Are you looking for a convenient Birmingham Airport Hotel for an early departure, or late arrival, flight? Or perhaps you want accommodation near the NEC for an event or show? Then check out this review of ibis Styles NEC to find out why this clean, comfortable and convenient hotel is well worth considering.
I was in Birmingham for the National Snow Show on the 23rd and 24th of October. As a snow sports writer I was attending for work and needed somewhere within walking distance of the NEC. Plus as I was traveling by train so I wanted it to be close to the Birmingham International train station.
Despite living south of Gatwick Airport I have also flown out of Birmingham to go snowboarding in Austria quite a few times. This is partly because I have friends that live in the Midlands. But also it can work out cheaper and better for my adventure holiday plans despite the extra travel.
When I have flown from Birmingham Airport I have always had very early morning flights. Staying the night in a convenient Birmingham Airport Hotel makes that first morning so much easier. You can travel up the day before and even leave your car at the hotel often paying less than the long term airport parking.
With the Snow Show due to begin at nine in the morning my business partner and I arrived at the Ibis Styles late on Friday afternoon. We had breakfast included, my business partners parking – free for guests – and two nights in a twin room.
I arrived by train, and looking on google maps the hotel looked close but it wasn’t clear how I got there. Fortunately, there were big obvious sign posts to Ibis Styles from the train station.
You leave the station towards the NEC and can’t go wrong. It takes a little over five minutes to walk it. The only downside is it’s through what feels like an industrial estate, I am guessing it is all servicing for the NEC. But the route is well lit after dark, albeit there is no one around.
It is a very convenient Birmingham Airport Hotel. You just retrace your steps, following the signs to the train station. From there you can pick up the free ‘Air-Rail Link’ monorail which takes two minutes to reach the airport between 03:30 to 00:30. Courtesy buses run outside these times.
I arrived a couple of hours before my business partner and was greeted with a wonderfully large smile. Seriously the reception staff were so friendly and helpful they really made me feel very welcome.
I didn’t eat at the Ibis Styles Hotel as my business partner and I planned to go for a curry (when in Birmingham!). But I took a look at the menu which seemed to be rather typical of a hotel. The prices were slightly on the high side which is fairly standard of hotels when there are not many other options.
When my friend arrived it was very simple to validate his free parking by putting his car reg details into the machine. The reception staff again were super friendly offering to help with a big genuine smile.
I was very impressed with our room. For an airport hotel it was a good size with two single beds and a sofa seating area. The beds were really comfortable with good pillows and fluffy duvets.
Both the bedroom and bathroom were both immaculately clean. They almost looked as if everything had been freshly decorated. The walk in shower was spacious and powerful, a big improvement to my one at home.
During this review of ibis Styles NEC I found it to have very it has good lighting – unlike some hotel rooms I have stayed in. There are also useful switches by the bed that turn all the lights off, so you don’t have to get out of bed hunting the one elusive switch for an errant light.
A buffet breakfast was included in our room and I took full advantage of it. Now lets be straight this breakfast is not going to win any awards. However, it is not bad and will certainly fill you up. I ate enough at breakfast to avoid buying lunch at the NEC which was a nice saving.
There are the traditional English breakfast options of bacon, scrambled eggs, sausages, beans and hash browns. While not being top quality it clearly it wasn’t the cheapest cuts available either. Croissants, toast, cereals, fruit, yoghurts and muffins were also available plus a range of juices, herbal teas and coffees.
My business partner is vegan and the breakfast didn’t cater very well for him. But when asked they bought out mushrooms and veggie sausages to complement his beans and hash browns. Plus there were plant based milks available.
If you need to stay near the NEC or Birmingham airport the Ibis Styles is a great choice. It is clean comfortable and very, very convenient. The staff are super friendly and really helpful. As airport hotels go I thoroughly recommend it.
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