"Everything seemed functional and well planned, as if I really was in a dream flat. There was plenty of room and a large, comfortable bed behind a partition. But it was the views that were the clincher. I never imagined that Birmingham could appear beautiful until I looked out of the floor-to-ceiling windows at a pink evening sky spread out beyond a cityscape of Bullring shops, Selfridges, St Martin's steeple, towers blocks and parks. I sipped my mint tea (free), read Wallpaper* (free), and thought: why can't all city stays be as cool as this?"
"Oh my God. They actually open!" exclaimed my boyfriend, breaking the gobsmacked silence that fell the moment we clocked our Mini apartment's gleaming wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. Stretching out before us, 19 stories below, twinkled night-time Birmingham, and it looked beautiful..."