Monday, 12 March 2018

Travel: Jurys Inn Hotel Birmingham

We love the city and love any excuse to venture there for a day or two and so when we had the opportunity for a weekend without the kids, I knew 100% we’d be spending it in Birmingham and wanted to make the most of it so I booked us a night in the Jurys Inn on Broad street. After staying last year for a hen party, I knew it was a great, central hotel with super comfy beds and reasonably priced so, we got it booked and had a child-free weekend in one of our favourite places! 

Based right in the middle of Broad Street, the Jurys Inn Birmingham hotel is the perfect location if you’re a heading for a night out or a weekend of shopping! Easily accessible to the city centre where you’ll find 100’s of shops, restaurants and cafes but also within walking distance to lots of other bars, restaurants and clubs including those in the Mailbox and in Arcadian. We went with the intention of having some food, having a wander and grabbing a few drinks before heading to the cinema to see the final instalment of the 50 Shades series. 

The Rooms
We booked online and had a great deal as the weekend we booked included tickets to Cadburys world and Breakfast for just £99.00! We have actually kept our Cadburys World tickets for another time so be sure to read the review of that when it comes! But for that price, it was such a bargain and I’m glad we decided to book! I requested a high room too, knowing that a Saturday night in the hotel meant lots of noise and in-comings from people who had been out drinking and dancing and I didn’t want to be woken. 

We were on the 12th floor, amazing views of the city and a huge room too! Our room was just a standard double room but was really spacious and had plenty of room if you need a cot or extra bed too! The beds, oh, the beds, the comfiest hotel beds I’ve ever stayed in! They’re huge too - meaning we can both spread out and not worry about touching each other (not that we care about that...). The bathroom was great too, with lots of light, a great shower and a shower gel there incase you forgot your own! Everything else in the room was standard but you did get an ironing board, iron and hairdryer which were great additions! 

The hotel has a restaurant downstairs where you can have dinner and breakfast with a coffee bar serving Costa coffees so you know you can get a decent fix of caffeine if that’s your thing. The rooms also had tea and coffee making facilities with some yummy shortbread biscuits too and complimentary bottled water, however, I am a Jurys Member so I’m not sure if this is a standard thing but I’m sure it is. Upon check-in, we were also given 2 complimentary Costa vouchers and 10% off any other food/drink in the hotel which was fab - perfect if you wanted to grab a little room service or a drink from the bar! We also had a complimentary bottle of Prosecco left in the room but have no idea where this came from as the staff on reception knew nothing about it but just told us to enjoy it on the house! 

The breakfast in the morning was amazing, with all sorts to choose from including Smoothies, pastries, hot and cold food, drinks and fruit, there was definitely something there for everyone and I’m pretty sure we ate more than we should have but it was nice to be able to pick and choose a variety of things! 

The hotel is also very secure with a keycard operating system to get into the hotel after 10pm meaning you don’t need to worry about people wandering in and out and the staff are really helpful too. There is a water container in reception which is great in the summer to ensure you can refresh if you’ve had a long journey to get there. 

As I said, the hotel is really central so is great if you want to head to different parts of the city - being a 15 minute walk to the Bullring/Selfridges, 10 minutes from Grand New Street Station, 10 minutes to the Mailbox and smack bang in the middle of Broad street, so whatever your reasons for visiting, it’s perfect. 

The hotel also has a private carpark too which is £14.00 for 24 hours - the cheapest you’ll find in the city, so if you prefer driving to taking the train like me, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to park in the city. Simply pull into the carpark and just keep hold of your ticket and pay on departure.

If it’s food you’re after, your in the right place. With Brindley Place being just opposite and some fab restaurants just a stroll along the canal, you’re spoilt for choice with where and what you can eat! Be sure you check out Rub Steakhouse if you love dirty burgers and huge hot dogs!