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Friday, June 20, 2014

Ramada Birmingham Solihull

At the beginning of the week we had to make a quick trip to Solihull and after a Google search for hotels in the city we settled for the Ramada Birmingham Solihull. The booking was quick and easy and I got a confirmation email immediately with all the details. The Ramada Solihull is around 10 minutes walk from the railway station and as we were travelling into Solihull by train, this was perfect for us. The hotel is also just at the end of the High Street and within a couple of minutes walk from the Touchwood Shopping Centre which is where we had some official work to take care of. So all in all the location of the hotel was perfect.




The hotel is built around the oldest bowling green in the country and also is a nice blend of the old and the new. On one hand it has a historic 16th century coaching inn while at the other it also has all the modern features and comforts you would expect from a modern hotel like Ramada. Some of the rooms overlook the bowling green. The St Alphege Church which dates back to the 12th Century is directly opposite the hotel and when seen from the bowling green it looks like a part of the hotel.


Ramada Solihull offers different rooms to suit all kinds of needs. Since we were there for a short
duration we opted for the Standard Double Room. The first thing I look for in a room is clean and fresh linen and I was not disappointed. Our room featured crisp cotton linen and soft duvets. The pillows were a bit too soft for my liking, but I am rarely ever satisfied with pillows in a hotel.



The room had all standard facilities you would expect from such a type of accommodation -  flat-screen TV, a work desk, a full length mirror, a mini fridge, a room safe, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, trouser press and an ironing station. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi; we were given the Wi-Fi code when we checked-in.




The en suite bathroom was of a decent size but the selection of toiletries was a let down. But the main
aspect was that it was spotlessly clean and I loved that fact.


The hotel common areas and hallways were clean. The hallway lights were sensor activated and the area you are walking into will light as soon as the detectors overhead are activated. I liked this feature. Little things like this show that the hotel takes energy saving seriously.

We did not use the in-house bar/restaurant but it seemed to be busy most of the times.

Overall, we had a comfortable stay at the hotel - nothing exceptional but nothing bad either. The room was clean and good sized. The bed was comfortable and I had a good nights sleep. The location is great and that I think is the key factor.

Ramada Solihull
The Square,
Solihull
West Midlands
B91 3RF
Phone: 0121 711 2121
www.ramadasolihullhotel.co.uk

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