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Champagne Draw24 April 2012

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 Event17 April 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.

Rotunda History12 April 2012

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.

Urban Coffee11 April 2012

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.

Stella Magazine09 April 2012

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!

Fan in a Van05 April 2012

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!  

Street art in Birmingham02 April 2012

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.

Quick Survey27 March 2012

Could you spare a couple of minutes to complete a quick survey about technology? Everyone who takes part will have the chance to win six bottles of champagne.

Please click here to complete the survey.

Easter Treats at the Rotunda19 March 2012

Guests staying at the Rotunda are in for a special treat this Easter. Complementary Cadbury Creme Eggs will be found in every serviced apartment on check in from March 20th to April 8th, 2012.

Funky Festivals09 March 2012

Two seriously cool arts festivals are coming up in Birmingham.

Cinema lovers should check out Flatpack Festival. Described by The Independent as, "The country's most creatively curated film festival" it's a wonderful, eclectic festival. Flatpack runs from 14th-18th March.

Fierce, the city's international festival of live art and performance, runs from March 29th-April 8th. We're intrigued by some of the pieces exploring the highs and lows of love; embark on an emotional  Berlin Love Tour on the streets of Birmingham or take part in Uninvited Guests' Love Letters Straight From Your Heart (fresh from a sell-out run at London's Southbank Centre) in which love song dedications from the audience are woven into the performance.

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