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... walk out the door.... (Cos') We're leaving on a jet plane, Six weeks before we're home again. You know when we come back we'll have a lot to say.... We could email you, we could text you too. We might even try to FaceTime you, But we'd rather travel far and go explore.... So kiss us and wave to us, Tell us not to make a fuss, Hug us twice and then we' say no more.... (Cos) we're leaving on a jet plane...... ...
Today was the warmest day yet! Probably 17C! That meant we were going to take an outdoor adventure for sure! We walked to and from the gym to enjoy the sun. After the gym and getting ready we decided to go to Stafford castle. The castle was about a 2 mile walk down a foot path. The foot path starts right behind our apartment so it was an easy way to get there. The walking path was full of families and people walking their dogs. We walked past a ...
... t nearly as many pecans and the gooey part wasn't nearly as gooey. The cream tea was to be expected, delicious, and it has become my fall back at all of our afternoon teas.
After a couple of hours in town, we headed back home for the night. Stratford on Avon was a nice English town and would be a great place to stay if you wanted the English town feel that was still close enough to London to see the big city as well. Overall, not bad but not too terribly exciting.
11.34 from York, coppers everywhere, weather getting better by the hour. Train to brum delayed and onward train cancelled, turning into a long trip but weather now glorious. Brums rough as ever, Moor street very old worldly. Got on train eventually an hour late. B&B nice, excited to get started. Missing my superbly fit and awesome ...
... the Ashted locks, so all six were in our favour. The graffiti around this section was very profuse and we decided that we would have been unwise to use the moorings by the science park. Ashted Tunnel roof was unusually shaped and the roof of the boat touched a couple of times, scratching the paintwork on the handrail. A job for later, when we finally manage to get hold of some touch up paint of the right colour.
After the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Macdonald Burlington Hotel Birmingham
Okay - but not much else
Stayed here for business reasons and booked a single room. Huge, very comfortable bathroom, but extremely small, crowded bedroom, with small bed. OK for 1 night but not for 3. Room in need of updating - I know other single rooms are much bigger so if you are after a single room, make sure you check what size you will get before booking. Conference facilities okay, but nothing more and there are much better around. I needed to post an urgent letter, which I did at reception, but it never arrived. I have stayed in better hotels for the price and was quite disappointed.
After having had to stay at the quality hotel the week before (NEVER GO THERE)! The Burlington came as a pleasant surprise. I like MacDonald hotels. I have stayed with them in Stratford-upon Avon, Chester and Edinburgh and have not been disappointed.
It was a pleasure to stay here for two weekend nights in early December, 2004. I cashed in some of my Fairfield timeshare points through the ---- website. The professional and friendly staff allowed me to check luggage early in the morning, even though my room was not ready until the regular time in the afternoon. A superb breakfast buffet each morning was included in the deal, with orange juice and coffee included free. This was once an old railway hotel, so it has character and charm. My single bedroom was somewhat small but nicely furnished and the bathroom was excellent. I was using a four day British rail pass to explore England, and this location could not be better. Not only is the hotel directly adjacent to the main "New Street" train station, but service is available to all points. It is a good alternative to base yourself here rather than London if your train pass allows unlimited travel. The fast trains connect to London's Euston Station every 30 minutes and the journey is just over one hour. Birmingham itself is a nice city with scenic restored canals and fine shopping.
Not exactly inspiring!
Stayed in this hotel in December overnight whilst attending a Christmas party. The hotel itself isn't one I would particularly stay in again - it was a little "rough around the edges" and the internal decor was a little lacking. Also, I stayed in a non-smoking room which needed the window opening for several hours to get rid of the smell of smoke! To make matters worse there was an ashtray left outside of the room for someone to collect. On arrival at the hotel with 2 large suitcases none of the door staff made any attempt to help me. I cannot fault the receptionists on both checking in and out - they were very polite and helpful. The breakfast was average for a hotel. Not a great hotel and I would not recommend staying there - you are better off at Malmaison.
Burlington in Birmingham is fantastic!!
We went for dinner into the the city center.
After a great evening in the city we don't wanted to drive home so we ask for a double room in Burlington Hotel.
I can tell you this hotel is fantastic!
The room was so nice and you feel like in a dream.
I enjoyed to stay there for this night.
The room and also the bathroom are very big.
Breakfast in the morning was delicious.
A good start for discover the city!!
We also stayed in a hotel in Sutton Coldfield which has also 4 Stars. But you can't compare it!!
Only if you can't find a park bench!
Used to stay here a couple years ago, may be it's changed recently.
Although cheap for a city centre hotel, I paid £70/night, this is a seriously substandard hotel, in poor decorative order, many rooms are very small, shower was faulty, TV broken, staff with a bad attitude.
Worst thing is sometimes the above average la a carte resturant switch to producing carvery style self-service of meals that remind me of school dinners. I guess the chef has a day off or they are busy catering large parties.
Left my heart in the Burlington
i thought the Burlington would be expensive compared to the Briar Rose - it is but the customer service is the best I have had and the Executive rooms are superb with a good eye for detail. The Restaurant is good but the Sommelier needs to know about some cheaper wines !! I feel it is worth the extra bob or two to have a room here as you do feel valued.
I stayed at the Burlington for a weekend in December. Its a splendid building and the dining room is particularly impressive. The breakfast (Buffet style) is excellent. However I found the staff somewhat unhelpful and it is difficult to have a meal in the evening without going to the rather expensive restaurant. A word of warning do not make any phonecalls from the hotel rooms....very expensive!.
We went to Birmingham on Thursday and checked into another hotel (Fawlty Towers eat your heart out!). We decided to move from this hotel over to the Burlington which was the same price but a totally different experience.
The Burlington, New Street, Birmingham
What a splendid hotel with 112 rooms it reeks of quality and grandure.. Although built in victorian times it was fully refurbished in 1995. It is privatelty owned and with 4 stars offers the finest quality and service. It has also got a purpose built conference suite able to have about 450 delegates. The Berlioz restaurant has fine cuisine. There is a leisure centre on the top floor.