Hyatt Regency 4* Hotel stay, Afternoon Tea & Spa Break in Birmingham
Luxury hotel in Birmingham city centre
The Hyatt Regency Birmingham is a city centre hotel I’ve been wanting to experience for some time, not just because its one of the fanciest 4* hotels around standing tall amongst Birmingham’s skyline. But it’s also a building my dad’s company worked on when the hotel was being built which he’ll always have to point out and re-tell me when we pass it, it was one of his favourite projects so I’ve always been intrigued to see what it looks like inside.
Thanks to the lovely Marketing team, I was invited to experience Hyatt Regency Birmingham for myself on a little project of my own that didn’t involve getting my hands dirty. Instead, it involved a luxury hotel stay on the 21st floor in a King View room, with afternoon tea, breakfast, a spa treatment and full use of the leisure facilities to enjoy with my partner.
So, continue reading, for a sneak peek of my first ever Hyatt experience.
Champagne Afternoon Tea in Aria restaurant
Greeted with a welcoming smile from the concierge outside, we walked through the entrance to find a gorgeous light lobby filled with plants, so I was instantly in my element as some of you may know my bedroom is quickly turning into a jungle.
We arrived at 2 pm for a Champagne Afternoon tea in the Aria restaurant which is in the Hyatt’s secret garden. On a Sunday afternoon, the restaurant had a lovely relaxing atmosphere with soothing music being played and the sound of the trickling water fountain nearby just adding to the calming ambience. Our friendly and very polite waitress was quick to show us to our table and handed us a menu which gave us a choice of sandwiches and teas to choose from, we opted for the vegetarian sandwiches and enjoyed a pot each of earl grey and fruity hibiscus tea.
The glasses of champagne arrived with heart-shaped strawberries and the afternoon tea was presented in a vintage style 3 tier birdcage. We first indulged in the selection of finger sandwiches which were cucumber and cream cheese, flat mushroom with sundried tomato, egg mayo with chives and tomato with mozzarella & pesto topped with a little garnish. The sandwiches were nice but weren’t my favourite part of the afternoon tea, the sweet fancies and sultana scones smothered in strawberry jam and clotted cream was!
The fancies were lemongrass posset, chocolate profiterole, rhubarb and raspberry sponge with white chocolate ganache, a strawberry macaroon and my favourite of them all was the caramel and coffee opera slice with a mini chocolate centred coffee bean on top. The scrumptious afternoon tea in a beautiful tranquil setting was the perfect way to start our Hyatt experience.
The Afternoon Tea is available Monday–Friday: Noon-5:00 pm or Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm.–5:00 pm. With just tea, it’s £25pp or £34pp with champagne. To browse more photos of the afternoon tea and the secret garden see my Facebook album . The non-vegetarian sandwiches are honey roast ham & mustard mayo and smoked salmon dill.
Hyatt Regency King View Room
We went to the reception a little after 3 pm to check into our room. On arrival, the kind waitress arranged for the concierge to have my suitcase (yes, a suitcase for an overnight stay I’m getting old my back can’t handle a rucksack anymore lol). So, reception kindly organised it to be sent up to the room which arrived quickly followed by a courtesy phone call from reception to ensure we were happy with everything, which was a lovely touch.
Our room for the night was 2116 on floor 21, so we were pleased to be near the top with there being 24 floors to the hotel. Naturally, the first thing we did upon entering the room was head straight to the wide floor-to-ceiling window to see which view of the city we had. We were overlooking Broad Street and the iconic canal system and although it was a dull misty day in Birmingham it was great to see my city from a different perspective.
The King View room was spacious and came with a 39” flat-screen TV, tea and coffee facilities and a minifridge. While tucked neatly away in the large wardrobe was an iron, ironing board, hairdryer and an in-room safe. There’s also individually controlled heat and air-conditioning and two bottles of complimentary water.
If you are visiting the Hyatt for business, then you’ll find the in-room desk useful. But if you’re like me and visiting for pleasure (although technically I am ‘working’) then you’ll love the cosy chair and city views while wearing the plush cotton robes and slippers found hanging in the bathroom.
The en-suite bathroom comes with both a shower and bath, plenty of soft white towels and complimentary toiletries that contain natural ingredients and are vegan and cruelty-free. On first impressions, I thought the shower wouldn’t be powerful. But when I used it, the water pressure was brilliant and washed the lovely lavender scented shampoo out of my hair effortlessly.
Although the room looked slightly dated the cosy king size bed with crisp white sheets were a dream and we enjoyed having the blinds open at night to see the city lights and to wake up naturally to the morning sunrise. We also had a great night’s sleep and didn’t hear a sound from the hallway or from the city 21 floors below us.
To browse more photos of the room, see my Facebook album .
Breakfast Buffet in Aria Restaurant
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, so I couldn’t wait to see what the Hyatt continental buffet would be like, so as soon as we awoke, we threw on some clothes and went straight down. Just like the Afternoon tea, the breakfast is served in the Aria restaurant. There was a large selection of pastries, cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurts, bread and Mediterranean food such as sun-dried tomatoes and aubergine as well as plenty of warm foods like sausages, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes and hash browns perfect for a full English breakfast. I also spotted vegetarian and gluten-free options. As well as juices there were also fresh smoothies in a variety of fruity flavours which we loved and was our first time seeing at a hotel buffet.
We were pleased by the great selection of buffet food, but when the waiter said that we also had the option to order ‘whatever you want’ we got a little excited. I said to the waiter that I fancied some warm veggie food and he replied, ‘how about a vegan platter?’ with avocado, sweet potato, hash brown, a chickpea patty, spinach, mushroom, tomatoes, baked beans and some brown rye bread! It’s as if he read my mind and presented all my favourite healthy breakfast foods on one plate. Accompanied with a goji berry & mango smoothie I was in breakfast heaven. I ate every little bit on the plate, my belly was well and truly happy, and I wasn’t even tempted to indulge in a few too many pain au chocolates like I usually would at a hotel breakfast.
My partner requested some pancakes which arrived with a selection of berries which he loved. As he was also eyeing up my delicious vegan platter, he couldn’t resist picking a few warm veggie items from the buffet too, which he also enjoyed.
After a lovely breakfast in the secret garden, it was time to go back to the room, pack our bags and reluctantly check out. But our Hyatt experience didn’t end there…
To browse more photos of the breakfast buffet, see my Facebook album .
Amala spa pool & Ultimate Back, Neck and Shoulder treatment
We went straight to the Amala Spa & Club located on the terrace. Here, we found a pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room and nail and spa treatment rooms. We were provided with robes, slippers and a towel and shown to the changing rooms.
I was booked in for a treatment, so I left my partner to enjoy the facilities without me while I got pampered with a relaxing 45-minute Amala Ultimate Back, Neck and Shoulder treatment. The room was warm and cosy with dim lighting and meditation music playing making it the perfect place to relax and unwind.
The treatment started with inhaling a calming scent to help me feel deeply relaxed and soothed. The therapist then began massaging my head, chest and shoulders with essential oils before moving onto my legs and feet followed by an exfoliating back scrub with salts. The whole treatment felt lovely and I would have happily laid there all day, especially when massaging my lower back and working on the knots in my shoulders. The therapist gave me a few minutes to get myself ready and to wake myself up before meeting my partner on the padded lounges next to the pool.
My moment of peace was over once I met back with my competitive partner who set us a goal of doing 15 laps of the pool (he doesn’t quite understand how I like to roll on a lazy spa day). However, to keep him quiet I did a few laps and then retired back to the lounges and spent some time in the jacuzzi before reluctantly making my way home to reality after a wonderful Hyatt experience. Our stay was made complete when the concierge quickly came to the rescue with an umbrella as we were leaving.
You too can experience Hyatt Regency Birmingham with their Spa and Stay package which includes £50 spa credit per adult per stay for treatments in Amala Spa, plus breakfast daily in Aria restaurant and guaranteed late checkout of 2 pm.
To browse more photos of me using the spa facilities, see my Facebook album or check out the below video!
My Hyatt Experience video
If all the photos weren’t enough for you, then check out my video showcasing the entire experience. From indulging in the afternoon tea, a tour of the room and its canal view, exploring the secret garden at night while everyone’s asleep, eating a delicious breakfast and swimming in the pool.
Disclaimer: My Hyatt experience was complimentary in exchange for review. All photos and words are my own.