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As of today, not much much other than the usual. I have a new client, Halfords, so that's why I'm in Birmingham travelling home each weekend. However, the plan is that from around May next year, we go off driving around the European land mass visiting hot countries when it's cooler there and colder countries when it's hotter. We are spending the next few months planning so there's not much detail to be seen here yet. Watch this ...
Charles: Well the big hills day is now behind us, thank goodness for that, as my legs are absolutely shattered. Nice rolling hills today with lots of flat smooth roads, although Graham does insist on taking us up some real rough old roads if we're having it too easy. No punctures or breakdowns today so our average speed increased to 15 mph. My tip from Graham today is "don't just eat one snack bar when you can have two" ...
... they had us and tens of thousands of others on their feet and dancing right from the start. They were original and much less full of themselves than I’d expected. I would go and see them again.
It was just about dark when we joined loads of people walking back to Coventry. We found our way back to the hotel where the bar was still open so we stopped for a quick one and chatted to a couple who Julie recognised from the Buzzcocks set the night before, then turned in before 1 ...
... it was suddenly borderline whether she would need it or not. Our first priority was to get some ciders from the beer tent, after which we walked down to the main stage where Stone Foundation were finishing off their set. They sounded pretty good and we were sorry that the combination of weather and delayed trains had prevented us from seeing more.
Next up was The Selecter, a band that I had enjoyed a lot during the 2-tone Revival era in the very ...
... No Monday, is perfect. Then they can just say "Huh, just another Monday, right?" And you say "This is going to be the best nights sleep ever!" That is until your neighbors decided to get another dog, then your pretty much screwed. Today is the day that Zurich holds the burning of winter festival. Throughout the day there is a parade complete with floats representing all of the old traditional trades. Bakers, black smiths, chimney sweeps are all there. Only people with a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ibis Budget Birmingham Centre
This hotel is great value for money. The rooms are basic and small; perhaps more like ship cabins than traditional rooms. They can sleep up to three people in reasonable comfort (with a double bed and a bunk bed above). It's best to see it as a good hostel rather than a mediocre hotel. I was impressed by the pleasant manner of the staff, the free secure car park and free wi-fi. Not somewhere you'd go for a holiday but great value for a functional stopover after a night out in the town. Gets an excellent rating from me based on value for money rather than luxury.
Clean and convenient
Me and my boyfriend stayed in the hotel when we visited Birmingham to go christmas shopping. The hotel itself was easy to find although i would get the directions from the aa route planner, rather than relying on the hotels directions.
When we arrived the car park was closed due to being full, but i managed to find a parking space a few 100yds from the hotel, the area was quite safe, and my car was fine left here overnight and through the next day.
When we arrived the staff were quite aloof and were not very helpfull with reguard to assuring me my car would be safe. We asked them questions and they seemed mor interested in looking who was coming in and out of the front door than serving us.
Otherwise the hotel was quite cool, our room was quite small but it was very good for the money we spent. I would deffinate recommend it to anyone, but get there early for adequate parking oppertunities.
Great little place
This place is the easyjet of hotels offering no frills accomadation.
The room is bright with double bed, desk and tv. No tea facilities in room. Had its own heating/aircon system. The shower is in the main room with a perspex door so be warned only to use a shared room if you dont mind your room mate seeing your ----
The breakfast is danish, cereal and toast but good and have as much as you like. No bar or catering facilities but lots of surrounding restaurants. If you need somewhere to rest your head this is the place although its def not for those special weekends or events. Free car parking at rear of hotel.
Very Good Value for Money
When my friend first told me about this hotel, I was amazed that you could get a room for £35 that sleeps 3 ppl. Location of this hotel is great, although we did have trouble finding it. Hotel Parking is very limited so if you want to take advantage of their car park, try and check in early.
The room is small but clean, the bed was a double bed with a single bunk over it. Theres a shower, wash basin, separate toliet, TV, No hairdryer (you have to leave a £10 deposit at reception if you want one but you get it back once you've check out).
All in all it is a decent budget hotel, if you're staying in birmingham for 1 night, then this hotel is right for you, no frills. I would definitely stay here again but maybe not with my partner, I'd rather pay more for something cosier/romantic.
The only negative thing I have to say is at 10am housekeeping opened our door and woke us up...............grrrrr
Made a flying visit to this etap last night. Got there late. Unfortunately my reservation hadn't come through but that wasn't a problem. The lady on the desk checked me in efficienly and quickly. The room was basic as I expected but the bed was ok, the room clean and the hotel quiet. nothing fancy but I was thoroughly satisfied with my stay, £35, a bargain. Thanks.
More like student halls of residence than a hotel
We just returned from a Saturday night stay at the etap hotel, and I am glad that we did not have to stay any longer.
The hotel has a small car park at the rear, but there were no spaces available when we arrived. Annoyingly, the automatic gate would not open, and we had to go to reception to ask them to open it. We found a parking space in the street which was free, but I did worry about my car being secure.
The reception area is very clean and modern. The hotel seemed very busy, and we had to wait a while to check in.
We had request a non-smoking room, but were given a smoking room. We didn't bother to ask to be moved due to the wait at reception and we thought we could stand it for one night.
The room was small and very basic, with a small washbasin, a shower, a toilet in a small cubicle and a tiny rail to hang clothes. There was no wardrobe. There was a small double bed with a single bunk over it. The mattresses were foam and offered no support or comfort. There was a 14" TV which had a good selection of English and European TV channels. One of the walls had been repainted, but the decorator appeared to have got half the paint on the ceiling, and there was a huge square which had been left unpainted (presumably they ran out of paint!).
The hotel is situated on a busy main road in a central location which is great for exploring the city centre (although you do have to cross the busy road to get to the centre).
We returned to our room at 2am on Sunday morning after a great night out in Birmigham. We were ready for bed, but it seemed that other guests in the hotel wanted to party on through the night. Our sleep was interupted by screaming, shouting, laughing and people walking around. At one point, we could hear people racing each other up and down the corridor.
Whilst it would be unfair to blame the management for the noise of the guests, clearly they are the sort of people that are attracted by the low price of £35 and the prospect of squeezing 3 people into a room, and if you are looking for a good nights sleep then you should look elsewhere.
The checkout time was supposed to be 12pm on the day of departure, so I was shocked when housekeeping started coming round the hotel from 10am, knocking on every door. (There were no "Do not disturb" door handles, so I would recommend printing your own and firmly attaching it to your door!) The first time I shouted "Hello" and got a "Sorry" back, but the second time the maid got as far as opening the door before she realised we were still in the room. We took it as a hint to get up, shower and get ready to leave. Just after 11am, she came round again and knocked on the door. When I opened the door, she just pointed at her watch and moved on the the next room.
I have always felt that, unless you intend spending a lot of time in your room, there is no point in spending a huge amount of money on your hotel. I normally just want somewhere to lay my head at night, but in this case it proved impossible to get a good night's sleep because of the noise. I would seriously recommend that you avoid this hotel if you actually want to get any sleep in your room.
Not at all bad for what you pay.
its within walking distance of the bullring and new street station (about 10mins).
Its clean and comfortable. we got a taxi to broad street but it didnt cost much and recption was more than happy to call the taxi for us.
Just be aware that when you step out of the shower you step back in to the main room!
Overall extremly good value for money and hey you get what you pay for,
Just the job.
This hotel is great. It is very inexpensive. Birmingham is a very noisy place because the traffic is fast moving and it is the city of the car with roads going in all directions right through the heart of the place. The top three reasons in my book for a hotel are, one - quiet, two - quiet, and three - quiet. There are no quiet hotels in the city centre. This hotel is right on the A38 but the double glazing is superb. Keep the window closed and you will have perfect silence. This may prove to be a problem in the hot weather because you would need to switch on the air conditioning which is also noisy, so you tolerate the noise or suffer the heat. In the winter I wouldn't stay there because I couldn't stand the noise of the air conditioning. It should be fine in the spring and autumn but be sure to ask for a quiet room if you are staying there at a weekend as it is favourite with youngsters in partying mood.
OK for budget travelers
Departing from the premise this is a budget Hotel you must not expect any fancy commodities from this one.
I choosed this one after reading some scary stories from smelly, unsafe and ugly looking cheap hotels in Birmingaham and I don´t regret my choice. I stayed there 2 days for a conference.
You will find a clean, functional, if well not very large room, everything is tiny but it works, it has a tv and air conditioning. Breakfast is not included but you can help yourself with the buffet or walk a few blocks to the chinese quarter.
The only problem I had was that my card did not work on my second night in the place, I came back to the reception and the staff was friendly, helpful and quick to solve the problem.
You might also mind that the clubs zone e.g broad street is about 25min walk away, and the shopping zone eg. ring bull, at about 15min walk. So using the bus could be necessary of you are not of the walkig type.
I would come back if I am staying at Bmgh for a short time.
Fine for a weekend
Just spent a weekend here whilst visiting relatives and was pleasantly surprised by the small but adequate room- double bed with a single bunk over. Very good value for 3! Wash basin in corner and separate shower and toilet.
Good security as they are near the city centre and clubbers come and stay over once they have had enough. Most of the hotel is taken over by a mix of travellers of all ages. There were also lots of Crufts candidates with lovely dogs! Pity some of them let the dogs excercise in the car park if you know what I mean.
Simple buffet breakfast for 2.50 with sandwiches, hot drinks and other alternatives available 24 hours. The pub next door did full English very reasonably too.