Tickets are now on sale for 2012's Birmingham Book Festival, which runs from October 4-13.
Highlights include Caitlin Moran in conversation with Stuart Maconie and Simon Armitage (below) talking about his new book, Walking Home.
Full programme of events.
Elle online gave Staying Cool at the Rotunda a rave review this month. Elle said:
City centre stays don't come much cooler than Staying Cool Birmingham. At the top of the city's iconic Rotunda building, the 26 serviced crashpads are done out in a minimal, Space Odyssey style in keeping with the listed 60s setting, and furnished with bright pink Lou Rota Polymorph chairs, Tom Dixon felt lamps, Naughtone sofas in dark grey and retro photos of models by Nick Smith. "Hotels?" they seem to say, "So passé"
You can read the full review here.
If you are finding yourself hooked on world-class athletics thanks to the astonishing displays at the Olympics, you can see more on August 26th at the Aviva Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham. Apartments are still available at the Rotunda for the 26th.
If you, like us, have been blown away by some of the architectural projects at London 2012 then you can see'Design Stories: The Architecture behind 2012' at RIBA until September 25, 2012.
Red Online has published a new guide to Birmingham and we're pleased to say that we made the grade. Read Red's excellent guide to the city here.
If you, like us, have been blown away by some of the architectural projects at London 2012 then you can see 'Design Stories: The Architecture behind 2012' at RIBA until September 25, 2012.
If you're heading to Birmingham to stay with us with your family this summer, please check out our Cool for Kidspage for our top pick of things to do.
VisitBirmingham.com also have excellent ideas for under 12s and teenagers.
Fancy the services or your own personal stylist during your stay? Staying Cool has teamed up with Stylizers, to offer personal shopping weekends - whether it's a new work or social wardrobe, an oufit for a special occasion, or just an excuse for a day's shopping...
Check in to your uber-stylish, city centre apartment and then kick-start the weekend with a champagne reception, followed by your own personal style party in the privacy of your apartment. Your stylist will talk you through the season's trends and themes, offering tips and advice on the right look for you, plus there's a selection of clothes to look through before hitting the shops the next day.
After breakfast in your apartment on Saturday it's time to enjoy Manchester's stores, with your personal fashion stylist at your side. They will have pre-booked your changing rooms and you'll be able to take in as many items as you want to try on - a relaxing retail experience that is miles away from the usual Saturday afternoon changing room mayhem. Your stylist will be on hand to put together outfits for you and offer advice and suggestions to help you achieve the best look for you. What's more they'll even carry your bags for you!
Saturday night is your chance to try out your new look - we'll reserve a table at a city centre restaurant or give you the low down on the coolest bars and clubs to visit - and in Manchester you'll be spoilt for choice. Spend Sunday as you please - relax, hit the shops again or perhaps you just want to spend the day exploring Manchester's city centre.
Stylizers' stylists aren't affiliated with any particular store - so whether you prefer Prada or Primark, Harvey Nichs or Hennes, vintage or Vivienne Westwood, you can shop to suit your style, age and budget.
Staying Cool Style Weekends cost £370 per person which includes accommodation (for up to four people), a champagne reception on arrival, the services of your own personal stylist and an organic full English or continental breakfast box each day, as well as access to our concierge service.
Today sees the official start of the Olympics and the Cultural Olympiad has certainly brought some wonderul events to Manchester and Bimringham for our guests to enjoy over the past few months.
Whether you're watching the Olympics Opening Ceremony whilst staying with us, on the TV at home or (luckiest of all) at the stadium, we think that's it's going to be an unforgettable experience. Enjoy!
"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
""..the Rotunda is superbly located bang in the city centre with New Street and the famous Christmas market less than 20ft from our door – perfect for dropping off those heavy shopping bags."" North Devon Journal
"The New York Times recently named our second city as one of the hottest destinations for 2012...Its favourite place to stay? Staying Cool's apartments atop the Rotunda..." The Sunday Times