Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre
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This morning Emma woke up at 7.15am which was good timing as we needed to get up reasonable early to get ready to go out. I gave Emma her morning feed then bathed her. Matt took her to get dressed while I showered. After that Matt showered then we went up to the Club Lounge for breakfast around 8.30am.
We could only get Emma to eat a …
I woke up at 6.00am this morning and decided to give Emma her change and feed. She went back to sleep and I woke up again at 8.30am and thought we'd better get up and give Emma some breakfast. I boiled the jug to make her food and she woke up a few minutes later.
I started feeding Emma on the bed but then decided we could save time if …
Well the good news first...
I spoke to mum today and apparently Rommie has come through with flying colours! Yay! I should know tomorrow when she is likely to be able to come home.. My poor little girl is progressively losing more and more of her fur... I think it is nearly time to call it quits and just shave the whole cat!
... all my stuff. I needed to return the car so I had to get all my goodies out. I had no idea where AVIS was so I checked in my folder and there was a postcode, so I put that in and the GPS took me to the door about 5 minutes away. I caught the AVIS shuttle back to Terminal 5, went downstairs and caught the 423 bus back to the lodge. I was really pleased that I had managed to work this part out as I was a bit worried of the logistics of returning the car ...
... where the Common Folk Club takes place every Thursday. We had a warm welcome, and we sang Watercress and Well, Well, Well. There were lots of performers, with several singer / songwriters. Quite a few folksy pop songs, and not much traditional folk. It didn’t finish until 1115pm. We got a lift back to the boat.
No locks, 6 miles.
Fri 20th Sep
Thankfully Hugo was around in the morning as usual, so we guess he had plenty ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre
Adequate, but tired decor and noisy
The hotel is adequate, although the rooms and common spaces are a little tired. There was a cricket tournament going on in Birmingham when I stayed there in Sep 2004, and some of the visiting teams from India and Australia were staying there. That made for big crowds in the lobby and noisy hallways. The exercise room is somewhat above average.
Usual great service at the crowne plaza......
stayed overnight on 27 nov.2004.had 2 rooms. walking distance to the shops. everything excellent from the check in to the breakfast buffet (plenty of choice, nice dining room and great service).....lovely rooms pleasant decor, spotless bedrooms and bathrooms. staff very amiable.concierge wonderful. nothing was too much trouble.will definately stay here again when christmas shopping next year!!
We stayed in this hotel weekend of 12-13 November, on a good rate - £80 a room (2 adults, one child) and breakfast included. Anyone paying the advertised rack rate - £178 single, no breakfast - would have every justification in feeling royally ripped-off. I have stayed ina number of Crowne Plazas around the world, because someone in their management realises that even this shabby, run-down chain can attract customers if they discount enough. Staff were nice and friendly, the non-English on the ball, the English dozy as usual.
From start to finish a most pleasant experience.
Very spacious, clean, attractive rooms.
Great Service at Breakfast
Stayed here a few times while on business. The rooms are averagely comfortable with as good a view as you get in Birmingham ;-) What stood out was the service at breakfast time. Not only was the food very good for hotel fare (a choice of sausage no less!) but the woman who manages the restaurant does so with a great mix of firmness and friendliness. She's a bit let down by some of her staff whose command of English leaves something to be desired (and I once was asked 5 times whether I wanted toast) but it always got me off to a good start in the morning. Thank you.
Needs refurbishment. I don't think this hotel has changed much since it was built. The rooms are big but tatty with noisy air con machines. The staff can be rude - my mini-bar was locked even though my account is settled by my company. I complained and no response. There is a small health club but again needs refurbishment. Parking is also expensive. Nice views from the rooms on the city side though. Overall, not a patch on the nearby Hyatt.
Had a mother and daughter weekend away shopping! Spacious room, complimentary tray both days. Treated ourselves to breakfast and dinner - room service very prompt. Staff very obliging and efficient. Taxis arrived on time. Situation ideal for "Bull Ring and Mailbox" shoppers!
I stayed at the Crowne Plaza for 3 nights in March 2003.From the outside, the hotel looks like a somewhat dated and tired 13-storey 1960's tower block, but don't be put off - inside it is much better!The rooms are very large and clean (reputedly the largest rooms in Central Brum), with decent white bathrooms. Satellite TV and minibars come as standard, along with very (!) powerful air conditioning - reckon this would be brilliant in the summer. Unlike many other hotels in central Brum, you can also actually open the windows to let in a bit of fresh(ish) air.Breakfast was good - the usual buffet-style breakfast affair, although on one occasion when sat at the back of the restaurant the service for tea/coffee/toast really was painfully slow.Otherwise service was very good.Having stayed at othe 4* hotels in Brum (Hyatt, Copthorne) I would say that the Crowne Plaza holds its own. Recommended.
This was my second time satying at the crowne plaza birmingham city. The first time I stayed was good but the second time was great!!
Top marks to the Crowne Plaza
My 10 year old son and I stayed overnight while attending an event at the NEC. At the time he was confined to a wheelchair. The staff were wonderful beyond the call of duty and did all they could to make our stay a pleasant one.
The breakfasts and room service offered excellent value for money.
I have visited a lot of hotels on business and I'm not easily delighted but the staff and service at the Crowne Plaza were excellent and I would definitely recommend it for business and pleasure.