THE APARTHOTEL: Staycity Aparthotels in Birmingham’s Newhall Square has 142 one-bedroom and 24 two-bedroom apartments that can accommodate up to six people. Situated in the city’s historical Jewellery Quarter, the property is less than a 10-minute walk from Birmingham city centre and New Street Train Station and a five-minute walk from the bars and restaurants of bustling Broad Street.
THE CHECK-IN: As the hotel is situated in a busy area, street parking is not an option. There is limited space available in the on-site car park or a 24-hour NCP car park is just next door. Both options cost £12 per night for the privilege. Once inside, I received a warm and friendly welcome at the reception desk along with what seemed a genuine interest in how my journey had been. I was given my room key and breakfast options and guided to the lift.
THE ROOM: My compact and modern one-bedroom apartment consisted of a living area with flat screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with hob, microwave, cooking utensils and dishwasher, plus a dining area, bedroom with king-size bed and bathroom. I was particularly impressed with the powerful and roomy shower and may have indulged for slightly longer than necessary as a result. Hairdryers were also provided in the bedroom.
THE FACILITIES: There is a fitness centre on-site along with a café – breakfast is available at an additional cost. If you did want to cook your own meals, there is a grocery shop conveniently located next door to the aparthotel. There is free wifi access throughout the property.
THE VERDICT: Perfect for a short stay in Birmingham for those that want to be self-sufficient. Staff were friendly and helpful and made you feel very welcome upon arrival. The location is within easy access of some of Birmingham’s main attractions.
THE DETAILS: 88 Charlotte Street, Birmingham, B3 1PW. Check-in is from 3pm and check-out by 11am. Nightly rates start from £71 for a one-bedroom apartment. Staycity has over 3,000 apartments across ten different cities in the UK, Ireland and France, and has recently launched sub-brand Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity. Tel: 0121 237 5600; See: staycity.com.
Reviewed by Jessica Pook (2018)