A night at 4* Hotel Indigo, The Cube - Birmingham
You don’t have to go far to escape. A city hotel stay was all I needed to unwind after a busy week. Hotel Indigo located on floors 23 and 24 of The Cube building, is an iconic Birmingham landmark which I had the pleasure of staying in this Autumn. I’ve visited the Marco Pierre White restaurant for afternoon tea on the 25th floor and Osteria Rodizio Rico for all you can eat pizza and pasta on the first floor, yet I had never experienced an overnight stay at the unique four-star city-centre hotel, until now.
The Reception Area
The reception to Hotel Indigo is on the first floor to your left as you walk in through the main entrance coming out from the Mailbox. At the reception, you’ll find two desks, cosy seating, stylish wall hangings and plants as well as unique wallpaper themed around the canal and narrowboats outside the building.
We arrived at 3 pm to check in, and the reception staff were quick, polite and helpful. They explained how to get to the room from the lift and that you would need to insert the room card to get to the 24th floor and that we had the option to order breakfast in bed or to have it in the Marco Pierre White restaurant in the morning.
The Hotel Room
We made our way up the lift to room 2408 and were greeted by floor to ceiling views of the city as we entered the newly refurbished hotel. The standard guest room comes with a spacious living area, king size bed, large wardrobe, two bedside tables, a desk with chair and a cosy padded chair with coffee table and contemporary magazines.
The extra-large bed comes with crisp white sheets, fluffy pillows and industrial style low hanging lights. Above the desk lamp, there is a stylish cube shaped mirror to resemble the cube building followed by an arrangement of round hanging mirrors which creates a modern feature wall.
The gorgeous antique style wardrobe with gold detailing provides plenty of space to hang clothing and comes with soft white bathrobes, slippers, an ironing board with iron, hairdryer and an electronic safe. While the mini fridge is packed with complimentary water, fizzy drinks and snacks. One of the first things we did upon settling into the room was putting the kettle on to make tea. There was an assortment of teas, coffees and hot chocolates with milk, sugar and two cups.
We were surprised to see a mobile phone on the bedside table that we could use for a fast internet connection. For security it allows you to wipe away any personal information and login details after use. My partner and I thought this was a great feature, although there is also complimentary Wi-Fi available in the hotel.
As we settled in for the evening at Hotel Indigo, we got cosy in the robes, sipped herbal teas and watched satellite on the large TV screen. There were plenty of electrical plugs and USB outlets around, near the desk and bedside tables so we could both charge our mobiles without any fuss.
The hotel was perfect in every way, the only tiny thing I would pick on is the limescale in the kettle and that I struggled to use the free Wi-Fi on my android phone, although it worked for my partners iPhone. For this reason, I used the mobile supplied for the room.
The clean white bathroom comes with flattering LED mirrored lighting, soft white towels and a walk-in shower with the option to use the larger power shower or adjustable hand-held shower. The bathroom features quirky white and orange tiles and a smaller magnification mirror that can be tilted for shaving. There is also luxury toiletries from Aveda for all your cleansing needs.
We stayed in the hotel room from 3 pm on a Sunday and only popped out for 10 minutes to get more water from the mini Tesco a few steps away from The Cube. So, it was lovely to relax and see the night draw in over Birmingham as we watched one of our favourite movies Home Alone in the cosy bed while drinking hot chocolate and eating a complimentary bar of Cadburys chocolate!
As we really enjoyed watching Birmingham from above at night, we kept the curtains open while we slept, so we were pleasantly awoken by a beautiful Brummy sunrise which instantly got us jumping out of bed to take photos at 6.30am in the morning. Although we didn’t mind as we had a peaceful night’s sleep in the comfortable king size bed and we surprisingly didn’t hear a sound considering it’s a popular city centre hotel.
The Breakfast in bed
To order breakfast in bed, the night before we filled in a mini form which can be found hanging on the door handle. We chose from a list of continental foods such as croissants with a selection of jam, Danish pastries, a lemon & poppy seed muffin, freshly squeezed juices, vegetarian or meat sausages, tomatoes, eggs, toast on white or brown bread and baked beans. After picking our breakfast items and the time we wanted the food to arrive, we then hanged the form on the outside door handle for it to be collected.
Like magic, breakfast arrived on time at 8:30 am and we couldn’t wait (after a dozen photos) to get tucked into the delicious breakfast while watching the Big Bang Theory on TV. The vegetarian sausages were amazing, full of veggies with a crispy coating.
Disclaimer: Complimentary overnight stay with breakfast. All photos and words are my own.