Birmingham’s status as a conference hotspot means that there are often great hotel deals to be had at weekends, especially if you don’t mind staying slightly out of the centre. Even if you need to stay midweek, the sheer volume of rooms helps to keep the prices down. Whether you’re here for the International Convention Centre (ICC), Cadbury World, the Symphony Hall, hitting great bars or the balti trail, the best cheap hotels in Birmingham are at your disposal.
Birmingham's best cheap hotels
Close to the Bullring, most of central Birmingham is walkable from the Aparthotel Adagio. Accommodation from £80 comes in the form of studios and apartments (for up to four people), all furnished with TVs, kitchens, blackout curtains and free wifi. Breakfast is available on-site, and there’s a small gym; reception is staffed 24-hours a day. Pets are allowed for a small supplement.
Birmingham Central Backpackers
A cosy, down-home hostel, with a range of accommodation options, from single rooms to dormitories holding 12. The eight-person POD dorm has individual curtains and reading lights. There’s a lounge and bar, a garden and a kitchen, and free wifi throughout. A continental breakfast is part of the deal. Not only central, but particularly handy for the coach station, BCB is also close to the Custard Factory arts and shopping hub.
A smart two-star hotel that looks a lot more expensive than it is (around £56 for a double room). The rooms are small but sleek and carefully designed to maximise space, with en suite monsoon shower wet rooms and soundproofed windows (though a few ‘cabins’ don’t have windows at all). More expensive apartment rooms are more spacious, with a living area, kitchenette and a dining area. The location is central – in the Jewellery Quarter.
A few minutes’ walk from Birmingham New Street Station, this is a modern take on the no-frills hotel. Neat rooms at around £40-£50 are simply decorated with splashes of the trademark orange, and have en suite showers. Some rooms have windows, some don’t; there’s a charge for TV and wifi (the latter costs £5 for 24 hours). Note that there’s no bar or restaurant and that breakfast is not provided.
Hatters hostel has a good location in the Jewellery Quarter (in a former silversmiths) and a range of lodgings. There are private rooms from around £50, including family-sized ones, and dorms with bunk beds. Communal areas are a TV room and a self-catering kitchen, plus there are laundry facilities and a book exchange scheme. A continental breakfast and wifi are included in the price.
Holiday Inn Express Birmingham NEC
A useful hotel if you’re in Birmingham to attend the National Exhibition Centre or to use the airport; the 300 car parking spaces might be handy too. Rooms from around £70 are simple but have power showers, tea -and-coffee-making facilities, a TV and a desk. The room rate includes free wifi and a hot buffet breakfast. There’s a bar and lounge, where food is served; late arrivals can take advantage of the 24-hour pizza menu.
Ibis Styles Birmingham Centre
Ibis Styles hotels are cheery, contemporary lodgings that offer a lot for your money – around £90 for a midweek room. These are modest but properly equipped, with en suite showers, tea -and-coffee-making facilities and free wifi. Breakfast is included in the room rate. As the name suggests, this one is in the heart of the city, with Birmingham New Street station a short walk away. There’s another Ibis Styles nearer to Birmingham Airport.
The snug but smart cabin-style rooms here don’t have windows – but they do have 32-inch TVs, plus en suite wet rooms, free wifi and tea -and coffee-making facilities. Serviced apartments are also available. Nitenite has a lounge (drinks and snacks are available) and a 24-hour reception where you can borrow items such as hairdryers. The location, near Broad Street, is a short walk from the Mailbox mall and a ten-minute walk from Birmingham New Street station.
Premier Inn Birmingham City Centre (Waterloo Street)
Smack dab in the city’s shopping centre, this is one of several Premier Inns in Birmingham. Simple rooms from as little as £50+ are decorated in the chain’s signature purple, and come with desks, TVs, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Family rooms are available, and there’s a restaurant. Wifi is complimentary but breakfast costs extra.
Featuring free wifi, Staycity Aparthotels Newhall Square is located an 11-minute walk from Birmingham New Street Train station. The ICC-Birmingham is situated 500 metres from the property. The accommodation has a flat-screen TV along with a kitchenette fitted with a dishwasher, combination microwave oven/grill. A stove-top and kettle are also available. Barclaycard Arena and SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham are just under a ten-minute walk away. The nearest airport is Birmingham Airport, 12 km from the property.