More about Copthorne Hotel Birmingham
Not worth the money you pay!
We were staying for 1 night for a weekend away and as I was expecting a 4 star hotel, I was dissappointed at the standard of the decor and service.
The room lighting was dim, the extractor fan didn't work, there was only one towel despite the room being a double, decor is dated, the bed was old as you rolled into the middle of it and don't bother with the cooked breakfast. Not worth the money we paid for it!
The only good thing is the location.
Do not be misinformed this is a 3* hotel
Do not be misinformed, this is not, by any meaning, a 4* star hotel. I have stayed at this hotel on a few occasions and have done so purely on the basis that I only paid £50. It is not worth a penny more!! There are, however, a few refurbished classic double rooms. Ask for those, if you really have to stay here.
The hotel has a small parking lot for residents at a chage of £9.50 which is helpful.
The reception area is nice, staff werent as pleasant as they could have been. The resturant and bar looked very nice although we didnt use them.
Our room stank of smoke but after debating with a receptionist, this was changed to non smoking.
The rooms are very spacious, lovly soft big beds, a large desk area with room service menu and hair dryer, and a large flat screen tv with internet and sky.
The view from our window overlooked the birmingham wheel-lovely at night.
The rooms are soundproof and we never heard a thing from other guests, this was on a saturday night too.
The bathroom was small as with most hotels but was very smart.
Breakfast is about £16 though so go elsewhere for that!
We paid a late deal of £60 for this room which was very good value. As you can get an Ibis room for £50 I wouldnt pay much more for a hotel than this.
Overall this is a very nice hotel, probably the best we have stayed in in birmingham.
Its also in a good location.
Great location for a budget hotel
I recently stayed here with my girlfriend with a night on the town planned. The location is fantastic for this. We were heading into the town centre but this is ideal for the Broad Street area as well.
The hotel certainly looked the part. Very clean and shiny lobby, dining and bar areas. We didn't sample anything so can't really comment on the quality.
Had a few problems getting the key cards to work. The receptionist replaced them without an apology but she had a pleasant manner otherwise.
The room was a very decent size for a city centre hotel. It overlooked a busy road but we didn't notice the noise at night at all with the windows shut. Had it been any warmer, the lack of air-conditioning could have been a problem. Could have been a noise v heat dilemma. The window didn't open very far for safety reasons but thankfully the breeze was in our favour so we aired the place while we were out.
The bed was very comfy and we both had the best night's sleep we'd had for ages.
No mini bar but this didn't bother us. Aside from this there was a good range of facilities - tea/coffee, hairdryer, ironing board, trouser press.
Would definitely stay again for £55.
Good location, Good Price, No Air-Conditioning
Having stayed here one night for a 40th Birthday on July 29th, we felt that the Hotel location was excellent for Birmingham city centre, and that the room rate was good value - however, there was no air conditioning in the room.
This is not normally a problem in the UK, but the room was absolutely stifling following the recent heatwave.
My advice- stay here for the good location and good value, but not if the temperature is above 25C
Serious shortcomings in comfort of rooms and restaurant service
This is well below standard for a modern-style 4* city centre hotel. We stayed with a group for a business meeting, dinner and overnight stay on an admittedly very hot July day.
The hotel is in the middle of one of Birmingham's main traffic circuses yet not one of the rooms was airconditioned so the choice from afternoon arrival onwards was fry in intolerable heat and have some peace, or fry a bit less with open window and have constant noise plus fumes. There was prompt attention to convenient on-site car parking and reception/meeting room service was good ( but still no airconditioning.)
However the dinner was a total disaster with half the starter orders being lost and finally abandoned after almost an hour and a half, then one of our key guests summoning the manager over his nouvelle cuisine main course which looked like a small vegetable side order- very embarrassing. Other tables had the same type of problem..Finally after a dreadfully uncomfortable night when I used a wet floor towel to keep my head cool and the noise out, nobody in our party had the wakeup calls they booked. Breakfast was OK, but never again as I just couldn't sleep properly.
Copthorne in my side
NOISY, NOISY, NOISY.
Booked a connoiseur room at a special rate for £110 with breakfast and evening meal(which we did enjoy),chocolates and free soft drinks from minibar.A very good deal but what a noisy place!! Excellent position for the shops and sights but the hotel had a stag party that night staying there and this was not really what you expect from this type of hotel!
The first room we were given was 407 opposite a pub and the music from that could be heard above the TV. Contacted reception and changed rooms which was quieter but you can hear everything that goes on outside in the corridors and in the next rooms.Music from a TV blaring at 4.30am and people coming back slamming doors in the early hours.Not soundproofed and you could not leave the windows open because of the traffic noise.Good job it was raining and not hot!Worst nights sleep ever!! Not up to 4 star standard.Would not return even for a free night stay!!
4*? You're having a laugh...
Booked via lastminute.com for what we thought was a bargain at £55 (USD 100).
Location was very good ... a few minutes' walk from all the cool bars and shops down at the Mailbox and Brindley Place, but once inside it was a different story.
The lobby, bar and restaurant all looked like something out of Crossroads (for those too young, not British, an awful tv soap of the Eighties featuring a Birmingham motel).
We got to our room to discover it reeked of stale smoke. No aircon, and the windows only opened a couple of inches. So we rang down to reception to ask to move to a non-smoking room. The operator promised to call us back in two minutes. Twenty minutes later, no response. so we rang down again, only to be told by the pretty rude operator: "you can't move, there's nothing else available".
Breakfast (which is usually a truly scandalous £16) was available on a two-for-one offer ... stupidly we took them up on it and received some lousy coffee, a box of cornflakes, a semi-rotting banana and a stale bread roll.
the upshot? don't be tempted by the prospect of a 4* hotel for £55 in Birmingham ... the Travelodge is a better deal at the same price.
This is without doubt the best hotel I have ever stayed in, and I have stayed in a lot of hotels. The rooms are comfortable and stylish with nice bathrooms and a large bed. Reasonable location. Clean, which is always good. But what really makes this hotel special is the truly fantastic staff and exceptional service! They are friendly and so helpful and could not have done more for us. The food is also of a very high standard. Breakfast is great and we also ate dinner in the hotel which was suprisingly good value and very nice food. Room service is good too! I highly recommend this place.
Booked this hotel for an overnight stay. Read the reviews and worried. But the hotel was fine. I was in room 109 which was large, decent bed and large bathroom.
Yes, it was a bit noisy but you're in the middle of a roundabout in the middle of the second biggest city in the UK. You simply can't expect silence in such a location.
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Birmingham to Cardiff
I am looking for transportation options from Birmingham to Cardiff on a weekday morning.
Re: Birmingham to Cardiff
You'll be able to get a direct train from Birmingham (New Street Station) to Cardiff (Central Station) - this will take around 2 hours.
Alternatively you could take a National Express coach from Digbeth Bus Station in Birmingham city centre. This would take around 30 minutes more than the train, possibly longer if traffic is heavy.
Re: Re: Birmingham to Cardiff
Check out www.thetrainline.com for train information or www.nationalexpress.com/neh.cfm for coach information.
Re: Re: Birmingham to Cardiff
Hi Kay - great minds think alike!! I think we must have been typing at the same time !! :-)
Re: Re: Birmingham to Cardiff
Coach may well be substantially cheaper. You will also get to the experience the world-class squalour of Digbeth Bus Station.