Our gorgeous Barcelona bolt hole, 39 Steps, is currently available during the half term holiday (up to the 6th).
We don't hike our prices up during the school holidays, so the apartment is perfect for teachers or anyone simply wanting to escape Jubilee fever!
39 Steps is located in the very heart of the city at the top of the Ramblas (Plaza Catalunya end). It is a great place to stay in Barcelona and if you book four nights or more you can get your last night free by using BARCA4 in the rate code box.
Skyscanner.net is a great resource for finding those last-minute flights.
London calling! We sponsor the wonderful Orchestra of the Swan. and they have five pairs of tickets put aside for us at tonight's English Genius' concert at Cadogan Hall with guest performer, Mark Bebbington.
The evening promises a night of music by Vaughan Williams (Wasp Overture and Symphony No. 5) and John Ireland (Piano Concerto and Legend).
First come, first served with a call to the box office on 020 7730 4500. Quote Staying Cool. Further details on the OOTS website.
We have a new blog post talking about business travel with Staying Cool and our PA rewards scheme. You can read all about them here.
The city is a great place for serious foodies year round. Birmingham boasts more Michelin starred restaurants than any other UK city outside London. And, this January, its vibrant culinary culture earned Birmingham a slot on the prestigious New York Times' 45 Places To Go in 2012shortlist.
VisitBirmingham have all the details.
We have a new blog post talking about how and why we began Staying Cool back in 2005.
The website is an excellent cultural guide to Manchester and very cool to boot. There's also a free Creative Tourist iPhone app available featuring walking tours, insider tips on where to eat and the most interesting places to visit.
The International Dance Festival is running until May 19th, 2012 in Birmingham. This weekend has a family focus.
Today, Spanish dance company Aracaladanza will perform Clouds at 11am. It's described as "an enchanting dance show for all the family where dancers create a magical world of moving objects, marionettes and dream-like imagery". Tickets for the show were still available at the time of posting.
Alternatively, you can enjoy Spill at 12.45pm in Cannon Hill Park free of charge. The piece uses the park's playground equipment as the set and should be a wonderful experience.
We are proud sponsors of Orchestra of the Swan and love what they do.
Five pairs of complimentary tickets have been put aside
Beethoven's Pastoral at the Town Hall,
Birmingham on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 2.30pm.
Tickets are available on a first come first served basis. If you'd like to go along, please call the box office on 01789 267567 and quote STAYINGCOOL.
"Only one thing could possibly top the stylish design-led interiors at Staying Cool, and that’s the views..." Elle online
"..brilliant either for a short break with kids or just for a night or weekend away without them if your batteries need recharging." The Baby Website
"I liked the fact that all the food products were fairtrade/organic (excellent!). The flat was lovely, wish I had somewhere like that in London.." Kate Cater, Life & Style Editor, The Guardian