Menzies Strathallan, Birmingham
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... as we will be camping in between hotel stays. The plan is to upgrade and renew a few of the things that wear out over time so we end up with something über reliable. For those who know a thing or two about 4x4 cars, this has full time 4 wheel drive, electronic diff locks leather seats and will seat 8 comfortably, though in our case it will be two plus a boot full of things you need when doing a trip like this. More details ...
... the residents opposition and disgust to the use of their beloved greenbelt land to extend their relatively new housing estate. Maybe tomorrow a roundabout.... Steve : It was a much easier day today, with highlights including the footballers' road of houses - every other house was being "improved". I guess that is how it is. Half do work and then the other half feel the need to keep in with the "Roonies". The ...
... 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 ...
... 8217;d probably never heard of them.
The set was superb. They played all their well-known tunes and got a great reception from the audience who were dancing pretty much from the first notes played. Pauline was looking sprightly and the band really seemed to be enjoying themselves in front of a partisan home crowd.
Out of the whole line-up, the band that I was most looking forward to seeing was Buzzcocks, Manchester punks from the very early ...
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I don't know what it is about botanical gardens. Especially on sunny days, everything feels so relaxing. The gardens can be right near the city centre (as the one in Birmingham is) yet feel so tranquil. There are benches everywhere for you to sit on, but usually, is fine to sit on the grass as well. I remember that the garden in Cambridge had some beautiful magnolia ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Menzies Strathallan, Birmingham
I booked this room via active hotels for £40, room only. For only one night- and we checked in 20:00, it was acceptable. Bathroom was newly fitted, clean and roomy. Bed and beddings were very nice. But other than that, the hotel has a dated and dirty look, broken cupboards, dirty carpets and walls, peeling wallpaper etc. Especially enterence from parking lot makes you think if you made a mistake, it's like multistorey cark park stairs where somebody peed at every corner. Fortunately nobody peed on these.
I stayed in an Executive Double Suite on Wednesday night and cannot stress strongly enough how poor this hotel is. For £120 a night it is an absolute disgrace. Avoid at all costs!
The room was tiny with just enough space to circulate around if you're careful not to bump into eachother. The décor was very 'tired' and very 'shabby' with torn wallpaper and flaking paintwork, the furniture and fittings were chipped and battered with stained upholstery, the bathroom was, on the whole actually quite clean but was still suffering from mildew and crumbling tile grout in places. The one important thing this room had going for it is that the linen and towels were fresh and clean. Also, on checking in I was told that breakfast was not included in the price of the room which is completely ridiculous. After making some general enquiries to the reception staff I was told that all the Standard accommodation was similar. However, if I wanted, I could upgrade to an executive room at an extra charge, an option, for some reason, also has the need to be 'advertised' on posters throughout the hotel!! The Thistle Hotel Group is a major player in the travel/leisure industry and must give serious consideration to a major refurbishment of this establishment
No offence, but to any of the writers above who have given this more than 1 out of 5, I can only assume you have not stayed at many hotels. Look at the picture, I mean LOOK! Its a monstrosity.
This hotel would have looked nice when it was last decorated, which was probably in the 1980's, it is now tired and grubby and desparately in need of some attention. Our room was an 'exec' room and was enormous, but that was because it doubled as a meeting room! The bed pulled down from the wall and was SO uncomfortable I slept on the sofa. It literally was a double camp bed with saggy springs that dig into your back! The quilt and pillows were probably bought from a poundstretcher shop, the worst ever - lumpy and too hot. The bathroom was minute! And due to the design of the building, the wind howled all night long so sleep was a long time coming. The bar is shabby and more of a local's pub than 4* hotel bar. My only compliment goes to the staff who were pleasant and helpful, even though I'm sure they had to deal with loads of moans. This should not be given 4* status, it is a three star at most. If you can find somewhere else to stay, go there! I won't be staying in a Thistle hotel again.
Rooms small but reasonably formed
Booked a single executive room for a recent business trip - room was really small but fairly well furnished. Bathroom was tiny but immaculately clean. Not so sure that executive single represents good value for money as it didn't contain any of the luxuries that the executive doubles booked by colleagues did (ie no bathrobe, mineral water etc etc) - I was told that I would have to upgrade again for that (+£20!!) so I didn't bother!
Beware 'special conference rates' published - they are often MUCH higher than those available on line - booking independently online meant my room rate was £25 lower than a colleague booked via our conference organiser.
Restaurant menu was very limited during my visit (Tues night only offers set price carvery).
A concrete monster!
I was booked into this place on business. Its stuck in a time warp, 70s decoration everywhere. The staff were friendly but while I was there up against and constant barrage of complaints. The worst aspect was the room. I was paying £112 per night and the room was straight from a Blackpool boarding house! Tiny, grim, dark and a single bed to boot. Proably one of the worst hotels I have ever had the misfortune to stay at.
The rooms are tiny, and the buffet breakfast was ok, but not like hotels in America. The food, eggs, should be made to order. Everything else was edible. The only draw back is the room size. Other than that it is close to the City Centre and all buses...
I had a 8am meeting in London and decided to drive up the night before and stay at this supposed 4* thistle in Edgbaston. As soon as we were given the key, and got into the lift, my worst fears had come true. I'm used to staying at 4/5* hotels, and I thought this would be on par with them. But some of the guests (and I have to agree) complained that the quality was worse than a travel lodge!! I was in a twin room, which is the size of a normal bathroom! it had two of the smallest single beds I'd ever seen crammed into this tiny room (the wardrobe seemed bigger than the room...), and the tap was dripping in the bath all through the night. Also the bar downstairs and breakfast is an incredible rip-off, 14GBP per person for a dried over cooked buffet style breakfast. We popped down to the bar before bed, and had some local lad singing at the top of his lungs, with disco lights flashing in your face regardless of where you sat. Incredibly disappointed, I won't be staying in the Thistle again.
Avoid the single rooms
Hotel is stylish with a large reception. Quality seating and good checking in facilities. The restaurant is well designed and food good Sundays are very popular due to excellent value carveryand excellent free jazz in bar. Rooms are well furnished but very small with small bathrooms in the singles and would say upgrade to a double because the executive singles are the same size as standard ones. Breakfast is good with good selection, better to get food cooked to order rather than buffet as hot food doesn't keep well.