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... most were the gardens. The penguins live in the walled garden which has beautiful colours and some amazing plants that I didn't recognise but appreciated their loveliness. The Kids has a good time and enjoyed the train ride albeit from the bottom of my bag because I forgot to take them out!!!
After a lovely 3hours I headed off to London and to my dodgy digs for the evening. I just looked for somewhere near Heathrow that was cheap! I checked in about ...
... went round the prop and we had no steerage. We gathered some plums, and then removed a large sheet or curtain off the propeller.
The water was very clear, so we could see various objects in the canal, including a child car seat, a fridge, an open umbrella and the inevitable plastic bags. We had to travel slower than usual to avoid stirring up things on the bottom.
We arrived eventually at Sneyd Junction, where we disposed of all the bits ...
Today was quite warm by UK standards and Derek and I had a pleasant walk along the canal in the morning before joining the Grimer family for a very tasty Sunday roast lunch. Rob and Fi then took us to Croome Park, an 18th century country house and estate where we enjoyed a walk through the house and grounds. Rob then dragged me out into the fields to go blackberry picking and Derek and I dropped in for a chat with Lesley's parents, Ray and Doreen, before supper and a chat with Rob and ...
... This was really great. The story was told by 5-6 actors who were in each of the rooms. They were really clever and the show was interactive. Levi was put in the dock in the court and charged with weeing in the well in Warwick. After he revealed that he was Australian, the judge knew right away that he was guilty. We all had to boo the accused... it was a lot of fun. There were a few times that we jumped... but on the ...
... in about 1300 and the largest remaining example of such a map. We also visited the chained library where many ancient manuscripts also dating back to the 8th century are stored. Amazing to think that such documents still exist and the artwork in the books was beautiful. After a short walk around Hereford town we returned to the Harris home for supper and photos and then said our farewells and headed back to Rob for a quiet evening ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Malmaison Birmingham
A nice place to stay...if you avoid the staff!
I often have to travel to Birmingham on business and always try and get my company to book me into the Malmaison. I love the stylish rooms and comfortable beds, and the breakfast is very nice. I've always found the staff on reception to be aloof though, and they're not the most competant in the world. However the restaurant and bar staff always seem to be helpful if a little unfriendly.
I've only ever stayed in the standard rooms, but they have always been huge, clean and comfortable. The wide screen TV and CD/MD hi-fi's in each room are a nice touch.
This is the 4th time in a year we have stayed here. The rooms are modern and fairly simple. All seem to vary in size. We just stayed in an extra large room for an extra £40 which was much bigger with 2 sofas but not special. I would be interested in seeing a suite for an extra £20. All room have large tvs cds and well stocked minibar - good bathrooms aswell. The bar serves food all day. The burgers are great. Restaurant looks a little pricey for what it is and is next to the bar which gets really busy.
THe worst stay in my life
The worst hotel ever, pretencious, very unfriendly & unhelpfull staff, dirty rooms. The nice decor does not compensate for such a horrid treatment
Wow. Boyfriend booked us into a suite here and it was amazing. Huuuuuuuuge room, very smart, clean, chic (yet also comfy). Had a massive king size bed, the longest sofa I've ever seen and a bunch of comfy chairs too Can't say enough good things about it! The jacuzzi/sauna/steam room area is fantastic - lots of 'mood' lighting which changes colour every few minutes - v different to anything I've ever seen before. There's also an adjoining relaxation room which has huge (electric) massage chairs, loads of candles and relaxing music - was a wrench to leave! For a weekend of pure relaxation it is absolutely perfect!
Very good, but no X-factor
My wife and I stayed in one of the suites at Malmaison.
Very large room
Very friendly staff, except at reception - the lady dealing with us seemed more interested in the computer screen than us.
Niggling mistakes - room was only set up for 1 person, so we had to asked for more towls etc.; had to send food back to kitchen; but these were all dealt with very efficiently.
Overall a very good hotel, but didn't have any particular X-factor to make it truly memorable.
Amazing style and convenience
Had a late night in Birmingham and couldn't get a train back to London. Search for three hotels and was directed to MalMaison. Imagine the W hotel in the US, but without the annoying staff. Great service, great bar, excellent room. I travel frequently for business, so this was a nice treat. Price was a bit high for Birmingham, but well worth it.
Poor hotel rooms and bad service
Dull dark brown rooms, tiny gym, 50 minutes for room service and not a smile to be seen. Not at all a nice experience
Malmaison (The Mailbox)
Malmaison Hotel in Birmingham. Very nice restaurant, bar, spa with friendly staff. Upscale restaurants and shops next door.
Chic hotel, great location
What a lovely hotel! My boyfriend and I stayed here at the weekend in an open plan king size suite and I agree with the last reviewer in that it was beautiful. It looked very chic and was very spacious. The bed was incredibly comfortable and cozy. We ordered some room service which was very quick and the food yummy. We also had breakfast in bed which came in the form of a huge box left outside your door with fresh pastries, fruit salad and cereal (at ?9.95 p/p). Having been to the malmaison in manchester and experienced the same high quality I would definitely stay at this chain again.
Had one of the best rooms.....worth every penny!!!!!
had a kingsize suite...was really really worth it...beautiful decor, outstanding size room! will definatly stay there again in one of them rooms.