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Address: Broadway Plaza / 220 Ladywood Middleway / Birmingham / B16 8LP

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      23.09.2011 09:03
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      A cheap, clean, basic hotel room great for those that just want a bed for the night

      If you have read any of my travel reviews you may have noticed I like to stay in "nicer" hotels and Mr Lools and I tend to choose a 4 or 5* hotel when it comes to city breaks as a couple, mainly as we dine and spend more time in the hotel. When we go for city breaks or weekends away with a group of friends we tend to be a lot less fussy and look for more basic accommodation that is cheaper and very central as we usually spend time enjoying the nightlife. We have visited Birmingham a number of times over the last few years and have stayed at the Birmingham Central Travelodge. ***The Hotel*** The Birmingham Central Travelodge is located on Broad Street in Birmingham City Centre. As part of the Travelodge chain the hotel offers budget hotel rooms with basic yet modern facilities. The Birmingham Central Travelodge is not the prettiest of hotels and on approaching the 136 room hotel it is apparent it looks very much like a concrete tower set over 9 floors. The hotel offers basic non-smoking double or family rooms in a central Birmingham location. The Birmingham Central Travelodge is located in the heart of Broad Street directly in the centre of the nightlife and bars, the hotel is also 0.7 miles away from the Birmingham NIA and 1.5 miles away from the Birmingham Bullring for shopping. 230 Broad Street Birmingham West Midlands B15 1AY United Kingdom Tel: 0871 984 6064 * Fax: 0121 644 5251 ***Getting there*** On both occasions we have stayed at the hotel we have driven to the hotel. The hotel states that it has car parking however I would say this is very limited. When we arrived at the hotel on both occasions before 4pm, all of the spaces in the 2 story approximately 15 space car park were full. It costs £5.50 per £24 hours to park in the Travelodge Car Park. For a 136 room hotel the amount of spaces is very poor. I would also say these car parking spaces are tiny and very tight. We have a medium sized hatchback and both Mr Lools and I are very confident with parking and would have struggled to park in some of the spaces. There is on street and street car parking spaces directly behind the hotel but personally the area is a little secluded looking and I would personally not feel my car was secure. Less than a 2 minute walk away from the hotel is a secure Euro multi-storey car park which offers a lot of spaces for £6.50 for 24 hours. I think this is very reasonable and convenient considering an NCP would cost in the region of £13+ for 24 hours. Birmingham Central Travelodge is 1 mile away from Birmingham New Street train station and 11 miles away from Birmingham International Airport. ***Booking*** On both occasions we have stayed in the Birmingham Central Travelodge we have booked a room via the Travelodge website. Prices vary depending on how far advance you book and on what night of the week you want to book. We have found with Travel Lodge hotels, Saturday nights tend to be the most expensive night to book a room and are typically around £10 more expensive than any other night of the week. Booking a room at quite short notice a week in advance for this hotel you are looking to pay around £35-£45 for a double room and maybe £50 for a family room. On both occasions we have booked a room when there has been a special offer running and we have booked at least a month in advance. Booking a family room for 3 people (July 2009) we paid £29 a room and when we booked 2 double rooms for 4 people (August 2011) we paid £21 per room. This is extremely cheap and the next cheapest hotels in the City Centre were in the region of £50 per room or £40 per night but at least 2 miles away from the city centre. The Travelodge website was very clear and easy to navigate book and the confirmation number and details were sent directly to my email. You can also telephone the hotel directly to book a room. A number of travel websites offer rooms for this Travelodge. The prices tend to be a few £'s more expensive than the actual Travelodge website if you are booking in advance as we checked this option out first. If you are looking for a last minute deal you may find these websites offer a cheaper or more competitive price. ***Staying there*** When we first arrived at the hotel first impressions were mixed. Driving down Broad Street we could see the hotel was in the centre of the nightlife and surrounded by bars and restaurants so this meant we didn't have the expense of taxis or a lot of walking to do. However the hotel was pretty ugly; a tall concrete tower and judging by the congregations of groups (dressed in fancy dress) we soon figured out that this was a base for many stag and hen parties therefore expected it to be quite rowdy. The hotel reception was quite small and had a small reception desk; very small for quite a large hotel therefore the area was very crowded when we arrived on both occasions as there were a number of groups attempting to check in. On the second occasion we visited there were 3 self-service check in booths which dispensed key cards. On this occasion we had booked only two rooms so I only had to put my card in the machine (which I had used at time of booking) and from this my booking was recognised, although the room is not charged for until the day after you check out. People who were using these booths who had booked as a large group of 4+ rooms seemed to be having issues so the reception area could only be described as chaos as there was one lady on the check in desk and another assisting people at the booths. The reception area also has a number of vending machines selling food and chilled drinks. The items in these machines are priced a lot higher than if you were to buy them in the shop and if you are hungry, there is a Sainsbury's local opposite the hotel which is open until 10pm and from 7am so you can stock up on food and drink. The public areas of the hotel are clean and the corridors are decorated plain but modern. The lift areas do get busy as there are 2 small lifts serving 9 floors and obviously the option of stairs with a suitcase is not appealing to most guests. On the first occasion we stayed at the hotel we had booked as a group of 3 and opted for a family room. At £29 for the room, therefore costing less than £10 per person we were not expecting much from the room but I was pleasantly surprised. The hotel was basic by all means but it was clean, modern and in a good condition. The room was also extremely large as it was located on the end of the corridor. The room had a living area where there was a large sofa bed (for the third guest). This area had plenty of storage and a huge amount of floor space you probably could have fit 3 double beds in the space. There was also a large TV in this area. There was a mirror a desk to get ready at and access to the bathroom. To the side of this area was a bedroom area. There was no door to this area but instead you went through an archway so the area felt enclosed and like a separate room. This area had a large double bed, plenty of space around the bed and a desk and dressing table to get ready at with a chair. The room was in no way lavish but perfectly functional and clean. The room also had a chargeable Wi-fi connection. The bathroom was also satisfactory. This was a white suite with a shower bath and sink unit. The bathroom was clean and although there were a few cracked tiles the bathroom was better than expected for the price of the room. The only criticism is that the shower did not stay at a constant temperature so all three members of our room spent our time in the shower alternating between being showered in freezing water or boiling water. The room was perfect to get ready in and as somewhere to rest for the night but this is not a hotel to stay in if you want a good, comfortable night's sleep. On the hotel website, Travel Lodge actual state as the hotel is located on a busy street there may be some "street noise" especially at weekends. On the first occasion we stayed at this hotel we were actually overlooking the main street and it was very noisy. We came in from a nightclub at 3am and we could still hear a lot of street noise including shouting, music and sirens. Obviously after a fair amount of alcohol this was not too much of an issue but for light sleepers this would be a problem. On the second occasion we stayed at this hotel we found our room was a lot quieter and because it was facing the back of the hotel we did not encounter much noise. The double room we booked on this occasion was almost identical to the larger family room, only smaller and without a sofa bed and separate living area. The décor and facilities were the same (plain walls and carpet) TV, dressing area, basic bathroom but again the room was clean. I would say the room was not in as good state of repair as the room on our first visit. There were quite a few cracked tiles in the bathroom, a lot of large dents in the walls and a few loose sockets. Not the worst hotel room I have stayed in by any means but would have benefited from being redecorating. In both rooms extra towels and bedding was provided as was tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel does have irons, ironing boards and hairdryers free to guests but these are not in the rooms and you have to go to reception to collect if necessary. I did find that because on the first visit we were in a room at the end of a corridor we did not hear a great deal of noise from the corridors. However on the second visit we did hear quite a lot of noise from the corridor of people passing as we in the middle of a corridor. This was not as bad as it could have been but if we had been unfortunate enough to have been located next to some of the VERY rowdy stag do groups that we encountered on check in it may have been an issue. The room rate is for room only and no breakfast is included with your stay. There are vending machines in reception for snacks but the hotel does not have a restaurant. This is not an issue as the hotel is surrounded by restaurants and food stores which you can pick up food from. On check in there was the option to have a continental breakfast delivered to your food in the morning. This included toast, cereal and yoghurt and cost a staggering £7 per person! We declined this option but less than a 30 second walk from the hotel reception is a large Wetherspoons which is open from 7am and serves breakfast until 12pm. A full English costs £2.99. Check out was a simple case of handing the key card back to the reception desk which was very quick. As a result we did not have much interaction with hotel staff but what we did encounter they did seem helpful and pleasant. ***Overall*** The Birmingham Central Travelodge is by no way the best hotel I have stayed in but it is definitely not the worst and considering we paid only £27 for a double room and £6.50 for parking this is definitely one of the best value hotels I have stayed in. The central location is definitely the biggest plus point for me. Usually I do not mind spending slightly more on a hotel in the city centre if we are going to sample the nightlife if it will save money in the long run an minimise the need for taxis but with this hotel there was no compromise. On our night out we were never no more than a 5 minute walk from the hotel as there were so many bars and restaurants in the direct area. The hotel was cheap, clean and the basic facilities suited our needs perfectly for the night and although the hotel is slightly tatty it is clean. The hotel is noisy on a weekend therefore if you are looking for a hotel where you will be guaranteed an early night and a good night's sleep then this is not for you. But for those looking to sample the nightlife I would definitely recommend the Birmingham Central Travelodge.

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        10.12.2010 20:05
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        a cheap and well situated hotel for the clubs, nec and sea life centre

        I stayed at the Birmingham Travelodge this December just for one night as I was going to a concert at the NEC and thought it would be nice to go to some pubs/clubs afterwards. I booked threw www.lastminute.com at a price of just £22 for a two person room for one night. Prices will vary depending on how many stay, when and where you book and how far in advance. The hotel is situated in central Birmingham on Broad street and it is right on the street! It is a large high rise building and is easily visible by its Travelodge sign on the side of the building as you drive towards it. PARKING There is no parking with this hotel and they do clearly state that on the website. Saying that there are several car park options near buy and we chose euro park multi story which was just £6.40 for 24hours. This was probably a couple of minutes walk to the hotel. ARRIVING When walking from your car park to the hotel, keep your eyes open for it! The entrance is very small and situated tightly next to a food place and you can easily walk straight past if not careful. Inside the door is a very small entrance area and desk with a receptionist. We made our way to the receptionist but she efficiently asked if we had booked online (which we had) and showed us to some machines which look like cash machines and said we could activate our booking on there. I have never encountered this before so followed the instructions intensely! But I have to say it was very simple just type in your name and it finds your booking which you confirm and out pops a key card and receipt with your room number. The pessimist in me suggests this is probably a ploy to employ less staff! However it works very well and I would think at busy times would be fantastic. To note though there is a receptionist available 24hours. To remember too, the main door is locked at night but handy key card will let you in! THE ACCOMADATION After receiving my pop up key card we went to our room. You need your key card to access threw to the rooms where you can chose the stairs or one of two lifts. A little annoying was the lifts had no floor levels so you had to work out by your room number which floor you were, this did not take a minute though. The room was larger than I expected with a double bed and large sofa, desk cupboard for clothes and bathroom with bath and shower over and a slim line television. I have to say I am not a person who is easily offended when it comes to hotels and I can withstand pretty basic rooms. The rooms are basic but adequately furnished and the bed was very comfortable and was well heated (we went when it was icy weather). There is a large window which for safety reasons can only be opened so far but gave us a view of the backs of pubs and so persons apartment! The place could do with a lick of paint as it is a bit shabby around the edges but nothing horrendous. There are no other facilities either, such as food, drinks etc but all can be easily and cheaply obtained on the street. THE AREA The hotel as said is right on the street. The website does clearly warn you of this fact and that it might be noisy especially at weekends. You are in the heart of Birmingham's club area and so it is busy at night until the early hours and in the day there is the hustle and bustle of business. This said we had a room to the left of the front of the building and I did not find it very noisy or difficult to sleep. I was awoke once at 0400 ish by party revellers making there way home and then at 0630 by the pub delivery barrel man. Considering I live in a very quite countryside area, this is not bad I feel! Overall this hotel is basic and efficient place to get your head down for one or two nights. Very easy access to NEC etc and sea life centre only a few minutes walk and the canals. Would I go again? Defiantly at this price for an overnight stay. Review maybe posted on dooyoo and caio under the same username

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          30.07.2010 17:08
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          City centre hotel for a great price

          Travelodge Birmingham Central is a perfect location, situated in the middle of Broad Street (Birmingham's main nightlife) it is great for a night out or for business needs. As you can expect from any City is it in a noisey area, however I found that in the hotel you could not hear any of the outside noise at all. Due to its location its perfect for a night out, and very easy to stumble home. The location is also great if you are visting the NIA or Hippodrome, and also great for business customers. As with all Travelodge's they are basic standard hotels, and depending on what kind of thing you are looking for depends on how satisfied you will be with the hotel. There are no toiletries provided which keeps the cost of the hotel down, however there is a vending machine in the hotel which supplies toothpaste, toothbrushes etc, and also a Sainsburys and Tesco are on Broad street if you do forget anything you need! The room itself is pretty decent, with a medium sized flatscreen TV, towels are provided and the rooms are air conditioned, the beds are comfy, and a really generous size. Check in is quick and simple, and staff are very friendly and helpful. The cost of a room at the travelodge starts from £19.00 if you can get a bargain on the website, however they can go up to over £100.00. Its definatly worth trying to book a room in advance to get the best rate, however it does make it non refundable.

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          10.10.2009 16:18
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          A Great Overnight Stay If You Can Get Used To What The Philosophy Of A Travelodge Is.

          A few months ago my company sent me on some training in Birmingham and placed me in this hotel. It's cheap and cheerful with the bear necessities to hand. There's no restaurant and any snacks you need are in vending Machines which also sell toothpase and disposable razors. I've never been used to somewhere to stay like this and I can see the upsides and downsides for both. This hotel is placed in a fantastic location. It's situated just off of Broad Street which is right in the heart of the city centre and the main street for social activities in Birmingham. For convenience you can't really find a fault. I travelled by train and it's a short walk from Birmingham New Street station and easy to find. I could imagine that if I had travelled by car then this would have been a lot more complex a journey as parking in the area looked severely limited and any that I did see had a highly inflated price. The rooms itself are pretty nice. As I said in the previous paragraph, this Travelodge is on the main party street of Birmingham but they've obviously taken this into consideration with the design as I could nearly hear any loud music or noise during my stay. I had a basic double bed that was clean and comfortable with a sofa and a TV for entertainent. There were also tea and coffee making facilities along with an ample sized bathroom and fresh towels. I found this all to be pretty satisfactory and I enjoyed my stay there. I think I used it for what their philosophy intends it to be: a basic overnight stay in a room that's just for sleeping in and not for leisure. There is a far less friendlier aspect to this hotel which I touched upon in my introduction. Customer service is pretty much non existent and any purchases are done through vending machines. There is no one behind the desk in evening hours and you have to use your room key to unlock the main door to get into the building. I personally could live with this so I had no issues at all but I can easily see how it can be lonely and frosty and it makes me think that sometimes I take the person behind the hotel desk for granted. Then again although I didn't pay for this room I've seen the prices and although they vary I've seen them advertised in mailshots to me for as little as £25 and you have to wonder that if they didn't save on all of these things that make it a lonely atmosphere, then you wouldn't be able to pick up a room for so cheap right in the middle of a major city centre. Overall though I think it's fair to say that what it takes with one hand it gives back with another and where it saves on maintainence costs it gives back in cheap room costs for a well maintained room. Personally when i'm in the UK and staying away I seldom use a hotel room for leisure and more for a bad to sleep in. This suits me down to the ground and I would happily reccomend it for someone that uses it the same way that I do.

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          06.07.2009 18:39
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          ITS VERY NOISY

          I am a bit into reviewing Travelodges at present, due to my horrible experience on Thurs 2nd July - read my review on Travelodge Wembley. Anyway in order not to destroy the view that anyone may hold that Travelodges are awful, I thought I would share my experience of this particular Travelodge. **LOCATION** Travelodge Birmingham Central is located on Broadway Plaza/ Broad Street, Birmingham, and is as its title suggest, in the centre of Birmingham. There is loads to do locally, The Sea Life Centre, National Indoor Arena, Symphony Hall, Thinktank Centre, Bullring Shopping Centre and Jewellery Quarter. **WHY WAS I STAYING HERE** When staying here I got the impression it was mainly used by the late night revellers who knew they wouldn't be done drinking by the time the last train departs! And that is exactly why I was here. Well, I tell I lie, I went to see Jimmy Carr live at the Symphony Hall and we had all decided to make a night of it in Birmingham afterwards and booked a Travelodge to 'get our heads' down before driving home the next day. **MY IMPRESSIONS** We had booked online about 3-4 weeks in advance at a rate of around £29 if I remember rightly. We headed to the Travelodge the book in and get ready there before heading off to see the performance and checked in at around 5.45 ish. I recall the male reception staff being very polite and it was reallysimply to check in as payment had already been taken online. When we arrived at our room it was clean and well-aired, with no odd smells lurking! There was hanging space for our clothes and a shower, bath and toilet in the small bathroom. We had a quick cuppa while we were getting reading, so I know that there was a kettle and complimetary hot drinks sachets and milk and sugar. I remember the male reception staff wishing us a good evening at the JImmy Carr gig as we left. I don't remember an awfully huge amount about when we returned to the room at some 3am! I do know I got crisps from a vending machine in the reception area and we watched some crap on the TV in our room. I didn't sleep well, as I often don't when I am not in my own bed, but mostly because of the noise, mostly caused by the said late night revellers. The bed was quite comfy so that wasn't an issue There was no iron or hairdryer in our room, but I have come to expect this from Travelodge and always take my own. **OVERALL** Overall it was exactly as I expected from a Travelodge; minimal facilities, but the price reflects this. The noise was quite bad; if I hadn't have been one of the ones making the noise half an hour earlier I would probably have been quite upset. I would stay here again but only as somewhere to rest my drunken head, not if I seriously needed sleep. Also published on ciao July 2009 - theshinyone

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          19.04.2009 11:26

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          I stayed at your travelodge Birmingham Central Broadway Plaza on the 10th and 12th of April 2009During both nights I was constantly woken by loud music, doors banging and people shouting, this went on untill 5am.On the nights I stayed this travelodge was more akin to a youth hostel with a rave party .

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          12.04.2009 16:04
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          A dump.. only stay there if desperate!

          Birmingham central Date of stay: 12th February 2009 Number of nights: 1 Number of guests: 2 Cost: £29.50 Reason for stay: A friends birthday in Birmingham we needed somewhere to crash for the night. Prices/booking: We paid £29.50 for the room only no breakfast, it was cheaper because we pre paid when booking a month before. The booking system on the website was a bit of a nightmare when booking this one as it kept crashing! But once it was working it was fine and we recieved email confirmation straight away. Location: The hotel is situated on the main road in Birmingham for all of the night clubs and pubs, Broad Street. We know the road well but have never stayed at this hotel before. Its in a great location for walking to the main shops and has wetherspoons right next door for dinner and breakfast! Parking: Oh what a nightmare!! The parking is around the back of the hotel there is limited spaces available. There is some underground parking (it was full) and some up a small ramp! There was one space left luckily and it was so tight we could barely get out! My advice "arrive early"! We arrived at 7.30pm! We were so tired because we had been to a funeral that day we were hungry, ratty and wanted a drink! We had been told the parking was £6, usually you pay reception but instead there was a parking meter! It was £6 for 24 hours (bargain for shopping the next day) but we only had £5.60! It took coins only! No notes or cards (nightmare)! But you could pay by text message (hooray) nope that didn't work either! It replied saying the system was down! So i had to literally search the entire car for coins! we were still 10p short so i asked very nicely one of the work men that had just come back to his car and he gave it to me! (NIGHTMARE)! Reception: We were greeted by some friendly but flustered people, who took our details and then gave us our room key. When we made it up to 1st floor our key card wouldn't work. So my partner went all the way back down to what was now a very busy reception and left me stood outside the room with bags. They said they hadn't swiped it properly. So he came back and luckily it worked. The room: Well what can i say! A bit of a dump really! Bed had springs sticking out of it and only one pillow each which were rock hard. One of the towels had blood on it so i went and had it changed. No TV remote. Huge hole in the bathroom door so you could see people doing their business in there. Shower curtain was covered in crusty dirt and tiles were mouldy! All in all it was awful! Check out: No one was even around, oh no forgetful me there was a receptionist around she was over nattering to her friends drinking coffee and told us to leave the key card on the reception desk! (charming) My opinion: If you want somewhere nice to stay in Birmingham try the Apollo hotel or the premier travel inn its worth the extra money! The hotel was awful and it seems they have a lot of youngsters in who wreck the hotel and then they don't bother getting things fixed! A few days after our stay we emailed to complain about our room, we were given a full refund for the cost of our stay and also contacted by the manager and received a full apology. This hasn't put us off staying at travelodge hotels because some are very nice! Just a shame one of the biggest city locations had to let the chain down!

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