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Tuesday morning showed signs of rain, so we headed back to Bournville to get some pictures of Si's old house in Franklin Road. Nel was really looking forward to seeing Cadbury World, having been to the Cadbury factory in Hobart (now closed to the public) when travelling on a Nissan Patrol Club trip a few years ago.
Arriving in the car park …
Sunday morning was an early start - Nel stayed at the hotel to pack up and Si went off to pick up the car from Marble Arch, a couple of Tube stations away. We had managed to book a cheap little car before we had left and ended up with a brand new black Ford Focus. It was a great little car and served us well. It's amazing how when you are so used …
... is a family owned manor turned zoo. The beautiful place is home to the Heyworth family and was started in 1970. Forty years on the animals and the beautiful grounds go together. The zebras wander in front of the house and the giraffe house has a large walking platform around the top so you can eyeball the 3 giraffes that wander around. There are few fences and those that are there are wire and the animals are kept in by large ditches that are merely topped ...
... song was a slower, more reflective one, and the tambourines stopped. The songs were mostly from the mid seventies, and the church seemed to be in a time warp. However, we had a great welcome, and most of the people came to say hello. The sermon was good, about being Christ-like. Sadly they didn’t have teas and coffees afterwards, which is a missed opportunity for fellowship.
After the service we returned to the café in the High Street for their ...
Today was quite warm by UK standards and Derek and I had a pleasant walk along the canal in the morning before joining the Grimer family for a very tasty Sunday roast lunch. Rob and Fi then took us to Croome Park, an 18th century country house and estate where we enjoyed a walk through the house and grounds. Rob then dragged me out into the fields to go blackberry picking and Derek and I dropped in for a chat with Lesley's parents, Ray and Doreen, before supper and a chat with Rob and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Apollo Hotel Birmingham
Well, I stayed a night at the Quality Hotel, dump that it was, and came to the Apollo Hotel for my second night. It was nice relative to the previous hotel - our room was pretty large (Hagley Suite for £50 per night inc breakfast) and the bathroom was modern and recently refurbished.
Apollo Hotel Motel
The room was clean and comfortable, but no mini bar. The place was well heated, and secure. Situated on a busy major route out of Birmingham so rather noisy, and not particularly convenient for a single woman travelling on business.
To call the place a hotel is somewhat exaggerated it is really a motel.
The taxi service is quick and efficient but you need to take into account the rush hour traffic if you are going to get to your destination on time.
The staff are helpful but some showed little knowledge of the dinner menu.
A blast from the past!
Pretty grim! I haven't seen a room like this for a long time. To sum up - very tatty furnishings (old green nylon carpet, chipped melamine, peeling wallpaper etc), no curtains in bathroom, no shower, mismatched taps, shaver point not working, no remote for tv, cracked mismatched cups, freezing cold when we arrived (heating switched off), no heating in bathroom (control removed), gruesome strip lights (not all working). On a positive note, the bed was quite comfy and the directions to the hotel were first rate, but not enough to tempt me back again (by a long way!).
Cheap and cheerful
Stayed there six times July-August 2005 - chose the hotel first because close to where I was working, and went back because it was cheap and cheerful (booked via Laterooms for 35pounds inc breakfast). Some rooms seem very tired, others recently but cheaply decorated. One room had a non-working light in bathroom, another had feeble shower. Staff were helpful with solving problems. Breakfast was OK but not gourmet (good enough for me, anyway). Close to TGI Fridays, Ask (nice chain Italian) and a Chef & Brewer pub with good fish&chips. Sometimes noisy (especially if you get a room on Hagley Road - but OK if you can get a room at the back, and ask for a room above the ground floor).
We had a most unpleasant stay at this hotel.
I never really felt safe in this hotel. The rooms are in seperate blocks away from reception and on several occaisons I found the main security door to the bedroom block propped open. The blocks are right beside a very busy main road and I was fearful of someone walking in off the street.
I also ate in their restuarant one night but would recommend giving it a miss and trying one of several restuarants within walking distance on Hagley Road.
I stayed in this hotel for one night with friends in October 2004. The hotel is a fair distance from the city centre but there is a bus route, which runs at regular intervals to and from the centre (takes about 10-20 minutes).
Apollo Hotel: Great value for the money.
We stayed at this hotel in August, 2004, and found the rooms to be very clean and in excellent condition. Excellent value for the price. The staff are friendly and very helpful. I requested a non-smoking room on the quiet side of the hotel, not on ground level. I was given just that! Full English breakfast was included and was well prepared. Fine location for visiting B'ham U.
Late arrival at the Apollo Hotel
My daughter and I arrived very late at the hotel. It was 11:45pm and we should have been there before 10pm. There was a problem with the computer system and so we were not able to have a room key that night but they promised that one would be ready for the morning. We were taken to our room which was clean and tidy and also had things like tea/coffee, wash gear, trouser press etc. The beds were quite firm and for us would have been better if a little softer or perhaps abit more padding. In the morning, as promised, we were given our room key. Breakast was great, food well cooked and hot!! We needed a cab so that was organized for us. We were made to feel welcome. Altogether a successful stay. We will stay there again.
Not so fantastic
As a base to use for only sleeping OK, no aircon, no room service, some niceish restaurants close by and a short Taxi ride from the city centre. The rooms are very basic, the beds not very comfortable and super hot in the summer.