Craftsmen have worked precious metals in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, England, since the 14th century, and today the district boasts some 400 trade-related businesses including around 100 shops. The Jewellery Quarter, in the western part of downtown Birmingham, is home to the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, set in a former workshop that closed in 1981 and has been preserved intact. Visitors will find a selection of hotels within a 20-minute walk of the Jewellery Quarter, toward the center of Birmingham.
Travelodge Birmingham Central Newhall Street Hotel
A 15-minute walk from the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, the Travelodge Birmingham Central Newhall Street is the hotel closest to the quarter. Set in a modern five-story building and part of a nationwide U.K. chain, the hotel offers basic but comfortable accommodation at budget prices. The hotel has a bar cafe serving drinks and simple fare like burgers and pizzas. Nearby restaurants include the Lasan, which serves contemporary Indian food, and the Locanta, which offers Italian and Mediterranean dishes.
Holiday Inn Express Birmingham City Centre
Just under a mile from the Jewellery Quarter, the Holiday Inn Express Birmingham City Centre is housed in a building with contemporary architecture. The hotel provides a continental breakfast and has a bar in the lobby. Dining options within a five-minute walk include the Mechu Bar & Grill, which is attached to a nightclub and serves an international menu, and Milan Indian Cuisine. Birmingham Repertory Theatre, which stages classic and contemporary drama, is a five-minute walk from the hotel.
Thistle Birmingham City Hotel
The Thistle Birmingham City Hotel, 20 minutes on foot from the Jewellery Quarter, occupies a modern building. On-site Monty’s Brasserie serves British and international dishes in a room with vaulted white ceilings and chic styling. Wimsey’s Bar leads into the hotel’s rooftop conservatory and terrace, featuring views across the Birmingham cityscape. The hotel is a five-minute taxi ride from Birmingham’s main train station, New Street, and the adjacent Palisades mall. A few steps from the hotel, the Sound Bar nightclub features nightly D.J. sessions.
Hotel du Vin Birmingham
Hotel du Vin Birmingham, slightly more than a mile from the Jewellery Quarter, is set in a fine 1884 Victorian property built around an internal courtyard. Until 1996, the building was the Birmingham Eye Hospital. The on-site Bistro serves a modern British and European menu; the drinks list at the Bubble Lounge includes 50 different champagnes; and the Cellar Bar features an extensive selection of tequilas and rums. The Hotel du Vin’s spa offers beauty treatments and includes a steam room and a gym.