Birmingham, the second-largest UK city, has a wide range of hotels to offer. While the elite traveller can choose between the city’s stylish boutiques and traditional luxury big hitters, those on a budget will be welcomed into one of the city’s delightful family-run hotels. Read Culture Trip’s bookable guide to the best places to stay.
Hotel du Vin is a chic boutique hotel set in the historic building of a former Victorian eye hospital. The hotel offers 66 comfortable rooms and luxurious suites, as well as a fantastic bistro serving traditional French cuisine with a British twist. There is also a stylish lounge bar and a pretty open-air courtyard with a retractable roof and extraordinary sculptures.
Malmaison Birmingham is somewhere to write home about: located within the Mailbox’s luxurious shopping centre near Birmingham New Street train station, this stylish boutique hotel was once a Royal Mail sorting office. The hotel’s trendy rooms and suites are decorated with contemporary decor and the latest technological equipment. It also has its own brasserie that serves exquisite French-inspired cuisine with British influences and a dedication to locally sourced ingredients. As a special treat, Malmaison Birmingham also has a spa with steam rooms and high-class massage treatments.
Staying Cool at Rotunda, in the heart of Birmingham, combines the luxury of a trendy and stylish hotel with the spaciousness of an apartment. The apartments are at the top of the Rotunda building, providing fabulous views of the city both day and night. The rooms are all decorated with a lot of attention to detail, and guests can choose between individualist styles, such as the glamorous Roadster Penthouse or the Clubman Olympian. Besides its fantastic rooms, Staying Cool at Rotunda has everything you might need on the doorstep due to its prime location next to the Bullring shopping centre.
Eaton Hotel is a modern and stylish hotel that is located just a short drive away from the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, as well as the famous Ikon Gallery. All the rooms are newly furnished and include flat-screen TVs as well as tea- and coffee-making facilities. Eaton Hotel also has a first-class restaurant, the Regency Restaurant, serving outstanding British and international, cuisine. The special Sunday lunch menu is highly recommended.
City Nites Birmingham are modern, self-catering apartments in the city centre, only a short walk away from Birmingham Cathedral and the National Indoor Arena. The one- or two-bedroom apartments are decorated with a modern design and come with a fully equipped kitchen and eating area, as well as flat-screen TVs and DVD players. As a special treat, City Nites Birmingham also offers luxury apartments with private balconies or a penthouse apartment.
Woodlands Hotel is a private, family-owned restaurant in the heart of Edgbaston’s suburbs, and it’s just a short drive away from Birmingham city centre. The hotel benefits from great public transport links to the city and its fantastic nightlife, high-class theatres and other cultural events. The hotel exudes a warm and comfortable atmosphere and serves outstanding food in its very own restaurant and bar. Here, guests can benefit from both the privacy and peace of a family-run hotel in the suburbs as well as its close proximity to the city centre.
Formerly known as La Tour, the Clayton Hotel is a luxurious four-star hotel in Central Birmingham, just a few minutes’ walk from the Bullring shopping centre. La Tour is committed to providing outstanding customer service that will allow its guests to make unforgettable memories in stylish places. Hotel La Tour also has its very own grill restaurant – where guests can enjoy authentic British dishes with a touch of modernity – as well the trendy Alvar Bar. With its classy cocktails, sophisticated atmosphere and great live music, it’s the perfect place to have a nice drink before turning in for the night.
The Briar Rose is ideally located right in the centre of Birmingham, just a three-minute walk from Birmingham Cathedral and a four-minute walk from the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The hotel sits above a JD Wetherspoon pub – the perfect place to enjoy an elaborate English breakfast. This is the ideal place for those who are travelling on a budget and want to stay in a central location at great value for money.
Gables Nest is a charming and intimate family-run guesthouse, just outside the city centre. It is in the immediate vicinity of Sarehole Mill, Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens Trust, and is just 4mi (6.5km) away from Birmingham Airport. This is the perfect place for those who wish to enjoy the peace and quiet of a small family-run hotel that is dedicated to welcoming each and every guest into a great atmosphere, while still staying close to the lively city centre of Birmingham.
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City Quarters Apartments at Burne Jones House are centrally located in a historic building with a private roof terrace. The apartments have been tastefully designed with all the latest technologies including an automated check-in system. Within easy walking distance of all the city’s major sights, such as Brindleyplace, Symphony Hall and the famous Jewellery Quarter, this is the ideal base for a classy weekend trip.
Shopaholics are spoilt for choice at this plush, contemporary hotel in Birmingham city centre. The property is within a mile of Selfridges and the Bullring and Mailbox shopping centres for retail therapy under one roof. Unwind afterwards with a dip in the 16-metre heated pool or indulge in afternoon tea or the lavish bottomless champagne brunch at the hotel’s Aria restaurant.
A glamorous Birmingham bolthole, this Broad Street hotel is moments from the nightclubs and bars of Broad Street if you’re visiting the city in search of fun. Start the celebrations with an ESPA treatment at the hotel’s restful candlelit spa before sampling bargain cocktails during happy hour. If the kids are in tow, treat them to the children’s afternoon tea instead, including chocolate spread sandwiches, mini doughnuts and popcorn.
Inspired by the city’s jewellery-making heritage, the gold geometric Cube building looms over Birmingham’s skyline. Inside is the equally striking Hotel Indigo where every room has a floor-to-ceiling window revealing panoramic city vistas. For the best outlook, head to the glass-walled 25th floor for pre-dinner drinks in either the champagne bar or Birmingham’s only dedicated whiskey bar. Afterwards, dine at Marco Pierre White’s adjoining restaurant for 10oz ribeye steak smothered in bearnaise and spellbinding 360-degree views.
This pretty Georgian hotel is located on a leafy square in the city’s trendy Jewellery Quarter, home to over 700 jewellers and independent retailers. The hotel itself was once a rope factory but is now a hip 34-room boutique property decorated with antique books, rope detailing and sofas made from old bus-seat fabric. Locals also love its bottomless Sunday roast, where two courses come with unlimited prosecco, merlot, sauvignon or gin rose.
Within the popular Mailbox complex, this perfectly-located hotel is steps from upscale shops and restaurants yet close to Birmingham’s peaceful canals, Victorian pubs and houseboats. Rooms are streamlined and contemporary, ideal for business travellers and those on a quick city break. There’s an all-day lounge for hotel dining and a Starbucks concession in the lobby though guests are also welcome to eat Deliveroo orders in the lounge or their own room.
A great Birmingham base when travelling with a family, this modern glass-fronted tower in the city centre is within walking distance of attractions including the National Sea Life Centre and the Thinktank Science Museum. Interconnecting rooms are available when a little more space is needed and kids will love the hotel’s casual Collage restaurant where they can stock up on pancakes at the breakfast buffet.