The UK's first major chain hotel to be fully non-smoking could be opening its doors early next year in Birmingham's tallest building.
Management at the Radisson SAS - which will be located in Beetham Tower, on Holloway Circus - have contacted city pressure groups to gauge opinion on it becoming the first major hotel with non-smoking bedrooms, function rooms, bar and restaurant.
The hotel's general manager Kathrine Ohm Thomas is awaiting responses from various bodies, including Birmingham Forward, Birmingham Future and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Ms Ohm Thomas said the 211-room hotel will open on January 10 at the landmark 39-storey building.
The Norwegian smoker said she is still undecided on whether the hotel will not allow people to light up. Ms Ohm Thomas said: "I think it should be up to the people of Birmingham to decide.
"There is a real desire now in many countries to tackle smoking. In Norway and Ireland smoking is banned from most public buildings, so why don't we try it out in Britain.
"I would like to start a debate on smoking within Birmingham and we have contacted many people to hear their views."
Hotel officials are expecting to move into offices at Beetham Tower in October, to prepare for the launch. The £70 million Tower, is the latest development to transform Birmingham's skyline and stands at 393ft high. It will also be home to 212 apartments, and a health club.