Birmingham, UK


For Sean's 21st Birthday a few weeks back I treated us to a night in the Radisson Blu Birmingham. We had stayed here once before a few years ago and had enjoyed our stay so much I wanted to take us back. The plan was to spend a few hours getting ready in the hotel before heading out for dinner and then back to relax and take in the views from our room.

We arrived at The Radisson at around 2pm and were told our room would be ready in another hour. This didn't bother us too much as we left our bags in reception and headed out for some lunch. When we arrived back at the hotel we were promptly checked in and headed off to unpack in our room. 

On entering our room it looked lovely, but I didn't like the view too much. After asking at reception if we could move to a room on the front of the hotel we were quickly given another room with a gorgeous view of the city. The staff at reception were very friendly and happy to help even fussy guests like us.

Our new room was perfect and had everything we needed for a relaxing evening. After unpacking our bags Sean headed straight for the teas and coffees, of which there was a nice selection. As an avid coffee drinker Sean was very pleased and I too was happy there was a packet of instant hot chocolate for me to relax with later. 

view from our hotel in the Radisson Blu hotel. Below us one of the main roads leading out of birmingham city centre can be seen
our freshly made bed

We wasted no time and started getting ready straight away. I hopped in the shower while Sean read and took in the beautiful views over Birmingham. The bathroom was very clean and there was a lovely set of 'This Works' products for us to use in the shower. I like my showers hot and powerful so I'm always a bit worried about showing in hotel rooms, but I didn't need to worry at all as everything about it was perfect. I didn't use any of the freebies but I did take them home to try out another time. 

After showering I dried and straightened my hair using the large full length mirror beside the bathroom. Having a large mirror in a hotel room is very important to me as I like to see my whole outfit as I'm getting ready. There were several large mirrors in our room making it very easy for me to get ready for the night. 

After getting ready Sean and I headed out for his Birthday meal. On our way we stopped by reception to mention that one of our lamps was broken. We were told someone would be straight up to fix it and by the time me arrived back after dinner the lamp was working. The reception staff were once again very helpful.

a view of the hotel room.
another view of the hotel room, focusing on the desk area and wall mounted tv
the refreshment station in the room. a kettle 2 mugs and a selection on instant drinks are on offer

We returned at around 10pm to wind down and relax in our comfy hotel room. Sean cracked open a bottle of wine and I fetched some ice from the machine located in the hallway. I love cold drinks, so having an ice machine on every floor really makes my stay that little bit more comfortable. There was also a range of drinks and snacks to choose from in the fridge but we didn't take any of those.

Sean and I considered going back out for drinks but decided to spend the rest of the night watching Glastonbury from the comfort of our king sized hotel bed. There are several channels available to watch and also a few radio stations to listen to. Last time we stayed we watched a few films which you can also rent straight to your TV. 

After watching the last act of Glastonbury, we relaxed and took in the view from our temporary home. Although we were only on the 11th floor we could still see for miles even at night. The view really is the biggest selling point for this hotel, I could sit and look out the window for hours. The best views of the city can be seen from the front of the hotel so I would always consider asking for front facing room when I stay in the future.

a view of the bathroom
Sean taking a relaxing bubble bath
the view from the hotel window at night

The next morning we woke up refreshed and eager to get down to breakfast. When we arrived at the Filini Restaurant we were greeted by staff and given the choice of where to sit. We then helped ourselves to the huge buffet breakfast that offered a wide variety of food. We opted for a full English breakfast and then we picked up few sweeter treats such as Croissants and Pain au Chocolats for afterwards. If you didn't want a hot breakfast there were cereal options and also lots of fruit to choose from. Aw well as all that there was also a large selection of hot and cold drinks on offer. Sean opted for a cup of tea which he said we delicious and I chose to make my own fresh orange juice in the juicer. I thought it was a lovely touch to be able to slice your own orange and squeeze out the fresh juice to drink with your breakfast. 

After stuffing ourselves silly we headed back to the room to pack our things and wave goodbye to the view we had come to love. We handed over our room key and promptly checked out of our favorite hotel in the UK. 

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Radisson Blu Birmingham and I'm sure we will be back to celebrate more special occasions in the future.

Have you ever stayed in a Radisson Hotel? I'd love to hear about your favorite UK hotels!

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  1. I've stayed in Radisson, but in Abu Dhabi (UAE). Your review sounds great and is very helpful.

    Fatima |

    1. I'm really glad you found it helpful :) I would love to stay in some of the other hotels around the world as they just look amazing! xx


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