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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel
Stayed here for the night when seeing a concert at the NEC and the location cannot be faulted. But the following can:
This Hilton Metropole is indicative of a large hotel at its worst; poor service, bad planning, waste, poor staff training, anonymity, no attention to detail, where the customer is placed at the end of the process - and really does pay for it!
This hotel has a mix of good and bad points, but I think the bad just outweigh the good and my preference has been to stay at the Crowne Plaza across the lake.
I stayed at this hotel three times over a two week period in September/October 2004 and was extremely dissapointed. The first problem you have is the confusing car park which is divided up into lots of small areas and seemed to be constantly below capacity. At times people were being turned away from the car park and told to find somewhere else in the NEC to park and then walk back. I had a big car full of stuff to carry into the hotel and was not happy that the car park was full on non-guests attending events such as the Smirnoff party mentioned in another review (I was also staying at the time of this party which went on all night and filled the corridors of the hotels with drunk party goers). The next dissapointment was my room, hardly big enough to get a bed in, a tiny bathroom with a discoloured bath smelling of mould. I'd been working till nearly midnight setting up an event at the NEC and hadn't eaten. I got comfortable on my bed and picked up the phone to call room service. The phone didn't work, on further investigation I found the phone socket was smashed to pieces. I therefore had to go down to reception at the opposite end of the hotel to order which defeated the point somewhat. I ended up staying in several rooms over my three stays and just about anything that could go wrong did. I'd avoid this place in the future and our company will not be using them again when staying at the NEC.
Dont stay here if you can help it!!!!
The hotel is in the NEC complex so from the first instance it is difficult to find, then theres the car park to negotiate to try and find a parking bay. The foyer fills you with some enthusiam but your face will fade to grey when you see the rooms. Small, dingy and I cant speak of the bathrooms, mould and strange stains profilerated mine. The staff were unforgiving and expalined they couldnt change rooms as they were fully booked. Thats because is clientele are NEC delegates ( and believe me this must without a doubt be Hiltons cash cow). Not even a Hilton Honors card make any difference.
Stay away !!!!
Never stay here the night before an early morning flight
We were looking forward to a stay in a nice hotel before our flight out to Gran Canaria. Never again
When we booked in there was a Smirnoff Ice party
which went on all night - it was still going on a 5am in the morning when we checked out to go to the airport. The smell of stale and fresh alcohol and cigarettes was so bAd we couldn't wait inside the hotel for the bus - we stood outside. The party people we so drunk they were wandering all around the hotel- a super sight for our 9 year old daughter to see.
It was an absolute waste of money and we will never stay there again or reccomend anyone else to
I really do like this Hotel
I've always liked this hotel, since attending a friends wedding some years ago, and we decided to go back for a couple of nights.
The entrance is imposing, with the chandeliers and marble lobby, and the concierge helped with bags. We were given an upgrade to a suite- diamond hhonors card- and it was on the fifth floor and was superb! Didn't get fresh flowers, and no clubroom, but the hotel "magically" appeared some cakes in our room each day, which was really nice.
The restauarnt staff for the evening meal were really great- they helped our 2 year old son whilst we ate. Breakfast was extensive both mornings, but a bit slow on the second due to a large wedding party.
The leisure centre and pool is fantastic.
I will definately book again!
As a regular traveller in the UK and Europe, I have to say that my heart sinks when I see that I have been booked into this hotel.
End of February 2004, my second trip to the Birmingham Metropole. I'd stayed about a year ago, as part of a major conference, and it had been lovely. I looked forward to returning on a special leisure weekend, an opportunity to reunite friends and have some quality pandering in a good hotel. The rooms were fine, leisure facilities excellent. But the service - this hotel has serious problems in the restaurant and bar.
Now part of the HILTON group.
I stayed her overnight, as part of a conference deal. The rooms are nice and recently decorated. It has a leisure complex, which is great.
Food is excellent.. There is a free transfer service from the airport to the hotel. However, it is a bit pricey for drinks etc.. This is owing to its location, next to the airport and, the NEC...