I was in Birmingham on business and the company I was doing work for booked it for me based on reviews and web photos. This 'hostel' did not live up to its advertisements. It is a bit of worry when you have to swipe your room card to get into the lift for your safety (Why? What goes on there)?
The MDF 'makeshift' room was very noisy and there wasn't even any tea making facilities in the room (surely this is standard wherever you stay). The carpets and walls were dirty and the shower and toilet were similar to what you would see in an old caravan. The towel left on the bed was also stained.
I asked to be moved to another room because of the noise and this was just as bad. The plug was nowhere near the mirror or the bed so you could neither dry your hair properly or use a computer whilst lying on the bed. You had to sit on a childs mdf block (this was supposed to be a chair). No wardrobe just a long hook!
Breakfast looked like it would be served in a room equivalent to a truckers cafe and you had to pay to park.
In the end I told reception I wasn't staying and to please refund the money to the company. They were more than happy to do this and judging by their response I suspect I am not the only person to have left.
I rather suspect that backpackers and youngsters going to concerts would use this place, in which case I think it should sign up to the YHA and stop kidding people it is a hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ibis budget is a budget hotel, offering clean and comfortable accommodation, with guaranteed standards of service and a simple food option at really affordable prices. It is ideally located within the city centre, walking distance of "Bull Ring" shopping centre, Broad Street, Arcadian Centre and the main entertainment areas. The hotel offers 24-hour reception and the option to accommodate up to three people per room. 250 en-suite bedrooms including 12 accessible rooms - "Fraiche" offers a selection of sandwiches & snack 24 / 7 - "Eat as much as you like" continental buffet breakfast. FREE Wifi is now available in all public areas and bedrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Etap Birmingham
- Etap Hotel Birmingham