It may come as something of a surprise to some, but Birmingham is known as the Venice of the North with plenty of boutique lined canals, romantic rivers, world-class shopping and a host of luxury hotels.
Although not seen as a centre for luxury in the traditional sense, Birmingham offers some gorgeous hotels and in most cases at great value compared to similar 4 and 5 star hotels in other parts of the country.
And when you aren’t enjoying some fine dining in your sumptuous hotel restaurant or lounging in your free-standing bath, Birmingham has a wealth of activities and attractions plus great nightlife for you to explore with your girls or your significant other.
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Birmingham
Once a Victorian eye hospital built in 1884, the Hotel du Vin is one of Birmingham’s finest luxury hotels. Make the most of your stay by booking yourself in for Afternoon Tea, sampling the delicious cuisine in the bistro or lounging in the spa.
The spa is the perfect place to seclude yourself for a little R&R. Enjoy a host of therapeutic treatments all using ESPA products, then detox in the steam rooms before prepping for a night on the town in the nail bar and St Tropez tanning booth.
The rooms echo a classical design, with luxurious touches such as velvet upholstery, modern art, and extra-large beds clad in Egyptian cotton linens. Opt for a Deluxe Double and enjoy a signature free-standing bath, or splurge on an open-plan Deluxe Suite and enjoy a little extra space, plus a walk-in monsoon shower, and a roll-top bath.
The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel & Cocktail Lounge
This compact but cool hotel is living proof that good things come in small packages. Attached to one of the chicest cocktail bars in Birmingham, this six room hotel is perfect for a romantic weekend away. Downstairs the bar is decked out in elegant Art Deco black and gold, and serves Afternoon Tea from 12 noon plus tasty European cuisine from 6pm every day.
The rooms have a cosy, boutique feel, due to the thoughtfully considered interiors that are unique to each room, plus stand out features such as free-standing baths, original architectural details and Elemis toiletries.
Treat yourself to a delicious Martini after a day of exploring the leafy suburb of Edgbaston and the big city lights of the city centre, before retiring to your cosy room with its huge and inviting king-size bed.
Clayton Hotel Birmingham
Located in the heart of the city, this hotel oozes cool from every angle. The modern architecture makes it an impressive landmark within the city, and its ideal position close to the famous Bull Ring shopping centre and the local restaurants and bars makes it the perfect base for a weekend of exploring the city.
Each of the hotel rooms are designed with modernity and comfort in mind. Plush curtains frame the floor-to-ceiling windows and the colour scheme is kept neutral with the occasional pop of colour. In the spacious bathroom you’ll find a dual control monsoon shower, and elsewhere in the room, tea and coffee making facilities, plus free WiFi.
In the evening reserve a table at the Grill restaurant, where you can enjoy fabulous British fusion cuisine cooked up on speciality charcoal grills. The ambiance is relaxed but refined, with starched white table cloths and an extensive wine list to accompany the fresh seasonal ingredients in each of the dishes.
The Macdonald Burlington Hotel Birmingham
The Macdonald Burlington hotel is a luxury hotel found amidst the stunning architecture of the city’s beautiful New Street, just a short walk from the shopping and historic town centre.
Offering a delicate balance between splendour and comfort, a room at the Macdonald Burlington is the perfect place to begin your exploration of Birmingham. Each of the 114 rooms features large and springy beds covered in crisp white linen and soft duvets, flat screen televisions, air conditioning, and of course plenty of luxury toiletries.
Not to be missed is the Scottish Steak Club Restaurant where you’ll find the finest Scottish-reared meats, served with seasonal vegetables in elegant surroundings.
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
If there’s a hotel that has it all, then this is the one. Whether you are looking to enjoy some relaxed time by the indoor pool, bring your dog on a pet-friendly weekend break, or use the free WiFi and 24-hour business centre to keep in touch with your colleagues, everything is possible at the Hyatt Regency, Birmingham.
Each of the spacious rooms and suites feature floor to ceiling windows, taking in panoramic views of the city and its many canals. Relax in fluffy bathrobes and slippers, whilst making the most of the minibar and the room-service menu.
At the end of a long day of exploring the city’s many delights, take some time out in the hotel’s spa area. Have a dip in the hot tub, swim a few lengths of the pool, or simply lie back on one of the pool-side cabanas. If you are really looking to splurge, then why not book yourself in a for a de-stressing treatment, or perhaps a pampering session ready for a night out on the tiles?
Park Regis Birmingham
The tallest hotel in Birmingham’s brightly lit skyline and offering 253 rooms, this is a grand hotel on a large scale, but the modern and contemporary ambience serves to make it welcoming and friendly with more of a boutique feel.
One of our favourite features of this hotel is the Shakina Spa, which definitely deserves an hour or two of your time. Choose from a series of treatments, such as an age-defying facial, or a hot stone massage. There’s also a gym with a range of cardio equipment for you to work up a sweat, should you wish.
The hotel restaurant is an extravagant affair, with plenty of sparkle. Close your weekend in Birmingham with a Sunday carvery lunch, complete with tender beef cuts, fresh veg, Yorkshire puddings – the full works.