The Grand Hotel, Birmingham, UK

The impressive ballroom of this grandiose hotel dates from the late 1800s. The ballroom will soon be refurbished along with the rest of the hotel.

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham
 

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History of the Grand Hotel, Birmingham

The Grand Hotel in Birmingham was built between 1877 to 1895 and has had many subsequent alterations and additions. Much of the present building fronting onto Colmore Row was originally constructed by Isaac Horton, founder of the Horton’s Estate, to designs by his architect Thomson Plevins.

This rather impressive hotel has been out of use for since its closure in 2002, after getting into financial difficulties. The hotel had been neglected during the 1980s and 1990s, contributing to its decline. Deteriorating exterior stonework meant a lot of work needed to be done, and the owners had plans to demolish the building until a listing order was made, saving it from demolition. Solutions have been found for the sub-standard building materials used during construction and renovation is now under-way.

The stunning Grosvenor room is a ballroom that was added as part of a huge expansion in the late 1880s is awaiting full restoration. Attempts have been made to stop further decay but parts of the ornate plasterwork have fallen away from the ceiling; the room is showing its age when inspected close-up. The decorative works feature murals between huge Corinthian pilasters and the enormous Art-Deco style light fittings date from the 1920s. The rest of the hotel has been stripped out ready for the renovation work to commence.

Our Visit
After an interesting entry into the ballroom we were in awe! The room is simply stunning, and not the kind of thing you expect to find in the UK. Some lights were on when we arrived, so we got a selection of shots, some with the lights on and others with them off. Visited with Proj3ct M4yh3m, Kriegaffe9 and SpiderMonkey.

 

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - The stunning Grosvenor Ballroom

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – The stunning Grosvenor Ballroom

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Twin doors in the Grosvenor ballroom

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Twin doors in the Grosvenor ballroom

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Ballroom Balconies

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Ballroom Balconies

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - View from balcony

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – View from balcony

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Archway

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Archway

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - View down the huge ballroom

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – View down the huge ballroom

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Arches in the ballroom

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The Grand Hotel – Arches in the ballroom

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Lights on

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Lights on

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Lights in the Grosvenor room

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Lights in the Grosvenor room

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Ornate plaster ceiling

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The Grand Hotel – Ornate plaster ceiling

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Balcony ceiling

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Balcony ceiling

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - View through one of the ornate plaster arches

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – View through one of the ornate plaster arches

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Through arch

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Through arch

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Ornate plaster detail

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The Grand Hotel – Ornate plaster detail

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Lots of arches

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Lots of arches

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Art Deco lights

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Art Deco lights

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - 1920s light detail

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – 1920s light detail

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Through the doors into the piano room

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Through the doors into the piano room

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - The piano room

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – The piano room

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Piano

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Piano

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Lights on

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Lights on

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Even the staircase is grand

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Even the staircase is grand

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Marble columns

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Marble columns

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - View on the stairs

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – View on the stairs

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - One of the hotel rooms

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – One of the hotel rooms

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Hotel room

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Hotel room

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Sandringham Suite

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Sandringham Suite

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Tiled mosaic floor

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Tiled mosaic floor

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Commercial room

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Commercial room

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Jubilee room

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Jubilee room

Further Reading

If you liked this report please also check out Darbian's Grand Hotel report and Proj3ct M4yh3m's Grand Hotel report on their websites.

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