautiful, its just the employees that have let this one down.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Surrey
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

What a differance a year makes!! Last October we stayed at this hotel as we were going to see Tom Jones at the LG Arena which is right next door. We got a cracking rate of £65.00 for a very nice room. As previous reviewers have noted, the bar is expensive but this is a large 4* hotel with a captive audience, so only what you would expect. This October we had tickets for Guns & Roses also at the LG Arena so decided to book again. The price had gone up to £106 which seemed a bit of a hike, but maybe Axel Rose is more popular than Tom Jones!! Arriving to check in (no queue) we were horrified to learn that parking (for our 2 cars) would be an additional £20.00. It was free last year. Thinking this was a bit steep we queried the charge with the receptionist - "it's on the web site" she said "we're only charging what other hotels do" and "we need to stop people parking here for the NEC". If it is on the web site it must be in very small print and just because other hotels charge it doesn't mean that you HAVE to! Policing the car park, which has barriers should be easy - only issue an exit pass to hotel guests!!
Our room was spacious, well equipped, spotlessly clean and with a nice view overlooking the lake and has I have already said the location is PERFECT for the LG Arena so we paid for the parking and retired to the bar (Axel Rose always arrives late). Drinks aren't cheap but the staff were attentive, the bar clean, the TV not too intrusive, the view good with Sunday papers available. BUT £3 for a tiny bowl of pretzels is ridiculous, most hotels of this standard always give you a few nibbles with drinks especially considering the amount of money we parted with waiting for the concert. Shame on Crowne Plaza. It certainly didn't make us want to have supper or breakfast there, so they rather missed out on our custom.
This hotel could be so much better with just a little more attention to customer service, but I guess having a captive audience for the NEC and LG means it doesn't need to bother.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Crowne Plaza Hotel Birmingham NEC
Address: Pendigo Way | National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1PS, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Birmingham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Business Hotel in Birmingham
#21 Luxury Hotel in Birmingham
#33 Romantic Hotel in Birmingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Crowne Plaza Hotel Birmingham NEC 4*
Number of rooms: 242
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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