Saturday, 31 May 2014

Copthorne Hotel, Birmingham

This hotel is just off Broad Street and is ideally situated for the ICC and the NIA.  And it is big!

The Copthorne Hotel is the white right angled building to the right of the image, the building covered in circles, looking a little too much like a sewage plant, is actually the new library.

It is listed as a 4* and back in the day, it probably was, but it is looking a bit tired these days.  This is reflected in the price, it cost me £47 for a night in a standard room.  This was room only, breakfast was an additional £14 or £17 if I wanted to eat in my room.

This was the view from my room.

This was the bed.

As you can see, it is two single beds pushed together, which isn't a problem, however, the room was obviously originally designed as a double room.  There are no bedside cabinets but you could see where they had been attached to the headboard unit, the holes left by the removal were clearly visible.

No bedside cabinets meant that I had to either balance my phone and glasses on the backboard, or put them on the floor.  Worst of all, no cup of coffee in bed!

The bathroom was a triangular shape, the positioning of the toilet roll holder meant that you really needed to be a contortionist to be able to reach it from the toilet.  But there was a full size bath with shower over.

The hotel was very well soundproofed from noise INSIDE the hotel, not so much from noise outside.  The bedroom floors were solid and carpeted, so you couldn't hear people walking about.  There was a party in one of the function rooms and I couldn't hear anything from that either.  Noise from outside pubs and clubs could be heard, but may be less so in different rooms.

Check in and out was very easy and the staff very helpful.

Car parking was a bit pricey, £12 for 24 hours, but then it is in the city centre, you may be able to get cheaper but probably not locally.  There is a fitness suite too.

Wifi is chargeable, which I think is a bit ridiculous in this day and age, particularly for a 4* hotel in a major city.

It wouldn't be my first choice of hotel next time I stay in Birmingham, but I wouldn't discount it completely.

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