B3 3HJ „
Where: Copthorne Hotel, Birmingham
Stars: 4 Star
I've stayed at the Copthorne Hotel in Birmingham quite a few times now, I don't live too far away from the hotel, around a 30 minutes car drive or so, but if staying in the centre during the evenings it's easier and cheaper for me and my boyfriend to book a room rather than pay taxi fares which would cost the same or even more as the room.
I booked via the official Copthorne Hotel Site, Birmingham. The whole process was very informative, speedy and easy enough to follow, best of all it was secure. Any queries were found on the site. Booking online is only to reserve your room, which you then receive a confirmation e-mail once the booking as been processed. You then pay when you arrive at the hotel or have the option of paying when you're checking out.
The staff were extremely friendly, helpful, professional and very well presented. They gave us all information which was needed on arrival, I.e., breakfast times, restaurant information, check in/check out times etc.
Location and Attractions:
The Copthorne Hotel is located in the centre of Birmingham overlooking Centenary Square. The Hotel is in walking distance to many Bars/Clubs, Restaurants, The Bullring, Shops, Symphony Hall, Sealife Centre, NIA and many more attractions. New Street Station is also only a short walk away. Both the NEC and Birmingham International Airport are around 20 minutes away. I cannot fault the hotel at all on the location, which makes it my preferred choice time and time again.
We opted for a standard room. The rooms are quite spacious, neat, tidy and very clean. The double bed was freshly made and comfortable, the room also consisted of a TV, pay per view movies, data port internet access, telephone, hair dryer, desk, two mirrors and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom was very well presented, bath, over bath shower, towels, well stocked toilet rolls and complimentary soaps and shower gels.
For a standard room I paid £55.00 including Tax, which I felt was reasonable. If you want breakast you pay an additional cost of £7.95 - £9.99.
The Hotel do have Car Parking spaces, but are limited and first come first served. Parking isn't free and cost us £12 for our overnight stay. If there aren't any free spaces then there's a car park across the road which charges more or less the same as the hotel for an overnight stay.
The Hotel is well presented both inside and out. It boasts of 211 well-appointed bedrooms and suites, 13 meeting rooms as well as a restaurant and bar.
Check In/Check Out:
Check in was 12am and you had to check out at 2pm.
If you stay for longer than 3 nights you can save upto 20% on their best available rates. I also have a M&C (Millenium and Copthorne) loyalty card. With every qualifying hotel stay you earn loyalty points which go towards the redemption of treats from dining and lifestyle treats to complimentary stays at the hotel, result!! The receptionist will normally give you the information on how to receive the card on your visit.
I really rate the hotel and my time spent here is always a pleasant experience, clean, tidy, hassle and stress free. I shall definitely continue my stays here in the future.
My colleague and I stayed in this hotel two Saturdays before Christmas in 2007 and we thought it was a lovely place to stay. Our work Christmas party was at the International Convention Centre (ICC) which is a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Our company had negotiated a special 'discount' rate for staff at the Hyatt Hotel, next to the ICC of £120 for a double room. We thought we could do better!
I'm not sure how she booked it, but my colleague managed to get us a twin-bed room including breakfast for £80 at the Copthorne. Considering we only booked a month in advance, and it was two Saturdays before Christmas, we thought this was a great price for a four star hotel in Birmingham city centre. Considerably cheaper than the discounted Hyatt!
We managed to get train tickets from Bristol at around £20 return each - it probably would have been cheaper to drive in terms of petrol and parking, as there is on-site parking, although at an additional fee. However, we were planning a lot of drinking, so we didn't fancy driving home with a hangover, or accidentally over the limit. Also, driving round Birmingham is not something I relish doing!!! We arrived at Birmingham New Street, and not knowing the city well, and because it was raining, we took a taxi to the hotel. It took about 5 minutes, and cost about £5, which we thought was reasonable.
The front of the hotel is not particularly attractive; a victim of Birmingham's road building past, there are lots of concrete roads and ugly buildings nearby. The hotel itself is a pretty nondescript 1980s style box, clad in black and red. However, after a doorman had helped us and our luggage out of the taxi, we entered into a rather swish hotel foyer. An extremely smart and helpful lady at the front desk quickly checked us in. She ran through the hotel's numerous facilities, including an on-site gym. However, we weren't going to make use of these and were eager to get to our room - we had timed our train perfectly, so we could watch Strictly Come Dancing in the hotel whilst we were getting ready!
We took the lift up to our room, as although it was only on the first floor, we had bought a selection of wardrobe options, so our bags were pretty heavy. The room itself was very spacious, with a dressing table area, a small sofa area and two single beds, which were quite far apart - great if you're not that keen on getting up close and personal with your room mate! Getting our priorities sorted, we simultaneously switched on the kettle and the telly and proceeded to watch Strictly whilst enjoying a complementary cuppa!
During the introduction of the dances in Strictly, we took it in turns to run into the bathroom to put on our make up. I must say, that the bathroom was incredibly glamorous, all black marble and spotlighting that emphasised the shine. The lighting was excellent for putting on your slap. There was a good selection of toiletries (although not a premium brand), which we pocketed (of course). There were plentiful fluffy white towels and real flannels for our use.
The hotel was well appointed with power plugs - it allowed us both to run our hair straighteners, whilst still with a good view of the telly! I should say, that by this point, we had cracked open the vino (our own, not from the mini-bar!) and were making use of the glasses provided.
By the time Strictly had finished, we were primped and preened and wearing ridiculously high heels, ready to party! We took the lift down to reception (due to the heels this time) to enquire about directions to the ICC, as the maps we had made no sense. The same helpful lady directed us through the hotel bar to the rear exit which led directly onto the pedestrianised Centenary Square where the ICC was at the opposite end. Although I'm not reviewing Birmingham as a city, I should say we both loved the atmosphere of the square and the amazing Christmas decorations and ice rink - the city had certainly gone all out for Christmas, and we were both impressed - so much better than the measly decorations the Bristolian Burghers had managed to scrape together. I would also add, that this was a much more attractive side of the hotel.
We had a lovely night at the ICC, I won a massive hamper in the raffle, and much merriment was had. So we found ourselves tottering back across Centenary Square at about 1 o'clock carrying this huge hamper between us. We discovered that the hotel's rear entrance was closed, so we had to walk down some precarious concrete stairs (not good with the heels, the hamper and the boozing) to get to the hotel's main entrance. The night receptionist engaged in a bit of friendly banter with us whilst we waited for the lift (again!) which was fun. We finally made it up to the room, where we partook in a few more glasses of wine before crashing out in an alcohol-assisted slumber (make up still on - we were far too merry to make use of the toiletries and flannels this time)!
Before we went to sleep, we opened the triple glazed windows to let some air in - we had stupidly left the heating full blast before going out. I must admit, i have absolutely no idea what the view was from the room - we didn't open the curtains during the time we were sober, and when we opened the window, we were far too drunk to look! However, as our room was above the reception, I would imaging it would be of roads and ugly buildings - Centenary Square was located at the opposite side of the hotel, which would have been a nice view.
The next morning, we got up early to go for an early breakfast before getting our train. I had a shower, which was excellent and gave me an opportunity to enjoy the glamorous bathroom again. We had breakfast at 8 o'clock. We were surprised to find that a) neither of us was too hung-over and b) we were the first people to get down there. Breakfast was served in one of the hotel bars. Breakfast was great - a huge choice of serve-yourself continental, cereal, or essential after a long nights drinking fry-up. We opted for the fry-up of course! A polite waiter brought us toast and tea and coffee. It was much appreciated. Towards the end of our meal, a few more people staggered in, all looking much more the worse-for-ware than us - there must have been a lot of partying going on the night before!
The same helpful lady who had dealt with us before booked us a taxi at 9.30 to take us to New Street. She asked us how our party had been, which was great that she remembered! We went to get our bags (and the hamper), quickly checked out (just narrowly beating a party of about 20 American tourists to the desk thankfully), and almost immediately our taxi arrived.
As an aside, we bumped into another colleague of ours at New Street Station, who had taken up the offer to stay in the Hyatt. He said that his room was pokey and the shower was awful - either too hot or too cold. We were glad we didn't stay there!
So although, I was in Birmingham to party, I was very pleased by the choice of hotel. It was clean, tidy, spacious, with friendly staff and a much appreciated breakfast. Considering the date we stayed, the price was excellent...and don't forget the glamorous bathroom! Highly recommended, I would stay there again.
Here Iam again, gadding about the big cities.It's a bit dull where I live, so if theres an excuse to stay in a nice hotel, then I will find one. It was my hubbies Birthday and it was my last Saturday for finishing at 2pm. From now on I have to work 9-5 on a Saturday and it would have been a big rush to get to Birmingham if I finished at 5pm. It was a last minute decision to go here. On Friday night I had applied for a free cottage from work, but somebody beat me to it, so I decided to go on the internet and search for a bargain hotel. We have already stayed in two hotels in Brummie, and wanted somewhere different. I came across The Copthorne by accident, I just typed in Hotels in Birmingham in the search engine google, and eventually it led me to their website. The first thing that hit me was the price, it was £49 for a Double room with a Queen bed. After months of searching hotels all over the country, I was beginning to think of the UK as a big rip off. Now £49 isn't dirt cheap, but it was the best I could find without the hotel looking shabby. Then I started looking at the cost for breakfast, and it came up with £13.95 each, I decided to forget that. I booked the room online and it came back with a reference number for me to print out. But later that night, I came across another site Millennium Hotels and they were offering the rooms with breakfast for £59 for the both of us. I rang the hotel and cancelled the original booking, and booked the better deal, it was in conjunction with teletext. The girl behind the reception was very obliging, she said it was no trouble to cancel their reservation and create a new one online, she even recommended lastminute.com.I checked it out, but still found www.millenniumhotels.com better. Booking online with Millennium Hotels was easy, there were various offers offering allsorts of prices. You could have room only, room with breakfast, 2 night breaks et
c. Once I had booked, the only thing I got was a reference number, and nothing came back via email, so I rang the hotel and within minutes, they had my reservation up on their pc. I bet the girl on reception thought I was a pain in the bum. Saturday came and we found the hotel eventually, we always get lost when we go to Birmingham. On pulling up outside the glass fronted building, we noticed the blacked out windows edged in red. Maybe this is where famous people stay eh? The Concierge quickly greeted us, he seemed to spring up out of nowhere,wow this was quick service. He told us to check in and then he would show us to the car park, which was situated across the road. There were only a few spaces to park outside the hotel and these were already full. The car park cost £5.00 0vernight, and £3.00 for 8 hours. I think they have a cheek charging when you are staying there. Checking in was easy, we didn't wait long. Behind the counter was Simon and Zoe (trainee). We gave our name, and they looked at each other, and said "are you the people with two rooms"?. Apparently the receptionist the night before hadn't cancelled our original reservation, so we had two rooms booked. There wasn't a problem, they quickly released one of the rooms. We were given an electronic card for the key, and the details of the leisure club and times. The reception area was lovely and inviting, there were leather settees scattered about, marble floors, a great big chandlier also hung from the roof. It was very impressive. The Cricketers bar was the first place you came to from the reception, it served beers, wines, cocktails and coffees, also you could get a quick snack, i.e, burger, sandwiches. There was a non smoking area, with leather settees, chairs and tables, it was very nice. We got a Pina Colada and a beer, it came to £6.00. I t wasn't too smokey an atmosphere either, me and my husband ar
e non smokers and hate smoke filled bars, this was brilliant as there was hardly anybody in there. We felt as though the bar was our own. Just off the bar, to the left was the a' la carte restaurant Goldsmiths, it was in a lovely room with glass doors, we only peeped in as the prices were a bit steep for us, saying that I'm not keen on fancy food, give me egg and chips anyday. I could imagine feeling awkward in there, I'm not really into posh eateries, they make me want to giggle for some reason. I wouldn't even know which knife and fork to pick up. Through the Cricketers bar, was another place to eat called Goldies Brasserie, it had unusal dishes on the menu and was cheaper than the a' la carte, but still didn't appeal to us. We ended up finding a Pizza Hut, a few streets away. We did have our breakfast in there the day after, and that was nice. Wasn't worth paying the £13.95, if we were to pay the full cost. You could have any fruit juice, cereals, pastries, fruit segments, fresh salmon, british breakfst, coffee etc. We never go mad, we just had a British Breakfast and toast.The Brasserie wasn't massive, but still had enough tables not to feel too cramped. There was a lovely spot, where a table and chairs were set up on a rised platform overlooking the swimming pool. Above had stained glass windows, it was quite eyecatching. The facilities of the leisure club, which was situated on the second floor, were a gymnasium, a sauna, steam room, spa bath and heated pool. These were all free to use as a guest. You were given an access code when you checked in. I wish we had time to use them, if we had stayed for two nights, then we would have had the time. I could have done with a good workout after all the alcohol we drunk. Some people came into breakfast on the Sunday morning with wet hair, they must have been swimming first thing in the morning. Great way to build your
appetite up for the hearty breakfast. Our bedroom was on the third floor, it was room 315. It was easily reached by stairs or the lazy way, a lift. There were a couple of lifts, which were large enough for six people and their luggage, the floors were numbered and any info to say where the leisure club was etc. Our room was a non smoking Classic room,with a Queen bed. It had a bathroom with bath/shower, vanity area with loads of smellies. Tv, with pay on demand movies, Sky programmes. A dressing table with four drawers, a hairdryer, wardrobe and coffee table and comfy chair. We could even have had a well stocked mini bar if we wanted, but of course the drinks would be expensive, so we didn't bother. The windows were triple glazed, we could open one window, then the next to air the room, the noise was horrific when we opened them. After closing the windows, there was silence, what a difference it made. The Copthorne Hotel, was situated on Paradise Circus near to the Convention Centre. It wasn't as ideally situated as the others wee have stayed in, but was still walking distance to the shops, bars. There was a centre just outside the doors, which housed a few bars, whetherspoon, Mcdonalds, a newsagents were also there. They were handy and cheaper than the hotel prices. It was a pity we had only one night there as we didn't get the benefit of all the facilities. We didn't use the gym, pool etc. They had closed at 5pm just as we got there. The leisure club is open 7 days a week and is open Mon-Fri, 7am to 8pm, Sat to Sun 8am to 5pm. Goldsmiths restaurant is open 12 for lunch and 7pm to 10pm in the evening. Dinner costs between £23.95 and £26.95. Goldies Brasserie is open for breakfast from 7am to 10.30, closes a at 11am on Sundays. Then reopens at 11am for lunch until 4pm. Dinner is at 4pm to 11pm. As I said, breakfast in here should be £13.95, luch starts at £6.95 up to
£12.00, dinner starts at £10 to £14. Cricketers is open from 11am until 11pm. This hotel is rated by the AA as a four star complex. It has 212 rooms, some of which are non smoking, Classic Rooms and Connoisseur rooms. The Connoisseur rooms are £79 per night and consist of a mini bar with free soft drinks, chocolates, bath robes, free newpaper and late 5pm checkout.Other services for the hotel are, same day laundry service, shoe shine service, car rental, theatre reservations,doctor available on call, safe deposit box. There is also four suites and a meeting room. This accommodates 200 people, to have a reception you could seat 250 and a banquet for 150. Overall I found this hotel lovely and clean, the check-in and out was easy, with no wait. We had to fill a short questionnaire about our stay at the end, we could nominate staff for awards. It was spacious, with nice eating areas, with a price for everybody. Would stay again. Check out www.millenniumhotels.com. Hotel address is Paradise Circus Birmingham B3 3HJ Tel 0121 2002727 Fax 0121 2001197