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Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan
Ranked #50 of 118 Hotels in Birmingham
Reviewed 27 May 2012

I stayed 5 nights earlier this month whilst my husband was undergoing a 'Birmingham Hip Resurfacing' op at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and this hotel was ideally placed for a very straightforward return drive plus the Town centre by bus or car. Eight hours a day in/around a hospital was draining but the staff, from reception to the excellent women working in the restaurant never failed to ask for a report on his progress each day and were friendly but not familiar. I wish I had had the energy to use the small but well appointed gym. 20+years ago I travelled a lot on business;things change as one gets older but I was never allowed to feel alone there and, more importantly, very safe.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

I took a party of 34 to stay for 4 nights at this great hotel. From the outside it looks disappointing but inside was great. The bedrooms were quirky, but then the hotel is round, the beds were the most comfortable that any of us have slept in at an hotel, even the single rooms had 4ft beds!. Good TV in every room. The hotel is very clean and well furnished. The staff were very welcoming, friendly and helpful and always smiling - nothing appeared to be too much trouble. the food was excellent, even catering for one of us with Coeliac disease (intolerance to cereal). Our only critisism was the lack of drawer space (which the manager assured me they are trying to rectify). All of us would stay at this hotel again.

Room Tip: Fifth floor room was excellent.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 May 2012

Stayed this Friday and Saturday on a weekend deal. The whole public area, reception, dining and bars is very nicely appointed in a modern style. The hotel is also very convenient for the town centre being only 5 minutes away by frequent buses. Very near the hotel (easy walking) there are a variety of restaurants, Indian, TGIF and others, and also a casino. In the hotel, the food in the brasserie was very nice, with good value and choice on the standard menu. Service too was above average in the restaurant - staff very attentive but not intrusive.

So all good then? Well, the double rooms on the inside of the tower are nicely appointed but somewhat cramped, barely big enough for a couple if you've brought baggage. As other reviewers have mentioned the view from those rooms of the inside well of a 70's tower block is pretty uninspiring. Finally the bedroom walls are a little thin so nocturnal noises can be an issue(!).

We would stay again but certainly would want an outside room

Room Tip: Outside room best, probably on the back away from the busy road.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

Good points - staff friendly and helpful - food good quality and portions - good value for money - good channel selection on TV - good location - free wifi.

Bad points - the hotel is circular and therefore, whilst the outside rooms are large (I've had one in the past) the internal rooms are odd. The room door opens with the bathroom next to it and then the bed, finally tapering to the width of the window, kinda like a cheese wedge. The view of the internal light well is very Blade Runner - all concrete and no sky - and the overall effect is a bit claustrophobic. The hotel itself feels a little dated.

Would I stay here again - definately, but oh for an outside room!

Room Tip: Get an outside room if you can.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 May 2012 via mobile

Stayed in one of the upgraded rooms, nice big well equipped rooms, comfortable bed. Staff were friendly enough in the bar and restruant at breakfast.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

Stayed here again last night and was disappointed. Room was about the same although the fire alarm went off four times! Mostly between 10:30 and 12...but also at 4:30am which pleased me greatly!! :( Found it very hard to get back to sleep after that. Food in the restaurant was the big let-down though. Menu is completely different and although they offer a meal deal the quality was pretty poor. I had prawn cocktail (average) pork steak in sauce (I forget what sauce - tasted like oxo gravy) with chips and chocolate pudding and ice cream (ok) for £21:95. There are lots of better places to eat nearby - I would go to them if I were you...

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the road are much better than rooms looking into the central well..but are more ex...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

We were a group of friends spending weekend in Birmingham and decided to stay just outside the city centre, The Menzies Strathallan was the place to stay, close enough to get in quickly and cheaply by taxi but also on a main bus route right outside hotel. The staff on reception were so friendly and when one of the party felt they would prefer a lower floor were able to change with no problems. Bar staff were again friendly and professional and if you get to eat in the hotel then you are in for a treat, food well presented and of a high standard, breakfast good with plenty of choice. The only down side may be in the summer it has no air con to the rooms, but this wasnt an issue with us this time of the year, inside rooms a little on the small side, but for what time we spent in room was adequate. Unfortunaly one of the party on the last night was unwell and had to be admited to the local hospital, again staff were able to help with this and when his wife had to stay an extra night due to this admission the hotel staff made sure she was able to stay in the room they were already booked into, and did everything they could to make her feel comfortable as the rest of the party had to get home. Oh you must visit the Botanical gardens which are a walk away from the hotel, or short hop in taxi if you not good walkers. Taxis cheaper than in the local town where we live

Room Tip: Inside rooms small and with no view, but away from the road so quiet.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan

Address: 225 Hagley Road, Birmingham B16 9RY, England (Formerly Menzies Strathallan)
Region: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Birmingham > Edgbaston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#19 Luxury Hotel in Birmingham
#43 Romantic Hotel in Birmingham
Price Range: £43 - £94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan 4*
Number of rooms: 135
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan is centrally located and easy to get to. The hotel is close to Birmingham city centre and offers plenty of free parking on site. Free, superfast WiFi is also available throughout the hotel available to all guests. Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan has 135 bedrooms including 17 bedrooms refurbished in 2017 and 53 new City Double bedrooms created in 2016. The hotel also has lots of great facilities including a Hallmark Grill, bar and lounge, a small gym for hotel guests, 7 air-conditioned meeting rooms for up to 170 delegates. BT Sport is now available in the bar/lounge area playing top sporting action. ... more   less 
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