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Birmingham, with a population of 1.1 million is Britain’s second largest city after London. Originally a market town, it grew exponentially in the wake of the industrial revolution to become ‘the workshop of the world’. Consequently it has a diverse economic and cultural feel and waves of commonwealth immigration have resulted in a rich ethnic mix. During the last war Birmingham was a major target and thus there has been much rebuilding in the intervening years - and some serious regeneration recently. The best places to stay in Birmingham give the visitor prime position to discover the delights of this most interesting of modern cities.
Post war reconstruction led to the city centre becoming something of a concrete jungle and Birmingham was still suffering from the decline of its traditional manufacturing and heavy industries. This has now all changed. The economy is predominantly service based and the city is regarded globally as a major transport, retail, conference and events hub. It boasts six universities and five Michelin starred restaurants. It’s Orchestra, Ballet, Repertory theatre and (new) Library enjoy international reputations. There is a thriving arts scene.
There are endless avenues of interest in the reemergent Birmingham, from its state of the art new library and the stunning new New Street station to the old Symphony Hall. One of the finest collections of Pre Raphaelite art is to be found in one of the many public galleries. Birmingham has come a long way from the old canals and the Grand Junction Railway Company!
Deservedly it is the fourth most visited city in the UK by foreign visitors, so if you want to make sure of a bed in one of the best places to stay in Birmingham, get organised and book well ahead.
For Manor House style outside the centre
- New Hall Hotel and Spa is a grand manor house turned luxury hotel, dating back 600 years and complete with moat. Plus there's a great spa, gym and AA rosette restaurant.
For City centre chic
- Hotel du Vin - situated right in the heart of the city this gentleman’s club style boutique hotel has everything on its doorstep. Inside the decor is sophisticated while still being child and pet friendly.
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Best Hotels in Birmingham
New Hall Hotel & Spa 60 rooms from $116Birmingham
6oo year old moated manor turned country house hotel just outside Birmingham. Sixty spacious bedrooms traditionally decorated, but with all modern amenities. Great spa facilities and 2 AA Rosette standard dining.Sights nearby - Just six miles from the centre of BirminghamSwimming Pool - Indoor PoolSpa
Hotel du Vin 66 rooms from $141Birmingham (West Midlands)
Part of the 'Hotel Du Vin' chain, the staff here know what they are doing. Service is excellent and rooms are spacious, decorated in a gentleman's club style. Brown leathers and dark colours, many with large roll-top baths. The cuisine is modern French with private dining available. Bon appetit!Great walks - Through Birmingham's peaceful Botanical Gardens. A haven in the heart of England's second largest city.Sights nearby - The historic Aston Hall is well worth a visit.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide