Staying at Hotel Indigo in The Cube, Birmingham

by Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour

Staying at Hotel Indigo in The Cube, Birmingham

Last week I was invited to spend the night at Hotel Indigo in The Cube in central Birmingham. Located behind the Mailbox, Hotel Indigo is situated on the 23rd and 24th floors of the iconic Cube building.

The “ground” floor reception is actually on level seven of the building and I guess those arriving by cab or car are dropped off on the Commercial Street entrance. I, however walked from Birmingham New Street station, which is about a ten minute walk.

The Reception floor at Hotel Indigo (Photos by Dave Massey)
The Reception floor at Hotel Indigo (Photos by Dave Massey)

Hotel Indigo itself has undergone a huge refurbishment which means all 52 rooms have been renovated with new decor, complimentary mini-bars and “rainfall” showers. Gone are the wooden style floors replaced with carpets, and the walls of the hotel rooms have more of a modern feel with black metal light fittings and wooden edged mirrors.

Sunday 3pm

Armed with my keycard I took the lift to the 24th floor and a long a corridor of doors. I’d passed all the rooms before realising my room was at the end of the 24th floor. It was at this exact moment that I realised I’d been given a corner room for the night!

I entered my room and discovered to the right was a sizable bathroom with a double sink and a large walk in shower!

Turning left I am gobsmacked to discover my room a pretty large triangular shape with two glass walls filled with full length windows. My bed for the night is an king sized bed, there’s a desk, a sofa-bed, a swivel armchair and a large tv. My wardrobe contains a hairdryer, kettle, iron and ironing board, plus white dressing gowns. I count the curtains and there’s twelve curtains in the room, each with those day curtains behind it.

My room for the night at Hotel Indigo (Photos by Dave Massey)
My room for the night at Hotel Indigo (Photos by Dave Massey)

It’s at this point I notice my room has 4 ft wide balcony running the length of it, with two chairs and a table to enjoy. I’m actually pretty afraid of heights but I’m too overcome with the excitement to care about this. There is a single door leading to the balcony and I’m immediately taking photos.

Sunday 4pm

I ring two of my friends and tell them to get over as soon as they can, before they do I head down to The Club and Spa which is located on level five, room for one night comes with access to the Club and Spa. I’ve been here before and there’s a large gym with lots of cardio equipment and weight training, but instead I’m going to the pool.

The pool at the Club and Spa in the Cube (Photos by Dave Massey)
The pool at the Club and Spa in the Cube (Photos by Dave Massey)

The pool is about 10-15 metres and there is about 6 people here all relaxing. I get a shower and get into the lovely water. It’s been boiling weather for weeks at this point so I’m more than happy to relax in the gym, they also have hanging chairs which are like tents/tipi/teepees which you can swing from. I also take a quick sauna.

Sunday 6pm

I’m more than refreshed when I return to my room, I get a quick shower. Some of my friends turn up to check out the room and admire the views, It’s really nice to get visitors so its not just myself enjoying the lovely views.

The view from my room at Hotel Indigo (Photos by Dave Massey)
The view from my room at Hotel Indigo (Photos by Dave Massey)

I’ve brought food with me for dinner but there is room service available, there’s also the Marco Pierre White restaurant on the 25th floor above me.

Sunday 8pm 

It’s time to run #BrumHour on twitter and the wifi is pretty speedy, not superfast broadband speeds but speedy enough for me to keep up. In general the whole of central Birmingham could benefit from faster broadband.

Sunday 9.30pm

I’m thinking about sleep, the city is just getting dark and there’s still time for photos of the sunset, the sky is all colors of pink, red and yellow.

The view from my room at Hotel Indigo (Photos by Dave Massey)
The view from my room at Hotel Indigo (Photos by Dave Massey)

I’m terrible with air conditioning controls, I google the manual which isn’t terribly helpful, the aircon keeps the room at 18c and turns itself on when it goes above that, I watch some tv and settle down on top of my bed.

Sunday 11pm

I open the balcony door AGAIN as I’m being too British to trust the aircon to do its job and while I’m slightly fearful of pigeons or something flying in its a risk I’m prepared to take. The city is fairly loud at night compared to where I live now but its not much louder than where my parents live by spaghetti junction.

Monday 8am 

I’ve slept through pretty consistently and the room is lovely to awake in. It’s pretty great waking up in central Birmingham. I head up for the included breakfast, I have a Sausage and Egg Ciabatta Breakfast Sandwich plus a pot of tea. Then I follow it up with orange juice, and a couple of danish pastries.

Breakfast with a view at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse (Photos by Dave Massey)
Breakfast with a view at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse (Photos by Dave Massey)

Monday 9am

Checkout isn’t until Noon so I head back to my room for another shower! And I have a nap until 10.30am (I know soo lazy!) I’d got aspirations of returning to the gym for a second swim but I’m feeling far too lazy for this.

The whole balcony was the room I slept in (Photo by Dave Massey)
The whole balcony was the room I slept in (Photo by Dave Massey)

Monday 11.30am

I head back down to the level seven reception and sadly hand my room keycard back in.

I’ve enjoyed my stay and I’d love to stay again in the future. This is a nice treat for someone and well worth considering when looking at hotels. It really shows off Birmingham and the staff were really very lovely and helpful. Customer service in paramount when at hotel even a mid price range one like Hotel Indigo.

Check out more on the Hotel Indigo website here: ihg.com/hotelindigo/hotels/gb/en/birmingham/bhxin/hoteldetail


This isn’t a sponsored post. #BrumHour was invited to stay on a Sunday night at Hotel Indigo by the hotel management PR, I didn’t pay for the hotel room, use of the Club and Spa or breakfast. I did leave a tip in my room.

My room was a Superior 1 King Balcony feature room.