I stayed at the Radisson Blu the night a business conference at the Crown Plaza. Last year I made the mistake of booking a budget hotel which was so pokey that I resented paying even the budget price. I found a room in the Radisson for £78 on Trivago for bed and breakfast.
Upon arrival I parked in the NCP car park behind the hotel for which you get a discounted rate of £14 rather than £24 for 24 hours. The reception staff were friendly and welcoming and put me into a room on the 9th floor. The room was very impressive with floor to ceiling windows and so a good view over central Birmingham. The room was spacious and nicely decorated with bright coloured features. The mini bar had alcoholic and soft drinks in and various nibbles (not free though of course). Complimentary drinks tray with full size mugs - I hate when you get those tiny little cups that you can't even hold properly with your finger through the handle! Nice clean bathroom with toiletries. I noticed that there was no English tea - this must have been an oversight as there was coffee, decaf coffee, earl grey, hot chocolate but no normal tea, so I called into reception and housekeeping popped along to the room within a couple of minutes with a handful of English tea. I think she must have ran!
I nipped up to the gym on the 18th floor, it is a very small gym with just a handful of cardio equipment and a basic weights machine, no free weights or anything. But it is free to use and was empty when I arrived at 5pm, so no struggle to get on what I wanted!
I ate in the hotel restaurant which was lovely, I chose from the set menu which was £16.95 for two courses, very good value and the food was very nice. Nice atmosphere and good service too. Similarly breakfast was really good, full English buffet style with the options of toast or cereal etc.
I slept very well, nice comfortable bed and I didn't hear a thing from other rooms, I could have been the only guest it was so quiet!
I would definitely recommend this hotel to others, I would see it perfectly acceptable for either business or pleasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Radisson Blu Hotel in Birmingham soars above the cityscape in an impressive 39-storey structure near the business district, convention centre and shopping complexes. The large 170,000 square foot John Lewis and the new grand central station on New Street are just a 3-minute walk from the hotel. The hotel also has NCP parking facilities directly behind on St. Jude's Passage. The 211 contemporary rooms and suites showcase modern accents and furnishings and provide amenities such as Free high-speed, wireless Internet. Experience the unique twist on the classic British Brasserie in on-site Collage restaurant. From sumptuous steaks and smoked haddock kedgeree to a classic British cheeseboard, enter the world of Collage where the theatre of service and unforgettable dishes are the order of the day. Enjoy a cocktail or beer at our Lobby bar or the Collage bar. Keep fit in the 18th-floor fitness centre, where skyline city views enhance your workout experience. The hotel's flexible meeting facilities surround up to 130 attendees with generous meeting spaces and equipment ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Birmingham Hotel Birmingham
- Radisson Birmingham
- Birmingham Radisson
- Radisson Sas Birmingham