Find A Hotel In Nottingham UK
Hotel - Nottingham Guide
The city of Nottingham, in the East Midlands region of the UK, is increasingly popular for tourism with a great range of attractions and shops to visit. Famous for Robin Hood, and at one time for a world beating football team, Nottingham attracts lots of visitors looking for somewhere to stay, and if they are like me, these visitors browse the Internet for a hotel. Nottingham has a good choice to suit all budgets, many of them listed on all the usual hotel booking sites, with their reviews of the hotel service and quality of the room and restaurant. But one thing is often missing - that insider information on the local area. Is that hotel in Nottingham really only two minutes from the theatre? What's the parking like and so on.
So, as I've lived in Nottingham in the UK for about fifty years, on and off, I thought I'd provide a little of the information you could struggle to find on the hotel booking sites. I don't know it all; the city is ever changing but I know much more than a web editor sat in an office thousands of miles away, and I'm not biased in favour of any hotel in Nottingham.
I've split the information into four major sections;
- Hotels in Nottingham city centre - this page
- Nottingham motels - the "lodges" as we often call them (coming soon)
- Nottingham - East Midlands Airport Hotels (coming soon)
There is some overlap, but it should all make some sort of sense!
Carry on reading for city centre hotels in Nottingham - follow the links for the others
Disclaimer: the information provided is intended to be accurate and helpful but I can't take responsibility for errors and omissions.
Hotels In Nottingham City Centre
Here's a list of hotels in Nottingham city centre, with a bit of information to help you.
Britannia Nottingham- a typical multi-storey concrete block - I remember it being built in the 1960s along with the multi-storey car park next door. Originally called The Albany, it's been through various owners, most recently being a Holiday Inn, but now a Britannia. Right on the inner ring road, and a few hundred yards walk downhill along the pedestrianised St James Street into the market square or Slab Square as the locals call it. It's also only a few hundred yards walk downhill to Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem - claimed to be the England's oldest pub and hewn out of the castle rock. Always worth a visit - it's a unique pub.
Britannia Nottingham reviews are generally favourable for a big faceless city centre hotel although there are some gripes about some facilities being a bit tired.
The Park Plaza is just across the inner ring road from the Britannia and was converted from an office block some time ago. It is very central with the shortest of walks to the square in the centre of the city. And if you want cheap food and drink there's a Wetherspoons pub literally round the corner. The reviews I've read are very mixed but OK - some people can't fault this hotel, others complain about breakfast, or lack of pillows. I guess it's down to personal expectations!
Don't stay here expecting to visit the Tales Of Robin Hood just across the road - it closed down a while ago!
The Express By Holiday Inn is just along the road from the the Park Plaza, on a very busy roundabout. Not much can be said other than it's one of the Express by Holiday Inn chain built fairly recently when the old ABC cinema and surrounding offices were demolished. Its "quadruple glazed" and air conditioned to keep the noise out, and it would need to be - it's on the inner ring road which is always very busy. Very central - it's a short walk to the theatre, and all the nightlfe but would take about 15-20 minutes to walk across town to the Arena. Car parking would have to be in any one of several local car parks.
The Rutland Square Hotel is tucked away at the top
of a hill, very close to Nottingham Castle (more of a stately home than
a castle!) and a few minutes walk downhill into the city centre. It's
on a fairly quiet road so noise shouldn't be a problem, compared with
some of the other hotels nearby, on the inner ring road. The reviews
are good with a few minor gripes but parking isn't cheap in the adjacent
car park at £14 per night. (Nov 09).There is a tiny hotel car park
which is cheaper but seems to be always full. Walk down the hill past
the statue of Robin Hood and and you'll find Ye Trip To Jerusalem pub,
sitting at the base of the castle rock and always worth a visit.
Hilton Nottingham - lovely old red brick building,
originally the Victoria Hotel built along side the Victoria Station. The
station has long gone and is now the Victoria Centre - one of
Nottingham's two major shopping malls. Reviews are generally OK and
there's no doubt the older building has more character than a concrete
block, and it's got a gym. The hotel has a tiny car park but there are
car parks very close by. It's in the city centre so you won't have to
walk far to any attraction and is ideal for the Theatre Royal and
Crowne Plaza Nottingham - if
you're visiting Nottingham for the Theatre Royal or Concert Hall, then
this is the nearest hotel, virtually next door. Built as the Royal Hotel
it's most attractive feature is the glass covered "atrium" complete
with indoor trees, that runs along the back of the building with various
bars and restaurants. It's not cheap but it scores well on the review
sites, has a leisure club and offers everything you'd expect from a
Crowne Plaza hotel. It's right in the city centre with a multi-storey
car park alongside.
Strathdon Hotel - I remember this being built as well and I think it's one of the very few Nottingham city centre hotels to retain its original name. It's another 1960s concrete block totally lacking in any character from the outside, but the reviews I've read are generally positive. The Strathdon is fairly central, not quite as close to the theatre as the Crowne Plaza but only a few minutes walk. It's very close the the Nottingham Playhouse but on the main Derby Road which could be noisy at times. Being in Nottingham city centre, means there is no car park, but there is a multi-storey very close and overnight on-street parking (pay and display) within a few hundred yards.
Hart's Hotel, on Park Row is on the edge of what was Nottingham's professional area, i.e., offices for lawyers, accountants and private doctors. And Park Row also borders "The Park" an extensive area of large private houses on the edge of the city centre. It's in an exclusive, quiet area. But that means it's a but further to walk into the city centre - downhill all the way, and uphill all the way back. The reviews are good, but you pay for the area it's located in and although the hotel has a private car park, it will set you back another £8 to use it.
Coming soon... a few notes on
- The Comfort Hotel
- The Ibis Nottingham
- The Days Hotel
- The Lace Market Hotel
- The Welbeck Hotel