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Travelled from Edinburgh to Warwick. Visited Warwick Castle and Ann Hathaways birthplace. Ann Hathaway was the wife of William Shakespeare. She was 10 years older than him. Stayed at the Hilton hotel and had our farewell dinner. I ended up with laringytis and ...
... now converted to hotels). Chipping Camden is a well renowned Cotswalds village and it is indeed beautiful, if not a little too perfectly restored. Finally, just as the rain started, after an otherwise sunny Sunday drive, we arrived at our accommodation in Bidford Upon Avon, not far from Stratford (Shakespeare's birthplace). We are staying at Fosebroke House in the small cottage off the main house. It is very appealing with huge, old exposed beams ...
It has been a very, very busy month or so and I've had no time to get on here and write about all of our adventures!
Our first major 'road trip' was a train trip to Birmingham....not all that exciting, but it was to see Tori Amos! We had a dilemma in that we had bought tickets while living in Germany to see her in Hamburg, but we weren't going to be able to make that, so we decided to see her in the UK and the dates ...
... like to be free, endlessly free. These moments create memories and lessons that no amount of money can buy and as my father always says, no one, no one on this earth can ever take those memories and those feelings away from you. I did some writing in the afternoon, feeling so inspired by the stereotypical cliche. I had a real light bulb moment. As I was writing so fast I got a hand cramp so I went in the kitchen to find Leandra, a place we both like to reside too, our hips ...
... film and reports of the ghastly scenes proved the enormity of the evil of the Nazi regime, and even to this day provide the most recognised images of the Holocaust.
A survivor wrote that the effect of Belsen was "to drive us out of our minds, to extinguish even the faintest memory we might still have that we were once human beings."
We visit Belsen on Friday 9 May.
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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.