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Crowne Plaza (Birmingham)
Member Name: bubblejas19
Crowne Plaza (Birmingham)
Advantages: Location, Room Size, Staff were helpful
Disadvantages: Room view, Cold Staircases
After searching for three long and unproductive days for an affordable hotel in the city center, I stumbled across a great deal on hotels.com for the Crowne Plaza in the city center. The deal offered a room with two double beds (4 people in total) for the price of £82. Once divided up between the four of us, it worked out just over £20 for a nights stay in the hotel each. Considering it was booked for a Saturday night and the hotel is in the heart of Birmingham, the price seemed reasonable to say the least.
The Crowne Plaza is located on Holiday street, just behind Broad street and is easily accessible by car or on foot. On our first visit to the hotel we went the long way around, unaware that an under passage took us from Broad to the hotel in a matter of minutes.
Walking up to the hotel you are faced with a black, stylish building; in-keeping with the surroundings. As we walked the long way around we experienced a nice walk up to the hotel and it evoked that holiday excitement, which you experience as you embark on a break away from home. This was nice as it seemed as though we were worlds away, although we were still in Birmingham. The hotel also had rotating doors that were automatic so we didn't have to do anything, just let the doors guide us in. The lobby was decorated nicely with a grand staircase in the middle leading up to the conference rooms and to further floors in the hotel.
Our room was on the 4th floor and was easily accessible using the lift and we only had to walk a short distance after departing the lift. We were definitely not expecting to experience the shock that we did when we opened the hotel door. The room was absolutely beautiful, as students we were used to the likes of Travelodge. There were two big beds, a comfy arm chair, a large desk and so many mirrors that we were left knowing every kink in our faces.
When opening up a large cupboard by the door we found a complementary refreshment tray. It had tea bags, coffee, biscuits and even cans of soft drinks on it and it was a nice touch to the room.
The beds were a highlight, as after a long night out on the town; they provided us with warmth and comfort. Another great factor about the room was the air conditioning system it allowed us to warm the room up once we came in from the cold, and cool it down once it was too hot during the night.
The bathroom was by far the best bit about the hotel. It had a shower/bath combo a sink and a toilet. The room overall was spacious and came equipped with nice-smelling complementary bath and shower products. The shower was amazing as it was high quality, and it was movable because usually in cheaper hotels the shower head is fixed to the wall and you have to stand in a corner to shower. The only problem though was the minuscule shower guard as it didn't really protect the bathroom from the water splashes as it was too small.
The staff at the hotel were great as they treated us as royalty, nothing was to much to ask of them. When we first arrived the tap from the sink in the bathroom fell off and we called down at reception, and by the time we returned in the evening the tap was fixed. Also after a long night, we all realised that none of us had any toothpaste, so again we rang down to the reception and within minutes we were able to brush our teeth with use of the complementary wash kit they provided.
There also was a pillow menu where you could order pillows and we found this idea ingenious, but we were too tired to try it out.
-The bed was comfortable
-Easy to find
-Lots of complementary products
-Surplus of towels
-The view of the room was of an abandoned building. (this didn't bother us too much as it we spent time there during the evening)
-My fear of lifts left me running up many cold staircases in the evening
-Shower splashed everywhere
~Would I stay here again?~
Definitely. I would not be hesitant to choose this hotel over a cheaper one as it was the best hotel experience me and the girls have had together at a hotel in Birmingham.
Summary: Great people, great room at a great price.
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