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After a delicious breakfast at the Austin Guest House in Warwick, the family headed north into Wales and I headed south into the Cotswolds. First stop, as always, was Burford. This is an ancient medieval town that is pretty much preserved as it was for the last few hundred years. I am particularly sad as the Staffordshire Pottery shop that graced the High Street on a couple of my visits has sadly closed and been replaced with a gallery that it way outside my ...
... of the smaller animals. Very interesting. It also incorporates Dudley Castle. It was quite cold and a bit wet, so some of the animals kept to their indoor areas.
We walked from there to the Dudley shopping centre where we wandered round before catching a bus back to the boat.
We had a takeaway pizza.
No boating today
Wed 18th Sep
We used the facilities (3 cassettes!) before setting off. A hire boat crossed ...
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 ...
... was really good. We then went and had some lunch, walked the 530 steps of the towers, watched a fantastic birds of prey show and a flame-throwing trebuchet that happens to be the biggest working one in the world at the moment. It was spectacular!
We found our accommodation which is about 2 klms form the castle, unpacked and headed off into town where we had some chinese food and we are just settling down for the evening...
Slept well and enjoyed a lengthy swim in Rob's pool before breakfast. Water was surprisingly warm for this time of the year. After breakfast Derek and I headed off to meet his family in Hereford. We arrived at Malcolm and Fiona's home in Lugwardine just before 12 and found that most of the family were already there. I met the rest of the Harris family, Sarah and husband Simon and daughter Isabella who was very cute and was ...
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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.