The exterior view of the iconic building. (Photo - The Grand Hotel management) The exterior view of the iconic building. (Photo - The Grand Hotel management)
The exterior view of the iconic building. (Photo - The Grand Hotel management)

Inside the Grand Hotel Birmingham named in the Sunday Times ‘top 100 best places to stay in Britain’

The Grand Hotel is one of Birmingham’s most iconic Grade II* listed buildings and is situated on Colmore Row

The Grand Hotel Birmingham has been featured in the official guide, ‘Top 100 Best Places to Stay in Britain in 2023’, by The Sunday Times.

The hotel is one Birmingham’s most iconic buildings on Colmore Row and is a Grade II* listed. It reopened its doors in May 2021, 19 years after it had shut and became known as the city’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The hotel revealed its £50million restoration and refurbishment when it opened last year.

Retaining the building’s French Renaissance exterior and Victorian Arts & Crafts features, the restoration includes a penthouse suite with spectacular views across St Philip’s Cathedral. The hotel has 185 rooms and suites as well as Madeleine, the hotel’s glamorous cocktail bar where Afternoon Tea is served, and Isaac’s, the New York-inspired brasserie-style restaurant.

The other hotels from West Midlands included in the list are Hampton Manor in Arden, the Pheasant at Neenton, Shropshire, and The Tawny, Staffordshire.

The Sunday Times guide said: “Back in 1879, bored of playing second fiddle to London, Birmingham built a statement hotel to rival the capital’s finest. Although the Grand’s seductive architecture attracted a starry clientele, from George VI to Charlie Chaplin, its heyday passed and the doors were closed in 2002.

“Last year, happily, it reopened after a £50 million refurbishment and in time for Birmingham’s stint as host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Now returned to top spot on the city’s accommodation podium, the Grand these days offers a contemporary raciness across 185 rooms and a sassy New York deli vibe in its restaurant.”

Peter Kienast, The Grand Hotel Birmingham’s General Manager, said “We are so proud to be recognised in The Sunday Times Best Places to Stay guide. In our first year, we have worked hard to place our guests’ experiences at the fore, providing the best experience possible.

“This recognition by The Sunday Times honours the fascinating heritage of The Grand Hotel Birmingham, as well as the hard work which went into its complete restoration, and it is testament to the passion and dedication of our team.”

The Grand Hotel Birmingham offers room-only doubles from £129. To book a room at The Grand Hotel Birmingham, please visit their website.