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Sunday 7 December 2014

Hotel du Vin Birmingham, Review

Hotel du Vin, Birmingham reception

This weekend, I stayed at Hotel du Vin in the heart of Birmingham’s old city and a few minutes from Birmingham New Street station.

The red brick building was formerly Birmingham Eye Hospital and is a perfect example of beautiful Victorian architecture. It has been transformed into stylish 4* hotel and all 66 bedrooms have a wine theme (I was in the Courvoisier room), with high ceilings and windows, huge beds and luxurious bathrooms. I loved how the hotel has incorporated all the original features including the hardwood floor boards you can find in the restaurant and the sweeping staircase and granite pillars in the main reception.

The hotel has two bars, various private dining rooms, a spa, and a gym. It also has a Pub du Vin serving traditional pub food and ale. But I was most keen to see the hotel room. I stayed in the Courvoiser room and I was very impressed! It was generous sized with a huge bed, high ceilings and an enormous bathroom with a stunning iconic roll-top bath.

My room was fab, with a great views of Birmingham from the high windows

For dinner, I dined in restaurant, The Bistro, which had a lovely relaxed setting and a great food selection including a delicious Christmas themed menu. I had salmon to start then chose the turkey with all the trimmings for main course. Both were delicious and service was lovely too. There was a large choice of wines on the menu and the helpful waitress recommended a French rose from Provence which was refreshing and went very well with the dinner. For desert, I had the chocolate log with cream, so tasty and the perfect finish to a lovely meal. 
Christmas cured smoked salmon, pumpernickel and dill pickles

Feeling festive, I went for the Turkey

Served with all the traditional trimmings
Christmas chocolate yule log with redcurrants and creme chantilly

For breakfast, guests have a choice of cooked breakfast or continental with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt and cereal to help yourself to.
  I had the brioche French toast, served with smoked bacon and maple syrup with fresh orange juice, it was a great start to the day.
 Breakfast in the Bistro 

It was a pity I didn’t have time to visit the spa facilities, next time I would definitely choose to book a calming treatment like a massage.

I really enjoyed my stay at Birmingham Hotel Du Vin. With all the Christmas decorations in the hotel lobby, it really puts you in a wonderful festive spirit. It is a beautiful luxury hotel with fantastic service to match and is perfect choice for a special weekend break.

 By the Christmas tree in the main hotel lobby

To book a room visit Hotel du Vin & Bistro Birmingham website 

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Birmingham, Church Street, Birmingham B3 2NR
Telephone: +44 (0)121 200 0600 

*Disclaimer: My stay at the Hotel du Vin was complimentary but all words and opinions are my own*

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