Welcome to Birmingham: Resort World
It was a chef that first changed my mind. Possibly like you, I supposed here’s another Americanism popping into our culture right here on our city’s doorstep. But as I’ve heard more about Resort World, I’ve grown markedly more excited. Of course it’s bringing jobs and many £££s into the region but more than that, when people think they’ve been in Birmingham because they’ve departed from the airport or been to the national exhibition centre which as we well know is in lovely Solihull, they now actually will get to experience some of that famous, warm Brummie hospitality. And spend loadsa money in the region.
What solidified my interest is hearing that one of my favourite local chefs, Andy Waters (Waters on the Square, ex- Edmunds) is opening a new place. That’s worth a visit on its own.
Also, there’s a purpose-built 11-screen Cineworld. Perhaps, as they’re in an international setting, they may show the art house and world cinema films that our local indie cinema’s lack.
Resort World have gone to some length to attract 51 outlet shops including H&M, Next and Gap and many more lesser-non brands offering up to 60% off regular prices as well as a luxury spa.
Alongside the Andy Waters restaurant, you have the choice of 18 bars and restaurants including the Sky Bar, Highline New York Bar and The World Bar.
For further entertainment, we have a Genting International Casino (the whole resort is bought to us by Malaysian-based Genting Group, their first in Europe) and you have the opportunity stay in the Genting Hotel, another 4 star hotel, when visiting the already re-branded Genting Arena.
And if cinema, casino, shops, restaurants, spa and bars just doesn’t fill your day, there are events including the Style Insider Weekend (5/6 Dec) and before that the festive season launch (18 Nov).
The Resort by Day part will open on Wednesday 21st October, followed by Cineworld (23rd) and the Casino (26th) to coincide with the James Bond film release.
And it’s all just 10 minutes by train from the shiny new New Street Station.
You can find out more here.
Originally published on @BrumFaves
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