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Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020
Reviewed on 29 Jul 2020
Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020
If you want to do Birmingham on a budget, hostels in Birmingham are your friend. In fact, some of the cheapest rooms in the city are available with these stays, providing a more immersive and unforgettable experience compared to many classic hotels. With common rooms, self-catering kitchens and lounges, these are great spots for forging new friendships over an English craft ale or a homecooked meal. Some organise their own pub crawls and evening entertainments, with football showings or BBQ fry ups to get people together. Room wise, you can pick from big dorms with attractive price tags, or opt for a private double that's modern, clean and airy.
Solo traveler, couple or large party group – there's a whole range of different visitors who will feel right at home in a hostel in Birmingham. That's because there's a low-key vibe and laid-back atmosphere in these places that conventional hotels rarely have. Comfy sofas and cold beers are the name of the game in the common spaces, for example, where you'll be able to chatter nights away with fellow backpackers or hostel staff. There's almost always someone at hand in reception to offer in-the-know tips on what to do and where to go in the city, not to mention ticketing services that can help you escape to the beautiful Midlands region beyond.
When it comes to design, hostels in Birmingham channel the city's modern edge. They are packed with mod cons – think flat-screen TVs and speedy Wi-Fi – and have chic bathrooms of metro tiles and oversized mirrors. Dorm rooms and doubles alike tend to be light and airy, with soothing colour schemes of pale whites, creams and coffee hues. In the common spaces, edgy features like exposed-brick walls and graffiti murals mingle with pool tables and reading corners. Breakfast is usually on offer in the morning – get ready for a medley of oats, cereals, pastries and fresh fruit juices.
Another thing that hostels in Birmingham can do is infuse that trip to the Midlands with plenty of fun and action. That doesn't necessarily mean joining the pub crawl come evening, though you can if you like. Instead, it means settling somewhere like the Hatters Hostel Birmingham. It's a boutique stay with swish rooms of Nordic-style furnishing. But the real pull is surely the location – just on the peripheries of the Jewellery Quarter. Delve into that district's blocks of 1800s buildings and squares to discover spice-scented Indian cookhouses and old gold workshops. The BH Residence is a little closer to the outskirts of the City Centre, which makes it a fine place to stay if you're hoping to add in trips to the greater region. Ask at reception for help in organising jaunts to the heaths and lakes of Sutton Park, or up to the haunting forests and babbling creeks of the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.