We'd highly recommend a visit to Barcelona during the winter
months. The city is much quieter and there's still plenty to keep
you entertained. Our 39
Steps apartment is very central and has heating if
Here are some key dates
The International Jazz Festival takes place from the 19th of October to December 1st this year.
The Fira de Santa Llúcia market has run in the lead up to Christmas since 1786. You'll find the market close to the city's cathedral (just a few minutes' walk from 39 Steps). It's a great place to pick up decorations and Christmas gifts.
Three Kings' Day or 'Reis Mags' is on Twelfth Night (January 5th, 2014). Reis Mags is the biggest day of celebration for Christmas in Spain and Barcelona puts on a huge procession of floats to celebrate.
Santa Eulàlia, held for five days around February 12th,
commemorates the city's patron saint. You can enjoy free concerts
all over town, processions of giants and fire-running! Many
buildings and museums are free to enter during this period.
Barcelona tourist info
Clothes Show Live comes to Birmingham this December. This is the 25th year of what is called 'the ultimate girls' day out'.
We'd recommend staying over with us at the Rotunda after the show. You can reach the show at the NEC by train in under ten minutes from nearby New Street Station.
We always rate Jas Sansi's photography highly and his images of the 4 Squares Weekender really capture the sense of excitement in the city last weekend.
Coming to Birmingham for Grand Designs Live? You can enjoy 10% off stays with us at the Rotunda from October 3rd-7th, 2013. Check out the Grand Designs Live website for the booking code.
Birmingham city centre will be alive with the sound of bicycle bells this Sunday as the Sky Ride is coming to town. Enjoy traffic free cycling for all ages.
We're giving away free bottles of champagne to parents dropping off kids at university in Birmingham this month. Stay with us and dull the pain in style!
Bullring and Selfridges
Birmingham are ten today. They provide some amazing
shopping opportunities in the city and we provide the perfect place
to stay to make the most of them!
We are right next door to the Bullring and Selfridges, so guests can simply shop and drop.
It's a very proud day for Birmingham as Malala Yousafzai, the teenager shot in the head in Pakistan for championing women's rights, has opened the city's new library.
The building, which to our delight features a series of rotundas, houses the largest lending library in Europe plus much more. You can enjoy a virtual tour courtesy of the BBC's arts editor, Will Gompertz.
Serious cyclist? The huge Cycle Show comes to Birmingham at the end of this month. You can try out every type of bike being exhibited on test tracks, watch the UK's top trials and BMX riders in action, and practice jump tricks or try out Roller Racing on the AirBag.
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"Leave the curtains open and wake up to the panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows." Time Out
"There are no bellhops nor a gym...instead you get a Mac Mini, free Wi-Fi, an espresso machine and a juicer (oranges included)." The New York Times