Lifestyle | Saint Pauls House Review

Tuesday, 9 May 2017 |

Hi!

Back in March, Mr C and I travelled to Birmingham for the Style XL awards. We decided to make the most of the weekend so we stayed Saturday and Sunday night, mainly so that we could chill out. The weeks leading up to the weekend had been manic so a weekend of reading, eating and having fun seemed very appealing.

Choosing a hotel was a bit of a nightmare to be honest. We wanted to find somewhere with on-site parking (Mr C is very protective of where he parks his car) that wasn't too far from the venue and, in the end, we decided on Saint Pauls House in Saint Pauls Square. It is conveniently located about 5 minute drive from where the awards venue was.

The reviews were very very mixed but it looked nice and ticked all the boxes so we decided to book it. I was very nearly going to change my mind and book somewhere else, but Mr C persuaded me to stick with it!

We arrived around 13.45 and got a decent car parking space. It was very easy to get to, only taking us just under an hour to get there even with a little bit of traffic. There was a small car park located at the back of the hotel, at £12 a night it is pricey but worth it to know where your car is.



Check in was easy and quick, within 10 minutes we had our room key and made our way up to the room. The first issue we encountered was the lift, it is very small so if you are claustrophobic stay clear of it! Also, if you have to pack 100 different outfits like I do then it will just be you and your suitcase in the lift, Mr C had to wait and come up after me, yep, it really is that small.

So, our room. Basic but with the essentials. We were overlooking the church and square which was nice. There were a lot of good and bad things about the room so, lets start with the bad. The bed is quite low and wasn't the most comfortable. It also seemed to be quite a small double as well, now I know that Mr C and I are both big but our bed at home is a normal double and it's fine. I had to make sure I slept in one position all night so as not to knock Mr C out of bed! The ends of the bed were covered by a blanked which meant that my poor knee felt the edge first before I could see it. It was also in an awkward position so you had to shuffle along to get to the other side.










The TV was also super high on the wall, you literally had to lie flat on the bed to see it! When I sat up I had to put my head so far back to look up at it, I gave up and read my book instead.

By far the biggest problem we had was the noise on Saturday night. Now I had read some reviews saying it could be noisy on a Saturday night but I didn't expect it to be so bad! We had a combination of people chatting out the front of the hotel, cars and taxis tooting their horns (at 3.00am might I add) and then music and shouting from the Jam House across the road. Luckily, I took my earplugs with me so I missed a lot of it until Mr C woke me up (he had been awoken by the noise) and, as soon as I took them out, I was greeted by a barricade of noise. It took us both a long time to get back to sleep after that. We didn't experience any of this on Sunday night thank goodness!

Now for some good bits. The bathroom was nice, simple and fairly clean (the shower could have been a bit cleaner but maybe that's just me!). The décor was lovely, very similar to what I would like to have at home. There was also plenty of hanging space and a nice little desk area to do my makeup.




On Saturday night we decided to eat in the hotel restaurant. There were quite a lot of places nearby but they were pretty much fully booked. The menu was quite limited, there were only a few things that I could eat and the same for Mr C, he ended up going for a burger and I had the beef brisket. Mr C said that his burger was "ok" and my brisket, even though it was tender, had this horrible fatty bit stuck in the middle and I almost didn't eat it because of that. Overall it was fine but didn't really satisfy us so Mr C ended up running down the local Co-Op to stock up on crisps and chocolate! We also had to endure a really rude waitress, warm wine, music from the bar area that was so loud we couldn't have a proper conversation and, to top it all off, there was a 10% service charge added to the bill!




Sunday morning breakfast was again ok but was definitely nothing to write home about, though it was edible and kept us filled up for most of the day. My scrambled eggs however were more like an omelette that had been chopped up and chucked on some toast.




My very tired sleepless face!




Would I stay here again? No, in all honesty, as I didn't think that it was worth what we paid for it. The food and the attitude of the staff (at dinner) really let the place down. Which is a shame as it is such a gorgeous hotel and the reception staff were super helpful and friendly. If they could sort out the noise situation from the Jam House then it wouldn't be so bad, that's the main thing that ruined our stay.

You can read more about the hotel here.

Much Love

Natalie

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