What a find!
*Staff - wonderful. Genuinely welcoming when we checked in. Really helpful & friendly everytime we needed something. It really does make all the difference, so thank you to the team there.
*Breakfast - great to have it included & a real deal breaker! Buffet; cooked food was topped up/refreshed often. Lovely bacon, truly excellent sausages (less good on one day when apparently the delivery was wrong!), eggs, beans & potato thingies (yum!). Would've preferred to have a choice of fried or poached eggs though, as scrambled always go a bit sad/overcooked when done as a batch. Juice & coffee selection was as expected & decent. Likewise the continental choices.
*Room - 1st floor, king? with a sofa bed. Really spacious, just what we needed with a busy weekend. I LOVE the shower. Really. Love it. Fed up of average/miserable showers over baths. Who ever has a bath in a hotel anyhow?! Much prefer a really lovely, good quality shower - an absolutely pleasure to use!
The room & bathroom were spotlessly clean. I'm a sucker for cleanliness in hotels and normally spot things that have been missed. No problems here!
Bed was comfy. Could've done with a better duvet. Although the thermostat in the room was effective, I couldn't get a stable temperature...either too hot or too cold. With a better duvet we could manage our body temp without trying to control the whole room temp!
Good selection of TV channels, came in useful when I was back early one evening thanks to illness.
1st floor room, next to the tram station/line...could've been a disaster! Was not. Excellent double glazing, no sound leaking.
*Location - It's where we needed it, close to the Futsal arena. Walking distance even for me who is reliant on crutches at the moment. The area isn't a busy one (see previous references to being run-down) but as we had no plans on spending time in the area, who cares?! We managed a 10min walk (max) to a nice noodle restaurant, where there were a few other options too.
Overall this was IDEAL. Bar is open until late, the bar area is nicely laid out so individuals/couples can avoid slightly rowdier groups, the staff are excellent, the food is great, rooms are lovely and the location is ideal.
After our last two trips to Brum being blighted by an absolutely miserable hotel experience (cheaper but my oh my you know why!), I'm glad we splashed out the extra for 4 nights of comfort. And when you take into account that breakfast is included, a bit of cashback from our online booking and the distance...it really wasn't much pricier!
Thanks Hampton, we'll see you again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm welcome awaits you at the Hampton by Hilton Birmingham City North. Our modern hotel is just a 10 minute walk from the city center and offers easy access to the M6/M5 Motorway. Perfect for both business and leisure travelers; The National Indoor Arena, ICC and Broad Street are just a 10 minute walk and the hotel is adjacent to St Paul's Tram Station. ... more less
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