We stay in Birmingham a lot - my partner's daughter is at the university and we try and time our visits to coincide with Chelsea playing at Aston Villa, B'ham City, or Wolverhampton - we like the busy feel of the city (and the fact that it isn't London). This was our second visit to this hotel - last time around we had a much larger room which was very comfortable (and cost a bit more) - on this particular visit we opted for a standard double room which seemed pokey by comparison.
We were there for a chilling out weekend and the big comfortable bed and duvet certainly helped with that - unfortunately the noise of an extractor fan from somewhere within the inner courtyard that our room faced onto didn't - as we like to sleep with a window ajar it was a bit like having an industrial vacuum cleaner humming away throughout the night. As we were very tired though from a very busy week it didn't disturb our sleep too much although it was something we were conscious of and could have done without.
Without exception the staff are excellent - the front desk staff, those in the restaurant and in the two bars were all very friendly and seemed keen to give a good impression. We liked that a lot. We also liked the lively civilsed atmosphere in the bar (particularly the dowstairs "pub" and in the mornings the relaxing breakfasts (lingering over a second pot of tea, sharing the newspaper and finishing off the toast and jam).
Also we did our duty for "feed an impoverished student week" by inviting my partner's offspring to have dinner with us (and to test to the full the restaurant's "relaxed and informal" dress code) - dinner was also a long and lingering affair due mainly to the very slow service (for which they apologised) although the food was generally above average (with a wide and varied menu choice) with the portions just about large enough to represent reasonable value.
We enjoyed staying here - the location is good and were comfortable enough - we'd probably opt for a larger sized room though and will insist on a room not facing onto the noisy courtyard.
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