Monday, 7 September 2020

Hotel Review - Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre

I love nothing more than heading to a hotel for the evening. Whether it's a base for a girls' night, a trip away making memories with the boys, or even just a night away on my own... yes really! I love my kids more than life, but give me a solo night away with a relaxing bubble bath, using some hotel freebie toiletries, setting up my laptop in the hotel bar and working my business. I work in the travel industry, so it's not surprising that I get the best inspiration when I'm sat in a beautiful hotel. 

Crowne Plaza, Birmingham City Centre, Hotel stay, Travel Agent Stay, Travel Agent Discount

I love visiting new hotels, and one that I hadn't checked out before was the Crowne Plaza in Birmingham City Centre

I wanted to plan something for Taylor's 6th Birthday, After 6 months on lockdown, no party with his friends this year, I thought a couple of days in Birmingham; a fun day at the Lego Centre and Sea Life centre, dinner in the Mailbox by the canal, followed by a day of shopping would be a nice idea, and would double up as a celebration for Bradley completing secondary school and receiving his GCSE results. 

So I booked a couple of rooms so the boys could have their own double bed each, at a fantastic price. A two-double bed room has an average nightly rate of £78. (I paid a travel agent discounted rate)

Crowne Plaza, Birmingham City Centre, Hotel stay, Travel Agent Stay, Travel Agent Discount

This 4-star stylish hotel is in a perfect location within Birmingham City Centre, right next door to the Mailbox and just a 5-minute walk to New Street Station, the Conference Centre and Birmingham Arena, which is where the Lego Centre and Sea Life are based. 

We purchased combi-tickets, which allowed us to visit both attractions at a slightly cheaper price.

Lego Discovery Centre, Sea Life Centre, Birmingham, Birmingham attractions, things to do Birmingham

The hotel was spotless, with hand sanitisers on entrance and around the hotel, sneeze screens at reception and floor reminders to stay socially distanced from others. 

We were given the warmest welcome. The lovely gentleman in reception was chatting to my little boy, wishing him a Happy Birthday and gave him a colouring pack, which was a nice little gesture. The lady on reception, who I believe was the assistant reception manager was absolutely lovely and couldn't do enough for us. We were very well looked after, with an early check-in and city view rooms as promised. 

Crowne Plaza, Birmingham City Centre, Hotel stay, Travel Agent Stay, Travel Agent Discount

The rooms were lovely and spacious, with fast, complimentary wifi (tick! tick! tick!) and comfortable beds. Everywhere was completely clean and we felt extremely safe the entire stay. 

The bathroom was spotless, sheets were clean and well made, perfect desk space and mirror space (tick! tick! tick! tick!) and the TV was a great size and had a great variety of channels for both me and the kids.

Crowne Plaza, Birmingham City Centre, Hotel stay, Travel Agent Stay, Travel Agent Discount

After a fun-packed day and a lovely meal by the canal we came back to the hotel to relax, watch some TV and settle down for the night. We all slept really well, aside from a noisy family a few doors down who liked the sound of their door slamming, accompanied by their kids running up and down the corridor. Business guests will be pleased to know that there are designated quiet zones Sunday - Friday to ensure maximum silence, with unwanted wakeup calls from housekeeping or screaming children! ;)

The hotel includes a fitness suite / gym and a bar and restaurant with city views, which we didn't use but we did have a little nosey around and they looked lovely. It's definitely worth noting that kids under 12 eat free in the restaurant too.

I'll definitely be visiting again soon, with my girlfriends and maybe even on my own! It's a lovely hotel and in a fantastic location for all my favourite places in Birmingham.

My Overall Review for the Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre:

Hotel / Facilities / Staff - 4/5
Location / Attractions - 5/5
Good Nights Sleep - 4/5
Value for Money - 4/5

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  1. We are local to Birmingham but have often booked a hotel there for a night away.

    I’ve not stayed here but it looks really lovely x

  2. This sounds like a great hotel to stay at when you are heading to Birmingham! It sounds like this is a really good choice all around as well when it comes to cost, friendliness and comfort.

  3. How lovely that you guys stayed at the Crowne Plaza, its one of my favourite hotels but not stayed in it in Birmingham before.

  4. We have stayed in Crown Plaza hotels before and always found them friendly and clean, not stayed in Birmingham yet though

  5. I visited Birmingham for my sister's hen night the year before last. It's a fabulous city to explore. This hotel looks a great place to stay and I'd love to visit on my next trip (lockdown permitting!).

  6. We are contemplating heading to Birmingham for a night or two to visit Cadbury World as well as Lego Centre so your review has come in at a good time. Bookmarking it as the room is the perfect size for the four of us and the interiors and facilities look great.

  7. That looks like such a lovely hotel to stay in! The rooms look so big and spacious and so fresh and clean!

  8. It looks like a gorgeous place to stay, will keep it in mind for when we next visit Birmingham

  9. This hotel seems like it is well located for family breaks. Mine would love to go to sealife again and also the lego centre. The room sizes are great, not as cramped as some I've seen.

  10. This sounds like a great hotel to stay at when you are heading to Birmingham! I haven't visited Birmingham yet. It sounds like this is a really good choice all around.

  11. Sounds like an amazing hotel looks really nice too! Never been to Birmingham but sound like a great place to visit. I hope you had a great time there.


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