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A night at the Ibis
Member Name: loulou22
Advantages: Comfortable. Central Loaction
I used the Ibis hotel in Birmingham last year when my friend got extremely drunk after a relationship break up while chatting to me on msn, at the time I didn't realise how drunk she was so when she told me to book a hotel and we would have a night out the following evening to cheer her up I was happy to oblige as usually as I mentioned in my Etap review it would work out cheaper than getting taxi's. After trying to book our usual Etap only to find out it was fully booked I looked at the Ibis Hotel in Birmingham City Centre as it is only a short walk from where we were going out. The rooms were £71 for the night which on any other occasion I would have said no chance but my friend was insistent that we needed a night out with the hotel afterwards so she didn't have to go home to an empty house... So a booking was made for the following night.
The booking process was easy, I went onto the Ibis website and found the Birmingham City Centre Ibis. Once found I selected the date and one room for one night. I then entered my card details to reserve the room, but no payment was taken from my card as you choose your payment method when you check in at the hotel itself.
The hotel is located right in the heart of the city centre on Ladywell Walk. The hotel backs onto the Arcadian Centre which is ideal for nights out and Chinese food. The hotel is located around a 5 minute walk away from the main shops including the Bullring and many theatres and city centre attractions.
If you are arriving by bus or train it is about a 10 minute walk from most of the city centre bus stops and New Street train station. If you are arriving by car from the M6 motorway you will need to leave at J6 and follow signs to the A38(M) Aston Expressway, follow this road through 2 tunnels and as you leave the 2nd tunnel you need to follow the road to the left and turn left on the roundabout, at the traffic lights you need to turn left again and then take the 2nd right and simply follow the road round the one way system and the hotel will be in front of you as you come around a long bend in the road.
The hotel has no car park so you will need to use the city centre car parks. Unfortunately depending on your choice of car park this could be quite costly. From personal experience of living in Birmingham I would say to stay away from the Arcadian car park as this is very expensive, however if you have a sat nav and ask it to take you to Bromsgrove Street you will find a couple of car parks that are only £2.50 for a 24 hour ticket. These car parks are about a 5 - 10 minute walk away from the hotel.
Upon entering the reception area of the hotel we noticed how big it is with lots of very comfortable seating. Next to the reception desk there is a bar area, however due to hiked up hotel prices we stayed away from this bar.
The ceiling in the reception area has a big dome feature in it which looks good and makes the reception seem even bigger. There are 4 computers to the right of the reception desk for paying to use the internet. In the centre of the reception is an area there are tables and seating for people who are staying for breakfast. The reception area was very clean.
We arrived at the hotel at around 4pm but we could have checked in from 12 noon. When we arrived there wasn't a queue at the desk and we were greeted by a lady who asked for our booking name and then proceeded to take a cash payment from us of £71 for a double room for one night. I could have cried parting with this much money to stay one night in the city I live in but I told myself it was to cheer my friend up so it was worth it. Once you are checked in you will be given one or two key cards depending on how many you want and told which room number you are staying in.
Finding the room was easy. After taking the lift to the relevant floor we could see the room numbers clearly signed with arrows to guide us in the right direction. Once we had located our room we had to swipe the key card in the door, a little green light flashed at us and we opened the door.
As we entered the room there was a large double bed to the left of the room and to the right there was hanging space with a few shelves and also a little table which had a small kettle along with a tray with cups, a couple of tea bags and about 4 sachets of coffee. At this point I was thinking great because we don't get this in our cheap and cheerful Etap. There is a door in the room which opens to reveal a small bathroom area with a shower, sink and toilet. Much more privacy than at the Etap too. The room itself was a decent size and very clean.
After our night out we returned to the hotel, the reception area was quiet with one person staffing the desk and bar area. We found our room with ease and fell into bed. The bed was a little hard but still comfortable, the pillows were lovely and soft and I apart from waking up a little hung-over I had a pretty decent nights sleep.
The cleanliness of the room is something I cannot fault, the bedding was clean and on arrival the bed was well made. The bathroom area was shiny and clean and the shower worked fine with the temperature being easily adjusted . The toilet was clean and spare toilet rolls were provided.
Check out from the hotel is 12 noon. You can pay extra to check out late if you want to. The check out procedure is as simple as at the Etap, simply leave your room and return your keys to the reception and leave the hotel.
My overall opinion of the Ibis Hotel, Ladywell Walk in Birmingham city centre is an average one, mainly due to the price, however this could be because I am used to Etap prices! We didn't encounter any problems during our stay and we found the staff polite and helpful.
I would recommend staying at the Ibis in Birmingham, the prices are a little too high for me however the service is good and they give you a kettle to make tea and coffee in your room. Ok, yes I know I could have been and bought a cup of tea for the price we paid, but still a positive experience staying here.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: A bit pricey but still a good experience
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