The Grand Hotel Birmingham – Birmingham, West Midlands
Birmingham’s original grande dame has awakened. Following a £50 million makeover, which saw the hotel closed for nearly 20 years, The Grand Hotel relaunched in 2021 – and is back as glorious as ever. First opened by Isaac Horton in 1879 and designed by Thomson Plevins, the hotel has welcomed rock stars and royalty alongside hosting fabulous events in the breathtaking Grand Ballroom. The 185 rooms and suites are equally elegant – particularly the jaw-dropping Penthouse Suite with a super king four-poster bed and luxurious marble bathroom, not to mention its own bar, open-plan dining and living room. The restaurant and bar have their unique identities too. Parisian-chic Madeleine, with double-height windows, sparkling chandeliers and rich interiors, is one of the most recognisable bars in town, serving a glamorous menu of cocktails and champagne as well as afternoon tea. Isaac’s Restaurant boasts an informal New York-meets-Brum concept, serving exceptional steak and seafood alongside brasserie classics. The staff are delightful and there’s an inclusive atmosphere to boot.
Doubles from £149
+44 (0)1218 279600; thegrandhotelbirmingham.co.uk
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