I was passing through Birmingham recently and took the opportunity to stay at a couple of Hilton hotels, to earn 2k avios each as part of the Hilton promotion. First up, the Hilton Garden Inn Brindley Place. I paid £44 for a standard room. Before arrival, I ha d asked the hotel to upgrade me, and was informed I'd been switched from a Queen to a King room. The hotel is not in the city centre. It's further west, off Broad Street, about a mile from Grand Central station, and a 10-15 minute walk. There are plenty of hotels on Broad Street, including a Novotel and Hampton Inn. There's also a Travelodge, but I dispute its official name, 'Birmingham Central'! Brindley Place is a canalside development with some restaurants and familiar shops. The Garden Inn is amongst them so you won't have far to go if you want a bite to eat. I received a friendly greeting on check-in and was given Room 403. Everything looked fine but I was slightly disappointed to find that the bed was two singles pushed together, so I was slightly conscious of the mattress edges at night. Further inspection of the room revealed no mini fridge or bottled water so it was obviously a standard room. I didn't require either fridge or water, though, so I didn't bother to complain. I've pushed down the sheets a bit to show it's two beds and not one: The wifi was great, so no issue there. Bathroom was fine with the usual toiletries. Shower only, no bath. The TV was bigger than the Hilton ones I'm used to. My room was over the front of the hotel so overlooked Brindley Place. Here's the view. And the bathroom: There's an (expensive) Hilton restaurant downstairs but why eat in with all those eateries nearby? As it turned out I didn't fancy a hot meal, and just went to Subway around the corner, bought a foot-long Sub and ate it in my room. Breakfast was lovely. Lots of choice. I always stuff myself with Hilton breakfasts because they're free for Diamond. When I arrived I was offered the choice of a cooked to order breakfast, or 750 Hilton MyWay points. i opted for the cooked breakfast at the time, but the following morning I didn't fancy it and just had the normal self-serve cooked breakfast instead. Someone must have noticed because without asking I got the 750 points after all! For the record, the cooked to order breakfast menu was Fresh Eggs poached, boiled, fried or scarmbled Omelette choose from ham, cheese, mushroom, peppers and tomato Hot Smoked Salmon toasted brioche with scrambled egg Grilled Kippers parsley butter and lemon I asked for extended check-out because my journey home wasn't until 2pm, so I got an extra couple of hours. Overall a good stay, bar the slight disappointment of the bed. I didn't complain because of the cheap price, and the points I received - 2500 Honors points and 2500 avios (with some extra because I booked the stay through the Avios E-Store). You have to say that's a fantastic deal! Next up - the Hampton Inn Birmingham City North.