Every once in a while you’ve got to just say ‘fuck it, I’m off on a solo break!’.

Solo break-ing in Birmingham isn’t exactly the reason I went to stay for one night only, but I did decide not to stay with friends this time because mid-week, I needed to stay in the city close to an office.

The Radisson Blu is perfectly placed right next to New Street station. Which, after its recent overhaul, is quite the destination in itself.

Just a minute walk around the corner and the big, jade coloured, glass-fronted 39 stories dominate your view. The imposing building casts its eye over the whole city and is located close to the business, shopping, and entertainment districts.

As you enter the foyer you are reminded of the sheer scale of the building, with high ceilings and huge drop lamps. It’s very stylish, with many inexpensive rooms available, the overall look of the hotel is still impressive.

The suite

I was offered a business class suite on floor 18 and it was perfect to finish off the days work at my desk with views over the Birmingham Royal Ballet studios. The amount of room you get in the upper floor suites prompted me to then break out into a spontaneous pas de chat… possibly much to the dismay of the rooms below. However, I felt like a star!

Everything about the suite was perfect. The almost 360 views over Birmingham, the very cool decor that maximises the potential of concrete, and the sleep situation.

So, what do I mean by sleep situation? Not only are the beds huge, but the bedding is the softest I’ve ever slept in. Sometimes hotels can get bedding so wrong, leaving the sheets and quilt cover stiff with over washing. The sheets, dressing gowns, and towels here were all as soft as silk.

And to make your nights sleep as good as it can be, the hotel leaves a pillow spray at the side for you. It’s the little touches that we love the most.

As an early riser, I was awake before sunrise, so I quickly searched for what time it occurred and where to see it in Birmingham. Luckily for me, it would appear right outside of my window. So, I hit the fitness centre for a quick run on the treadmills and headed back up for a shower. Just in time for the sunrise I opened all of the curtains and lay back on the bed for the beautiful sun to appear and shine its beautiful energy in my face.

I couldn’t think of a better way to start the day. The perfect location for a stop off in Birmingham, the Radisson Blu offers absolute luxury and comfort.

Book direct at Radissonhotels.com for the best prices, with mid-week stays well under £100 per night.


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