Blimey - it is a good news week! Is there something in the air? We've been shortlisted as one of three finalists in the self-catering / serviced apartments category of the Heart of England - the West Midlands region excellence in tourism awards. It's just us flying both the city of Birmingham and the serviced apartment flags as the other two entrants are cottages in Herefordshire. We'll find out the result on the 29th october. The winners go through to the national finals run by Visit Britain. We're delighted - all our hard work at Rotunda has paid off. Yeah!
Well we weren't expecting this piece of news from our annual quality inspection in Manchester - two apartments were upgraded from four star to five star bringing our total there to five (the rest still being four star). Well done Team Manchester and congratulations to Fresh and Woody!
MTV presenter Emma Willis launched the Sunday Times Style in the City event for Birmingham from our Rotunda Penthouse this week. It wasn't the best of days weather wise but Emma braved it to announce highlights from the forthcoming fashion and beauty extravaganza. Style in the City takes place from 24- 26 September when the city will be taken over by models, makeovers and all things a la mode. Check out the full programme here
Those nice folk at Bespoke Hotels have just added us to their list of recommended places to stay. We're sandwiched between Home House in London, with its fabulous bar by Zaha Hadid, and the Mill House in Ireland, a boutique, Georgian Country House Hotel. Good company indeed.
Congratulations to Stuart Pinfold and his bride-to-be who got engaged chez nous last weekend in Birmingham. Stuart's posted up some good nightime views from Rotunda (and pictures of the rock) on his Flickr page. That's our tenth engagement at Rotunda this year...
Well don't say we don't listen... we always look at our guest feedback and try to improve things whenever we can. Once we had had ten requests for blackout curtains at Rotunda we decided we had to introduce them! The Penthouse, Maxis and Clubmans now have them, as do half of the Minis with the rest being done this week. Sleep tight.
PS Just don't blame us when you oversleep!
We have lots of journalists and reviewers come stay with us but when travel blogger Karen Bryan (Europe à la carte) stayed with us in July in Birmingham she made a little movie about it. Click here to view.
We've been twittering and Facebook since Autumn 08. If you become a fan on Facebook you get to learn about our best offers first. Ssshhh!
Sometimes we think it was easier when we just had a website and a monthly e-newsletter!
Building magazine took over the 19th floor of Rotunda on 7 May when 100 built environment professionals came to hear all about Network Rail's exciting and impressive plans for New Street station, just 300m from Rotunda. The scheme which has been designed by Foreign Office Architects will truly transform the station and its environs making it probably the best looking 21st century station in Europe. Possibly the world.
Hot off the press... we've just learnt that we've won three Gold awards for our apartments in Manchester from Enjoy England and Quality in Tourism. This the first year of the awards in the serviced apartment category. They aim to recognise all the hard work that goes into delivering consistently high standards and we're the cream of the crop! Obviously we're delighted to have won!
""..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
"Only one thing could possibly top the stylish design-led interiors at Staying Cool, and that’s the views..." Elle online
""The Week's Best Deals: Birmingham's Staying Cool at the Rotunda is enticing 'time flexible' guests to its chic, 60s-inspired self-catering apartments with discounted stays on Monday and Sunday nights..." " The Observer Magazine