New Street is the name of both a street and a major train station in the center of Birmingham, Britain's second most populous city, behind London. The handful of hotels on New Street or within a few blocks of it offer the convenience of many shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance, plus direct access by rail to every major city in the United Kingdom via the nearby train station.
Britannia Hotel Birmingham
The Britannia Hotel is a 214-room, traditional-style property on a terraced street in the heart of Birmingham, within walking distance from the Bullring, a huge shopping center. Its guest rooms are available in nine configurations, including upgraded deluxe double rooms with a separate living area. Amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access and a daily newspaper. The on-site Jenny's Restaurant features an open-plan kitchen and a carvery, as well as a wine bar, Harveys. The restaurant offers the "Big Britannia Breakfast" in the morning and a choice of fixed-price and vegetarian menus for lunch and dinner.
Staying Cool Birmingham
Staying Cool Birmingham consists of serviced apartments on the upper three floors of the Rotunda, a restored city landmark. The apartments come in four styles and sizes, with one or two bedrooms, all with "swinging '60s"-style decor, original artwork and custom furnishings. Every apartment features a sleek, fully equipped kitchen with high-end appliances, a personal Apple computer, a Bose iPod dock and a memory foam mattress on the king size bed. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer panoramic views of the city center. The top-floor penthouse apartment boasts a furnished balcony, and the premium "clubhouse cabriolet" apartment features a 250-square-foot terrace.
Macdonald Burlington Hotel
The Macdonald Burlington Hotel, which counts four British prime ministers among its previous guests, is a historic train hotel in the heart of Birmingham. The hotel's most distinctive feature is the natural underwater spring that is its main water source, providing on-tap spring water in every guest room. The 115 guest room options include upgraded executive club rooms designed for business travelers, spacious suites and several feature rooms, which retain original Victorian accents and have played host to notable figures such as Winston Churchill. Berlioz, the elegant on-site restaurant, lounge and bar, offers breakfasts with warm baked bread and comb honey, afternoon tea and candlelight dinners.
The Briar Rose
The Briar Rose is a 40-room hotel within walking distance of the New Street train station. Its guest rooms feature modern decor with bold, bright walls and dark wood furnishings. In-room amenities include LCD-screen televisions and tea- and coffee-making facilities. The standard guest rooms sleep up to two adults, and family rooms accommodate a family of three. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in the on-site bar and restaurant, which serves meals and snacks all day.
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