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Radisson Blu: Great Family Hotel in Buzzing Birmingham

Radisson Blu Birmingham
Written by Kirstie Pelling

Looking for a family friendly hotel in the heart of a buzzing British city? Radisson Blu on Birmingham’s Holloway Circus might just suit, especially if you have teens that like eating, shopping and gaming. Oh, and you can have your pizza delivered to your suite. Check out our sponsored Radisson Blu review of a great family hotel in Birmingham

Radisson Blue Hotel Birmingham
A bright welcome to Radisson Blue Hotel Birmingham. Image by The Family Adventure Project

Why choose Radisson Blu Birmingham for a family stay?

Radisson Blu Hotel in Birmingham city centre has 39 storeys and it does what it says on the tin; flooding the sky with blue glass on the sunniest of days. From our rooms on the fourteenth floor the panoramic windows look straight out onto Holloway Circus, and lorries and cars look like toys on a track as they crawl towards the city centre. It gives new meaning to Birmingham’s nickname of Brum and f you have small kids they will be transfixed!

Radisson Blu Hotel Birmingham
Radisson Blu Hotel Birmingham; a tower of blue. Image by the Family Adventure Project

Close to shopping and theatres

This family friendly hotel is perfectly placed for a shopping trip, with the 170.000 square foot John Lewis on the doorstep and Debenhams just up the road. The O2 Academy and Hippodrome are nearby, and the Alexandra Theatre lies outside the back door. You can also walk to some of the best Birmingham museums and galleries while New Street Station is walkable in about five minutes. (Cadbury World is only three miles away too.) You can pay a reduced rate for 24 hours in New Street NCP car park if you show your ticket to hotel reception.

John Lewis Birmingham
You can walk to Birmingham’s John Lewis. Image by The Family Adventure Project

Walking distance from street art and selfie spots

The neighbourhood has lots of entertainment options for teens. In a short walk I discovered lots of great street art including the opportunity to give myself angel wings on Instagram. Who doesn’t want to do that at 7am on a Friday morning? If you prefer a more unusual shot there’s always the Holloway Circus pagoda, crafted in the Fujian Province, China to create a gateway feature into the Bull Ring and Market Quarters. Set against the blue of the Radisson they make a fine pair.

On the doorstep of the gamers

The World’s Apart comic book store on Smallbrook Queensway is stuffed with the weird and the wonderful, and if you want a pre-slimed Ghostbuster action figure or a Pusheen cushion you are in luck. Or how about tucking up a three headed Chucky into your king sized bed? No problem! A couple of doors along the Pentakill e-sport gaming cafe is console-tastic.

Street art selfie spot Brimingham
Street art selfie spot Birmingham. Image by the Family Adventure Project

Funky dining

Bar and dining room are funky spaces for a chain hotel , with Elvis watching down on you from the stairs and Marylin from the lounge area of Collage Restaurant. The restaurant specialises in food with a British twist, meaning lots of kid friendly options like ‘blighty burger,’ steak, garlic and rosemary roast chicken and fish and chips. I particularly enjoyed my starter of grilled leek salad with coisso bassett stilton. The restaurant does a very good value two course pre-theatre menu at £19. A brief mix up at checking in was put right by a complimentary bottle of prosecco that also went down well…and led to another, as one inevitably does.

Breakfast like a King

It was therefore a relief to find out breakfast was so rejuvenating. Radisson Blu has partnered with nutritionist Sophie Bertrand, founder of Sophie’s Healthy Kitchen, to create breakfast menus specially designed to set you up for your day. These include nutritional value and choice. You can opt for the buffet breakfast, have something specially cooked from the breakfast menu or ask the chef to prepare what you want. We loved the avocado on toast, with just the right amount of chill flakes. perfect for vegetarians. My kids would have opted for the pancakes All the pancakes. This glut of sweetness would not have put them off snaffling the homemade welcome cookies at reception.

Radisson Blu Breakfast
Avocado on toast s my choice on the Radisson Blu Breakfast menu. Image by The Family Adventure Project

Room for all the family

Our suite on the fourteenth floor could fit a family of two adults and two children. Extra beds turn the living room into the second bedroom. And if you have an extra baby you can ask for a cot too. The room was well kitted out with a Nespresso machine, TV fit for the most goggle eyed kids and sofa area for lounging. There’s good wifi. Rooms start at £139 B and B and you can book interconnected rooms for family crowd control. Available room service includes fresh pizza if you are all shopped out. You can have a night in and watch those teeny, tiny toy cars whiz around…

King sixed bed, Radisson Blu suite, Birmingham
Our Radisson Blu review gives it a thumbs up for families. Image by the Family Adventure Project

Disclosure Note

Our stay was provided by Radisson Blue Birmingham. All prosecco drinking, angel selfies and loitering too long at the action figure section of gaming shops was all our own, as were the words and images.

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About the author

Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the Editor of The Family Adventure Project. A professional writer and poet, she's the creative and journalistic force behind many of the stories and features published here. She's a co-founder and co-director of The Family Adventure Project and also works as the #poetinmotion producing and performing poetry for print, video and live performance.

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