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!
Well that's what we read on a Mr Branson train yesterday... She's playing Birmingham on 23rd May. Best make your own mind up!
"Where better for Beyonce to lay her coiffed locks than at the top of Birmingham's most famous building? Built in the early 60's the Rotunda is distinctive, cylindrical, an icon. Saved from demolition by popular vote, it's now a top-notch residential block. Staying Cool's glamorous penthouse apartment (plus 14 on the floor below) has had a hip refit for short stays, the décor combining classic mid-century retro furniture and pieces commissioned from up-and-coming artists. In the penthouse, floor-to-ceiling glass opens onto a wind-whipped balcony, below which the nightime city glitters."
Just when you thought Valentine's was over for another year... we heard this morning that two sets of guests - in Birmingham and Manchester - proposed last night. Both offers accepted, rings on fingers. Congratulations Mark, Carl and both your lovely ladies.
""..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
""..our apartment was equipped with a fully functioning kitchen, replete with oranges for juicing, a juicer, coffee grounds for grinding, a coffee machine, and the most swaggy open-plan living room, framed by a seemingly endless view..."" Wonderland Magazine
"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