Our usual hotel when flying from Birmingham is the Crown Plaza NEC but they were fully booked so we stayed here.
The rooms are dated but clean. We didn’t sleep too well as the room was too warm but we were up early so took it on the chin.
We had an evening meal in the Marco Pierre White restaurant and to be honest wasn’t that impressed. It got off to a bad start when the young man who took our order absolutely reeked of cigarettes, extremely off putting.
The starters of scallops and French onion soup were ok but the onions in the soup were cut so large it was difficult to eat as you couldn’t get it on your spoon.
The mains of steak and lamb were a little disappointing as they were a bit on the tough side, the vegetable accompaniments though were very nice. The portion of onion rings was huge, far too much for one person. My husband had the sticky toffee pudding for desert and it was atrocious, no sauce, clearly microwaved and as dry as old sticks, the spoon of ice cream was its only saviour.
Somehow I don’t think Mr White would be happy to have his name linked to that dining experience.
The next morning our pre booked taxi was fifteen minutes late but knowing that many people these days fail to do their jobs properly we factored that scenario into our schedule. The pick up on our return was much better, they arrived within ten minutes of our call.
Would we stay here again? It wouldn’t be our first choice but if we needed to, the convenience of the park and fly offer was at a reasonable price so maybe. less