Max Davidson of the Daily Telegraph came to Birmingham in search of Tolkien heritage and stayed with us.
Here's what Max discovered in Birmingham and Oxford: On the Tolkien Trail
We were delighted that the Observer Magazine featured our Alternative Weekend as its Deal of the Week for the UK this Sunday.
We've launched a competition with Whisk Hampers which runs until December 19th.
It takes ten seconds to enter this great competition.
Full details here
We like to pop seasonal treats into our apartments at the Rotunda, so that guests get a special treat on arrival.
From tomorrow (December 1st) until Christmas, guests will receive a complimentary Cadbury's chocolate selection box.
Get on board the Art Bus on Saturday, December 1st! Be transported between Birmingham's finest art galleries, while enjoying some complimentary mince pies.
For further details, please call Ikon Gallery on 0121 248 0708.
The wonderful (and free!) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery launches its Nativity Art Trail at 2pm on Friday, 30th November.
From a 16th-century enamel to Pre-Raphaelite favourites, the Nativity Art Trail offers the chance to view the Christmas Story through 500 years of art.
The trail features favourites such as The Star of Bethlehem by Edward Burne-Jones and a stained glass window made for the Methodist Chapel in Cradley Heath. It runs until January 6th.
You can also visit Father Christmas in his grotto at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
The BBC Good Food Show starts at the NEC tomorrow and runs until Sunday, December 2nd.
The show can be reached easily by train from central Birmingham and our apartments at the Rotunda. Trains to the NEC from Birmingham New Street take from 10-15 minutes.
If you are looking for an alterarnative to panto this winter, The Birmingham Stage Company is staging James and the Giant Peach until February 2nd, 2013 when it will go on tour.
The Birmingham Mail gave the show five stars and said, "At the end of this near-two hour show the cast left the stage to long and loud applause and waves from cheering parents and children - the best review of all."
Birmingham Royal Ballet is currently staging a production of Cinderella at the Hippodrome. It runs until December 9th.
'This sumptuous Cinderella is a banquet for the eyes' THE INDEPENDENT
Televised by the BBC in 2010, this is a stunning production with music by Sergei Prokofiev.
Respect due to The Electric cinema for coming up with some really creative alternatives to the usual office Christmas party.
We'd love to attend a private screening of It's A Wonderful Life with an ice cream usherette. But there are lots of other ideas such as connecting an Xbox 360 or Play Station 3 to the big screen and hosting a videogame tournament or hosting an awards ceremony.
You can explore all of the options here or contact email@example.com.
"Only one thing could possibly top the stylish design-led interiors at Staying Cool, and that’s the views..." Elle online
"Self catering couldn't be more groovy." The Telegraph's Stella magazine
"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