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... of visitors, eavedropping on the guides telling their stories. We also meet various locals, both young and old who talk about living in such a notorious place. The wife of a former SS guard was unapologetic, claiming that the camp commandant was just a bit of a bully. And the one time Hitler Youth still had a gleam in his eye when recollecting the old days.
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... talented and the shows were well done. The place became a zoo around noon so we were happy we were there at 10am when it opened to beat the rush! There was a special tour called the dungeon experience that Whiteside and i paid 9 pounds to go on with a group of 6 students. It was 45 minutes long and was worth the money. They took us through all areas of the actual dungeon that had been done up with smoke, actors and props. Each ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Copthorne Hotel Birmingham
I had two nights in here on business when my usual Birmingham city centre hotel was full and I needed an alternative near New Street station. The hotel is in the middle of a very large roundabout and I found it difficult to get in and out of it by foot (it suits arrivals by car or taxi better). Walking in and out of the hotel in the evening when it was dark I didn't feel particularly safe walking past the down and outs and beggars.
Good value hotel
This hotel is very central - easy to get there from the train station, close to shopping and the canelside areas of Birmingham. Paid £50 for a double room as an internet rate - this place is definately a real step above what you usually get for this price in England. Nice rooms, swimming pool etc.
Depends on the price!
I had to book last minute and there were other events on in the city so I paid top price of £155.
The hotel was impersonal and about as standard as it is possible to acheive. So absolutely nothing wrong but just not special.
They did try to charge me for breakfast (which was excellent) in the morning but relented without too much pressure
No heating and a mouse!
Late October and my room had no heating at all. At 12.30 am a sweet young man from reception set to work with a monkey wrench (really!) and by 1 he had admitted defeat and brought a heater...this didn't prevent the pipes of the redundant radiator from rattling and clanking in the early hours... what could be more refreshing than a trip to the sauna to drip one's way through a gym of people exercising, having sweated it out in an airing cupboard...bring on the mouse in the bar...not as upmarket as I'd expected.
Stayed there and had an upgraded "non" smoking room but it reeked of cigarettes as did the whole hotel from lobby onwards.
Not one for kids as the whole hotel felt smoky. Really got into the throat and clothes etc. For adults or smokers very centrally located and fab breakfast.
Stayed here for a girlie pampering weekend and shopping extravaganza and was not disappointed. Rooms were light airy and spacious overlooking the canal....... great shops in the merryhill shopping centre and great bars across from the hotel all within staggering distance..... Hotel staff were friendly and hotel provided excellent pampering facilities with gym, sauna, treatments etc Had a great time!!!!
Copthorne - excellent value!
We stayed in the Copthorne Birmingham in July 2003 and liked it very much. Over the internet we'd booked accommodation with a three-course-dinner, which was absolutely fabulous! The waiter pampered us with three courses and additional little delicacies in between - dining in true style! A slight drawback was the fact that the room didn't have air conditioning and that it was a hot night. A fan (if not air conditioning) would have been helpful. The leisure facilities were great - very well-maintained and a pleasure to use. The hotel bar is stylish and open until 1.00. Pint of lager/bitter about 2.75 - not too much for such I nice place, I believe.
Spent my wedding anniversary here and it's now ear-marked for an annual tradition. Excellent service and GREAT for exploring the city.
Copthorne - ideal hotel for short break
Couldn't fault the Copthorne - stayed for a long weekend, excellent, attentive and friendly service, good 'roomy' rooms, thoughtfully adapted room for wheelchair users, huge breakfasts, less than 5 minutes from the the shoppping district of New Street to the east and the bars / restaurants of Brindleyplace to ther west.