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... on the water sprayed all over the floor and the shower head started to leak. I grabbed the shower head and it came off into my hand. The water sprayed upwards towards the ceiling and I was madly trying to turn the tap off! I finally managed to get the shower head sort of stuck back into the hose and had a mildly irritating shower. I set the alarm for 5:30am as I need to be in the lodge shuttle by 6am to get to the terminal to catch the tube into London...
... which was excellent value, beautifully prepared. £6.25 for 2 courses.
We bought bread and milk from Tesco, shower cleaner from Wilkinson’s, and dealt with loo, water and rubbish at the facilities, before moving off past Catshill Junction, and Ogley Junction, where the Curly Wurley used to continue (The Lichfield and Hatherton Canals restoration project)
We were now on the Anglesey Branch, which goes under the A5, and then under the new ...
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 ...
Leaving Michele's place after a yummy breakfast, I headed off toward Warwick. It was supposed to be an hours drive but there were so many 30 and 50 mph spots and fixed speed cameras that it took me and hour and a half! I was glad to get there and go inside the gate. Mark, Levi and Brittany were waiting and had only been there for about 10 minutes. We already had our tickets so we went straight to the ticket booth and picked up ...
Slept well and enjoyed a lengthy swim in Rob's pool before breakfast. Water was surprisingly warm for this time of the year. After breakfast Derek and I headed off to meet his family in Hereford. We arrived at Malcolm and Fiona's home in Lugwardine just before 12 and found that most of the family were already there. I met the rest of the Harris family, Sarah and husband Simon and daughter Isabella who was very cute and was ...
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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.