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If you prefer hotels with a more intimate, homely atmosphere, Birmingham has several great venues to choose from. The iconic second city of England offers world-class shopping and a wide array of visitor attractions, and was once the home of James Watt, who is best known for developing the steam engine in the late Georgian era.
Visit Birmingham's iconic Bullring Shopping Centre, explore the city’s endless network of canals, and see the city's historic St Philip's Cathedral, which was officially 300 years old by 2015 and is Grade I-Listed. See the Birmingham Back to Backs for a interesting glimpse into what life was like here during the Industrial evolution, and visit the Coffin Works, another key industrial heritage attraction. Birmingham is also home to the impressive Winterbourne House and Garden in Edgbaston, which overlooks scenic botanical gardens and is part of the academically acclaimed University of Birmingham.
If you have a few hours to spare before check-in, there are plenty of other fun things to do in the city. You could spend some time at family-themed Cadbury World in Bournville, the home of Cadbury's chocolate, or the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Edgbaston, which has an enormous painting collection representing more than 700 years of art history
For your convenience, most hotels in Birmingham provide WiFi access in all public areas and rooms so you'll never miss an important e-mail or Skype call. The four star Malmaison Birmingham also provides spacious, refined rooms with coffee-making facilities and satellite channels, and is within easy reach of attractions such as the National Sea Life Centre and the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum.
Birmingham centre has three major railway stations providing dozens of direct trains to destinations all across the country, from central London to Manchester and Liverpool. Birmingham New Street station is also just 10 minutes from Birmingham International station, which serves the airport and the National Exhibition Centre. If you're after an affordable boutique hotel nearby, try hospitable Arden House in Solihull, which also offers tastefully designed modern accommodation and free internet access.