This is a gem of an hotel tucked away on St Chads Queensway in Birmingham. The exterior of the hotel is very subdued and belies the interior. It would appear that the money saved on the architecture of the facade has been well spent on the interior.
The Reception area is small and at times appears to be understaffed; having said that, the Reception staff are helpful and knowledgeable.
The decor in the corridors was very pleasant, with good quality floor and wall covers; the addition of photographs of Birmingham in history (its place in industry and and the rural sights and buildings) really adds a good touch and being in black and white they have a great impact.
The bedroom was of a good size with plenty of storage space. The bed was very comfortable as were the pillows (it took a bit of selecting because of the range of pillows offered). The pictures on the walls continued the theme of the corridors. The bathroom was well sized, the only thing that spoiled the bathroom for me was the 'waterfall' shower (not my personal preference). I stayed in this hotel twice in 2013, the first time I had a room that overlooked the main road and on the second occasion I had a room that overlooked the car park behind the hotel; I think I preferred the view over the road! Then soundproofing was excellent so there was no noise.
In general the food in the restaurant was very good, especially the selections offered on the 'Table D'Hote' menu. On my first visit I selected the 'Nasi Goreng' and I had to reject it as it definitely not like the 'Nasi Goreng' I had eaten in Singapore; it was replaced and the second offering was a bit better. There was a good choice of food available at Breakfast and plenty of it, unfortunately the hot food selection was not as hot as it could have been. The decor in the restaurant was bright and somewhat stark compared to the warm comfort of the corridors and rooms.
Overall the staff with whom I had contact with were helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating.
IO would certainly recommend this hotel, a real jewel in the crown of the Thistle Hotel Group.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Angus Hotel is a welcoming, contemporary hotel close to the city's famous Bullring. Located in central Birmingham, The Royal Angus Hotel is an excellent choice for discovering Britain's second-largest city. Local highlights include the Bullring Shopping Centre, with several theme parks and other outdoor attractions within easy driving distance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thistle Birmingham City Hotel Birmingham
- Thistle Hotel Birmingham