Overlooking a canal, and part of the Mailbox shopping complex, the AC is a modern hotel that belongs to the Marriott group. The rooms here are stripped-back white-and-taupe spaces, with Hypnos beds and space for a desk. Wi-fi is included. There’s a restaurant and bar, a Starbuck’s concession and a gym, and most of central Birmingham is within walking distance.
The High Field Town House
This is a classy little hotel with 12 individually-designed rooms, decked out with quirky furniture, feature wallpapers and fresh, modern fabrics. They all have free wi-fi, and some even have standalone baths. There’s a guest lounge with an honesty bar, as well as a sister gastropub – also called the High Field – next door. The location – the well-heeled suburb of Edgbaston – is a more laid-back option than the city centre, and the Botanical Gardens are close by.
Hotel du Vin
A particularly nice branch of the Hotel du Vin chain, this high-spec hotel is just ten minutes from the Bullring shopping centre, and only a short stroll from Snow Hill station if you’re travelling in and out of Birmingham by train. The hotel boasts luxurious rooms, its own French bistro, a bar and a humidor area for those wishing to smoke a cigar in the hotel’s pretty courtyard.
This ultra-modern, ultra-swish four-star hotel in the centre of the city offers a luxury health spa (with pool, steamroom and sauna), chic en-suite rooms with flat-screen TVs (with satellite channels and pay-per-view films) and a gym. The on-site Aria Restaurant serves superb contemporary cooking, while the Pravda bar specialises in cocktails.