It's new and shiny and meets all the standards that you might expect from Premier Inn. Because it's in the town centre, management are understandably security conscious so lifts and stair access doors are all electronically protected with entry by using your room key card.
The reason I have downgraded it is because of the "sealed windows" policy. The room air conditioning only goes down to 19 and if used will dry you out overnight. If you leave the AC off then you may find the room too hot and stuffy.
The first time I stayed I had an awful night's sleep. One of the duty managers explained that next time I was due to stay to contact the hotel and request a room with opening windows. This I did and received confirmation only to be told on arrival that due to health and safety all the windows had been locked. What a load of nonsense.
Anyway, after throwing my toys out of the pram, a window key was found (in the housekeepers safe I'm told) and I got a good night's, fresh air sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Superbly located in the centre of Solihull, opposite Lode Lane car park & a short distance from the Touchwood shopping centre. 0.5 miles from Solihull train station and a 10 minute journey to Birmingham. Our Solihull Town Centre Premier Inn has everything you'd expect, incredibly comfy beds in every room with a Thyme Restaurant serving a mix of traditional and contemporary dishes. We have no parking at the hotel for our guests but we do recommend Lode Lane car park directly opposite the hotel, which offers overnight parking and charges will apply with restricted opening and closing times. ... more less