Birmingham is often overlooked – but this place has A LOT going for it. It’s the second-largest city in the UK and packs a punch with a plethora of places to see, eat, drink and (importantly) shop – there are a few massive malls here, including the Bullring. There’s history, too, and a sizeable Chinatown in the form of the city’s Chinese Quarter.
Like we said: there’s loads going for it. Whether you want nightlife, fonts of foodie greatness, or if you want canalside districts, culture and historical monuments, you’ll be able to find it in Birmingham.
The problem is that choosing exactly what sort of accommodation in Birmingham that’s right for you can be tricky – especially if you want something on a budget since there aren’t many hostels. Airbnbs, hotels, guesthouses; which do you choose?
But don’t worry. We’re here to help out with a list of the best hostels in Birmingham. We’ve even thrown in a few choice budget hotels and awesome Airbnbs to make sure there’s something for everyone.
So if you’re ready, let’s get stuck in and see what’s going on with Birmingham’s best accommodation, shall we?
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Quick answer: The Best Hostels in Birmingham
- Best Overall Hostel Birmingham – Birmingham Central Backpackers
- Best Overall Budget Hotel in Birmingham – Premier Inn Birmingham City, Waterloo St.
- Best Overall Airbnb in Birmingham – Barclaycard Arena Apartment
Best Hostels in Birmingham
Best Overall Hostel in Birmingham – Birmingham Central Backpackers
- Free Breakfast
- 24 Hour Security
- Free Parking
Award-winning, genuinely fun, and definitely the sort of place you’d come back to if you’re backpacking in the area, Birmingham Central Backpackers is quite easily the overall best hostel in Birmingham. One of the best things about it has got to be the staff: they’re helpful, friendly and nothing ever seems like to much trouble for ’em.
Then there’s the place itself. This Birmingham backpackers hostel has a zany common room and bar area where things turn up, and spacious, colourful dorms to match the welcoming, laid back and social vibe that they’ve got going on here. There’s even a lil’ garden for summer BBQs!
- Amazingly Cool
- Shared Kitchen
- 24 Hour Reception
The only other viable Birmingham backpacker hostel is actually one of the most stylish places to stay in town. With its design-led furnishings, boutique-style private rooms, polished dorms, as well as the setting in a beautiful historic building, there’s a lot of effort been put into making this the coolest hostel in Birmingham.
We reckon couples would dig this place. It definitely suits people looking for the more high-end of things, that’s for sure: it’s not exactly the cheapest hostel in Birmingham, but it’s way nicer than a lot of the budget hotel options available in this city!
Best Budget Hotels in Birmingham
Best Overall Budget Hotel in Birmingham – Premier Inn Birmingham City, Waterloo St.
- On Site Bar
- Air Conditioning
- 24 Hour Reception
This branch of Premier Inn is one of a few that you’ll find in Birmingham, but none of them have the central location that this Waterloo Street hotel has. This makes exploring central Birmingham super easy, with the city’s cathedral and St Phillip’s Square just on the doorstep, and nightlife (as well as the massive Bullring shopping complex) just a 10 min stroll away.
For all your eating and drinking needs, this top Birmingham hotel comes with its very own bar, serving up snacks and alcoholic beverages till late. The rooms may be pretty no-frills, but they’re comfy and spacious enough for a short stay.
- Flat Screen TV
- 24 Hour Reception
- Wake-Up Calls
Comfort Inn Birmingham doesn’t pull any punches: the traditional-style rooms are modern, at least, and provide a decent base for your trip to the UK’s second city. It’s the location of this budget hotel in Birmingham that’s one of the best things about it, with the Bullring a few minutes’ stroll away and the city’s New Street (main) train station just 3 minutes on foot from the hotel.
For a less commercial shopping experience, the independent shops of the Custard Factory (that’s its real name, yes) are also easily reachable by foot. This hotel is a little dated, but everything is nevertheless spotless and very clean. One of the better budget hotels in Birmingham.
- Free Breakfast
- Free Shuttle (To Hot Springs!)
- Bicycle Hire
Sleek, stylish and fancy, BLOC Hotel Birmingham is a great option for a hotel in Birmingham. This place is all about keeping it chic and modern. Not mega cheap, but super cool. Beds here are large and comfy, and each room comes with a tiled bathroom complete with a decent power shower.
The location of this Birmingham budget hotel is another that makes it as good as it is. It’s set right in the Jewellery Quarter, a buzzing area of the city that’s packed with plenty of cafes, bar and restaurants to make sure you never get bored on your trip.
- Free Breakfast
- On Site Bar
With Birmingham Snow Hill? Railway Station in easy walking distance – connecting you with Birmingham’s airport – staying at this branch of Holiday Inn Express is a great option for convenience fans. Even better is awesome areas of the city nearby to explore, with Brindleyplace canal district reachable on foot, too.
This budget hotel in Birmingham offers up a free continental breakfast every morning, served up in its stylish eating space: the Great Room. Elsewhere the rooms are contemporary, clean and comfortable, giving you everything pretty much everything you could need out of a hotel.
Best Airbnbs in Birmingham
Best Overall Airbnb in Birmingham – Barclaycard Arena Apartment
- AMAZING Wi-Fi!
- Good, Modern Kitchen
Location, location, location, right? This has got to be the very best Airbnb in Birmingham for that killer location alone. It’s a short walk to the cafes and boutiques of Brindleyplace, as well as Symphony Hall and (obviously) Barclaycard Arena, making this an even more perfect option if you’re in town for events.
One of our favourite things about this place is the inclusion of a smart TV (yes, please), which comes with Netflix that you can use for rainy nights or lazy mornings. Another great thing is the ultra-fast wi-fi, another welcome addition – especially if you’re a digital nomad!
Set in Birmingham’s “fancy” area of Edgbaston – a district with a leafy, affluent, suburban feel – this is a great Airbnb in Birmingham for couples, we’d say. The place is set in a building with plenty of character, with a tiled entryway and spiral staircase to reach the apartment – not so cool if you’re laden with bulky baggage, but fine if you’re travelling light.
This place is sparkling clean and stylish decorated, making it the perfect high-end feeling place to hang out and plan your days in Birmingham. The top sights of the city, including the very cool Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses, are just a short walk from this place, which is a major bonus!
- Big Kitchen
- Free Parking
Especially good if you’re travelling in a group, but still definitely affordable if you’re here by yourself (or in a couple), this quirky Victorian flat is, well, exactly what it says it is. The result is a homely feeling place to stay in Birmingham with nicely decorated rooms and a decent sized kitchen to rustle up meals for yourself. It’s got a nice vibe.
With free parking on offer, too, this top Airbnb in Birmingham is set in leafy Edgbaston; whilst not central, getting into the thick of things in the city couldn’t be more simple thanks to the nearby bus.
- AWESOME location
- Cool City Views
- Cable TV
One thing: the views. Waking up and sitting at the table in this place, you get to see the tangle of railway tracks that lead into New Street Station and the whole load of shiny buildings around it. The station itself is literally RIGHT outside, and so is the Bullring, making for a killer location for transport and shopping as much as food and drink!
The bars and clubs of Broadstreet are just over a 10 minute stroll away, which means this could be the best Airbnb in Birmingham for you if you feel like getting into the nightlife here. A perfect, compact studio for one – or couples.
What to Pack for your Birmingham Hostel
We don’t often travel without these essentials.
1. Active Roots Water Bottle: Hostels are increasingly meeting backpackers’ demands for potable (drinkable) water. Now is better than ever to start traveling with a reusable water bottle! Aside from cutting down single-use plastic, The Active Roots stainless steel water bottle will also keep your favorite beverage hot or cold all day long and it’s sized perfectly to fit an entire bottle of wine. ‘Nuff said.
2. Power Bank: Everyone knows the mini heart attack when your phone is about to run out of power. Surviving long bus rides without charging stations can be agonizing, which is why every backpacker should have this Anker Power Bank. You can charge your phone up to 5 times, or plug in two devices simultaneously. With high-speed charging and enough power to keep you going for days, you can conquer even the biggest adventures without a problem.
3. Headphone Splitter: Being stuck on a bus or plane with only one phone that has good music or shows downloaded can be pretty annoying if your travel buddy wants to share headphones. With this Headphone Splitter, you won’t have to listen with only one ear anymore. Your friend can plug in their headphones at the same time, so both of you are entertained (on both ears!).
4. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Having your own towel on your travels is a game changer. The Active Roots Microfiber Towel is perfect for travellers who are looking for a lightweight, quick-drying and extremely soft option. The antibacterial material is super water-absorbent and resists odor buildup because of its antimicrobial material. Ain’t technology cool?
5. Universal Travel Adapter: This universal travel adapter charges your devices in (pretty much) every country – definitely a lifesaver when travelling around the world. The plug also regulates the power output depending on which device you’re charging. No more fried hair dryers or electric razors!
6. Playing Cards: These waterproof cards are essential kit for every backpacker. Play by the pool, beach or at your hostel after a long day with travel buds, without your cards breaking or getting soaked. And once you pull out those cards, the chance that you’ll be the hero of the night is pretty high (no promises though).
There you have it, folks – that’s the end of our guide to the best cheap places to stay in Birmingham. There’s a lot of choice!
But no matter if you want privacy, self-catering apartments or a cool hostel, you’ll find something for you.
This list of the best Birmingham backpacker accommodation is all about some mega diverse options. We made sure to find everything from plush (but budget) boutique hotels all the way to some amazing Airbnbs in super central locations.
If you can’t decide, that’s totally fine. We would suggest stripping it back to basics and opting for the overall best hostel in Birmingham, Birmingham Central Backpackers. This place is a classic for (and favourite of) backpackers, so you can’t go wrong with this one.
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