Sunday morning I woke up early, packed a suitcase and headed off to Birmingham with my boyfriend. When we finally arrived at the Hilton it was dark, we were in desperate need of a nap and were very hungry! We dragged our luggage across the car park, walked through a very grand entrance and checked-in.
It took us a while to find where our room was… we were actually shown where to go but turns out we both weren’t paying attention and so managed to get lost! When we finally did find our room number we opened the door excitedly to reveal a very spacious bedroom with rose petals on the queen size bed, two complimentary cookies, two glass bottles of water and two champagne flutes on a table – perfect for the Prosecco we bought with us!
It didn’t take me long to dive onto the bed spreading the petals all over the floor and crack open a bottle of my favourite rosé. I must admit I felt pretty amazing drinking from a champagne flute in a bed covered in rose petals and watching TV at the same time – If only I could do that everyday!
The complimentary cookies were delicious, I actually ate both before Ollie had the chance to say otherwise! The bathroom was smaller than I expected but it was modern and stylish which made up for it (shown below).
I forgot to pack conditioner and shampoo but fortunately the complimentary stuff they put in the bathroom worked great.
After settling in the room we ordered an Indian takeaway; it came to £22, arrived within the hour, was absolutely delicious and exactly what I needed – According to my phone list of last numbers dialed it was from Shabar Balti Restaurant in Birmingham but i’m not sure because we rung lots and I don’t think it was my phone we used in the end? I will find out because it was the best Indian takeaway I have ever eaten!
Parking at the Hilton was £7 every 24 hours, we lost our parking ticket twice somehow but they were very helpful and quickly replaced them for us. On the second night of our stay we ordered room service – It was surprisingly a great price… I ordered a pasta carbonara for my main course and some Belgium chocolate ice cream for dessert – both delicious!
We did book a taxi for the Monday morning but it didn’t turn up so we ended up walking instead – luckily we were only going to the NEC which although it felt long (because it was so cold and I was wearing high heels)… It really wasn’t that far and its always nice to save money! Anyway if we hadn’t waited for the taxi to not come then we wouldn’t have seen JLS walk from the hotel to their car – Great way to start the day off!
It cost £166 for the two nights for this room, not including the £10 fee for the rose petals which I requested before we arrived, I also requested a lake view which unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to see properly because it was too foggy in the mornings and too dark when we got back in the afternoon. I booked the room via the Thomas Cook website, we did find it a little confusing and had to ring them in the end to check if we’d done everything right.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Next time I would like to eat in their restaurant, have some drinks at the bar, use the gym and go swimming in the pool – just so I get a full experience of the hotel.
I recommend this hotel to couples and if you’re thinking of going don’t forget your swimsuit like I did and contact them before-hand to request a lake view because I can imagine during the day when the sun is shining it is well worth it!
The hotels website is here: www.birminghammetropole.com.