0.85km from Courtyard BistroThis is a very historic older hotel. It was built to be one of the grandest back at the turn of the 1900s with lots of granite, marble and such and it was very nice. Since it was before lots of electricity though, and before a lot of indoor plumbing, it means the rooms had to be adjusted and modernized. They have been modernized quite well and the room had plenty of outlets with charging ports and very modern facilities including an IPad at bedside to contact the hotel or make requests. The bathroom is now spacious and nice. But all the modernization comes at a cost and the actual size of the room is relatively small with all the furniture in it. I prefer a less fancy room with more space but again, it is purely a personal taste and my wife thought the room was great. The reception area was beautiful and the front desk staff was extremely nice and friendly and made us feel very welcome. He was clearly proud of his hotel and his city and it was nice to see. Parking is mainly by valet and they were quick and polite. Those were the good things. The not so good was that it was noisy. bright and the bathroom. Noisy - Whether it was people in the hall, other rooms or sirens going back and forth on the road, it was not a quiet place. We were 13 floors up and still it felt like the sirens and loud cars and motorcycles were right outside. Children and intoxicated partiers in nearby rooms were quite loud and easy to hear. Bright - even with the blackout drapes pulled, the sides of the drapes still let in a lot of light making it hard to sleep. It would have been simple to extend the drapes a few more inches past the window but that was not done for some reason. Bathroom - I am attaching pictures to show what I mean here. First, the door to the bathroom is colored plastic and does not reach the floor or the ceiling. More like the door on a public bathroom stall. Great if you are by yourself but with a spouse, significant other or even kids, it would be tough since you cannot latch or lock it. Perhaps it is petty but the shower gel, shampoo and lotion are all in bottles but the print on them is so small and in such an odd color that I could not read them without my glasses and I do not shower with my glasses. At the very least, they should put a clearly read label on each bottle at the bottom just saying "Shampoo", "Shower Gel" or whatever. Even after the shower with my glasses on I had trouble figuring out which was which. if you like historic places you will like this hotel. If you prefer comfort, you will probably not like it as much. So although I rated it a 3, please note that is just for my personal preference of comfort rather than historic or ritzy. If I were in Birmingham again, I would stay somewhere less expensive.