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Birmingham travelodge -cheap and easy for NEC
Travelodge (Birmingham Central)
Member Name: siberian-queen
Travelodge (Birmingham Central)
Date: 10/12/10, updated on 05/06/11 (135 review reads)
Disadvantages: not for those who like luxury
I stayed at the Birmingham Travelodge this December just for one night as I was going to a concert at the NEC and thought it would be nice to go to some pubs/clubs afterwards.
I booked threw www.lastminute.com at a price of just £22 for a two person room for one night. Prices will vary depending on how many stay, when and where you book and how far in advance.
The hotel is situated in central Birmingham on Broad street and it is right on the street! It is a large high rise building and is easily visible by its Travelodge sign on the side of the building as you drive towards it.
There is no parking with this hotel and they do clearly state that on the website. Saying that there are several car park options near buy and we chose euro park multi story which was just £6.40 for 24hours. This was probably a couple of minutes walk to the hotel.
When walking from your car park to the hotel, keep your eyes open for it! The entrance is very small and situated tightly next to a food place and you can easily walk straight past if not careful.
Inside the door is a very small entrance area and desk with a receptionist. We made our way to the receptionist but she efficiently asked if we had booked online (which we had) and showed us to some machines which look like cash machines and said we could activate our booking on there. I have never encountered this before so followed the instructions intensely! But I have to say it was very simple just type in your name and it finds your booking which you confirm and out pops a key card and receipt with your room number. The pessimist in me suggests this is probably a ploy to employ less staff! However it works very well and I would think at busy times would be fantastic. To note though there is a receptionist available 24hours. To remember too, the main door is locked at night but handy key card will let you in!
After receiving my pop up key card we went to our room. You need your key card to access threw to the rooms where you can chose the stairs or one of two lifts. A little annoying was the lifts had no floor levels so you had to work out by your room number which floor you were, this did not take a minute though.
The room was larger than I expected with a double bed and large sofa, desk cupboard for clothes and bathroom with bath and shower over and a slim line television.
I have to say I am not a person who is easily offended when it comes to hotels and I can withstand pretty basic rooms. The rooms are basic but adequately furnished and the bed was very comfortable and was well heated (we went when it was icy weather). There is a large window which for safety reasons can only be opened so far but gave us a view of the backs of pubs and so persons apartment!
The place could do with a lick of paint as it is a bit shabby around the edges but nothing horrendous.
There are no other facilities either, such as food, drinks etc but all can be easily and cheaply obtained on the street.
The hotel as said is right on the street. The website does clearly warn you of this fact and that it might be noisy especially at weekends.
You are in the heart of Birmingham's club area and so it is busy at night until the early hours and in the day there is the hustle and bustle of business.
This said we had a room to the left of the front of the building and I did not find it very noisy or difficult to sleep. I was awoke once at 0400 ish by party revellers making there way home and then at 0630 by the pub delivery barrel man. Considering I live in a very quite countryside area, this is not bad I feel!
Overall this hotel is basic and efficient place to get your head down for one or two nights. Very easy access to NEC etc and sea life centre only a few minutes walk and the canals. Would I go again? Defiantly at this price for an overnight stay.
Review maybe posted on dooyoo and caio under the same username
Summary: a cheap and well situated hotel for the clubs, nec and sea life centre
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