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About Birmingham

Second only in size to London, Birmingham is a market town grown large in the wake of the industrial revolution, when it was often referred to as ‘the workshop of the world’. Its size made it a major target during WWII, and it was heavily bombed, with reconstruction and regeneration ongoing. So today Birmingham’s skyline is part reimagined and part revitalised, gleaming contemporary shapes and finishes amongst Victorian wrought ironwork. The best places to stay in Birmingham are both in amongst the bustle of the centre, and around the outskirts of this ever-growing city.

Birmingham’s new and snazzy buildings have attracted world renowned businesses, and arts and cultural institutions. So the city has a glamorous shopping precinct and a thriving arts scene. Around the picturesque canals are galleries and museums, fantastic restaurants, cool cocktail bars and craft breweries. Our pick of the best central hotels are a pleasant stroll from all of these, plus the Rep. Theatre, where you can see world class opera and ballet companies.

If you’re looking for a list of Birmingham’s highlights then at the top of the list is the new Library of Birmingham — for what it offers both inside and out. If you have kids in tow then Cadbury World will probably make the cut, along with the National Sea Life Centre. The Custard Factory, unlike Cadbury World, no longer has much to do with actual custard, instead it’s been converted into an arts centre, and it’s one of the city's highlights along with The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

This city is a busy year round destination, so if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Birmingham, whether you're here business or pleasure, get organised and book well ahead!

The Best Places to Stay in Birmingham

For a City Break

  • Central, comfortable and affordable, Malmaison Birmingham has made itself into an easy choice. Its 193 rooms and suites provide plenty of choice and versatility, and the chic bar and restaurant solve the problem of where to eat too. Expect neutral shades, and pop art on the walls.
  • The Hotel Indigo Birmingham is a striking asset to the Birmingham city centre skyline, a tall building, with a Tetris-like facade. Inside the geometric design continues, in a range of specific styles and colours, throughout the 52 rooms and suites. The indoor pool and spa are great additions for a city break pick, and the restaurant and bar are very good too.
  • Birmingham’s Hotel du Vin is well located for the station, and for Birmingham’s fanciest shopping streets. A charming example of the Hotel du Vin chain, this property has 66 rooms and suites, decorated with a rather masculine edge, and plenty of green. It also has an excellent bar and restaurant, plus a spa.

Just out of town

  • The Hampton Manor Hotel is something of an escape from bustling Birmingham. Its Gothic facade is set within its own grounds, in Hampton in Arden (about 13 miles out of town). Inside Goth style continues through the 19 rooms and suites, and permeates the communal spaces, which include two restaurants, a cocktail lounge and a greenhouse. This is the sort of hotel you don't need to leave, from the welcome cocktails, to tasting menus, wine and whisky pairings, cooking lessons, and the pampering spa treatment menu. Perfect for couples or groups.
  • Grace and Savour offers a chic escape from Birmingham, this time to an idyllic restaurant with just five rooms (it's part of the Hampton Manor above and is located within the manor's walled gardens). Newly built, and surrounded by gardens and kitchen gardens, Grace and Savour is known for its extraordinary 15 course tasting menu, using home-grown, foraged, pickled, infused, and carefully sourced ingredients. Each of the rooms is brand new, built and decorated in a Scandinavian style, with natural materials, and beautiful concrete-moulded baths.

For Romantics

  • The Edgbaston is a chic bar and restaurant, with just six guest rooms, and plenty of glamour. There’s an Art Deco feel to it, with plenty of shiny black and gold detail to the decor in the bar and restaurant, yet plenty of crisp whiteness to the spacious rooms upstairs. Many rooms have roll-top baths in the room, and one suite has two showers, side by side.
  • New Hall Hotel and Spa is a grand, 600 year old manor house, turned luxury hotel, in a leafy spot just outside Birmingham. Some guests are just here for the spa facilities, or the 2 AA Rosette restaurant, but the 60 charming rooms and suites deserve a mention too! There are actually two restaurants as well, one of them the fine dining rosette winner, and the other a more relaxed brasserie. And there’s a gym and large indoor pool as well as the spa. The decor befits the grand surrounds perfectly.
  • Saint Pauls House is a restaurant and bar in Birmingham’s jewellery district, with a collection of simply, but stylishly decorated suites on the floors above. Each room has tea and coffee making facilities, unique tartan, and romantic city photography on the walls. Close to the museums, and shops.
  • The Grand Hotel Birmingham is a properly grand choice, an institution dating from the Victorian era, and still dripping with grandeur from its vast height ceilings in the bar and restaurant, to its elegantly imposing staircase complete with marble pillars, and spacious suites with four-poster beds. Even if you opt not to stay here, our Gurus recommend you try the cocktail bar, with its bygone era charm, and the chic bistro/restaurant.

For Great Value

  • The High Field Townhouse is a carefully converted townhouse, with 12 surprisingly spacious rooms and suites, and an even more surprisingly spacious bar and restaurant, just a short stroll from Birmingham’s city centre. The decor is comfortably elegant, with well-shaped furniture, and well-chosen fabrics and colours. You’re close to the botanical gardens, and lots of places to eat and drink.

Prefer a Private Apartment?

  • If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Birmingham Airport has good connections to other destinations in the UK and Europe, and it’s only about ten minutes from the centre of town by train, half an hour by bus, or 20 minutes in a taxi. If you’re travelling by rail you may find yourself coming via London, which is only about an hour and a quarter away, or via Manchester, which is about an hour and a half.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Birmingham is a city break destination, with year round appeal. The weather is more pleasant in the middle of the calendar year, but it will be easier to book attractions, and marginally easier to book accommodation outside of the school holidays.

Still not sure?

  • Originally part of Warwickshire, Birmingham has expanded around itself, and now includes parts of Worcestershire and Staffordshire, so it’sworth checking out these locations too
  • Alternatively, you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for personalised advice.


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Best Hotels in Birmingham

  • Hampton Manor Hotel Birmingham (Hampton in Arden) 19 rooms from £215

    Restaurant  -  Two restaurants - Smoke and Grace & Savour
    Sights nearby  -  Head into Birmingham for the day and see all that the city has to offer: Cadbury World, the National Sea Life Centre, and more
    Great walks  -  Go for a stroll through the lovely Malvern & Brueton Park
    Back to Nature  -  Hampton Manor is set amidst 45 acred of woodland
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    A Gothic fantasy with new life breathed into it. Unparalleled service. Food to die for. Luxurious rooms. And plenty to entertain. Located within striking distance of Solihull and Birmingham. The ultimate getaway for foodies and romantics. See More

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  • Malmaison Birmingham Birmingham 193 rooms from £86

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the magnificent Victoria Square nearby to the hotel.
    Local markets  -  Five minutes walk from Birmingham Christmas Market.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendly

    Central location and comfortable rooms are the name of the game at the Malmaison in Birmingham. Featuring excellent rooms, a restaurant and a number of spa therapies, Malmaison is perfect for those looking for a good value option in the centre of town. See More

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  • Hotel Indigo Birmingham Birmingham 52 rooms from £94

    Local markets  -  If you are here in the festive season, head to the nearby Birmingham Christmas Market.
    Sights nearby  -  Go and explore Birmingham's nearby Chinese Quarter.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    Immediately striking on the eye, Hotel Indigo is the epitome of a modern hotel. Sleek rooms, an indoor pool, deluxe spa and excellent restaurant form the bedrock of this classy establishment. See More

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  • New Hall Hotel & Spa Birmingham 60 rooms from £95

    Restaurant  -  Fine dining and Brasserie for more relaxed meals
    Sights nearby  -  Just six miles from the centre of Birmingham
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
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    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. See More

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  • Saint Pauls House Birmingham from £99

    Restaurant  -  Both casual and formal dining is available throughout the day.
    Sights nearby  -  St Paul's Church is right on the doorstep.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    Restaurant, Bar and Boutique Hotel in the heart of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. All-suite luxury accommodation boasts contemporary decor with waterfall showers as standard. All day restaurant for casual or formal dining and the bar has a wide range of cocktails. Ideal for business or leisure. See More

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  • The High Field Townhouse Birmingham 12 rooms from £100

    Sights nearby  -  Head into town and explore the sights and sounds of the UK's second largest city.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy a walk through the nearby Botanical Gardens.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Delightful townhouse hotel just a short way from Birmingham city centre. The rooms have an easy elegance and the hotel's restaurant serves a delicious array of seasonal food. A great base for a weekend trip to Birmingham. See More

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  • Hotel du Vin, Birmingham Birmingham (West Midlands) 66 rooms from £115

    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.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    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! See More

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  • The Edgbaston Birmingham 6 rooms from £140

    Great walks  -  Enjoy a walk through the nearby Botanical Gardens.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantGardenParkingNo pets

    Snazzy and stylish, The Edgbaston is an excellent option for a visit to Birmingham. Boasting plush rooms, an atmospheric bar and a superb restaurant. It's a great choice for a weekend in the city of a thousand trades. See More

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  • The Grand Hotel Birmingham Birmingham 185 rooms from £149

    City Style  -  Victorian grandeur and Art Deco style combine to make this Birmingham's hottest hotel destination
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant Isaac's offers American comfort food and brasserie classics
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    A grand Victorian hotel with bags of history and striking Art Deco style. Beautifully renovated rooms have all their original splendour but feel fresh and contemporary. A casual brasserie lies in another impressive room downstairs while the cocktail bar gives a flavour of a bygone era. Very chic. See More

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  • Grace and Savour Birmingham 5 rooms from £315

    Restaurant  -  15 course tasting menu
    Organic food

    Grace and Savour is a fabulous restaurant with rooms (part of Hampton Manor, the foodie destination), offering an extraordinary 15 course tasting menu. The timber yard suites provide super-comfy scandi chic design plus large concrete soaking tubs and lovely views over a wild garden. A serious treat! See More

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