Poor me - I have to spend a night (alone - for work!) in a fancy pants hotel - City Inn Birmingham. DH will have kids. I cannot wait to get in, lock door, have long hot shower, watch TV and read Hello magazine all night! And be woken by alarm clock - not "Mummmeeee!!!". TBH I am a bit sad/nervous about leaving DCs for the first time... but OTOH Hurrah! But it occurred to me there may be more interesting things to do with this time? Stay in? Go out? Anyone know Birmingham? Been to this hotal? Suggestions?!
I'd go to the cinema or have something realy nice to eat/drink in the bar/lounge.
I wnet to Birmingham alone a couple of years ago to see Al Green (1st time leaving kids). I had a massage in the spa, a glass of champagne in the the bar (Hotel du Vin)and whewn I came back from the gig, i opened a 1/2 botttle of Champagne in them in i bar and had a shower. Have a nice time.
If the hotel is nice go down to the bar have a drink and supper. I have weekends away on my own and am very brave aboutthis now. If you tell the hotel you are on your own they will seat you disreetly. I sit with long glass of fizzy and watch people. I take a book if I want a distraction but never use it.
It is really nice once you stop worrying that people think you are a hooker
Knowing Birmingham as I do, I would definitely opt for the night in and do the whole hotel gym, spa thing and then maybe have a nice glass of wine (or two) with some sort of intelligent SciFi film on with the laptop open for a bit of light MNetting in the advert breaks.
Hmmmm - City Inn is a nice enough hotel but its not really a "leisure" hotel (so no pool/spa/really nice restaurants). It is right in Brindley Place though so lots of lovely bars and restaurants to go to, if you fancied or you could have a short walk along the canal into Mailbox where there's even more choice of bars/restaurants/shops. Cinema is at Five ways or Broadway Plaza - about 10 mins walk up Broad St
If you did fancy a bit of pampering, then Malmaison (in Mailbox) and Hotel Du Vin (on Church St) - both about 10 mins walk away - have great spas or there is a day spa in Mailbox called Obsession which is great