This month, my boyfriend and I took on Birmingham and what a time we had! First up is the beautiful setting that we started our journey in. This is our Hotel Indigo Birmingham Review. Amongst the hustle and bustle of busy Birmingham stands a stunning piece of architecture that wouldn’t look out of place next to The Shard or The Gherkin in London. Brummy’s very own tall tower, 25 storeys tall, The Cube is smack bang in the middle of everywhere you’d want to be. Just seconds away from The Mailbox, minutes away from the Bullring and a short and very peaceful stroll down the canal away from the Sealife Centre, it’s the ideal place to stay. And that’s just what we did. Housing not only residential properties, tantalising restaurants (more about one particular restaurant later!) and a health spa, The Cube is also home to the wonderful Hotel Indigo Birmingham.
After getting a little lost finding the car park (it’s actually just a few minutes walk away from the hotel, located in The Mailbox which is perfect if you get the right entrance the first time!) we finally made it to Hotel Indigo and received a very warm welcome. We were given our keys, all the information about the building and where everything was located and was even given an invite to the event that was happening in the luxurious Champagne Bar that evening, along with a voucher for a complimentary Prosecco. So far, so good! We got to the lifts where the porters showed us how our keys worked, found our room and entered. The room was bright, cheery and oh so swish.
The back wall behind the comfy double bed was a feature wall, complimenting the structural aesthetic of the building itself. In fact, in all Hotel Indigos the rooms represent and are inspired by the world outside the window, so the rooms in Paris echo the beauty of the Opera area of the city and Dusseldorf is themed around fashion. There was a ceiling to floor length window, allowing us to take in the sights of the Birmingham skyline, although if you’re afraid of heights, don’t look down! You are after all 23 storeys high! The room itself had hues of oranges which ran through as a theme into the bathroom too. The shower was huge and there was complimentary Aveda products for guests to use. When we went through all the wardrobes and drawers (everyone does this, right?) we also found a handy safe to keep your belongings and a mini fridge that was home to complimentary water and kitkats. What girl doesn’t like to be greeted by chocolate? Speaking of which…
Yes, that is a personalised card welcoming us to the room, and a plate with brownies, fruit and meringue on. Very nice touches Hotel Indigo, bravo!
When I’d finally finished inspecting the room, I turned on the flat screen TV to see my name up in lights. The personal touches of the Hotel are small individually but make a huge impression altogether. It really made me feel special and welcome, a home away from home as it were! Another bonus I later found was that you could listen to whatever was on the television while you were in the bathroom. Perfect for singing in the shower wouldn’t you agree?
All the guests got complimentary access to the health club and spa…
The cutting edge gymnasium boasts premium equipment including Milon, which avoids using weights or hydraulics but generates the resistance electronically. This provides a 30% more effective workout than traditional systems through optimising muscle usage. Also at the extensively resourced gym is TechnoGym equipment, resistance trainers, kinesis cable machines, power pilates, free weights, large functional training zone, flexibility and core stability zones, a climbing wall and three group fitness studios.
A range of classes from Zumba to yoga, Body Balance to Spinning are available to choose from – to meet your fitness goals.Members can indulge in a unique thermal area ranging from a vitality swimming pool complete with swim and water jets, waterfalls, a kelo sauna built from wood only found within the arctic circle, an aroma infused bio sauna, steam and monsoon showers. The spa features 10 luxurious treatment rooms, a couples’ suite, dry floatation experience, salt room, Rasul thermal mud treatment, Laurent Perrier champagne nail bar and cocoon spa snug.
We made our way up to the bar upstairs to claim our free bubbly and was met with more pleasant staff and a huge array of spirits, wines and cocktails available for us to choose from. There was also a fantastic wooden seating area outside, which we can imagine will be amazing on those Summer nights! The bar itself actually sat alongside the Marco Pierre White restaurant which is where guests can enjoy their breakfast the following morning, providing they’ve chosen the bed and breakfast option when they book! It’s a great place to eat, as it’s on the highest floor of The Cube, meaning you can take in the breath taking views while you’re eating your breakfast.
*In collaboration with Hotel Indigo