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Ibis Birmingham. I used the Ibis hotel in Birmingham last year when my friend got extremely drunk after a relationship break up while chatting to me on msn, at the time I didn't realise how drunk she was so when she told me to book a hotel and we would have a night out the following evening to cheer her up I was happy to oblige as usually as I mentioned in my Etap review it would work out cheaper than getting taxi's. After trying to book our usual Etap only to find out it was fully booked I looked at the Ibis Hotel in Birmingham City Centre as it is only a short walk from where we were going out. The rooms were £71 for the night which on any other occasion I would have said no chance but my friend was insistent that we needed a night out with the hotel afterwards so she didn't have to go home to an empty house... So a booking was made for the following night. The booking process was easy, I went onto the Ibis website and found the Birmingham City Centre Ibis. Once found I selected the date and one room for one night. I then entered my card details to reserve the room, but no payment was taken from my card as you choose your payment method when you check in at the hotel itself. The hotel is located right in the heart of the city centre on Ladywell Walk. The hotel backs onto the Arcadian Centre which is ideal for nights out and Chinese food. The hotel is located around a 5 minute walk away from the main shops including the Bullring and many theatres and city centre attractions. If you are arriving by bus or train it is about a 10 minute walk from most of the city centre bus stops and New Street train station. If you are arriving by car from the M6 motorway you will need to leave at J6 and follow signs to the A38(M) Aston Expressway, follow this road through 2 tunnels and as you leave the 2nd tunnel you need to follow the road to the left and turn left on the roundabout, at the traffic lights you need to turn left again and then take the 2nd right and simply follow the road round the one way system and the hotel will be in front of you as you come around a long bend in the road. The hotel has no car park so you will need to use the city centre car parks. Unfortunately depending on your choice of car park this could be quite costly. From personal experience of living in Birmingham I would say to stay away from the Arcadian car park as this is very expensive, however if you have a sat nav and ask it to take you to Bromsgrove Street you will find a couple of car parks that are only £2.50 for a 24 hour ticket. These car parks are about a 5 - 10 minute walk away from the hotel. Upon entering the reception area of the hotel we noticed how big it is with lots of very comfortable seating. Next to the reception desk there is a bar area, however due to hiked up hotel prices we stayed away from this bar. The ceiling in the reception area has a big dome feature in it which looks good and makes the reception seem even bigger. There are 4 computers to the right of the reception desk for paying to use the internet. In the centre of the reception is an area there are tables and seating for people who are staying for breakfast. The reception area was very clean. We arrived at the hotel at around 4pm but we could have checked in from 12 noon. When we arrived there wasn't a queue at the desk and we were greeted by a lady who asked for our booking name and then proceeded to take a cash payment from us of £71 for a double room for one night. I could have cried parting with this much money to stay one night in the city I live in but I told myself it was to cheer my friend up so it was worth it. Once you are checked in you will be given one or two key cards depending on how many you want and told which room number you are staying in. Finding the room was easy. After taking the lift to the relevant floor we could see the room numbers clearly signed with arrows to guide us in the right direction. Once we had located our room we had to swipe the key card in the door, a little green light flashed at us and we opened the door. As we entered the room there was a large double bed to the left of the room and to the right there was hanging space with a few shelves and also a little table which had a small kettle along with a tray with cups, a couple of tea bags and about 4 sachets of coffee. At this point I was thinking great because we don't get this in our cheap and cheerful Etap. There is a door in the room which opens to reveal a small bathroom area with a shower, sink and toilet. Much more privacy than at the Etap too. The room itself was a decent size and very clean. After our night out we returned to the hotel, the reception area was quiet with one person staffing the desk and bar area. We found our room with ease and fell into bed. The bed was a little hard but still comfortable, the pillows were lovely and soft and I apart from waking up a little hung-over I had a pretty decent nights sleep. The cleanliness of the room is something I cannot fault, the bedding was clean and on arrival the bed was well made. The bathroom area was shiny and clean and the shower worked fine with the temperature being easily adjusted . The toilet was clean and spare toilet rolls were provided. Check out from the hotel is 12 noon. You can pay extra to check out late if you want to. The check out procedure is as simple as at the Etap, simply leave your room and return your keys to the reception and leave the hotel. My overall opinion of the Ibis Hotel, Ladywell Walk in Birmingham city centre is an average one, mainly due to the price, however this could be because I am used to Etap prices! We didn't encounter any problems during our stay and we found the staff polite and helpful. I would recommend staying at the Ibis in Birmingham, the prices are a little too high for me however the service is good and they give you a kettle to make tea and coffee in your room. Ok, yes I know I could have been and bought a cup of tea for the price we paid, but still a positive experience staying here. Thanks for reading :)
Sorry you were expecting an IBIS review. I have decided to delete my review and post it elsewhere. While I am not a particularly skilled reviewer, I am disappointed that only 3 people here decided to rate this review, and consequently have re-posted the review at Epinions. Unfortunately, I don't appear to be able to remove the review fully, and thus have had to leave you a 75 word essay, explaining why I have deleted this post. I think it will be a while before I review at dooyoo again - I will post where I am a little more appreciated. Sorry for any annoyance. Chris
I was fed up one rainy Sunday afternoon and decided that me and my husband needed to getaway from it all. After seeing Grease in December at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, I thought it would be nice to go and see another show. I chose the Blues Brothers. Birmingham is over 2 hours and 30 drive from my house, so we thought it would be better if we stayed overnight in a hotel. I considered the Comfort Inn again, but the prices were coming up £75 for the night per room. I searched and searched until I came to a site advertising Accor hotels.The site is www.accorhotels.com. This is how I discovered that there was a Ibis hotel in Birmingham which was ideally located for us. The price for the room per night was more like it, it was £35, if you wanted breakfast that was £4.25, but seeing as though it was only a cold continental breakfast we didn't bother. We went to a service station on the way home. *Checking In* The entrance area was nice and bright with a couple of sofas. You could also see the restaurant from there, it was part of the reception area but sectioned off. Behind the desk were three french girls, they have imported staff over from France seeing as though Ibis is a french chain. There was quite a queue when I got there. The people in front of me were trying to sneak another person into the room, he said he will sleep on the floor. The receptionist wasn't too happy. Then came two girls who wanted to move rooms as their room smelt of sick and poo. I considered leaving but with the Pop Idol concert being on in Birmingham that weekend, I thought everywhere might be booked up. Then it was my turn, the girl took a swipe of my credit card for the room and just in case I had breakfast, plus she took extra in case I made any phone calls. She said that the money wouldn't go out until I checked out, then if we didn't have breakfast then they wouldn't charge me fo r it. I was then given an electronic card for us to go through a door to the lobby on our floor, it also opened our door to our bedroom. I thought this was good as it would stop uninvited people getting up to your room. They couldn't get through the corridor doors without a swipe card. *Rooms* We opened the door, and let out a gasp. Wow there's hardly any room to swing a cat in here I thought. There was a double bed, a wardrobe made out of cheap white wood, it looked like something somebody had thrown together. My dolls house bedroom was made better than this, when I was younger. This was not the same standards as France where I have stayed in two Ibis hotels over there. Oh well time to check out the bathroom. Oh dear no bath, if I had been staying for more than one night, I would have asked to be moved. I love my bath as I find showers in basic hotels always look unclean to me. There was just the normal shower cubicle with the horrible white base to stand in, which looked clean enough, but somehow always make me cringe. I always wonder who's stood in it, if they had smelly feet. I'm not the same for baths for some reason. In the shower, it had a soap dispenser for you to use for your hair/body. There was also another one next to the sink. The bathroom was tiny, with a small window, with no curtains, I always wondered if anybody could see me peeing. I suppose it was adequate, but compared with other hotels I have stayed in, this was the worst I have come across, room wise that is. The room had a dressing table with kettle and tea/coffee, no biscuits. There was a TV with no remote control, this was right next to the door high up on the wall. It was a bit difficult for me to reach to switch channels. The room was clean, but was so small and basic, it could have done with a good lick of paint and new wardrobes. I'm not sure if all rooms were like this, I would have liked to have compared some. Didn't bother with breakfast, we grabbed a packet of crisps from the receptions machine which would do until we found a service station. There was also a drinks machine and ciggie machine. *Parking* There was parking right across the road, we used the multi storey car park, which we got a ticket for. If you checkout before 12pm the day after, we got a discount of £3.00 off the parking price. It came to £4.00 for the ticket, which would normally have cost us £7.00 for overnight parking. They stamp your ticket at the reception at the Ibis and then you go to the second floor of the car park and pay, he then gives you a ticket to release the barrier. * Location * It's in a great location, right in the middle of the chinese quarter. behind the hotel was a square which consisted of some flash restaurants, trendy bars. I was very impressed. It was all lit up at night, with even the trees looking like Xmas trees. There was a Pizza Hut, a cinema commplex and plenty of other eating places. Next door to the hotel was a lovely looking restaurant, I think it was a Thai/French restaurant. It was within walking distance to the Alexandra Theatre, it only took us about 10 mins to get there. I was quite happy with this hotel especially for the location, but they do need to do something with the rooms. The reception area is nice enough, the staff a little reserved, the restaurant looked ok for what I could see of it, and yes, I would go again as it was cheap enough for a city overnight stay. The address is Ibis Hotel Ladywell Walk Birmingham Tel 0121 6226010
Attending a conference in Birmingham, and with the rail timetable on the web giving me no hope of setting off from Norwich the same morning (suggesting instead that I get the last train the night before and spend 7 hours on Ely station...), I had to seek out something central and cheap. The Ibis fits the bill perfectly. It's close to New Street station (2 minutes by taxi, if that), and sits in the Chinese Quarter surrounded by eating places galore (mostly Chinese - ha :), a cinema and the Arcadian shopping complex. All rooms are £42 per night, and breakfast is a bargain at £4. The ground floor has an odd, vaguely unwelcoming layout - reception is off to one side, with a high counter, making it difficult for the staff to greet you as you come in, and pretty much impossible for wheelchair users I would guess. They're friendly enough, but have a disturbing habit of singing along to the songs on the radio, which they have tuned to the local commercial station. This meant I spent my conference with the strains of Westlife running through my head - not nice. Most of the ground floor space is taken up by the canteen-style breakfast area, reminiscent of a motorway service station, albeit a half-decent one and without coachloads of old dears off to Rhyl. The rooms are a decent size - well, you don't scrape your shins on the bed as soon as you get through the door, anyway. Facilities are basic but adequate - pod-style loo/shower, desk and chair close to electricity and phone sockets, adequately sized wardrobe (considering most people probably just stay one night and don't unpack), and small TV (no cable channels) perched on a wall stand. The tea and coffee facilities comprise a kettle, and the usual little shelf holding packets of instant stuff - horror of horrors, there are no biscuits and the "milk" is Marvel dried stuff, betraying the "budget" nature of the hotel. My bed was fairly comfy, although the mattress was foam, meaning it got a bit hot, and it stayed moulded in one position all night. Still, the room was quiet, despite being in the city centre, and I managed to get a good night's sleep. The disturbing bit was being woken by a sneeze so loud I thought it was in the same room - either the walls are pretty thin, or I had a neighbour who could sneeze for England. The shower looked dubious, but was actually very good, not a pathetic trickle like I feared, and plenty hot water as well. Continuing the "cheap" theme, there were no freebies (unless you wanted a loo roll), although a shower gel/shampoo substance was provided in a dispenser similar to those found in public loos. Since the stuff smelled somewhat like what you find in public loos as well, I used my own. Breakfast is the bargain, really. For just £3.95, you're treated to a no-strings buffet continental-style, including such delights as cereal, yogurt, rolls, hot crusty French bread, ham, and cheese (including brie!) . With a bit of craftiness, you could sneak yourself a sandwich for later ;) There's also decent coffee with *real* milk, to make up for the abomination provided in your room. The interesting bit is the combined soundtrack of MTV and business talk, which is far more interesting than the free newspapers from yesterday. There's not much in the way of other food. A few cursory items are offered on demand before 10pm, but at about £3.50 for a sandwich, you're better to head nextdoor to Cafe Dome. Ibis guests get 10% off their bill, and the food is an eclectic mix of French and Chinese, accompanied bizarrely by an R&B soundtrack. Good food, though, and they're evidently used to business travellers as they don't treat lone diners like lepers. Just take a book to read, though, because the service isn't so fast. Overall, the Ibis is a reasonably priced, functional hotel. If it's plush or cosy you're after, look elsewhere, but for a place to lay your head as you pass through, it's ideal.