Novotel Birmingham Airport
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Novotel Birmingham Airport Reviews
If the location fits.... Sep 22, 2011
As a four star, Novotel is marketed as one of the premium brands that come under the Accor Hotels banner. In ascending order, Accor Hotels include the Formule 1, Ibis, Etap, Novotel, Mercure, and then Sofitel brands.
Before I start the review on this particular hotel I should set my stall out with the Novotel brand as a whole. This statement may sound rather contradictory but generally I am not a fan of Novotels - but I do stay in them quite regularly. To explain, I only ever stay in Novotels when travelling on business and only then when they are well located for my trip, and Novotels are often in good locations.
The Novotel Birmingham Airport is a good example of this as it is sited right next to Birmingham Airport and is also very close to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). In fact there is a complimentary monorail service from the hotel to the NEC that will appeal to those attending an exhibition - although the cost of parking near the hotel reduces the benefit of this. There is no parking at the hotel itself but guests qualify for a discount at the nearby airport multi story car parks.
The hotel fits with the Novotel corporate brand and the reception looks like every other Novotel. Not a bad thing in itself but for me the minimalistic theme is not especially appealing or welcoming and feels a little clinical. The receptionists are efficient enough but not overly friendly.
The rooms are again quite corporate. They are satisfactory without being especially appealing although they contain a decent size TV (extra charges apply for services apart from some terrestrial channels) a mini bar, a safe, an iron and a hairdryer. My room looked out over the airport runway but the glazing was very well soundproofed as I could not hear the aircraft at all.
The bathroom has the usual Novotel sculpted sink unit that looks good and may be easy to clean, but is far from practical for the user. That said, the bathroom facilities in my room were not spotless on arrival. The shower was also rather feeble.
I didn't eat at this hotel during my stay but the food is generally quite good in most Novotels. I did use the bar however and this led to an annoyance. I stood at a quiet bar as two bar staff prepared drinks for another customer. At no stage did they acknowledge my presence and I was kept waiting for several minutes as I started to think I may have become invisible. Is it too much for a barman to acknowledge a customer's presence with a simple 'be right with you' statement?
Like many Novotels, this hotel serves the purpose without being memorable in any way. It is good for an overnighter if flying from the airport, or if visiting the NEC but I wouldn't choose this hotel for any other reason.
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Novotel Birmingham Airport Overview
The Novotel Airport Hotel Birmingham is located within seconds of the Birmingham International Airport. It’s about 20 minutes away from the city center, where guests will find shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities. Also, the National Exhibition Center is right next door to this Birmingham hotel. With the airport right outside the door, getting to the Novotel Airport Hotel Birmingham is not difficult. Rental cars are available nearby for guests who want to drive into the city. A train station is also very close to the hotel.
The Novotel Airport Hotel Birmingham’s 195 guestrooms all feature air conditioning, satellite television, wireless Internet, and coffee and tea making facilities. Room service is available 24 hours a day.
Equipped with a Skyrail track leading to the National Exhibition Center, the Novotel Airport Hotel Birmingham is all about convenience for business travelers. Airport check-in is less than 100 yards from the hotel’s doors. Meeting facilities and wireless Internet are available on site. There is also a restaurant, exercise room, and bar within the hotel. The facility offers daily parking for a fee as well.
Novotel Birmingham Airport Amenities