Birmingham has a wealth of hotel rooms and plenty of reasons for making a weekend of it, including shopping (check out the landmark Selfridges building), culture (from Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to the O2 Academy), and fun (Cadbury World in Bournville), not to mention a wide choice of bars and restaurants. Whether it’s for business or leisure, the best hotels in Birmingham are a pleasingly varied bunch, from small one-off boutique options to glitzy international chains.
Birmingham's best hotels
AC Hotel Birmingham
Part of the Mailbox mall complex and overlooking the canal, the AC is a modern hotel chain from the Marriott group. Bedrooms are stripped-back havens of white and taupe, with Hypnos beds and space for a desk; wifi is complimentary. There’s a restaurant and bar, a Starbuck’s concession and a gym, and most of central Birmingham is within walking distance.
A classy little hotel with 12 individually-designed rooms, decked out with interesting furniture, feature wallpapers and fresh, modern fabrics; all have free wifi and some have standalone baths. There’s a guest lounge with an honesty bar, as well as sister gastropub (also called the High Field) next door. The Edgbaston location is a more laid-back option than the city centre, and the Botanical Gardens are close by.
A quality example of the Hotel du Vin chain, this high-spec hotel is just ten minutes from The Bullring, and only a short stroll from Snow Hill station. The hotel boasts luxurious rooms, its own French bistro, a bar and a humidor area for those wishing to smoke a cigar in the hotel's pretty courtyard.
A swish four-star hotel in the middle of Birmingham, this ultra-modern spot from the renowned chain offers a luxury health spa (with pool, steam room and sauna), swanky en suite rooms with flat-screen TVs (with satellite channels and pay-per-view movies), and a gym. The hotel's Aria Restaurant serves superb contemporary cooking, while the Pravda bar specialises in cocktails.
Jurys Inn Birmingham
Close to the International Convention Centre, Barclaycard Arena and the National Sea Life Centre, and a short walk from the centre of Birmingham, Jurys Inn ticks most boxes at a decent price. There’s a restaurant, a bar and a coffee lounge, plus 20 meeting rooms. The 445 bedrooms have plain but up-to-date decor, a workspace area, tea- and coffee-making facilities and free wifi.
One of the older, more architecturally interesting, hotels in Birmingham, and a good choice for those who don’t want to stay in a twentieth-century box. Bedrooms have period features and comfortable soft furnishings, together with up-to-the-minute bathrooms and complimentary wifi; some have four-posters. There’s a steak restaurant, a bar, and a lounge where afternoon tea is served. The location couldn’t be more central, especially if you’re here to shop.
This branch of the style-conscious hotel chain is in the Mailbox, a swanky shopping mall in the centre of Birmingham. There are 193 bedrooms, some of them suites; decor is gently modish and amenities include a minibar and free wifi. Refreshment options come in the form of a bar and a brasserie, plus 24-hour room service; a spa and a small gym complete the picture.
Radisson Blu is an international chain of sleek, modern hotels and the Birmingham outpost is in a 39-storey tower close to New Street Station. Many of the 211 bedrooms (and the 18th-floor fitness centre) make the most of the view, with floor-to-ceiling windows; all are equipped to four-star standard and have free wifi. The hotel has a restaurant and a bar.
One of Birmingham’s more recent accommodation options, Saint Pauls House opened in 2016. The 34 rooms at this boutique hotel have free wifi, waterfall showers, coffee machines and a pared-back aesthetic. Rooms are white-painted, but made cheerful with colourful fabrics. There’s an equally modern restaurant and bar, and the hotel often has DJs or live music at weekends. The Jewellery Quarter location means that most of central Birmingham is a stroll away.
Staying Cool at Rotunda
Stay on the 18th, 19th and 20th floors of the '60s Rotunda building for great views of the city (or the second if heights bother you). The accommodation is close to the Bullring, and comes in the form of serviced apartments with lots of mod-cons (iPod docks, espresso machines, juicers) and free wifi. Decor is contemporary, and sizes go from studio up to two-bedroomed penthouse.