Central Birmingham Hotels

by Nannie Kate

As the second largest city in England after London, Birmingham draws thousands of visitors every year. Central Birmingham stands out as a shopping mecca, with large malls and complexes within this compact area. Visitors to the shopping hub of central Birmingham often come for more than one day's worth of shopping, and the hotels of central Birmingham answer their need for a place to stay overnight.

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The Bullring

With more than 160 stores, the Bullring in central Birmingham provides hours of shopping adventures. Included in the enclosed mall are anchor stores Selfridge's and Debenhams, plus specialty stores such as toy shops, jewelry shops, clothing stores, bookstores, eyewear shops and restaurants. The Comfort Inn Birmingham gets shoppers close to the activity of the Bullring. The in-house Station Bar offers beverages of choice and a place to relax after a day out. Also convenient to the Bullring, the Holiday Inn Hotel Birmingham City Centre can accommodate their guests in nine languages. For lunch and dinner, visit the Albany Restaurant, but for a lighter meal of sandwiches or hamburgers, stop in the Albany Lounge Bar.

The Mailbox

The Mailbox offers upscale shopping, dining and, most convenient of all, a hotel on the property. The Ramada Birmingham City Centre has 90 rooms for guests who will be shopping in the Mailbox. Starbucks in the Ramada serves its signature coffees as well as sandwiches, panini and other light menu items. For more substantial meals, head to one of the two dozen restaurants or cafes in The Mailbox. The Cafe Rouge offers French cuisine. Try a croquet monsieur, or if you are in a more sophisticated mood, the boeuf bourguignon or confit de canard. Just a couple of minutes from The Mailbox, the Crowne Plaza offers breakfast, lunch and dinner at the B1 Restaurant. The staff can speak 10 languages, including Turkish and Croatian. Shop at the prestigious Harvey Nichols department store in The Mailbox, a brief walk from the Crowne Plaza.

The Pavillions

The Pavillions Shopping Centre, next to the Bullring, rises four levels, each packed with trendy stores such as Laura Ashely, Marks and Spencer, Wisteria Lane and Bratz children's wear. The food loft has several eateries, including Cafe Napoli for pizza and pasta, Druckers for coffee and cake, the Ranch for Tex-Mex and Fat Jackets for loaded baked potatoes. Stay at the Britannia Hotel Birmingham for easy shopping and dine at Jenny's for an entertaining meal in which you watch the chef prepare your food. Unwind in Harvey's Bar after a day of shopping. Harvey's provides standard rooms plus a set of three rooms for families. Macdonald Burlington Hotel, a luxury four-star hotel, proudly boasts that Winston Churchill stayed there. Enjoy fine dining in the Berlioz Restaurant and relax in the Berlioz Bar between shopping trips.

The Palisades

Shop at the trendy Blue Banana, Fusion, Carphone Warehouse, Nickelby's and Ms. Occasions when you visit The Pallisades, and find time for refreshments at Starbucks, Subway, BB's Coffee and Muffins and Tesco Express. Premier Inn Birmingham City Centre offers a view of the Birmingham Cathedral and St. Philips Square. Colmore Bar in the hotel serves a full English breakfast plus lunch and dinner. Bennett's Pub, just steps away, offers a menu of innovative bar foods such as lamb in pomegranate and chicken in pink peppercorn curry. For budget accommodations, consider the Briar Rose. Money saved on your accommodations makes for more shopping. The Briar Rose serves all three daily meals and keeps the bar open until midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends.

About the Author

In 2007 Nannie Kate discovered that the words she had been writing all her life had an actual cash value. She's been writing professionally through brokers ever since. With an English major background she creates articles and ebooks on a wide variety of subjects.