Britain’s second-largest city, Birmingham, is 120 miles north of London. Downtown Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena (NIA), opened in 1991 with a capacity of up to 13,000, stages a variety of events including sports, music and theater. A selection of hotels to suit different budgets is within a 15-minute walk of the NIA. Other attractions in central Birmingham include the Jewellery Quarter, with over 100 stores; the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; and the Mailbox, a renovated former industrial district with shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
The Mint Hotel Birmingham
Set in a building with contemporary architecture, the Mint Hotel Birmingham is a 10-minute walk from the NIA and a five-minute cab ride from Birmingham’s main train station, New Street. The 238 bedrooms come with iMac computers, 24-hour room service and power showers. The on-site City Café serves modern European dishes in a stylishly decorated room and features a terrace for summer outdoor dining. The Crescent Theatre, a few steps from the hotel, presents a program of drama and comedy.
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
A 15-minute walk from the NIA, the luxury Hyatt Regency Birmingham occupies a sleek glass tower block with 24 floors and 319 rooms and suites. The on-site Amala Club and Spa has an indoor pool, gym and sauna, and spa treatments include Hopi ear candles, massage and reflexology. The hotel’s Aria restaurant, set in the glass-roofed atrium, serves a fine-dining menu with Mediterranean and international choices, and also offers champagne afternoon teas. The hotel is a brief walk from Birmingham Symphony Hall, which stages an eclectic program including jazz, classical, and popular music.
Novotel Birmingham Centre Hotel
The mid-range, seven-story Novotel Birmingham Centre Hotel is housed in a modern building 10 minutes’ walk from the NIA. The hotel’s fitness center has exercise equipment and a sauna, and the on-site Elements restaurant serves international cuisine. Dining alternatives within a few minutes’ walk include Shimla Pinks, which serves Indian dishes, and Bank, offering a contemporary British and international menu. For those in search of lively nightlife, the Gatecrasher nightclub, featuring DJs and late-night dancing, is a five-minute walk from the hotel.
Travelodge Birmingham Central
The Travelodge Birmingham Central, a budget option that is part of a national chain, is a 15-minute walk from the NIA, and features rooms that are simply furnished but comfortable. Restaurants within easy walking distance include Old Orleans, serving a British interpretation of American food from the southern states, and Flaming Dragon East, which offers Chinese food. The National Sealife Centre, where the creatures on display include hammerhead sharks, electric eels and green turtles, is a five-minute walk from the hotel.
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