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Review: the Hilton Garden Inn hotel, Birmingham Airport

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This is our review of the Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport hotel.

As part of a recent review of airport lounges I found myself staying overnight at Birmingham Airport, without any time to explore the city.

We thought it would be a good idea to review one of the airport hotels and settled on the Hilton Garden Inn, a fairly new addition which opened in 2018.

The hotel building itself won’t win any prizes for its design. It was built in a modular fashion “on a very constrained site and with half the building coming from China” according to the developers.

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport

The hotel website is here. Don’t get confused with the Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham, Alabama – we once used a photograph of that hotel in an article by mistake …..

Location

The Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport is located directly opposite the passenger terminal – just across the road – which means you won’t have to bother with shuttle buses. It probably takes a minute or two to reach after leaving the terminal building.

Annoyingly the main entrance is on the side furthest from the terminal itself.

Inside the Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport

Step inside and you are greeted by the hotel reception:

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport reception

Check-in is very efficient and I was promptly given my room key on the top floor (which, if memory serves correctly, is the eighth).

Rooms

Rooms are just what you would expect from a Hilton Garden Inn: smart but fairly basic. It was, however, a very good size:

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport room

There’s the bedroom, with king size bed and decent desk:

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport bedroom

As you can see there is no overhead light, although lots of lamps. I wasn’t able to get the standing lamp or left hand bedside lamp working, however.

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport bed

The TV is a little dated – more 2008 than 2018, when the hotel opened, yet alone 2021:

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport tv desk

Underneath is a mini fridge and safe:

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport fridge safe

No coffee machine but you do get a kettle and some instant coffee:

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport tea coffee

You also have a wardrobe with iron:

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport wardrobe

Plus a view of the airport:

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport view

The bathroom is behind the bedroom and is fairly standard. Nothing fancy here, just cream tiles:

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport sink

A nice, spotlessly clean shower:

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport shower

…. and the usual Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries:

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport toiletries

Restaurant / breakfast

My whistlestop tour didn’t give me time to sample the food but I did have a peek before I left. It is served on the ground floor, behind the reception in quite a large space:

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport dining

It was quite busy for dinner although not so much at 5am when I was up for my flight. Breakfast looks good with a decent hot selection – better than in the lounge, although as I was reviewing the lounge I couldn’t defect.

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport bar

Room service is also available from 5pm-10pm.

Conclusion

Like most people my stay was brief, but I managed to get an overview of the hotel. All things considered it is fairly basic and isn’t breaking any frontiers when it comes to style. It is clean, comfortable and quiet which is more than enough for an airport hotel.

The Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport starts at £80 or 36,000 Hilton Honors points for a weekday night in January. You can find out more, and book, on the hotel website here.


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Comments (25)

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  • Malcolm says:

    The Alabama comment made me chuckle. Whenever I fly to Birmingham from Edinburgh with work the booking portal always chooses Birmingham Alabama first. How much id prefer to be flying there than Birmingham U.K.!!

  • SVDV says:

    Stay here one night a week on average before Covid and been back four times in the last five/six weeks.

    Totally agree with the review with the added note that you can catch the monorail over to the NEC and as such easily use all the facilities at resorts world. This is a welcome break from the hotel menu which albeit fine gets a little monotonous as a regular!!

    Additionally the gym is perfectly adequate and under utilised so no issues using – key card entry and receptions have never objected to use or even monitor outside advertised hours.

  • Karen Inight says:

    How much for a weekend stay ?

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