Inspector visits a ‘mansion’ hotel in Birmingham but laments it’s a ‘soulless experience’ in a building that ‘should really be a dental practice or the headquarters of an accounting firm’
- The inspector checks in at High Field Town House in Edgbaston
- He loves his ‘bright and cheerful’ bedroom and the ‘comfortable bed’
- But when he arrives for breakfast only a takeaway coffee is available
- And the High Field restaurant serves a burger ‘with the juice out’
‘Town House’ is a new hotel genre. Or at least it thinks so. Actually, there are a few plush ones in London, but it would be hard to notice that they are any different from traditional hotels.
Not so at High Field Town House – part of the Peach Group – in a residential area of Edgbaston in Birmingham, where you don’t have to interact with anyone who runs the place or, indeed, anyone who works there.
As a result, it’s a soulless experience best suited for star-crossed lovers who absolutely must not be recognized or gangsters on the run.
Pictured is the exterior of High Field Town House, which the inspector says “should really be a dental office or the headquarters of a provincial accounting firm”
After you have made the booking, a door code will be emailed to you. This will allow you to enter the white, double-gabled Victorian house, which should actually be a dental office or the headquarters of a provincial accounting firm – then you use the same code again to access your room.
Our room overlooks the front of the building, overlooking the road and the car park. It has a freestanding bath in the bay window, which looks promising, but the windows are all hermetically sealed and the wooden door to the chief accountant’s office (sorry, the bathroom) really doesn’t belong in a bedroom.
Furthermore, it is bright and cheerful, with a comfortable bed, a handy large wardrobe and a trendy espresso machine. Downstairs there is a lobby with a large fridge from which you can milk. There is also a desk with a computer on it, but it looks more decorative than practical.
The High Field bar and restaurant is next door. We have burgers with all the juice pumped out.
High Field Town House – part of the Peach Group – is located in Edgbaston in Birmingham
Here you can have breakfast from 07:30. Or so it says in the guide – but when we show up at 7:35 am we are offered a takeaway coffee and nothing more.
“We should be pretty open by eight in the morning,” says a sleepy young man.
It’s the ‘must’ that makes us say goodbye to the High Field Town House – although, of course, there’s no one to say goodbye to.
The High Field Town House, 22 Highfield Road, Birmingham, B15 3DP. Double from € 127. Call 0121 6476466 for more information or visit highfieldtownhouse.co.uk.