Birmingham backpackers is a small place but on travels its ok. They are clean friendly and safe. Everything you want when your travelling. The are very very cheap(found out from word of mouth and people giving this place a really high recommendations). They have basic rooms. They have a games room with a pool table and things to do. They are really keen to get your feedback which is good. I stayed here for one night no problem. They provide you with towels, shampoo, soap like you would in a hotel. They are located near the centre where you can go and see all the sights. They have a really big section in the reception of flyers for places to do and they let you take a map. Recommended
Lovely hostels are a rare breed, and this is one of the few that rank in that group. I had a one-night stay (certainly not a one-night stand, as I hope to return!) at BCB last night and I left very pleased with the whole experience. I must admit I was a bit suspicious when I first arrived from the airport bus which dropped me off in Digbeth yesterday afternoon, but all my reservations vanished as soon as I walked through the hostel doors. The reception area is absolutely brilliant - it's in an old factory pub completely redone in an explosion of funky colours.
I had hoped to have a good wander around Birmingham yesterday, but Andy Murray had other plans for me - I ended up spending the whole afternoon on the hostel sofa watching all five sets of his hair-raising Wimbledon QF game against Velasco. On to the semis! But I digress...
I stayed in a female dorm in the main dorm building next door (the offices of a former asphalt company), which was pretty well-appointed. There was a second kitchen in this building and plenty of clean toilets and showers. I only have two small complaints. First, the metal bunk beds were INCREDIBLY creaky, to the point where I had a lot of trouble getting to sleep. I know it's always like that in hostels, but this level of creakiness was beyond the pale! Second, there was nothing in the way of storage in the rooms. Yes, I know this is also the hostel norm, but a little wall shelf by the bed or some sort of storage of any kind is always appreciated.
Other than these two tiny little niggles, it was a brilliant stay. I was even given breakfast in the morning, and it was far more substantial breakfast than most hostels which list it as an inclusion. There was bread for toast (white and wholemeal), butter, jam, peanut butter, apples, oranges, bananas and juice...not a bad spread! I don't know if I'll ever be back in Birmingham on my own, but if I do, I'll definitely stay at Birmingham Central Backpackers again!
I popped in here to check on, only to learn that I had accidentally booked myself into a different hostel, across town! Luckily, the young man at the desk helped me through my embarassment gracefully, calling me a cab and wishing me well.
I almost wish I had been booked in here. The common areas were bustling with happy (slightly tipsy) folks sharing food and yelling at the Olympica highlights in a variety of languages. This hostel was a bit noisy but super active and fun. If you're travelling alone or looking to meet new people on your trip, I would 100% suggest Birmingham Central.
The location is amazing too, tucked into a dark corner just up the street from the HMV in Digbeth.
Will update once I've been back to see the rooms!
This is one of the friendliest and most fun hostels around, and is perfect for meeting other backpackers.
This hostel is run by travelers for travelers, so expect bright and over-the-top décor, super-friendly staff and a jam-packed social calendar.
It's a 'half board' hostel, so you get a free breakfast and buffet dinner, and in the summer you can fire up the BBQ in the garden.
The common room is a great place to meet other travelers there's a huge projection screen TV, dozens of movies, a pool table, X Box, Wii and Playstation, and throughout the week there's loads on, from Pub Quizzes and free city tours to an English Ale and Cider Tasting at a local pub.
The rooms range from standard dorms to the futuristic 'Pod' rooms, with your own curtain, reading light and pod bed for extra privacy.
The location is right in the city center, in the historic Digbeth neighborhood, and it's only a few minutes walk to the Bullring Shopping Center, and a quick stumble home from the main clubs and bars like the Custard Factory.
Fun, friendly and cheap a reasonable stroll from the centre. The area's a little run down though with empty warehouses so isolated to be walking alone here at night. Didn't see any trouble though.
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