Hotel du Vin - Birmingham
In the heart of the city's business district in Church Street, the Hotel du Vin Birmingham is a former eye hospital, built in the Victorian era when they knew how to create grandiose, lavish paeans to city life.
Inside, a glorious midnight black wrought iron staircase makes you feel rather special descending it, a bit like one of the many celebs who make the Brummie HdV their home when in the city (apparently the X Factor judges love it). In the restaurant dark wood floors, old fireplaces, soaring ceilings and vintage framed prints set a relaxed but smart mood for diners chowing down on French classics and the popular Cellar Bar is always buzzing with bright young things after dark.
Up in the bedrooms, you will find signature roll-top baths, monsoon showers, chic bedding on super comfy beds, original Victorian fireplaces and thoughtful workspaces. Oh, and this Hotel du Vin has a super little spa too, offering ESPA-based treatments, steam rooms, nail bars and a St Tropez tanning booth.