We arrived at the hotel after much confusion. The taxi driver was not sure where exactly the hotel was but a little liaison with other drivers, got us there in the end. I was a little disappointed that the hotel is so far away from the centre of the city. Its a good 20 minute walk into the centre of Birmingham. The staff were pleasant and breakfast passed off smoothly - just a continental breakfast, cereals, fruit, tea/coffee and croissants etc. The food was good and it was ultimately buffet style. The operation of the toaster was a little daunting though. I felt that the breakfast room was just a little too near the lobby and privacy was compromised.
The bedroom was clean and tidy but the shower did not work properly, with only a trickle of pressure. Tea and coffee were a godsend in the room as was a TV and clock, albeit a little too fuzzy reception. The beds were exceptionally comfy. If there was a failing it was that I could not open a window to let some fresh air in. The heating/air conditioning worked exceptionally well though.
I felt that it would have been good to have had some sort of workstation in the lobby for guests, just to pick up an email or too. Okay, the business people of this world will have their laptops with them but we're not all business people.
One final point was that the room servicing was a little erratic, in terms of the time of day you could enter your room. Generally we had an enjoyable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A modern 3 star Hotel in a prime city centre location. The Ibis Styles Birmingham Centre (formerly Holiday Inn Express Birmingham City Centre)is 5 minute walk from Birmingham New Street Train Station and eight miles from Birmingham International Airport.The Hotel features 120 newly refurbished bedrooms with amenities including en suite facilities, air conditioning, satellite flat screen TV, free Wi Fi throughout all bedrooms and refreshment making facilities as standard. Easily accessible by major UK motorways (M6, M5, M40 and M42). The ideal place to meet and a great base for exploring the many attractions the Heart of England has to offer. Visit nearby attractions including Cadbury World, Sealife Centre and the historic Stratford upon Avon. The hotel is also excellently positioned within walking distance of the highly acclaimed Bullring Shopping Centre. The established in house restaurant offers a variety of traditional cuisine and after a busy day the relaxing environment of the lounge bar complements the experience of the Ibis Styles Birmingham Centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Birmingham City Centre Hotel Birmingham