I recently found myself needing somewhere to stay in Birmingham quite last minute – I was visiting to see Justin Tinberlake’s latest tour (you can read my review of that here).
I searched online and many hotels were either out of my price range, or located a bit too far out. Then I found easyHotel.
easyHotel is a budget hotel chain, founded by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou who initially brought us easyJet. Despite opening its first hotel in 2005, I’d never heard of the chain until a couple of years ago and this was my first time staying in one.
I found the Birmingham easyHotel via booking.com and it was a steal at £21.99 for the night! There are different types of rooms on offer such as twin, double, family rooms and wheelchair accessible rooms. If you opt for a room with no window, the nightly rate is cheaper. This is what I went for.
easyHotel in Birmingham is in such a great location. I got the train to and from Birmingham and the hotel is literally a 5 minute walk from New Street Station. It’s really easy to find and is also right next door to a Turtle Bay… winning!
easyHotel keep their costs down by offering the absolute basics in no-frills accommodation. There is wi-fi access but this comes at an extra cost of £5 a day. Each room has a TV but again, there is a charge of £5 for the remote control to operate this.
There is no bar or restaurant on-site. The easyHotel in Birmingham does offer a “breakfast box”, however, I didn’t purchase one of these so am not able to comment on its quality or contents.
The rooms do not have tea or coffee making facilities. But the reception area does have a coin/card operated hot drinks machine, as well as a vending machine full of snacks like chocolate bars and crisps.
Now I’ve told you what you don’t get, I’m going to concentrate on what you DO get – and I was so impressed with the value for money at this hotel.
All rooms are fully heated but also offer air conditioning. My room was a double with no window. It was compact but had everything that I needed for a quick stopover of one night.
There was an en-suite bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. Shower gel, handwash and towels were provided.
There was a hanging rail for clothes and a big mirror in the room (as well as a mirror in the bathroom). There were also plug sockets, including some by the bed – hurrah!
The bed was really comfortable and the room was spotlessly clean. I slept really well considering I wasn’t in my own bed – I tend to struggle a lot with sleep when I’m away.
The reception is manned 24 hours a day and the staff I encountered were really friendly and helpful.
As stated, the location was spot on. Super close to the train station and it was also really close to the Mailbox, Bullring shopping centre and Brindley Place, amongst others.
I would absolutely recommend a stay in one of these hotels. There are easyHotels located within 11 cities in the UK, plus hotels across the world in countries such as Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.
Here are some photos of my room to finish: