Travel Blogs from Birmingham
... to go. We're watching the clock, it's going slow! Details checked, there's not much we don't know!! (Cos') We're leaving on a jet plane, Six weeks before we're home again! You know, we just can't wait to get away..... It's time to go our car is near, We've left messages, they should be clear! You're so thankful that our car is finally here!! So kiss us and wave to us, Tell us not to make a fuss. Hug us once ...
... There was a great view. The castle wasn't nearly as impressive as some but it was a nice day and free! The birthday party stormed the castle to look for the chocolate coins one of the parents had just placed there so we decided to leave.
On our way out we decided to take a less muddy path through town. We stopped by the town center and grabbed a cup of iced coffee and a snack. It was a good afternoon and a nice way to start my way back in the ...
... usually were all over tourist areas, highlighting the places to see. As we walked around, we manage to stumble on the canal and the Royal Shakespeare theatre. The area was full of ice cream vendors, today was about 14C so ice cream was a necessity, and people playing Frisbee and walking in the grassing area around the theatre and the canal. After some time in this area, we found a map and decided to head toward Shakespeare's birthplace.
The roads in the area ...
11.34 from York, coppers everywhere, weather getting better by the hour. Train to brum delayed and onward train cancelled, turning into a long trip but weather now glorious. Brums rough as ever, Moor street very old worldly. Got on train eventually an hour late. B&B nice, excited to get started. Missing my superbly fit and awesome ...
... and much of it is high above the valley on an embankment, with several roads going underneath, including the M5. There are good views from here. Birmingham is very hilly.
We timed it badly, as the schools were just finishing for the day, and a lot of kids in uniform were wandering along the towpath. As we passed under a bridge, a plastic drink bottle landed on the roof. It could have been worse!
We had to visit the weedhatch to clear a large piece ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Paragon Hotel Birmingham
Okay hotel, Awful area
My partner and I stayed here as part of a package trip to the Cheltenham Festival.
We found the room small but comfortable. However it was cold with a cracked window looking out on to an industrial estate.
Overall the hotel was in an out of the way place, in the middle of an industrial area and council housing estate. There was no opportunity to see any nightlife in Birmingham unless you were prepared to hire a taxi.
The staff were friendly but breakfast time was chaotic with not enough seating capacity for all the guests.
I wouldn't stay here as a private guest and if I booked my holiday with the same company again I would want to make sure I wasn't staying here.
We booked this hotel because it was one of the cheaper ones available. We also booked it before we discovered Tripadvisor. Just before we went, I had a quick look on Tripadvisor to see what we had booked and, given the mostly terrible reviews, expected the worst.
It's a bit like that hotel in The Shining except the staff aren't quite so friendly. Very, very noisy especially on a Saturday night. If you plan on getting any sleep, I'd avoid going back to the hotel and stay out all night instead - it'd be quieter in a rave night club. Breakfast was dreadful and presided over by staff that have obviously been trained at the Gestapo school of charm. It's cheap but not cheerful and the surrounding area is bleak and depressing. You'll like this place if you have no class and no taste - it's chavtastic!
I totally agree with everything said in the previous two reviews and would like to add: -
Give it a miss!
I arrived with colleagues who wanted to make a change in their booking. Staff were unhelpful and quite rude! They wished to charge for a room that was being cancelled 24 hours in advance? They then allowed the cancellation over 12 hours later with no apology. The rooms were very small, the showers/toilets were in need of refurbishment and the windows were extremely draughty and cold despite the presence of an electric heater.
This hotel seems to attract a lot of short stays from what I could see and here, if you know what I mean!
I checked out a day early and I will never return again!
Cheap and not very cheerful
This hotel is not value for money no matter how cheap it is. Situated next to a council estate I hated the opportunist attitude of charging for secured parking.
The bar area was more like a working mans club, with children running wild everywhere and the drinks were over priced.
I had an ajoining door to my room which the people next door kept trying to open (as a young couple I think this was poor judgement to put us in this type of room).
The breakfast was disgusting and caused my boyfriend to be very ill.
There are no restaurants near by, no nightlife and looked more like the ghetto part of Birmingham.
For the price paid I'd consider it to be very good. It is an old hotel with quite a bit of character, and the staff were friendly. No problems with cleanliness, but we had no toilet paper. A quick call and they popped up in 5 minutes with a roll.
More like a hostel!!
If you are looking for cheap and cheerful then this is your place, however if you like at least some creature comforts then i wouldn't bother. The hotel is more like a hostel, very tiny rooms and bathroooms which looked more like a hospital bed then a hotel room.
Breakfast was terrible, no service and no room for the amount of guest's it has.
The bull ring being 10 minutes walk was the only good thing, however you are not near the nightlife. You would need to get taxi at night as it didn't seem safe to walk.
A pleasant surprise
Having read a not very complimentary review of this hotel, I was a slightly concerned, but need not have worried. The staff were both cheerful and helpful. The building and interior were impressive and had quite a history, having been built in 1903 by Lord Rowton to house up to 400 homeless people. This did explain the rather small, but nevertheless, comfortable bedrooms. The buffet breakfast was plentiful and the dining/seating areas very pleasant. If I had one criticism it would be that the showers needed some new grout/silicon - there was a bit of mould in ours. However, overall I would have no hesitation in returning to this pleasant, well located hotel.
On arrival the hotel looked lovely externally and internally. Staff at the reception desk were very helpful on check in, trying to sort out our booking to include adjoining rooms for our daughter. Although they said they would charge for an extra room even the reservation was made and fully paid for in advance requesting adjoining rooms.