My birthday present from my boyfriend, John, was a weekend away in Birmingham. I’ve been to Birmingham plenty of times, it’s only 25 minutes on the train from where I live, and have been there to brave the shopping crowds at the Bullring. I had never stayed in Birmingham, or enjoyed any of the restaurants there so I was super excited. Here is a little review of what we enjoyed during our two night stay!
Hotel Indigo – The Cube
We stayed right in the heart of Birmingham at the Hotel Indigo, located within The Cube it offers amazing views over the city and was a great place to stay for travelling around all the local places to eat and shop.
Our room was beautiful, and decorated to a really high standard. It had all the amenities we needed and was super comfy! I think the only downside of the room was that there wasn’t a main light, only the dimmed bedside light, so it made getting ready to go out for dinner and I had to balance all my stuff on the bathroom sink to do my makeup. I understand it was all part of the aesthetic of the room, and meant there wasn’t a bright reflection in the window blocking the view, but it would be nice to have the option of a better light for getting ready…and for when you come back after one too many gins and you’re trying to find your pjs! Breakfast was situated in the Marco Pierre White restaurant on the top floor of the cube, and offered a fab breakfast…and fab views of the city (when it wasn’t foggy!)
As hotel guests we had access to the Spa facilities. Sadly quite a bit of this was being refurbished during our stay so we only had access to the pool and sauna, but it was still nice nonetheless!
Overall I would highly recommend the hotel for a weekend stay, it’s stunning and a lot of thought has gone into every aspect of it. It has a late check out time too of 12pm, so it means you don’t have to rush out in the morning!
Places to eat
Where do I start? I think we just ate our way through the weekend! There are so many choices for cuisines throughout Birmingham. We ate at Marco Pierre White in The Cube on the Friday, nice steak house, but I think the views out of the city are what this place is good for, we didn’t find the food super special, still good though!
Like Gin? Then you’ll want to head to The Gin Vault where you can sample no less than 330 different types of gin! We did the Gin Experience, which included a range of gin and tonics and gin cocktails, as well as tasty tapas. This was an early birthday present for John as his is only a couple of weeks away. Would highly recommend this place, it’s located along the canal amongst all the bars so is a great spot to enjoy a drink. The team are really knowledgeable as well, so if you explain the sort of drinks you enjoy they’ll be able to recommend a gin for you.
Lastly, I enjoyed a (surprise) meal at Miyako Teppanyaki. John secretly invited my best friends which was super sweet and we had such a brilliant night. This traditional Japanese restaurant sees you sat around a grill, and your very own chef cooks your chosen menu items right in front of you. He got us all involved in the night and the experience was great, the food was delicious too, so its one to go to if you want some fun!
What To Do
Other than relaxing in the spa, and enjoying some time to ourselves we also tried our hand at Ghetto Golf. If you’re in Birmingham then definitely go, it fills up quick so book in advance, but it’s great fun…and I won too so that made it a little bit better 😉
So, a brilliant weekend in Birmingham, it’s made me realise there are always great things to do right on your door step, and I’ll definitely head back in the future for some more fun things! What are you favourite things to do in Birmingham? Let me know in the comments!