Happy days; its holiday time at last! It’s been a long time in the making; so much planning, packing and passport panicking, but you’re finally on your way to Birmingham Airport, ready to fly off in search of some sunshine.
But what’s that up ahead? Brake lights, congestion and delays; your stress levels start to rise, you thought you’d left plenty of time to make your flight but as the panic sets in and your car grinds to a halt on the M6 you start to wonder if there is another way…
Stay and play at Birmingham Airport the night before your flight.
Delays are inevitable, especially if you are travelling at peak times or you have a long way commute to the airport, so why not give yourself a break and book yourself into a Birmingham Airport hotel? Imagine waking up just moments from the airport, knowing the hard work has been done and it’s downhill all the way to holiday.
There are loads of great hotels surrounding Birmingham airport that offer a comfortable bed, great dining options and even added extras like gyms and swimming pools.
If you’re flying at the crack of dawn or dreading the drive to the terminal then an airport hotel could save you some serious stress; so APH have rounded up the best Birmingham Airport hotels for your consideration…
Best for families: Holiday Inn Express Birmingham NEC
Featuring family rooms, a fabulous free breakfast for all and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, this great value hotel is just two miles from Birmingham Airport and handily located just off the M6, making it the perfect option if you’re travelling with your entourage.
The rooms are large and spacious, and come with a 32-inch flat screen that’s perfect for entertaining little ones, a power shower so you can start the day stress free and all-important tea and coffee making facilities. You can even choose from a range of pillows, guaranteeing you and your brood a great night’s sleep.
If you’re looking for a family friendly feed, head downstairs to the Great Room Restaurant where you can grab a pizza 24 hours a day, or enjoy a range of snacks and dishes; the adjoining bar is open ‘til late every day if you’re in need of a pre-holiday tipple.
Best room: Crowne Plaza Birmingham
If you’re looking for extreme comfort from your hotel room, then the added extras at Crowne Plaza Birmingham are just what you need.
Each room is part of the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage programme which aims to provide hotel guests with the best night’s sleep possible. Benefit from luxury bedding, aromatherapy and designated quiet zones throughout the hotel as you drift off into a blissful sleep.
Along with oils and fancy bedding, you can also make yourself completely at home; set the climate control to the perfect temperature, catch up on some Sky TV on your LCD flat screen, sip your complimentary mineral water, make yourself a cuppa or if you’re feeling peckish, order up room service and indulge while wearing your luxury bathrobe and feeling totally decadent.
If you do manage to make it downstairs, Pendigo’s Restaurant offers up modern European cuisine, and the Eleven Bar & Grill’s menu will leave your mouth watering in anticipation. Head to the fitness centre to burn off some steam or get your steam on at the adjoining sauna and feel holiday-ready in seconds.
Best for tight budgets: Ibis Birmingham Airport
This handy hotel is not only one of the most affordable options at Birmingham Airport; it is also one of the most convenient. It’s a mere 300m stroll to the check-in desk from the hotel lobby, so you are guaranteed a stress-free morning.
Each comfortable room comes with a large double bed, a flat screen TV, air conditioning, Wi-Fi access and the ability to make yourself a much needed cup of tea or coffee.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat, Fogg’s Café is on-site and serves up international favourites until 10.00pm daily. The Bar is open a little later into the night; unwind with a drink or snack until midnight every day.
Best for extras: Hilton Birmingham Metropole
While a comfortable bed for the night might be good enough for some; those looking for a little more bang for their buck should head to Hilton Metropole. Crammed full of added extras, this 4-star hotel is only five minutes from the airport and offers a little upgraded pre-flight night.
The rooms feature floor to ceiling windows, flat screen TVs with in-room movies, air conditioning and access to Wi-Fi. You can also order up room service if you’re feeling like settling in for the night.
For a truly relaxing start to your trip, head to the Ocean Rooms Spa where you can enjoy a treatment or unwind with a massage. There’s also a sauna, a steam room and a fabulous indoor pool to take advantage of. The adjoining Livingwell Fitness Centre is the perfect spot to de-stress and with easy 24-hour access you can feel the burn day or night.
On-site you will find two restaurants, the relaxed and laid-back Boulevard, a bright and airy buffet style restaurant or the Contemporary Millers Bar and Restaurant; perfect for something a little fancier and a late night drink to toast the start of your trip.
Best location: Novotel Birmingham Airport
Novotel cannot be beaten on location; it’s so close you could literally roll out of bed and find yourself at check-in! This 4-star hotel is a great base if you have a ridiculously early flight from Birmingham or you just want a lazy morning before you take to the skies.
As you’d expect from Novotel, the rooms are spacious and make for a blissful night’s sleep. Make full use of the free Wi-Fi as you flick through the channels on your flat screen or order a pay-per-view movie; each room comes with a mini bar, tea and coffee makers and is blissfully air conditioned.
Elements Restaurant downstairs is the place to head to if you’re in need of a feed; serving up an international menu, this informal and relaxing space is open until 10.30pm daily. The adjoining bar is open 24-hours a day and offers a wide range of drinks and snacks. Those looking for a last minute pre-holiday workout should make their way to the fitness centre.