Adresse: New Street
Birmingham B2 4RX „
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Have stayed here a couple of nights the past several years whilst going to gigs in Birmingham mainly for it's excellent location. Can't fault it, it is directly in the city centre so great for a city break, if you can put up with the awful 70's style decor and grotty overall appearance, not to mention the grubby windows in the rooms that barely open. At reception the staff are slow at responding to you standing there waiting for service and I felt like a muppet ruddy standing there for what felt like hours, even though it was only 11pm when we got back not like it was the middle of the night, and even then you expect to be served reasonably!!
I think when we went last year we paid about £70 a room, where they get off charging this I do not know. The whole place needs a massive update, it is a bit grubby and very shabby with poor facilities and the window would barely open. The bathroom is very shabby but it was clean. The bed linen was clean but very old. Hardly what you would expect from a city centre large chain hotel. Overall the furniture was pretty bad, functional but very old school. If you do not need a hotel directly in the centre I recommend staying elsewhere.
The corridors were very (very) narrow and the lifts seemed to be permanently crowded. The reception area is tiny and there are several porters etc standing around chatting, as I said not really willing to offer helpand not particularly friendly.
One of the last times I stayed there I failed to get any sleep due to a dodgy sounding radiator, when you come back from a hot and crazy gig then you really do need your sleep!!
The bathrooms in the rooms are pretty unacceptable for the rates charged, and the rooms themselves are ok, just ok. The money they are charging must relate directly to its location as it no way reflects the comfort or serviced received.
New Street, Birmingham, B2 4RX
Tel: 0871 222 0093 | Fax: 0871 222 7071
*Restaurant & Bar
*Meeting rooms for up to 200 people
*High-speed wireless Internet access in conference and bar area
*NEC Arena : 25 minutes by car
*NIA& ICC : 10 minutes walk
*Birmingham Symphony Hall: 10 minutes walk
I would only recommend this if you need a city centre hotel, there are better hotels slightly further out and therefore I think stay away from this one.
4 out of 10
The other weekend, I had a weekend of awesomeness planned, revolving greatly around my favourite band, Brand New. Some time ago, my friend and I both agreed, that when they next toured in the UK, one night wouldn't be enough for us, and we needed to attend two. So, that's what we did, seeing them at the O2 Academy in Birmingham Friday night, and the HMV Forum in London the next.
Originally, the plan was that I'd have my car on the road, and so we'd drive down, and sleep in the car. However, it is currently sat on my drive, awaiting a new seatbelt before I get it MOT'd. So, trains and Travelodge's it was to be... Unfortunately, since we waited until Tuesday to actually get everything booked, the previous bargain price of the Birmingham Travelodge had lost it's advance fare, and was now expensive. So, it was time for some shopping around...
Doing a load of searching and whatnot on Google, I stumbled upon this, the Britannia Hotel. Located down New Street, Birmingham, and at just £35 per night as the advanced fee - it was a bargain.
== Finding The Hotel ==
Being pretty poor at most sort of planning, I didn't really take much note of exactly where the Hotel was, just that it was somewhere down New Street. So, it actually took us a bit of finding, but that was mainly due to us not knowing Birmingham at all. All I remember now, is it is next to Primark, so that's that.
== The Room ==
We had room 225, located right at the end of the maze-like corridor, on floor two. Opening the door, the room was pretty much how we expected it to be - as basic as humanly possible. Two Beds, sat next to each other, with a tiny set of drawers to their right hand sides. A TV, and a little dressing table, that had the Kettle on. And, to the right of the room, a door to the bathroom.
The room was clean, and smelt fresh, which is always a good thing. The beds were nicely made, but I did find the pillows a bit too soft - being used to having a hard pillow under a soft one at home - which provides the support my neck seems to like. I woke up with a really stiff neck, which, I think was due to the bed, but could be something to do with the moshing and whatnot at Brand New, and the dancing at the Club we went to after. Still, the five hours we slept in the beds, were nicer than the next nights 2 hours sleep outside Euston Station in London.
The TV was really basic, an old CRT thing, that had a few different channels, with terrestrial like reception. Clear, but a bit fuzzy. There was the basic 5 channels, along with Sky News, Five US, and I think, Dave, or something that was playing Top Gear anyway. We watched a little bit of TV on the day, before heading to the gig, the highlight from the TV was to do with Michael Jackson's death. There was a woman speaking to two break dancers in the US, and they were going to do a little performance for her. Before they began, she said "we are just having a little technical hitch" - fair enough statement, but followed by, "yes, they are just plugging in the iPod". It made Jam and I laugh for quite a while.
The Dressing Table, had a decent sized mirror above it, and a sturdy-ish chair. It became rickety, after I sat on it a little too hard, and heard a massive crack - it now wobbles. In the drawer was a Hair Dryer. On the top was the Tea and Coffee bits. A basic little kettle, two cups and a teapot. There was, I think 3 tea-bags, 4 things of UHT milk, and a few different sugars and a couple of coffee sachets. The Tea was OK, and Jam didn't complain about the Coffee. A mini-bar would have been a welcome addition to the room.
Our room overlooked the shops, and while the view wasn't anything amazing, the noise didn't travel into the room much, except when the busker playing the Sax was sat opposite - but we both enjoyed listening to him play, so that was cool. The window opens at the top, which lets a good little breeze in, but I still found the room far too hot and humid.
The bathroom was pretty basic too. A bath/shower, toilet and sink. The shower was pretty good, although took a while to find the right medium between scolding hot and freezing cold - finally getting a nice warm. However, there wasn't a flannel, so, I had to use a towel to wash with. I didn't see at first, but Jam found the Shower Gel, which was in the form of two tiny little bottles. It smelt fine, and I used it the next morning. Also for free in the bathroom was two soap bars, some shoe polish, hand towels, two normal towels (which could have been bigger..) and a shower cap. No toothpaste though.
There were also two small glasses next to the sink for drinking water I assume. But the water was so metallic tasting it was vulgar.
Also, in the Bathroom it wasn't cleaned great. There were skidmarks on the toilet bowl, and hairs in the bath, and on the toilet seat. The floor was clean, but there was some dirt and bits on the wall under the sink. If I had been paying more that we were, I would have complained.
== Checking in and Out ==
The reception is located on the ground floor, just in from the doors, in a small, ornate little room. There are two counters, which meant that we didn't have to wait very long to be seen to. Gave them the reservation number, they gave us the key cards and it was as simple as that. You can check in anytime from 2pm, up to around 3am or something. The hotel is open all night, so you can, like we did, go out all night and come back late. Check out is at 11am, which is normal for most hotels I think, and was just a case of handing the key cards back.
== The Hotel - Other ==
Whilst obviously, we only had a short stay, the Hotel has a wide range of different rooms, singles, twins doubles etc. There are conferencing rooms on the second floor which we walked past and saw looked quite large. There was a bar on the Mezzanine floor which looked quite good, and from the posters we saw around the hotel, was well priced too. There is also a restaurant area, I think a breakfast was about a fiver - which is a good price, although we didn't use it.
== Overall ==
All we needed was a cheap place to stay and somewhere to shower after the gig (the sweatiest I have ever been to). So it did good for that. The room was spacious for our needs, and did everything it needed too. However, a mini-bar would have been awesome, as we would have both appreciated another drink when we got back, even though it would have been expensive. The water in the bathroom was disgusting, and I am glad I didn't have to rely on it for drinking, since there was the tea. It's location is brilliant, being right in the middle of Birmingham, surrounded by shops, a short distance from New Street Train Station.
Obviously, the only real downsides were the slightly dirty bathroom, and the soft pillows. Oh, and the lack of toothpaste.
We are looking at a few more of us going to Birmingham again, to visit the Subway City Club which we went to after the gig, and will definitely be staying at this Hotel, mainly owing to its price.
Well what can I say? This was probably the worst experience I ever had in Birmingham. I checked on the internet and got a good deal, under £40 for two of us for the room, we didn't book breakfast. It seemed like a good idea as it was so central and conventient.
We arrived at New St station and walked down the ramp to New Street and it was just across the road. It looked quite nice and the reception staff were friendly. So far so good. We went up to find our room and I can only say when we got to our floor the smell wasn't very nice. Well press on and we find our room. It looks nice, the bed is comfy and the en suite is clean and modern. The hotel has 214 rooms, all ensuite, and the room we had was large and well decorated.
So what was my problem? Well I think we were over the kitchen and the noise was bad, you could hear men shouting and the bins crashing closed but the worst thing was a motor which I assume was for freezer or air conditioner. It was deafening. I hoped it might go quiet at some point but no it was like that all night.
The hotel has a bar and restaurant but I didn't eat there so can't comment on the food. The menu looked quite nice but we went out to explore and had a meal in a local restaurant which was better value.
The hotel is in a great location right in the middle of Birmingham. As I have already said it is just across the road from the station and you are surrounded by shops and close to the Pavillions and Bull Ring Shopping Centre. There is also a cinema just across the road.
We checked out early and walked down New St to BHS where we had an excellent breakfast but that is another story.
I wouldn't stay here again, I am not a good sleeper and a noisy room is my worst nightmare.
I have stayed in hotels from time to time after a night out as it often works out as cheaper than getting a taxi home for me! This is what first brought me to stay at the Britannia, and I have stayed there a total of 4 times so far.
Features Provided in the Hotel
The Britannia Birmingham is a large hotel in the city centre of Birmingham, and part of a chain of Britannia hotels across the country.
The Britannia boasts:
24-Hour Front Desk
Business Centre with free of charge internet
The 9th floor of the hotel is devoted to conferences and banquets
Check-In from 14:00 hours
Check-Out until 11:00 hours
I usually book my stays at the Britannia through lastminute.com as I find it is often cheaper than just turning up on the day. The cost of a room is usually £47 for a double room and £42 for a single, although this can go up and down depending if it is a peak week or not. The cheapest I've ever managed to get a room here for is £20 and that was through booking it in advance with lastminute.com.
If you wish to cancel your room up to 1 day before the date of arrival, no fee will be charged.
All children under 11 years can stay free of charge when using existing bedding. All children under 3 years can stay free of charge with use of cots. Pets may be allowed to stay upon request but must be approved prior to arrival and you may incur a small charge.
The hotel is bang in the centre of Birmingham on it's busy high street, New Street. It is a five minute walk from Birmingham's biggest train station, also called New Street and about a ten minute walk from it's second biggest station Snow Hill. There are plenty of bus stops dotted around which can take you to and from various places in the Midlands. Birmingham's main shopping centre, The Bullring is five minutes round the corner, there are also many shops along the surrounding roads, including a Primark next door, H&M, HMV, BHS and House of Fraser. There is an Odeon cinema opposite and across the road. It's not the best location if you plan to drive and park up, parking is expensive in Birmingham and there is no parking at The Britannia.
The hotel doesn't look all that awe inspiring from the outside, there are a couple of blue flags flying outside with the Britannia logo on them and the building itself is pretty unnoticeable. A lot of my friends don't even know where the Britannia is despite walking past it every day! This may partly be because the entrance is down a side road called Union Passage, which is between the Britannia and Primark. There is a revolving door at the front (plus wheelchair access door) which takes you into the main reception area. The decor is quite brown and a little bit dingy. There is a staircase to the
left with tatty old carpet and there is old fashioned wallpaper all over the walls. In fact, the whole hotel has an old fashioned feel about the place, almost as if the decor hasn't been updated since the 70s, but it's not retro in a good way. The staff are nice enough, you never have to wait at reception despite the fact there are only two desks. Check-in is really fast if you have already booked, you simply give your name and then fill out a form with your address and phone number and then a plastic key card will be given to you (I was half expecting a rusty old key so at least that's something they've updated).
My Personal Experience
Everytime I have stayed here the rooms have always been completely different to each other in the way they are laid out and furnished. The first time I stayed I had a single room in the middle of the building with no windows! The was a small, very old looking tv in the middle of the room with lino on the floor and a very small, basic bed. The decor was dreary and there wasn't really a colour scheme to the room and nothing really matched. The bathroom was better and was at least moden which was a relief. There was complimentary shampoo and soap. The other times I went, the decor was different but equally dreary and the bathroom was the only modern bit of the room again.
With the hotel being so centralised to the city you would probably expect to hear a lot of noise from outside at night preventing you from sleeping, but this wasn't really the case. In fact, even when I had a room right opposite the Odeon I didn't really hear a peep from people outside the hotel in the evening, maybe because all the main bars and clubs are much further up the road and well away from the hotel. The daytime was a different matter however and there was a huge amount of noise, so if you are planning to be in your hotel room a lot during the day be sure to ask for a room on the other side of the hotel! The walls seemed to be really thin and we could hear people next door quite clearly. Unfortunately, one time we stayed we had a problem with noisy neighbours keeping us awake all night! We did tell the guy on reception about it twice and he in turn sent security up twice, but the most that happened was they got a telling off and a 'this is your last warning before we kick you out' kind of conversation which unfortunately did no good at all.
I have never used the bar or restaurant but the restaurant is an open-plan kitchen which allows you to view the chef as he prepares your meal. There are separate fixed price and vegetarian menus. There is also a buffet breakfast available.
The hotel is a nice hotel which does it's purpose, though without the frills so to speak. The best thing about the hotel is definitely it's location as you are right in the city centre. I would recommend this hotel if you are looking for a centralised hotel in Birmingham and are on a budget.
I stayed at this Hotel in December 2008 with my boyfriend, we got a good rate i think we paid about £45 excluding breakfast for a saturday night.
The external appearance of the hotel is nice and is an oldish style building, and the location is excellent as it is on New Street its a few minutes walk from the main shopping centre the Bullring, and Victoria Square. It is about a 10 minute walk to get to Broad Street the major clubbing area of Birmingham, and about the 5 - 10 minutes to get to the Arcadian Centre and China Town.
The lobby is nice, the staff did seem like they just wanted to check you in and get rid of you as soon as possible but they were not rude, just not very pleasant. At check out stage we asked to leave our bags and they said no as the luggage room was full, which i think was very unhelpful. The room we had was quite small, and looked more like a house than a hotel, with the decor. It was quite floral and well...'homely'. The bed was not very comfortable to be honest and i did not get a very good nights sleep.
The bathroom was nice, probably the best part of the room, there was a bath, shower, toilet and sink and was quite big and was nice and clean.
I did not actually eat at the hotel so unfortunately i cannot comment on the food or beverage.
In my honest opinion, this is not the best hotel i have stayed in and i probably wouldnt stay here again as there are much better hotels in Birmingham for not much more.
I booked the room on-line as you get discount off the room. I booked a single room for £42 which was usually £50.
The outside of the hotel makes it seem run down but inside the decoration is a traditional style. Best thing about this hotel is that its right in the centre of Birmingham, in between the shops and opposite the train station inside the Palisades. So if your going to staying Birmingham I would recommend this hotel over Travelodge on Broad Street at £66 which seems like a rip off.
The room offer modern facilities including TV, Telephone, Hairdryer, Trouser Press and Tea & Coffee making facilities. Its own restaurant and bar within the hotel. Room service. Staff are friendly and helpful.
Room is dark, though its just lit with lamps which is quite annoying at times. Bathroom was clean and had shower gel and soaps in there. Bed was comfy and I slept well, it was not as noisy as the stay on Broad Street. My bedroom view was rubbish though think I was facing another part of the hotel looking into other rooms.
So if your looking for a cheap stay in Birmingham I would definitely choose this hotel.
I have just spend a week in Birmingham visiting friends and family, my sister and I decided to book into a hotel in the City Centre for the first couple of nights as we had seats to see Mary Poppins at The Hippodrome and it seemed it would be easier to do this than keep travelling in and out of Town on Birminghams atrocious roads and public transport. We decided upon The Britannia Hotel for the simple reason that one of the people we were in Birmingham to visit has a daughter who works there and she was able to get us a good discount as well as a room upgrade.
The location of Britannia Birmingham is ideal, it's slap bang in the City Centre and situated on New Street which is perfect for shopping and has a nice selection of pubs and places to get a bite to eat. The rest of Birmingham City Centre is easy to get to from the hotel and I found navigating around Birmingham very simple on foot. Much of this area is now pedestrianised, apart from buses and taxis, so walking around Town is much nicer than it used to be some years ago when pollution must have been on a par with Beijing! They even have flowers on the streets in Birmingham Centre now, which was a surprise as the last time I spent any time in the City was almost 20 years ago and it was an awful drab grey place then.
I was not terribly impressed with the reception area at all, Britannia Birmingham boasts full disabled access but the first thing I saw when I walked in was a very steep ramp leading to reception. As a disabled person myself I think this is completely unacceptable, here they have catered for 'your average' wheelchair user but unfortunately seem to have paid no more than lip service to those of us with lesser mobility problems.
When I finally puffed and wheezed my way to reception I was greeted by a beautifully groomed receptionist who was cheerful and sympathetic to the fact that the ramp had not done my immediate health much good. She quickly and efficiently arranged for our bags to be taken to our room and offered me use of one of the hotel wheelchairs, which I declined as once I was in the room I was planning on doing nothing more than relaxing for a few hours before we went out for dinner.
I held my breath a little as my sister opened the door to our room as I have read a few reviews on Britannia Hotels, including this one in Birmingham, and was dismayed to find that a lot of people find the rooms dingy and not terribly pleasant. I had a lovely surprise though when I walked through to a spacious, light and beautifully decorated room which was tastefully furnished with an en-suite bathroom. The room was clean and smelled fresh, the carpet was spotless and so were the rest of the furniture and dressings in the room including the window sills which I find often get overlooked in hotel cleanliness.
We were in a Superior twin room which had all the facilities we would need to make this a real home from home for the two nights we were planning to stay. The two single beds were comfortable with crisp, clean linen and were a delight to sleep in. I like the fact that the beds had been placed at angles from one another because it gave more of an impression of privacy. Don't get me wrong, I love my sister dearly but do not particularly want to wake up looking at her so it was a definite advantage for me that Britannia Birmingham have veered away from the traditional side-by-side layout in twin rooms.
Everything in the room was well laid out and maximised the floor space in the room, I particularly liked the stylish dressing table and stool in our room which was perfect for all the lotions, smellies and bottles of medication that my sister and I bought along with us. The kettle didn't work, but a quick call down to reception led to it being replaced within ten minutes and the man who bought it up to our room also bought us more coffee, tea bags and sugar by way of an apology. A copy of that days Daily Mail was on each of our bedside cabinets, along with details of how to set up a wake-up call and general information about the hotel.
Our en-suite bathroom was lovely. Decorated in neutral colours, the bathroom was bright and beautifully maintained and cleaned to the highest standard. There is a shower over the bath, which was a nuisance as I cannot step into the bath so would have much preferred a separate shower cubicle but again Britannia Birmingham have obviously done this to maximise the space in the small bathroom. Hot water is instant and plentiful and the small selection of toiletries provided were good quality and came in very useful as I had forgotten to pack my soap and shampoo.
After a good nights sleep we headed for Britannia Birminghams restaurant, Bentley's, for breakfast. Buffet style, the breakfast food tables contained anything you would want to eat in the morning to set yourself up for a day sightseeing in Englands second City. Hot and cold foods were kept separate and I was impressed at how well the cooking and serving staff kept the hot food hot and the cold food at the correct temperature. During our stay I think I sampled the majority of breakfast items and found them all to be wonderfully cooked and of excellent quality; cereals were all branded, the bread rolls were fresh and doughy and all the meat products were delicious and cooked to perfection. The breakfast buffet costs £10.50 per person and in my opinion is worth every penny, although I could have chosen to eat from the reasonably priced breakfast menu where bacon sandwiches, scrambled egg on toast and other such dishes are available.
Unfortunately I didn't get to eat in Bentley's in the evening, but I did poke my head through on the way to the in-house bar and it looked like a lovely place to eat with a large open plan kitchen and intimate lighting. A 2 course evening meal costs just £9.95 and the menu had a wide selection of meals including traditional steak dishes and more exotic sounding fish and vegetarian options.
I was impressed with the bar which catered for visitors of all ages, unlike a London hotel I stayed in recently when myself and my three brothers (all of us pensioners) walked through the door to the bar and all the young things drinking in there literally went silent to look at us! Not so at Britannia Birmingham, a lovely selection of people were in there from young couples who obviously had popped in for a drink after work to larger family parties ranging in age from young adults to pensioners even older than my sister and I! The seating was comfortable with drinks and bar snacks being reasonably priced, there was a surprising amount of real ales available as well as any other drink you could expect to find in a pub.
All in all I was very happy with our treatment while staying at Britannia Birmingham. All members of staff I encountered were pleasant and extremely helpful, any problems I reported were quickly sorted out and certain staff members seemed to bend over backwards to give a good impression of their hotel. Our Superior twin room cost £62 per night, which I think was very good value indeed for such a lovely and relaxing stay.
If you would like to book a room or discuss specific arrangements with Britannia then call 0871 222 0093. The hotel address is Britannia Birmingham, New Street, Birmingham, B2 4RX.
I booked this hotel when i was going to a conference in the nia. It was the cheapest hotel for the centre at only £60 a night.
To begin with ive never found it so difficult to find a hotel in all my life, birmingham is all one way, so dont rely on the directions they give you, make sure you have a really good sat nav, as we went round and round, it was ridicoulous.
You have to park in a council carpark, but its only about a 5minute walk to the hotel. The hotel is situated on a main shopping street, and the hotel is accessed via a small door. The reception was not very pleasing i must say, it was very small, and the carpet and decor need serious updating.
When we finally to got to our room i was horrified by what i found. The door had a hole in it, the wall paper was hanging off the walls, there were stains everywhere. I was very thankful i was only staying there one night, because it was horrible.
We had friends staying there too, and were amazed when we went to see there room as it was alot better. It seems the hotel has been modernised on one part, but some parts are still old, yes thats where we were.
I can only comment on the room we were in, and that was horrendous, the windows were rotten and though i liked the view down on the street it was really noisy.
The only plus side about this hotel was where it was situated. We were right in the heart of birmingham, and it was great, i loved the shopping and location was spot on for everything.
Overall i cant recommend the hotel itself, but location wise excellent.
Well my second weekend in Brumopolis passed with little excitement, which was something of a relief.
The hotel on this occasion was booked through laterooms.com (see upcoming review) and was the Britannia in the city centre, it cost me £47 for a double room bed only, a friend also staying the same night paid £42 for a single.
Arriving at the train station my previous visits 'beer compass' directions sent me for a walk around the outside of the train station but from the exit through the shopping centre it is literally a walk of a minute at most (note to self shoving through groups of football fans is a bad idea). But for a city centre hotel you cant get much more central than this one.
The hotel itself has the entry through Union Passage just off the main street. The revolving door is quite heavy but there is a wider wheelchair accessable door to the side.
The reception is small, and old fashioned looking. Booking was a very painless experience and thankfully after the previous disaster, on arrival the the hotel I walked straight to the desk gave them my name, spelled my name (not sure the girl quite understood my accent) and was handed the paper work to sign while she got the key card activated for me.
The lifts to the rooms are on the right of the reception, you could use the stairs but my room was on the 9th floor and I wasnt feeling all that energetic.
Currently the hotel is undergoing a refurb, which I presume is what accounted for the lack of signs on the walls and fire doors telling you where the rooms are, so after a few minutes walking around looking at doors we found the room.
Possibly due to booking through the website the room was in the middle of the building thus had no windows, but the aircon unit over the door was more than welcome as this weekend was rather warm! The room itself was of a decent size, a standard double bed against the back wall with an actual wardrobe, a desk/dressing table, and two bedside cabinets. All of which were in a rather nice old fashion style dark wood veneer, thankfully the white walls made the room feel bigger as a dark or coloured paint could have made it feel very small.
The bathroom was something of a surprise, all brand new looking fittings and tiles and a frankly fabulous jacuzzi bath and power shower to blast your skin off if you like it that way - and I do. It did seem a little odd however that there was no toilet roll holder on the wall. I wasnt overly impressed by the towels either the larger ones were small for my liking they certainly werent bath towel size.
The bed had a decent set of sheets to completely and utterly bamboozle me, and for cooler nights there were more in the wardrobe along with two extra sets of towels and extra pillows.
While my experience of the hotel was pretty good my friend who was in a single room on the 2nd floor said she found it on the whole quite tatty and wasnt impressed at all. Though her main gripe was that the single room she booked really did have a single bed in it and the bathroom suite was quite tired (and didnt have a jacuzzi). But from the glimpse of the landing on her floor the decor did look old and tired, though there were signs telling you behind which door you would find various room numbers.
Since once again I didnt pay any attention to the location of the bar or dining room I couldnt tell you what they were like but if the hotel is being refurbished from the top down (as seems to be the case) chances are they'll be changed shortly anyway.
Other things to like about the hotel include its proximity to the bars, shops and cinema (right across the street).