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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn City Centre Birmingham
Ok.... At The Right Price....
This is not a bad hotel in a good location for night life and shopping. I would agree about the NCP car park but I come to Birmimgham by train and its a short walk to the hotel which is fine.
Some of the rooms are shabby and need refurbishment but the upgraded rooms are nice and if you are just looking for a decent place to sleep I would recommend here.
The breakfast is very good and room service when I have had it is also good. All this said I would not stay here when they are charging full rates or anywhere near them. I have found some great rates on their website and sometimes if you call the hotel you can negotiate a good rate.
All in all I would recommend...
Food OK --- otherwise poor value
After a bad experience with this hotel chain in Paris I vowed never to stay in a Holiday Inn again. But I was booked into this one for a conference so had no choice. My expectations of the rooms were realised --it was small, shabby and extremely noisy. I have stayed in hotels in the centre of Munich, Berlin, Bergamo, Bari, Genoa and Barcelona without any disturbance because of triple-glazing. Yet Holiday Inn can't be bothered to upgrade this mediocre hotel. The plus points --- the breakfast was pretty good and the chef would flourish in a better environment. And the staff were very obliging. They, too, deserve somewhere better.
Not a bad place to stay over for a night out in Brum, centrally located and very handy for the gay village.
Our room, on the second floor was in need of a refurb, but it was clean and the bathroom was fine.
Breakfast is good with a good buffet selection and as much to eat as you want.
Holiday Inn should invest some of cash in this place though.
I stayed in Room 301 for 2 nights in the middle of August. If you've never been to the hotel before and are driving, it's easy to miss as the sign at the front is obscured by a tree. There's an NCP car park close to the hotel, and this doesn't inspire a safe feeling, particularly in the evening. The walk from the car park to the hotel is along a back alley, and past some dustbins!
At least the mouse liked it !
Not a good choice - reception had 'lost' our reservation and treated us to the third degree treatment as if it was our fault, or we were lying. It was very very badly handled.
Totally unhelpful and unwelcoming, so the poor quality room desperate for a refurb was not a surprise.
It would really help to have English speaking staff on reception - much of the poor attitude seems to go with staff from other (East European) countries where clearly procedures are more important than customers.
Never mind, the mouse my colleague saw in the restaurant obviously thinks it's agood place to eat !
It's hard to say exactly why I like this hotel so much - probably location mostly.
Pokey, shabby and slow
Stayed in the hotel for 1 night on a business trip. I was given a single unrefurbished room. Cramped and shabby with a very worn bathroom - I've been in better student digs! The breakfast is good but crowded. Check in and out took forever. I'm sure there are better hotels to be had for similar prices in Birmingham.
This is a perfectly reasonable stop-over place but is nothing special.
This hotel was very good for "teletext" offers - which offer inexpensive rooms with breakfast.
This hotel is a bit of a bargain! Compared to some of the 'three star' hotels found along the Hadley Road this place really stands out. By booking online you can secure a standard room for about £40 - excellent value considering you're in the heart of the city. Within a five minute walk you can reach the new BullRing shopping centre, the main city centre shops, New Street railway station, the chinese quarter and the gay village - pretty much something for everyone then! The public areas of the hotel are refurbished and modern as are the superior rooms. The standard rooms are pretty dated - but remember you'll be paying less than most lodge style accommodations. My only gripes with the place are the fact that the superior rooms are no larger than the standard rooms - they just have modern decor and come with a few extras and the fact that the superior rooms are located on the lowest floor rather than the highest seems a shame - certainly no views to be found! Overall this place fits the bill perfectly for a no frills stay in the heart of the city.