Spring is in the air and we've just cottoned on to the fact that our favourite indie cinema in Birmingham, The Electric, does weddings. Getting hitched at the Electric and then honeymooning with us at the Rotunda? That sounds like a very cool plan.
If you want to plan something special at The Electric, call
manager Sam Bishop on 0121 643 7879 or e-mail
And don't forget to give us a call at Staying Cool - our chic apartments are just perfect for proposals and honeymoons. Our guest relations team will make sure that everything goes swimmingly.
David Thomas of The Independent recommends Staying Cool at the Rotunda for romance.
A spectacular free event called The Voyage will take place in Birmingham from 21 June 2012 - 24 June 2012. This will be an amazing sight! An enormous ship will sail into the centre of Victoria Square docking itself beside the city's Town Hall.
If you'd like to watch The Voyage and stay in style in Birmingham, we currently have availability for those nights.
You'll be able to watch the action unfold onboard the ship and be caught up in the atmosphere on the ground, where seagulls swoop and travellers prepare to embark on their journey. When the ship sets sail, the Town Hall will be transformed by spectacular projected imagery and the city's skyline will become a dream of undiscovered worlds.
Professional dancers and aerialists will join forces with a huge choir, live musicians and more than 140 community performers to transform the Square and tell the story.
'The company blasts physical theatre into a new and triumphant dimension.'
The Sun Herald, Australia, on Legs On The Wall
'A fascinating experience... an assault on the sense, amazing.'
Manchester Evening News on Motionhouse
Six of the London 2012 football venues actually lie outside London. We have the perfect accommodation for seeing games at two of them - Old Trafford in Manchester and the City of Coventry stadium (which is only minutes by train from our serviced apartments in Birmingham). And we have a special offer which could save you 25% on your stay.
Olympic Football at Old Trafford, Manchester
Seven matches will take place at Old Trafford between July 26th and August 7th, 2012. Our Manchester serviced apartments were recently recommended by no less than VisitEngland for the London 2012 matches in Manchester.
Olympic Football at City of Coventry Stadium,
Eight London 2012 football matches will take place in Coventry between July 25th and August 9th, 2012. Why not combine the footie with a stay in the vibrant Second City? Trains from Birmingham New Street (in the shadow of the Rotunda) take as little as 19 minutes to reach Coventry.
And back at your Staying Cool base you'll be able to enjoy the rest of London 2012 on TV in true style. Make sure that you have the beers chilling in the fridge for when you get back from the match! The apartments are very family-friendly too.
We're showing our support for the football at London 2012 by making a very special offer. If you stay at our serviced apartments in Birmingham or Manchester for any of the Olympic football matches at Coventry (or Old Trafford), we will refund 25% of the cost of your apartment for the match night on production of your tickets for the game.
We're asking former and current guests to take a few moments to complete a very short survey on IT and entertainment. Everyone who enters has the chance to win six bottles of champagne.
The survey will close on Monday, April 30th, 2012.
Cadbury World is holding one of its popular Heritage Weekends from Saturday 21st April to Sunday 22nd April.
Three walks a day will take place around Bournville looking at the history of the area and places of interest. Participants will be able to learn about George and Richard Cadbury's vision to create a new factory and a community around it and to improve the quality of life for ordinary people in Birmingham. Full details here.
Jim Roberts, the Rotunda's original architect in the 1960s, has been interviewed by the BBC about his original vision for the building and how he feels about modern Birmingham.
Jim told the BBC about the Rotunda: "We started with a little stubby thing of about 12 storeys high, but then it gradually grew into what we know now.
"Originally the final design for the Rotunda was to have a revolving restaurant at the top, but they decided that there wasn't enough money in that."
After four decades of office use, the Rotunda was given a new lease of life and Jim Roberts worked with the architects and Urban Splash.
He said: "I had the wonderful opportunity to make the Rotunda what I originally wanted to make it.
"This building is just one example of how redevelopment can be for the better - and in this case, bring improvements to the original building."
The full interview is available here.
Guests can now enjoy coffee from the Urban Coffee Company when they stay with us. It's a local, independent company run from two excellent cafes in Birmingham (Church St and Jewellery Quarter).
Like us, Urban Coffee Company take their coffee very seriously. The Urban Espresso blend we have chosen for guests is a blend of 100% Arabica beans from four different farms: Brazillian Daterra, top grade coffee from Honduras La Centrale, Costa Rico Tres Rio and India Monsoon Malabar AA. It's mellow and utterly delicious.
Our Rotunda apartments were featured by The Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine on April 9th. "Self-catering couldn't be more groovy" was the Stella verdict.
'The Girl's Guide to...Birmingham' was an excellent best of Birmingham, "a city rich in artisan heritage and quirky boutiques." and featured many of Staying Cool's old favourite haunts such as The Custard Factory and The Electric cinema. Stella, we salute you!
The search is on for England's biggest fan!
He/she will win an all-expenses paid, 70-day trip around England courtesy of VisitEngland. They're scouring the nation until April 9th.
The fan will travel in an iconic Anglomobile campervan and will be tasked with entertaining followers around the globe with videos, photos, tales of adventure and lots of fun.
Enter here and take us with you if you win!
100 of Birmingham's advertising billboards have been taken over by artists from today until April 29th.
48Sheet, a project by EC Arts, is an artistic intervention aiming to transform the city of Birmingham and parts of the region into a unique gallery. The billboards will exhibit work by regional and national artists including work by internationally renowned artists MadeIn (Shanghai) and Raqs Media Collective (Delhi).
The project aims to create an urban gallery for people to explore throughout the month of April. There is an online map identifying 48Sheet billboard locations. There are recommended cycling and walking routes to encourage people to enjoy, discover and rediscover Birmingham's canals and back streets and the Cultural Quarter of Digbeth. All recommended routes start from the 48Sheet project space based at The Mailbox which will be open from 2 April, Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm.
"Leave the curtains open and wake up to the panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows." Time Out
""..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