If you’re planning a visit to Birmingham whether its a business trip, a city break or just a night out there are so many cool and innovative places to stay. While there are many basic chain hotels you can choose from, there are many unique, independent hotels, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and accommodation establishments up for grabs which could make your visit different and that bit more exciting. We have compiled a list of the best and coolest places to stay in Birmingham from boutique hotels, to town houses, to restaurant rooms, to private apartments. Check it out.
Saint Pauls House, Jewellery Quarter
Fashionable boutique hotel, Saint Pauls House is a cool yet elegant independent establishment situated in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Influenced by modern Shoreditch style, the bedrooms are contemporary and fun, all with their own en-suites (including a waterfall drench shower!), free minibar, wifi and coffee machine. Saint Pauls House serves an extensive range of food and drinks in its own restaurant and bar. The building itself is beautiful and the restaurant combines class with the industrial exposed brick style which is so popular currently. Being in the Jewellery Quarter, this hotel is only minutes from the business district, the creative quarter and the main shopping area. A wonderful choice for wherever you want to go in Birmingham.
Address: 15-20 St Paul’s Square, Birmingham, UK
Contact: 0121 272 0999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Old Crown, Digbeth
If you’re looking for an interesting and unique stay in Birmingham, book a room at The Old Crown in Digbeth. Built in the 14th century, The Old Crown is one of the oldest buildings in Birmingham and has operated as an inn from the 17th century. It even hosted Queen Elizabeth I in 1575! The building encompasses a lot of history having stood through the English Civil War, with the Battle of Birmingham taking place just outside on the street. The Old Crown is a fantastic pub, with a large beer garden and serves superb food, including brilliant breakfasts. They have 10 rooms available to book and 1 apartment, all decorated in a traditional old-time style, so you better get your booking in quick if you want to have the chance to stay! Only a ten-minute walk from Birmingham city centre, and a two-minute walk from Digbeth Dining Club, you can use The Old Crown as a great base for exploring the culture and creativity Birmingham has to offer. The Old Crown has some great events and is also the starting point for the Peaky Blinders Tour around Birmingham!
Address: The Old Crown, 188 Digbeth, Birmingham B12 0LD, United Kingdom
Contact: 0121 248 1368 or email@example.com
Bloc Hotel, Birmingham
For an affordable yet stylish stay in central Birmingham, try Bloc Hotel, just a ten-minute walk from New Street Station. All of the rooms have a sleek design, with a monochrome colour scheme and offer free super-fast wifi, an HD LED tv and climate control. The apartment rooms even have ambient mood lighting and tablet room control, alongside a kitchenette including a sink, microwave, fridge and dining table. The hotel has worked with the Scandinavian Sleep Institute to ensure their hotel rooms produce the perfect night’s sleep. This hotel is designed for comfort, whether it is after a long day of sight-seeing in Birmingham or a place to collapse after a day of hectic meetings! There’s plenty of great spots to eat just a walk from the hotel’s front door, including five Michelin star restaurants and the UK’s Best Local Restaurant: Lasan.
Address: Bloc Hotel, Caroline St, Birmingham B3 1UG, United Kingdom
Contact: +44 (121) 212 1223
Hyatt Regency, Birmingham
Located on Broad Street, this 4-star hotel has over 300 luxury rooms and suites available. All the rooms are grand, spacious and tastefully designed with lots of amenities including a flat-screen TV and mini-fridge. The Presidential Suite has floor to ceiling windows boasting stunning views of the city and the canal network. Hyatt Regency has some fabulous facilities allowing you to have the relaxing break you need, such as the 16-metre indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna and jacuzzi. You can even book yourself a spa treatment! Aria, the hotel’s signature restaurant, serves high-quality cuisine, perfect for a posh meal during your stay. Hyatt Regency is also home to the English pub and terrace, The Gentleman and Scholar with live music every Thursday!
Address: Hyatt Regency Birmingham, 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham B1 2JZ, United Kingdom
Contact: 0121 6431234 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Edgbaston, Edgbaston
The Edgbaston is a gorgeous, classy, boutique hotel, situated in the lush area of Edgbaston, a three-minute car ride from Broad Street. Chic and voguish style rooms allow a lavish experience. To help you really relax and enjoy your experience, all the rooms have king size beds and an en-suite – some feature a Victorian style free-standing bath! Your booking includes a continental breakfast and free parking. The Edgbaston Cocktail Lounge downstairs sells this hotel with its 1920s Art-Deco, black and gold theme and has won several awards. There’s also the option to have afternoon tea if you are staying on a weekend! If you are searching for somewhere more sumptuous and glamorous to stay while in Birmingham, this is the hotel for you.
Address: 18 Highfield Road, B15 3DU Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Contact: 0121 454 5212
Highfield Town House, Edgbaston
Highfield Town House is a converted listed Victorian villa in Edgbaston which has 12 individually designed rooms available to book. This boutique hotel is run in conjunction with The High Field – the smart, gastropub next door – and there is The Town House restaurant just across the driveway which uses only fresh seasonal ingredients in their recipes. Decorated with hand-chosen antiques, each room at Highfield Town House has its own interesting design and features, many incorporating amazing wall prints and patterns. With twelve rooms in total, there are a few different types of room to choose from ranging from Cosy to Premium and there is flexibility with bed arrangements.
Address: The High Field Town House, 23 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, B15 3DP
Contact: 0121 647 6466 or email@example.com
Michelin star restaurant Simpsons offers three exclusive, large ensuite rooms for guests. Those who want to have the full experience of fine dining can retreat after a sensational meal to a classic, ornate styled room. All three rooms have Nespresso coffee machines, with a supply of beverages and products for your indulgence. A continental breakfast is included in the price of your stay which can be enjoyed either in the privacy of your bedroom or in the dining room. The restaurant has recently been re-decorated and has become a wonderfully light, modern dining space. Outside, there is a landscaped garden where you can enjoy a drink before you start your meal. Staying at Simpsons would make a very rare and cool experience.
Address: 20 Highfield Road, B15 3DU Birmingham, United Kingdom
Contact: 0121 454 3434
Hotel Du Vin, Jewellery Quarter
Popular hotel chain Hotel Du Vin has a spectacular branch in Birmingham which offers 66 bedrooms in a historically iconic building situated in the Jewellery Quarter. What makes this hotel so special is that no two rooms are identical. The styles vary from room to room and there is a range of studios and suites available. Hotel Du Vin is ideal for those on a city break, being close to both the site-seeing attractions and central shopping area. If you don’t feel like going out to dine, Hotel Du Vin has so many options for you under its own roof. The French-inspired bistro serves breakfast and dinner every day, as well as lunch Monday through Saturday. The Bubble Lounge is also open every night to sample the impressive array of wines Hotel Du Vin are so famous for. That’s not all! Pub Du Vin, open six days a week, is located in the cellar of the hotel and afternoon tea can also be booked as a treat any day of the week. Hotel Du Vin offers a relaxing hotel experience allowing you to spend the morning in the hotel’s private spa and the afternoon al fresco dining in the open air courtyard, with its retractable roof and magnificent sculptures.
Address: 25 Church St, Birmingham, B3 2NR Birmingham, United Kingdom
Contact: 0121 794 3005 or
LCM Apartments, Birmingham
Sometimes you want a more intimate, private space to stay when you go away, especially if you’re travelling as a family or group. The Mantella lofts in the Jewellery Quarter are commodious with two private bedrooms and two bathrooms. The apartments come equipped with a fitted kitchen and are furnished with trendy decor.
Dakota is another apartment available to book in Birmingham. Newly-refurbished, this apartment is located a short walk away from St Pauls square and has a minimalist design, with an open plan kitchen and exposed brick walls. This two bedroom apartment’s prime location makes it super easy to enjoy all the popular bars, cafes and restaurants Birmingham has to offer. In both apartments, the living area sofa can also be pulled out to make a sofa bed if you want to have some extra guests! Both apartments are available for just a short stay or longer month booking which would be ideal for those visiting for business.
A new apartment will be available to book soon called Hudson, also in the Jewellery Quarter, inside an old listed building. It too will have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Contact LCM apartments to find out more.
Address: Jewellery Quarter
Contact: 0161 907 6934
Frederick Street Town House
Frederick Street Town House, next to the Button Factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, has some lovely rooms and suites which can be booked online. Choose a single room to yourself or select an entire Junior suite complete with a free standing bathtub and lounge area. Every room is comfortable and cosy, accessorized with retro ornamentation and colour schemes. Frederick Street Town House is a sister company to The Button Factory and several other eateries and bars, including The Distillery, so there is plenty around to investigate.
Address: 26 Frederick Street, B1 3HH, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Contact: 0121 236 4653 or firstname.lastname@example.org
No 8 Waterloo Street Apartments, Birmingham
Apartments are a great and popular option in Birmingham and these ones are no exception. The former Legal and General Assurance Society Building, is Grade II listed and has been refurbished into 31 apartments on Waterloo Street, just five minutes walk both from Birmingham New Street and Snow Hill stations. Regardless of the reason for your visit, there is an apartment to suit everyone. However, being in the business district this would be good for those on a professional visit. All the apartments on offer have plain colour schemes, with splashes of colourful furniture, and are extremely spacious. There’s a choice between Deluxe, Premium and Luxury one bedroom apartments, as well as luxury two bedroom apartments. The technology is very current with a TV entertainment package, Apple and Android Screen mirroring, free wifi and card entry.
Address: 8 Waterloo Street, Birmingham B2 5PG
Contact: 01217946777 or email@example.com
If you’re hunting for somewhere unusual to stay, Malmaison has some really funky and eccentric rooms; The Nirvana suite has disco-ball textured walls, a circular bed, neon lighting and some loud flooring. This would be a really memorable stay so would be great as a treat or celebratory trip, perhaps for an important birthday? Malmaison is located in The Mailbox so is central to all the nightlife in Birmingham. If you are after a more simple room, there are 193 rooms to choose from, but these still include loads of different textures for you to enjoy so don’t worry! Malmaison even says they will take special requests!
Address: The Mailbox, One Wharfside Street, B1 1 RD Birmingham, United Kingdom
Contact: 0121 794 3004
The Blue Piano, Edgbaston
The Blue Piano is an independent, family-run guest house in an old Edwardian building in Edgbaston. Loved by musicians and musical enthusiasts, The Blue Piano features its blue piano in the bar area where a diverse and extensive programme of live music is performed every Friday night. Both the bar and restaurant have a South-East Asian theme and are inspired by the owner’s birthplace in Singapore and the couple’s travels to Cambodia. The owners readily welcome guests from overseas and can converse in Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkein and Vietnamese. There are ten bedrooms to choose from, all bright and uplifting and designed individually. Modern amenities are provided including flat screen tvs and mini fridges and each room has its own en-suite bathroom. Deals are available on rooms for regular corporate guests so definitely a place to check out if you stay regularly in Birmingham.
Address: 24-26 Harborne Rd, Birmingham, B15 3AA
Contact: 0121 454 6877 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Royal Sutton Hotel, Sutton Coldfield
Just a short journey away from Birmingham city centre is the charming and traditional Royal Sutton hotel. This hotel creates a quirky mix of old and new; the building retains the original features of a Georgian townhouse while its 22 bedrooms are decorated with cosy and clean modern furnishings. All their rooms have en-suite facilities and there is free parking available for guests. The hotel has excellent transport links to central Birmingham so is ideal if you are looking for somewhere which allows you to rest your head away from the busy crowds of Birmingham city centre. It’s located on the central high street in Sutton Coldfield so perfect also if you want to explore the area itself. They have single, double and family rooms available and breakfast can be added to the price of your room for a small fee. There’s a restaurant and bar and, even a garden area with a retractable roof and outdoor heaters.
Address: High Street, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1UD
Contact: 0121 355 8222 or email@example.com
Hampton Manor, Solihull
Traditional restaurant, Hampton Manor, is a 400 year old pub restaurant in Solihull which has three rooms and a cottage which can be booked for a stay. Currently there are three generations of the Hill family caring for the estate and they offer cider making classes, wine fairs, chef pop ups and a monthly wine school. The three rooms are gorgeous with an old William Morris influence but modern design and furnishings. Large beds, big bathtubs, lounge spaces and bay windows make the Hampton Manor rooms feel deluxe and extravagant. Fresh coffee and home-baked biscuits are provided in your room, as well as natural botanical toiletries.
Manor Cottage, secluded in the walled garden, can be hired out to spend the weekend with friends or family. You can cook for yourself (the food shop can even be done for you if you like!) or head into the restaurant for your meals. The Cottage sleeps 4 to 8 people and is adults only. All four bedrooms are en-suite and the dining area is open plan; there’s a kitchen and breakfast room, sun-room and private garden all for your private use. Again, the rooms draw on the artistic style of Morris and are large and cosy.
Hampton Manor oozes opulence and splendour and would make a magnificent holiday break or honeymoon stay.
Address: Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-in-Arden, B92 0EN Solihull
Contact: 01675 446080 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saco Birmingham Apartments, Brindleyplace
If you want to experience Birmingham’s infamous 35 miles of canal waterways, Saco Apartments holds plenty of apartments right in Brindleyplace ranging from their One Bedroom Apartment to their Two Bedroom Superior Apartment which can sleep up to six people. Most of the apartments have their own balcony or terrace and boast beautiful skyline views. All are designed with a clean, simple look and feature a lot of glass furniture and windows. Reception is on hand to assist you during your stay 24 hours a day and will provide a weekly housekeeping and linen service. Brindleyplace, being on the canalside, is near to so many bars, restaurants and shops. If you are visiting for business, The National Indoor Arena and International Convention centre are also nearby, with ITV Carlton and BBC also a short 15 minute walk away. Saco Birmingham have some exclusive deals to offer for their guests too, such as all day access tickets to the Sea Life Centre for a family day out.
Address: 3 Brunswick Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HR
Contact: 033 0202 0505
Staying Cool Apartments, Birmingham
For private apartments with cityscape views, Staying Cool Apartments has some outstanding options. Mostly monochrome decoration with some funky accents, these apartments are all about aesthetics, especially with their balconies which look out over the city. Choose from the Mini Studio, the Clubroom, the two bedroom Maxi Studio and two bedroom Penthouse with its cool, Manhattan vibes. Located on New Street, there’s easy access to everything the city has to offer. All the apartments have their own kitchen and living/dining area and free Wifi is included which is always a bonus!
Address: Staying Cool Serviced Apartments, The Rotunda, 150 New Street, Birmingham B2 4PA
Contact: 0121 285 1250
Article by University of Birmingham intern Daisy Andrews for Grapevine Birmingham