“ address: 18 Holliday Street / Birmingham / England „
During check in I was told the rate per room was twice as high as the price I had been given while online booking. Instead of paying 32pppn I was asked to pay 64pppn! This price supposidly included a breakfast which I had not opted for during online booking.
~*~ Nite Nite Hotel, Birmingham ~*~
My boyfriend and I are always going away for weekends to visit friends who are spread out across the whole of the UK. I love visiting different places, however, as you can imagine, it ends up being quite expensive in petrol and leisure costs alone without adding hotels to that! Therefore, we are always on the lookout for nice hotels at a bargain price, and Nite Nite in Birmingham was one of the latest of these trials.
~*~ The location ~*~
The hotel is located at 18 Holliday Street in Birmingham. The location of the hotel is very good - 5 minutes away from Birmingham New Street station, 10 minutes from the NEC Arena and just a few minutes walk from Broad Street with its rows of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants. So ideal for somewhere to stay for a night out.
~*~ The hotel ~*~
Nite Nite describes itself as 'chic but comfort-concious'. The hotel rooms are basically designed to feel like ship cabin rooms - there are no windows which could get a little claustrophobic if you were in there for a long period of time. The hotel consists of 104 compact en-suite rooms, all of which are priced the same.
~*~ The rooms ~*~
Inside each room you will find a large comfy double bed, 42" plasma screen TV located opposite the bed, a small bathroom with a toilet and power shower and tea and coffee making facilities. The rooms are very small and there isn't much space for luggage, so the rooms are only really suitable for a night or two at most - definitely not somewhere to come if you are planning on staying for longer periods of time.
Other extras are available free of charge from reception including hairdryers and ironing facilities.
~*~ The extras ~*~
One of the nicest things about this hotel is the little extras that you are provided with free of charge. This includes a bottle of water per guest on arrival, tea and coffee and complimentary Wi-Fi and blockbuster movies throughout your stay. The blockbuster movies are available on demand through the television and are new releases. That's something you don't get very often in a hotel!
~*~ The price ~*~
Sunday's at this hotel cost just £29.95 per room, which is an absolute bargain! When not on promotion, rooms are generally £54.95 - £59.95 depending on how flexible you are on dates. A good price, really, considering. Definitely worth hunting around first to see if you can get a good deal with different dates before you purchase a room.
~*~ The facilities ~*~
The hotel has its own licensed bar open 7 days a week - until 11pm (Midnight on Saturday's). The bar is pretty much a section of the restaurant, but is OK if you just want a couple before you go out (don't expect bargain drinks, but not too much of a rip off).
There is also a restaurant on site which services hot meals as well as breakfasts and snacks. All reasonably price and quality food, but to be honest there is so much choice in Birmingham just a couple of minutes walk away that it's worth just walking into the town and choosing from the wide selection there.
~*~ The verdict ~*~
I was quite impressed with the quality of this hotel considering the price. I got a special offer room and paid just under £100 for 2 nights quite a while ago now. I found the location to be very good, the staff members were all very professional and helpful and the hotel in itself was very clean and tidy, and peaceful considering we stayed there Friday and Saturday night.
The rooms are very small, probably the smallest room I've stayed in to be honest, but are laid out very well so they are bearable. Probably not a good idea if you do get claustrophobic though, honestly.
~*~ Choose this if... ~*~
-You are staying in Birmingham for a night or two
-Aren't planning on spending much time in the hotel
-Are coming for a night out
-Are happy on using a hotel just as somewhere to sleep
~*~ Don't choose it if... ~*~
-You are planning a romantic weekend away and plan to spend a lot of time in the hotel
-You are looking for luxury
-You like on-site entertainment
-You are hoping to meet other guests in the hotel bar
Hope this helps!
Update: I discovered that new street station is 5 minutes away if a shortcut was taken ( rahther than 1/2 h) which therefore puts it a lot closer to the bullring. For two days, great! But I thunk cabin fever would have sink in if I stayed on longer.
I came to this hotel with no idea what it really looks like. All i know was that it is supposed to be cheap and therefore, my company picked it to stay for a burinss trip. At £62 for a night including breakfast, it doesn't seem that cheap to me though. However I suspect that the corporate rate is more expensive than what I would have paid for it if I had book it personally online. (from what I have just discovered on trip advisors)
The room is tiny! The bed takes up about 7/8 of the room with the tv right in front of the bed mounted on the wall above. The flat screen tv is the width of a double bed. There is a tiny dresser table and when I open my luggage, there is no other space on the floor.
The bathroom is mosaic tiled, with the shower mounted near it (the Shower is a grohe shower!) The bathroom is pretty well designed though as the water from the shower did not fall onto the toilet bowl.
The best thing about the room is the free wireless and the complementary movie channels. While there are no windows on the room, the tv does show a view of the outside.
Nite nite is located near the mailbox (not that near the bullring) location wise, I am not sure that it is not that convieniently located since I do find myself pulling my luggage for quite a while from Birmingham new Street station to reach it. I wouldn't come back and stay if I was doing a long term stay but for a short weekend, I will.
We stopped at this hotel for 1 night while attending a friend's wedding reception in the city centre. We found the location really good, 15 min walk to the shops (Bullring/city centre - The Mailbox was slightly nearer) and 2 mins walk to broad street bars. Nice walk along the canal to the NIA. Free parking outside the hotel from 6pm saturday and all day sunday too - saved us a fortune!
The first thing you will notice about the rooms is that they are very small, you are prepared for this following the description on their website (http://www.nitenite.com), but you don't realise how small until you open the door! The room is the size of the double bed - you cannot walk round it, you have a 2 foot walk way where you walk in with a door to the bathroom (wetroom) opposite the bed and a mirror and stool in front of you.
However we thought this hotel concept was brilliant. All you need for overnight stay is a bed and a bathroom, the wet room worked much better than other wet rooms as the water drained away very well.
The bed was comfy and the tv really good - it is a 42in tv at the end of the bed. All the usual channels as well as a roof top camera streaming to the tv - nitenite rooms do not have any windows and therefore no natural light, this didn't bother us but I can see how it may bother some people. It was wierd waking up and seeing it was 9.30am but it was pitch black! I'd recommend setting an alarm as there's no natural light to wake you up!
There is a panal next to the bed for lighting and heating which we thought was really - there were loads of different settings! Now due to the size of the room obviously there is not a lot of space, especially for luggage! The bed is a standard double bed size and we as a couple didn't have a problem with space, however we were only there one night, I wouldn't want to stay for a week!
We didn't eat breakfast at the hotel, we walked to wetherspoons/lloyds on broad street as it was cheaper!
I would recommend this hotel and didn't find it claustrophic, if you are at all claustrophobic I wouldn't recommend this hotel at all!!
I would definitely use this hotel again, however would only use it for 1 or 2 nights, I think if you were stopping longer and had more luggage space may become a problem!
After a discussion with my boyfriend we decided to combine coming away for the weekend for our 'anniversary' and Christmas shopping. We finally decided on a location: Birmingham. We chose this after various recommendations that the shopping at the Bullring was excellent. So, my job was to now search the internet for somewhere central yet affordable. Impossible, you might think! But it wasn't and I booked the Nitenite hotel in Birmingham for the 21st November, via the internet.
Nitenite Birmingham has 104 rooms and their idea is creating an affordable room with style and innovation. And they succeed at this. The perfect place if all you want is a place to sleep.
This was the easiest check-in that I have ever encountered. After booking the room on the internet, I was a little worried that things wouldn't go smoothly when we arrived but I could not have been more room. The female on reception was very friendly and extremely helpful. I handed over my confirmation that I had received via email and I was given my key card and room number and off we went.
The reception at the hotel is 24 hours which I think is a massive plus. They are always there and happy to assist you with any queries you have, or in our case for directions. I think the check in and check out times are very reasonable. You are able to check in from 3pm and this suited us fine as we didn't arrive until about 4. The following day, or the day of your departure, you have to be out of the room by 12. Again, this was great as I was ready to hit the shops at 9!
You could tell by the people going in and out of the hotel that a lot were businessmen, so the fact that you can access to free WiFi throughout the hotel is a big plus. There are also computers in the lobby as you walk to your rooms.
There is a restaurant that serves food all days of the week until 10pm, other than Sunday when serving finishes at 12 in the afternoon. There is also a bar open until 11pm Monday - Saturday.
The facilities they have available include ironing rooms (on every floor), vending machines (for when you get peckish and don't want to go to the shop), an ATM cash machine (to get some more money out to spend on shopping) and fax and photocopy resource. At an additional cost you can use the laundry and dry cleaning service and the public telephone.
If there is anything to moan about with the hotel, it's going to be the room. It is 6.8 square metres so admittedly it is small. But I personally quite liked it. You open the door and there is the double bed to your left and the en suite bathroom to your right. It is very clean, compact and tidy.
The bed takes up the majority of your room, with a small dressing table and mirror next to it. The bed is surrounded by padding on the wall which makes the room feel really cosy. And the bed is so comfortable. Usually when I go away, I don't sleep very well but this bed was magic. I slept like a log.
I love the 42 inch plasma tv screen. You can watch all freeview channels on this (with the exception of channel 5) and there are also views of outside the hotel window available. Very useful in the morning when deciding whether or not to put that extra layer on when you see the weather. You also have the option of pay per view movies, although we didn't use this facility.
My thoughts on the en suite are nothing but positive. It is in fact more of a wet room as you walk in and in the room is the toilet and shower. This is particularly good for me as I tend to get water everywhere and spend forever tidying up. I was surprised at how powerful the shower was, as usually when you stay in a hotel they are weak, but this was fantastic. Better than my one at home even.
I am forever cold, so I thought the adjustable climate control was a brilliant idea. Along with that was a panel controlling the lighting. You also have a kettle in the room, and several sachets of coffee and sugar and teabags, so you can make yourself a drink before bed.
Lastly, you only have to give the reception a call if you need additional towels, pillows or a hairdryer and they are brought up within minutes of your phone call.
The nearest car park is the Britannia car park which is literally just across the road and along from the hotel. At £14 for 24 hours, I don't think that's at all bad, in fact quite reasonable. I expected a lot more than that. There is alternative parking at the Mailbox underground parking facility, however this is significantly further than the Britannia which is at your fingertips. On road parking is also available outside the hotel, and you pay this on the meter. My advice is to use the Britannia car park. Easy, next to the hotel and good value.
The location of the hotel is fantastic and I can honestly say I don't think I could have hoped for somewhere better. They are right in the centre of the city. Wherever it was that we wanted to go was within walking distance.
The Mailbox is only 5 minutes away, so in the evening, this is the perfect place for going for a bite to eat if you don't fancy eating in the hotel restaurant. There are a huge range of restaurants from Chinese or pizza to a good Steak House or a more casual Nandos.
Also, if you want to venture a little further a field and go for a walk, it isn't far to the Bullring Shopping Centre. We did this and stayed in the Britannia car park and walked back afterwards. This saved us a couple of pounds on car parking costs at the Bullring.
You cannot fault the hotel on the price front. In comparison to other hotels in the area, nitenite is definitely the best by a country mile. There are two options when purchasing online. You can pay£47.95 however this is non refundable or non transferable or you can pay £57.95, an additional £10 for the peace of mind that you could change the date should you need to. I selected the first price as every penny counts in the current economic climate.
You can contact the hotel in the following ways:
Telephone: 08458 90 90 99
Fax: 0121 634 3236
Letter: niteniteTM Birmingham, 18 Holliday Street, Birmingham, B1 1TB
Overall, I can honestly say that I was very happy with the service of the receptionist, room and general service the hotel provided. It isn't to everyone's taste and if you want some room to get ready in the morning, this is definitely not for you. But if you want value for money and a central location, look no further than nitenite Birmingham. I just hope they don't put their prices up so I can stay there again! I wouldn't suggest this to be somewhere you stay for a number of nights as the lack of a window would start to drive you crazy.
I stayed in this hotel in Birmingham a few months ago and thought it was far superior to the pod style EasyJet hotel that I stayed in a year ago.
The Nite Nite hotel is located just behind the big Mailbox complex in Birmingham, so it is about a 5 minute walk from Birmingham New Street train station. There are directions on the website and they are very clear and accurate.
When I entered reception I got a pleasant surprise as the hotel is bright and airy. I was checked in quickly and went up to my room. I found it hard to work my key (but I am not the best with keys for some reason!) but another guest was passing by and showed me how to work it.
And then into my room. Yes, they are tiny but they are really well done up, and only cost £50 for the night. There are no windows but the big flat screen TV was on and it shows views of Birmingham (from a camera). However, if you are claustrophobic I wouldn't advise staying here.
Included in the room are:
*Climate control (found it hard to get my head around this)
*Full size double bed & it was very comfy
*Control panel with mood lighting
*42" Plasma TV
*Ensuite wet room
There are no hairdryers or ironing boards in the room, but they can be requested from reception. I thought the ensuite wet room was quite spacious and very funky looking.
There is also free WIFI in all of the hotel and guest PC's dotted around the hotel. There is a bar and a restaurant also, although the restaurant wasn't open when I was there and I imagine it is a great addition. It isn't too much of a problem though, as the mailbox has plenty of places to choose from and also has a Tesco Metro. There is a special on at the moment for January and rooms cost from £29.95, which is amazing value.
Nite Nite are planning on opening hotels in London, Manchester, Bristol, New York, Berlin and Frankfurt. I for one, will definitely be looking forward to the London one.
I think this is a great hotel for 1-2 nights and I think you could squeeze 2 people in, as long as you get on pretty well!
18 Holliday Street
Birmingham B1 1TB