Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 317
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Workingtohard Restaurant
The service for dinner was slow the restaurant was not busy.
It seemed that you may have been short staffed in the kitchen this evening.
Given the delay I left the desert I had ordered.
Staff in restaurant were polite and helpful otherwise.
April 29, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Arjo888 Poor
I dont usually write reviews, however in this instance i felt i had to pre warn you before your stay. Firstly you need to make sure you wear your hiking boots, the rooms are spread out, and with no lift, its a bit of a hike. I booked the cheapest room, and i got what i paid for, very small room, but it was the cheapest so i cant really complain, I am an Platinum Priority Club Member, staying in IHG hotels at least 1-2 times a week, and I have yet to be upgraded, but that moan is for another time, my real concern was with the restaurant. I ordered the chicken breast wrapped in bacon, that comes with chips. I got a chicken leg wrapped in bacon, with a few potato peelings, i then ordered the cheese board for desert, and got three types of cheeses, and eight crackers, i took pictures to show my wife, the size of the cheeses barley covered one cracker, so i had the rest without cheese i was that hungry! all of this was served by a waitress chewing gum. the two courses and a pint cost over £20 and i had to drive to a garage for a sandwich. I then retired to my room, to watch a film, but the prices to watch a film seems to have rocketed, and they now charge £8 for the pleasure. Overall I am now trying to find another chain of hotels that reward me with points, as i am finding IHG hotels are becoming pretty expensive for the service they offer.
April 22, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Papaclio Unable to manage
Arrived at 7:45 and was asked if I would like a dinner reservation, I booked a table for 8:30 - was shown to my table at 8:30.
Then it was all downhill !!
10 minutes wait for drink order to be taken another ten for it to be delivered - food order taken at 9:00 and served at 10:00
Why did I stay - because I had had a drink so could not drive.
When I complained - manager shrugged his shoulders and told me he had been in from 7:30 in the morning - NOT MY PROBLEM
Checking out in the morning the girl was lovely and polite and informed me they had struggled to cope all week in the restaurant
April 15, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by littlemk Unpleasant restaurant experience
The room and the swimming pool were clean and nice but the restaurant was awful. We family of 4 went there at around 6:45pm. Sat there for a while with no one came to take our order until we requested. We have ordered 3 course dinner altogether as we had a dinner inclusive package. The waiting time for the starter and the main course were tolerable but the waiter didn't collect all the empty plates before he gave us the main. We finished our main course before 8pm and then there was around half an hour waiting before someone came to collect the plates upon our request. Then things became worse as one of the waitresses came and told us that they couldn't find our dessert order so we had to reorder the dessert. After that things became even more worse as our dessert seemed completely being forgotten. We had asked at least 3 times and the answer were "busy/first time like this". Our dessert finally arrived at around 9:00pm and the worst thing was my children's desserts were not the same as described in the menu!!! They just had a little bite and left the table with a great disappointment.
We complained about what had happened when we checked out the next day. As a result, they waived one of the dessert we ordered as it isn't belonged to our dinner inclusive package. No one explained this to us when we made the order although we did mention we had dinner inclusive package!! What an experience!
April 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 3geordies Great room and excellent breakfast
We stayed here for 2 nights last week and enjoyed it all. The staff were very helpful, especially the member of staff in the health spa sorry we didn't catch your name!, who showed us on the computer where to park in the city centre.
Can't fault the stay at all, would highly recommend it.
April 14, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 drinks very expensive.
This is a nice clean comfortable hotel. The staff were polite and helpful. Service was prompt and helpful. However the cost of drinks at the bar was extortionate. Made for an expensive evening. Breakfast was tasty and plenty of it. Would definitely use Holiday Inn again only next time no stopping at the bar.
April 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MrMartin Holiday Inn M6 Five Star
I have now stayed at this hotel twice in a few weeks. From the warm welcome at reception through to restaurant staff I have to say everyone I have come into contact with has been excellant.
I have even booked another couple of days this coming week as I am in the Midlands. My only slight minus I would appreciate some free internet access though as I often need a half hour to get reports in.
April 1, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by OlivierB Good knowledgeable staff but Rooms tired
The staff generally are excellent at the exclusion of the bar staff who seem to think that the bar closes at 10pm (same staff on 2 consecutive days had to be reminded by the manager that it was not the case...)
I was upgraded but even the executive room were a lower standard that the holiday inn brand to say the least.
Sport facilities are great!
March 27, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by consumptha Service
They staff are friendly and welcoming as always.
Sometimes have to wait a long time for food
I usually stay in room 233 as I prefer this room and they staff always try to have this room for me
They hotel could do with a face lift
Cannot praise the staff enough especially Chris on reception. Nothing is ever to much to ask of her.
March 27, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Spoocci Great Staff, rooms old and tired
Staff are excellent, helpful, polite and professional, the hotel rooms are pretty aweful and let the place down, worst rooms I have stayed in. Food was good and dinning room was satisfactory. I was upgraded to an executive room due to the fact of my status in priority. I booked 6 rooms for my staff.. The exec rooms are pretty bad as well and could not really see the marked difference between rooms.. Please spend
Money and refurbish rooms ASAP.
March 15, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by J4NOD Learn from other Holiday Inns.
I returned here after some time away from this area and hoped the food, in particular the breakfasts had improved.
Not a bit!
The morning tea served in a mug was stewed and undrinkable.
The bread has no taste..honest..the sliced white & brown bread is very poor quality.
Bacon, sausage etc..nothing has any quality about it or is either over cooked or tastes strange. I did try a bit of most and left it on my plate.
Would the Managers from outside the Hotel please go & try this food at breakfast? Not the in house staff.
Brighouse Hotel breakfasts are great. Emulate their cooking practices in Chapel Lane.
I'm not going back.
The carpets to the rooms are stained at various intervals and the paint looks faded. All in all in looks a down market type of place.
The food would be a good place to start and for goodness sake...change the bread please.
March 12, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by PJamesP Bad Service, dusty and not good for a family
I stayed at this holiday inn with my family mid week and really chose the hotel for its price. Check in went smooth and was not a problem. We booked a family room, 2 adults and 2 kids. On entering the room, it was dusty and really tired looking. There were 2 single beds in the room for the girls, one was okay but the other bed that was set up had a lumpy soft mattres (I am not sure how anyone could be expected to sleep on such a mattress). My daughter woke up the next morning with a back ache and she also coughed all night because of the dust. It seemed that the room had not been used for a long time, hence the dust and no one had bothered to clean it again prior to our visit.
We ordered room service for our evening meal. The kitchen called me back to confirm what I had ordered for my 5 year old girl, a macaroni and cheese with garlic bread.
About an hour later our food arrived, but instead of macaroni, they brought pizza even after they called to double check on the order. Another 40 minutes later the macaroni arrived but with no garlic bread. I then called back and asked where it was and they said it did not come with garlic bread. I then told them that it was on their menu so they said they would bring it up shortly.
The garlic bread never showed up that night or an apology from the restaurant to say why it never showed up.
I won't be staying here again and won't be recommending this to anyone. As a priority member I am really disappointed with this level of service.
March 9, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by burge Great staff but pool needs attention
Everything was great except the pool. The staff at the pool were fantastic but the pool itself was so dirty that my 4 and 9 year-olds and myself had red, sore, itchy eyes after swimming even though we were wearing goggles! This was a great shame as our basis for choosing any hotel is whether it has a swimming pool or not: the kids practically live in the pool throughout the stay (usually!).
Other than that, I have to say that the staff were great and the hotel was absolutely fine. Thank you to everyone there as they were all lovely.
February 23, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Pete19 What No Coffee
Service was slow and staff showed little interest to customers in bar. But the worst thing when I was refused coffee at 10:00 at night, the staff stated that as it was quite they cleaned the coffee machine. Really sensible thing to do during bar opening times. Had to get the duty manager who finally produced a cup of coffee from somewhere.
February 19, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Day101 Great food room Okay
Spent one night at this hotel and have been here before a few years ago. Staff helpful and food was lovely but the only downside rooms could be a bit cleaner when by my lamp was hair from a previous guest who had used the hair dryer and it was easy to see. Not the most hygienic.
February 16, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by MrFlyer Sad.
Having read the reviews I was looking forward to staying here with my family (the children enjoy the on-site leisure facilities) - part business, part leisure. However, we were very disappointed that the weekend was fraught with "boiler problems" in the leisure suite -freezing cold showers, jacuzzi and pool.
Ok for a place to sleep - but not impressed with family room, much too small and only tea/coffee provision.
February 12, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Alraven overall
Location v, good,
Food usually excellent (evening)
rooms/corridors/etc a bit shabby now
Staff all friendly although seem a bit understaffed.
As I have a bad back I always ask for a GF room but rarely get one so have to carry case up & down stairs.
February 5, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Mintyflop Decent but lacking
Good location and decent reception.
The restaurant food was dry, mediocre and overpriced.
Room was ok, slept well and clean.
Breakfast was similar to the evening meal. It was from the 1980s and that's being generous.
February 4, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by spock1 could be so much better
had to wait quite a while to get served at bar. Room service food was poor fries had some coating on no reference to this in menu. really time this hotel gave better deal with internet even budget hotels have free wifi now. Look elsewhere in area first before booking this hotel
January 30, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Playa Bit rough round the edges but great staff and service
My title sums it up really. Inside in areas, some rooms and the pool area is a bit tatty but I know they are getting round to doing it up. I prefer to stay here than in town as free parking and easy access to other areas of Birmingham but avoid the motorways in the morning use local roads.
Staff are great, food good and service is very good.
January 29, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by pthomas953 pleasant place to stay near Great Barr area of Birmingham
This hotel never disappoints and offers very good service and a nice ambience. As a gold member I was always upgraded and had some lovely rooms. As a platinum member I had an upgrade but no free internet, which I had expected so a bit of a minus there - in fact I was not made aware of any benefits of platinum membership.
The DBB rate is excellent and the same for 2 or 1 person in the room so to be recommended for couples.
January 22, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Picard I would recommend but nothing stands out
had to wait long time at check in when i was only person waiting - receptionist was on phone. Having said that friendly staff and hoping this is exception rather than the norm - will let you know as staying here again soon
January 21, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DRPR D Roberts - 14th Jan 2013
Nice hotel however I object to being charged a 10% handling charge for eating in the bar. £12 for a burger and 8 chips and £4 for a pint of lager is bad enough without having to pay another £1.60 for the priveledge.
The staff are very good though.
January 21, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by willy63 Comfortable but Very HoT Rooms & Stupid Interer Policy
All satisafactory apart from all rooms very hot.
In meeting room we had to turn off rads and turn on air con to get even tenperature.
In bedroom i have to open the window
Internet - £5 for 1hr, £10 for 4HR, £16 for 24hrs
It was all continueous so even if you were not logged on the elapsed time would still erode
This means you could buy 4hrs for your duration @ £10, use 15 mins then come back later in the day to find its all expired
January 9, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jojosmith Great Service, comfortable family room
Excellent mini break with use of pool, spa, jucuzzi, steam room and sauna, lovely food and great deal by booking early on line. Would highly recommend.
January 8, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bigal24 NEW YEARS EVE
nine of us stayed new years eve ,we had a great night , thrree course evening meal was excellent, as was buffet breakfast, staff were all superb,especially magdelena who we hope gets employee of the month just for her efforts on this one night,would i recommend this hotel? yes 100%
January 7, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by broomy Treat Like VIP's
We stayed here on Saturday 15 December 2012. I booked 3 rooms and asked for ground floor, as one of our party was my 86 year old father-in-law. We were meeting up with my husbands cousin and wife, who live in Dubai and we haven't seen for 3 years. We planned to have lunch on arrival, in the bar, go swimming, eat in restaurant and relax in bar lounge after the meal for a good family catch up. My husband, the day before our stay said I wonder if it would be a good idea to ring the hotel and book a table in the restaurant as it was probably going to be busy with xmas dues. I rang the hotel to be told the restaurant was full booked and they apologised. Decided to google and see what was about and found an indian restaurant which was close by, phoned and booked a table. I wasn't happy but thought well, we'll leave it at that. On arrival we were greeted by Emma the receptionist. We had 3 ground floor rooms as requested. We then noticed there were no table and chairs in the bar. We asked the bar man if they were doing bar meals and where could we sit. He informed us a room had been kitted out with chairs as a temporary lounge and the bar would be extremely busy that night due to a fully booked party night. We went to the temporary lounge which was cold, no music, not xmas decorated and no atmoshere. I decided to go and see Emma. I explained our situation and told her I was upset and unhappy, I had planned the stay and it was all going wrong, I also stated that we should have been informed there were party nights on and the restaurant was fully booked. I told her that really we couldn't expect an 86 year old to walk down the road and back in the cold and couldn't even enjoy a relaxing drink when we came back. She then completely went into care mode and phoned through the kitchen to speak to Madhukar the chef. This is already a long story so I will cut the rest short! They cancelled the indian restaurant for us. Told us we could be part of the party night and made up another table. None of us were really dressed for the ocassion but this didn't matter, we wouldn't have to go out and could enjoy what we'd gone for all the time. The staff couldn't have been more attentive. The chef came out after the starter and the main to check we were ok. The waiters and waitresses brought us drinks as soon as we had finished and the dj even announced us as the VIP table. Coffee wasn't included in the package, we reqested it and it came and the chef then came and told us it was complimentary. What more can I say they were absolutely marvellous and deserve 100 out of 10.
December 17, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by santhecook good night
we had a works party here was very good service and food with disco
and clean room and friendly staff with thanks
December 15, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Lesley26 Third choice out of three in area
i stay at least two nights a week in this area on business and this is my third choice hotel out of the three I usually use. The other two are expresses and i prefer them
No lift and when you travel with lap top case, brief case, suitcase, coat and other belonings this is difficult.
Tired rooms I sometimes get upgraded which is on the first floor which the rooms are good but this visit I was buried in the bowels of the earth. Down two flights of stairs as far away as is possible. Wood work, desk etc where more than just shabby they where scarred and marked all over. The bathroom was so small you had to leave the door open to have a wash. The room was a standard but you could not walk around the bed it was pushed up against the wall.
The food is to expensive to eat there which means going out to eat and drink. Other gusts commented on this. I feel issolated because of this and dont use the bar area
Even on a very low room rate I would rather stay in an Holiday inn express even if they cost slightly more.
This hotel needs badley a refurb and some of the rooms in the bowels need taking off use until something is done about it. This is the only hotel that I book into as a single that they only leave one of everything in towel cup etc some times it is easy to forget to change the one until two and we would have had to go all the way back to the receptions some considerable distance to change this and two could not have slept in the bed. The rate is for the whole room
December 5, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DJChip Not recommended for vegans or other special dietary needs.
My hotel booking company requested a vegan alternative cooked breakfast, I was told this had been arranged and all I had to do was tell the duty manager when I went for breakfast. I did this, and was told it would take a few minutes. I helped myself to some fruit while I waited, which isn't bad so long as you don't mind it coming from a tin. Then the duty manager brought out my 'breakfast' - two bone dry gluten free rolls on a plate, and told me to help myself to ANYTHING in the buffet. When I pointed out to him that I had requested vegan and not gluten free, he said I could still have mushrooms, beans and eggs. I said a vegan diet doesn't consist of eggs or mushrooms prepared in butter. He disappeared, and 30 seconds later came back with a bucket size portion of the blandest mushrooms I have ever encountered.
One of the staff did apologise, and said the 'chef' was new, and had gotten things mixed up, and did a similar thing with a guest requesting halal. If you need a hotel to provide you with special dietary requirements, I suggest you look elsewhere. A low, or even non existent level of diversity policies is fairly evident.
November 28, 2012