Opened in 1903, the buildings original name, Rowton House was taken from its founder, a philanthropist called Lord Rowton who in the late 1800's built a series of buildings in England that provided large numbers of migrant workers with decent living conditions. The guests were predominantly Irish labourers who were rejected from traditional lodgings and were otherwise forced to stay in poor conditions. Rowton House originally had lodgings for more than 800 men, all housed in individual wooden panelled cubicles (for an indication of size, The Rowton Hotel currently has 241 en-suite bedrooms). The ground floor housed an enormous dining room feeding vast numbers of men and there were amenities such as shops, a barber and a tailor on site. George Orwell, in Down and Out In Paris and London, wrote about these lodging houses: "The best are the Rowton Houses, where they charge a shilling, for which you get a cubicle to yourself, and the use of excellent bathrooms.
on site facilitiesWedding Licence
off site facilitiesCinema, Go-Karting, Leisure/Health Club, Places of Interest, Spa, Beauty Facilities, Hairdresser, Shopping Mall
equipmentInternet Connection Cable, Wi-Fi, Overhead Projector, Video, White Board, Flipcharts, Lectern, PA System, Secretarial, Photocopier, Fax, Sound Equipment, Back Projection Kit
restaurantsThe Princess Helena Restaurant
address145 Alcester Street,
From M6 - Junction 6: Take A38 (M) Aston Expressway signed City Centre. Take 3rd exit (before Flyover). At roundabout (Fire Station) take 1st exit. At next roundabout take the 2nd exit bear left and follow Ring Road. At the Bull Ring island turn left for Digbeth. Follow A41 south in the right hand lane (Hotel is signposted).
- M5 JCT 3 (5.64 miles)
nearest train station
- Birmingham New Street (0.77 miles)
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