Further Afield - with their focus on handpicked, gay friendly places to stay - visited our delighful Barcelona apartment, 39 Steps.
Their conclusion? "A stunning apartment for two - ultra modern design perfectly blended with traditional Barcelona style. Perfect for those who like the luxury of a well-located small hotel but want the independence of an apartment with personality."
You can read the full review here.
The wonder that is Birmingham's Frankfurt Market is only a month away. It runs from 15 November- 22 December.
With over 180 stalls, It's the ideal place to really get into the Christmas spirit. And, if you'd like to indulge in a little gluhwein, we recommend coming into the city by train and booking into one of our boutique apartments.
We often have lovely things said about us (and cool images posted) on Twitter and Facebook. Here are some recent favourites:
On Oct 5, katie_brown_86 tweeted, "stayed in ur Barcelona & Manchester apartments a couple of times & can highly recommend them"
On Sept 22, David Sutton tweeted, "Good morning from @staying_cool in Birmingham. Stunning view" with the image below -
On Aug 29th, Jane Obst said on Facebook, "Definitely the coolest place to stay in Birmingham!"
We're proud sponsors of Orchestra of the Swan.
If you're a classical music lover (or want to explore it for the first time) watch this space for special offers and ticket giveaways.
Birmimgham is always vibrant, but this weekend - 12-14 October - is an especially busy one for culture lovers. Highlights include:
OxjamBrum's Takeover Festival featuring almost fifty artists, bands, DJs, collectives and performers across seven city-centre stages (Friday).
Grand Designs Live - the UK's top contemporary home show - returning for its 7th year.
A new celebration of visual pop culture - Eye Candy - running across the city's Southside area.
Did you know that we have a beautiful apartment in central Barcelona? Our much-loved bolthole is called 39 Steps and it's the perfect place to stay in the city.
The building 39 Steps lies in is steeped in history and the apartment offers all the design and comfort you'd expect from Staying Cool.
OFFER: Last night free if you stay for four nights or more. Details
Two of our competitions ended recently and we have some winners!
The winner of our Urban Coffee Competition was the very aptly named Keith Perks. Keith won a six month Coffee Conniosseurs subscription.
Congratulations to the following people won tickets for Grand Designs Live which runs at the NEC from 12-14 October.
The UK's largest exhibiition of ancient Egyptian artefacts on loan from The British Museum will close this month in Birmingham. However, you still have time to catch it at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - it ends on October 14th.
The museum is just a short walk away from our boutique apart hotel, Staying Cool at the Rotunda.
Our Grand Designs Live competition has been extended and will end on Friday, 5th October at noon.
We have five pairs of VIP tickets and ten pairs of standard tickets to give away for the event, which runs from 12-14 October at the NEC in Birmingham. To enter simply email your answer to the following question to email@example.com
Who presents Grand Designs?
A) George Clarke
b) Kevin McCloud
c) Phil Spencer
We were thrilled that hugely popular lifestyle blog Domestic Sluttery came to stay at one of our Rotunda penthouses. The review is now online and it's a great one with excellent photos too (as below).
Domestic Sluttery is a recommended read!