I booked to stay here in order to see a show at the nearby Alexander Theatre. The Penn & Teller show on 16 June was excellent. The hotel was not.
We booked a suite and found our self in room 1503 on the 15th floor. On the positive side the suite was large and spacious with floor to ceiling windows. Tea, coffee and toiletry supplies were generous.
On the negative side there was everything else.
The suite looked like an office. Large, bare walls with no art work to break up the monotonous colour scheme. The chairs and settee were all stained. I shall not ponder with what. The room had 2 TVs but only 1 remote control. A remote control isn’t up to the task if you have to walk into another room to collect it.
We found the ironing board but there was no iron. The hotel guide proudly tells you to use their “one call” service who would attend to any issues whether that is, room service, problems with the room, restaurant booking etc. I rang. After 15 minutes without an answer I ventured down to reception. I didn’t fancy waiting in a queue of 28 people (I counted them) waiting to see reception. I’d just returned to the room and the fire alarm went off. So I walked down the fire escape from the 15th floor in a creased shirt.
The following day opening the curtains to be confronted by several workmen in a hoist outside the window. Granted, I wasn’t wearing any clothes but I didn’t expect that to be a problem 15 stories up.
Breakfast was a pretty average buffet with several dishes that had been kept warm too long.
I would not stop here again and would advise others to avoid it.
- 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