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Birmingham hotel review: Inside High Field Town House in Edgbaston

Inspector calls into ‘townhouse’ hotel in Birmingham but laments it’s a ‘soulless experiment’ in a building that ‘really should be a dental practice or the headquarters of an accounting firm’

  • Inspector checks in at High Field Town House in Edgbaston
  • He likes his “bright and cheerful” room and the “comfortable bed”
  • But when he arrives for breakfast, only takeaway coffee is available
  • And the High Field restaurant serves a burger “with the juice siphoned off”










‘Town House’ is a new kind of hotel. Or at least he thinks so. In fact, there are a few lavish ones in London, but you’d be hard-pressed to notice how different they are from traditional hotels.

That’s not the case at the High Field Town House – part of the Peach Group – in a residential area of ​​Edgbaston in Birmingham, where you don’t need to have any contact with whoever runs the place or, in fact, with whoever works there.

As a result, it’s a soulless experience best suited to star-crossed lovers who are absolutely unacknowledgeable or mobsters on the run.

Pictured is the exterior of High Field Town House, which the inspector said ‘really should be a dental practice or the headquarters of a provincial firm of accountants’

Once the reservation has been made, an access code will be sent to you by e-mail. This lets you enter the white, double-fronted Victorian house, which should actually be a dental office or the headquarters of a provincial firm of accountants, and then you use the same code again to access your room.

Ours faces the front of the building, overlooking the road and parking lot. There’s a free-standing bath in the bay window, which looks promising, but the windows are all sealed, and the wooden door leading to the chief accountant’s office (sorry, the bathroom) really doesn’t belong in a bedroom.

Otherwise, it’s bright and cheerful, with a comfortable bed, a handy large wardrobe and a stylish espresso machine. On the ground floor there is a lobby with a large fridge from which you can help yourself to milk. There’s also a desk with a computer on it, but it looks ornamental rather than practical.

The High Field bar and restaurant is next door. We have burgers that have had all the juice drained out of them.

High Field Town House - part of the Peach Group - is located in Edgbaston (pictured) in Birmingham

High Field Town House – part of the Peach Group – is located in Edgbaston (pictured) in Birmingham

This is where you can have your breakfast from 7:30 am. Or else it’s written in the phone book — but when we arrive at 7:35 we are offered a coffee to go and nothing more.

“We should be properly open at 8 a.m.,” says a sleepy young man.

It’s the ‘should’ that bids us farewell to the High Field Town House – although, of course, there’s no one we can bid farewell to.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

The High Field Townhouse, 22 Highfield Road, Birmingham, B15 3DP. Doubles from £127. For more information call 0121 6476466 or visit highfieldtownhouse.co.uk.

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