We decided to have a girly overnight stay at this hotel which is perfectly situated near the railway station and the shops.The hotel looks very striking from the outside. The reception staff were helpful on our arrival and we were pleased when we saw the room which was comfortable and attractive. The view over Birmingham was stunning from the floor to ceiling windows. The bed and pillows were really comfortable.
We had a good deal which included breakfast and evening meal and we were really looking forward to some lovely food. We were, however, disappointed with our reception in the restaurant by the manager. I explained that I had made a dinner reservation (I had actually double checked too) but was told that it could not be found. We were treated very coolly and given the worst table opposite the kitchen. There were plenty of spare tables which were not used but we had the view of the pizza oven and fridges.The starter and dessert were very nice but the main course was basically a small piece of salmon placed on plain pasta on a lake of pureed tomatoes. Not exactly what I had expected. Unfortunately the breakfast was disappointing too. We were advised to pick a table but then none were set. When I asked someone to help clear a table they tried to steer us to another that was still not set. The cooked selection was past its best and there were no fried eggs and only a cold scraping of scrambled eggs. Although the restaurant was quite busy I felt less than satisfied with the meals which should have been a highlight of our trip.
If the food and organisation in the restaurant had been better I would have been tempted to give a 5 star rating.
- 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