Newest Review: ... the hospital part which wasnt converted!! The prices vary from around £30 for a single and a Superior £75. According to the website many o... more
Paragon Hotel (Birmingham)
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Paragon Hotel (Birmingham)
Advantages: cheap, near city centre
Disadvantages: rude staff, old fashioned, hot, out of city centre
The best advice I can give on this hotel is simply STAY AWAY!!
A cheap hotel does really not give this hotel justice, the travelodge is cheap, however this is beyond cheap and really is not worth staying in. I work in a travel agents and live near Birmingham, however just wanted something really cheap for a night out, and would never ever stay in this hotel again!!
Its described as centrally located, located on Alcester Street, however is quite out of the city centre, and a taxi ride away from the Arcadian, and definatly a taxi ride from Broad Street. The hotel is one half of a converted Victorian Hospital, the other half being another more expensive hotel. I think i must of been in the hospital part which wasnt converted!!
The prices vary from around £30 for a single and a Superior £75. According to the website many of the rooms are no refurbished, however I find this very hard to believe. The building itself isnt to bad, and from the outside you do get the impression that its going to be a pretty classy hotel inside. However the reception staff were not very friendly at all, and quite rude. The staff struggled to find my reservation on the system, however luckily I had printed my confirmation off to prove that I had made a booking.
The lift to the rooms was tiny, and if you were claustrophobic you would of been having kittens in this lift! It was only big enough for me and my friend and our 2 little cases. Then imagine getting out of the lift, and walking through what I can only describe as a boarding school corridor...think 3 men and a little lady, you know the boarding school where the horrible english stepdad wanted to send Mary, it was just like that! The decor was very dated, and not modernised what so ever. My friend tried to enter his room, however the key broke off in the door, just imagine if his stuff was already inside!
Once in the room the horror continued, the room was very small and cramped and very out dated. There was fixed desk with a portable TV along with travel kettle and dirty cups, and a flashing lamp. The bed was 2 singles, which when you sat on actually sunk in the middle...and they were on wheels...very classy!! The window did not stay open and we actually had to prop it up to let some air in as it was that hot. The bathroom was also really tiny, however clean which is all that matters. We was a little concerned as to where the shower was...however when we shut the door we managed to find it hidden behind the door! The water was also very dodgy, and kept switching to either freezing or boiling hot.
I never managed to experience the rest of the hotel as was to scared as to what I might find.
Having stayed in quite a few hotels in the city centre, I am very disapointed with the Paragon, and would definatly not recommend this hotel. It would be worth paying a little extra, or even staying at the Etap hotel round the corner. Even though its a cheap hotel, you expect some levels of standard, which unfortunatly the Pargaon did not offer.
Summary: Better hotels in Birmingham for travellers on a budget, dont book unless desperate
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