Just like the students who attend the university, the hotels near the University of Birmingham are smart. A Sixties-themed stay, a spot with a speakeasy-style cocktail bar, townhouse rooms with roll-top baths and a hotel with a rooftop restaurant are just a few of the options available. There’s a good selection of budget-friendly places, too. Here’s a round-up of the top places to stay. Book your stay now with Culture Trip.
The design of the Edgbaston, a 10-minute walk from the University of Birmingham, is inspired by the Roaring Twenties. Checkerboard floors, crystal chandeliers and art deco-style mirrors welcome you to the lobby. The rooms, meanwhile, feature scalloped headboards, velvet cushions and bed runners, and vintage-style tub chairs. This boutique hotel is also home to a speakeasy-style cocktail bar, where bow-tied bartenders shake up drinks, such as the Up Beet made with bourbon and beetroot syrup.
Hotel Indigo is set inside the distinctive Cube tower, a 25-minute walk from the University of Birmingham. The room decor reflects the building’s Tetris-style design: there are geometric shapes everywhere, from the decorative wall panels to the fabric of the bed cushions. Hungry? Head up to the 25th floor, where you’ll find the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill – the floor-to-ceiling windows here serve up 360-degree views of the city skyline.
There are just 12 rooms at this Victorian townhouse hotel. Each one is individually designed with statement wallpapers and hand-picked antique furniture, such as brass bedsteads. Opt for a premium room, and you’ll find a freestanding roll-top bath next to the bed, too. Be sure to get up for breakfast here: it’s served at the hotel’s all-day restaurant, and the menu features dishes like shakshuka (baked eggs in a spicy tomato stew) and chilli fried egg and halloumi brioche buns.
There are four types of rooms at Bloc Hotel, a 10-minute drive from the University of Birmingham. The Sleep rooms are the most affordable – these compact spaces with no windows are cleverly designed to fit a double bed and come with tablet room controls and ambient mood lighting. The largest rooms, meanwhile, are apartments that come with kitchenettes and living areas. There’s no restaurant here, but the hotel offers guests special deals at local restaurants.
This red-brick hotel is in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, a 10-minute drive from the University of Birmingham. The rooms are smart spaces with tweed bed covers, photos of Birmingham on the walls and handy coffee pod machines. The hub of the hotel is the restaurant and cocktail bar, where food is served all day. If you’re here on a Saturday, you can book in for a two- or three-course bottomless brunch with prosecco, bellinis or gin rose cocktails.
Set inside a restored Victorian factory in the Jewellery Quarter, the Selina is a 10-minute drive from the University of Birmingham. There’s a range of shared and private rooms here. One of the top options is the Meero suite, which features pretty murals and a retro-style living area. Away from the sleeping spaces, the hotel has a cafe, a movie room and a wellness studio, which puts on regular yoga classes.
Singles, doubles and suites with freestanding bathtubs and fireside seating areas all feature on the room menu at Frederick Street Townhouse, a 10-minute drive from the University of Birmingham. Whichever one you opt for, you’ll find a Roberts radio by the bed and bright artwork on the walls. There’s no restaurant here; however, the hotel is surrounded by places to eat, including the Distillery, with its wood-fired pizza oven and hot-coal grill.