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Member Name: mpamike5
City Inn Birmingham (Birmingham)
Date: 06/12/08, updated on 06/12/08 (4 review reads)
Advantages: Near the city Centre
Disadvantages: Chaos at breakfast time
The rooms are very modern but small , and comparatively well fitted. . The standards of accommodation are higher than the newest Travel Inn Metros, but not up to the standard of a good quality Marriott or similar hotel group.
All rooms have air-conditioning systems and also have windows that can be opened to let in fresh air, even on the upper floors . The rooms have fitted desks, which house a power point, PSTN socket and ISDN socket for your laptop. Unlike many hotel rooms I have stayed in, the sockets are all arranged in an easy to access panel to the left-hand side, rather than behind the television or telephone.
The rooms also have fitted wardrobe units but the wardrobe is a bit small.
A CD player and FM tuner is also provided. I had to laugh at the sign that said, "As much as you might want to take this home with you, an alarm fitted to the rear will be activated in the event that it is moved". Compact discs can be loaned from the main reception and a good range of titles is available. The television also comes complete with satellite stations and pay per view movies. Tea and coffee making facilities are available, complete with "handmade Italian biscuits". There's also a little basket of overpriced treats to be avoided at all costs.
Breakfast is ok but you need to get there early to avoid the 8 am chaos. Jeffrey, the breakfast manager is worth his weight in Gold. Not the same place when he's not around.
Summary: Quite a pleasant hotel
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