Overview

This is a 3 star hotel within 5 or 10 minutes’ drive of Birmingham Airport.  It has a restaurant and meeting room and does long term parking deals.  In April 2010 we compiled guest reviews from the internet and worked out that it was getting very good ratings of about 4 out of 5 on average.

Address: Bickenhill Parkway, Birmingham,West Midlands, B401QA
Phone: 0121 767 6800

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Location

The Premier Inn is a mile from Birmingham International Airport and it takes 5 to 10 minutes to drive there.  It’s in the grounds of the National Exhibition Centre.

Parking

Parking is free for guests overnight.  Park and fly packages are on offer, with a night’s accommodation for up to 2 adults and 2 children and long term parking starting from £85 (April 2010).  It also includes a Grab & Go breakfast in the morning.

Check-in/out and breakfast

Check-in is at 2 pm and check-out is at midday.  There is a hot buffet style breakfast available from 6.30 am until 10 am and a Grab & Go option for those in a rush to make their plane.

Shuttle bus

There’s no shuttle bus and a taxi to the airport will cost about £6.

Hotel facilities

There’s a restaurant at the Premier Inn which serves 3 meals a day and has options for younger guests.  You can book a meal deal with your room, which includes a 2 course dinner from a special menu, a drink of your choice and an all you can eat hot and cold breakfast.  Prices start at £76 for this (April 2010).  The hotel also has a bar and a meeting room which can hold up to 20 delegates.  There’s a Costa Coffee Shop in the building and guests can take a stroll in the gardens.

Guest rooms

There are 247 rooms altogether – a combination of double, twin and family rooms.  They are all air-conditioned and have a shower room with toiletries, a flat screen TV, hairdryer and tea and coffee tray.  They also have WiFi access, so if you need to check your emails you can, but there’s a charge to use this.

Accessibility

The Premier Inn has blue badge parking spaces and the building is fully accessible.  There are hearing loops and vibrating fire alarms available.  Guests can book an accessible room with wet room.

Directions

From the M42 motorway, exit at Junction 6 signposted for the NEC. Follow the signs in to the NEC complex and take the first right onto South Way. The hotel is fully signposted and found at the fifth roundabout.  Birmingham International is the nearest railway station.

Airport views

You can’t see the airport from this off-site hotel.

Overview

This is a 2 star hotel, part of the Accor hotel group, which is 2 minutes’ walk from the terminals at Birmingham International Airport.  It has a café serving evening meals and a 24 hour bar.  We checked for reviews online in April 2010 but couldn’t find any, so we can’t give it a guest rating at the moment, but we’ll keep an eye out and let you know.

Address: Ambassador Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, Birmingham, B26 3AW.
Phone: (+44)121/7805800
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Location

The Ibis is on-site at Birmingham Airport, 300 metres from the terminals, so just a 2 minute walk to check-in for your flight.

Parking

The hotel doesn’t have its own car park but as a guest you can get discounted rates at all the airport’s NCP car parks.  There’s one just across the road which guests can use for a charge.  Long stay car parks are also available.

Check-in/out and breakfast

Check-in and check-out is at midday, however rooms can be made available before these times and you can extend the check-out time until 2 pm at the latest if need be.  For early risers, breakfast starts at 4 am with pastries, cookies and hot and cold drinks.  At 6.30 am the all-you-can-eat continental breakfast buffet begins.  It finishes at 10 am but late risers can still get hot drinks, fruit juices and various snacks until midday.

Shuttle bus

There are shuttle buses to the airport car parks, which are free and run 24 hours  a day.  There’s no need for a shuttle bus to the terminal as it is just a 2 minute walk from the Ibis.

Hotel facilities

There’s a café that serves meals, snacks and drinks.  It’s open in the evening from 6 pm and 10 pm.  There’s also a 24 hour bar that has hot snacks on offer.  Guests can use the wireless internet but there is a charge for this.  There is also a self service business centre.  There is WiFi internet access which costs between £2.99 and £10.99 depending on what package you need.

Guest rooms

There are 160 rooms at the Ibis.  They’re all en suite and some have air conditioning.  There are double rooms; there are are also 2 family rooms which have a pull out bed and a double bed and there are twin rooms which have 2 single beds.  There is WiFi internet in the rooms but this will cost between £2.99 and £10.99 depending on which package you choose.  There’s also a TV with additional movies, sports and news channels so you’re bound to be able to find something to watch, no matter who you’re travelling with.

Accessibility

There are 8 accessible rooms at the hotel.  There are ramps to allow wheelchair access to the building.  The Ibis also has hearing loops and vibrating alarms for the hard of hearing and accessible toilets.

Directions

When driving, exit the M42 at junction 6 (A45). Follow the signs for Birmingham Airport. Keep going into the airport grounds, and bear right at rapid drop off. After that go left into Ambassador Road. The Ibis Hotel is on the left, opposite car park (NCP) number 2.  The nearest train station is Birmingham International, from where you can take the free 90 second monorail to the airport terminal.  The hotel is 2 minutes’ walk from the terminal.

Airport views

There aren’t any views of the runway from this hotel, even though it is on-site at the airport.

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