The Independent ran a great piece on Birmingham's music scene recently calling it an "indie music explosion". The piece (in full here) concludes that "Birmingham is fast becoming the best place in the UK to look to for the most exciting new music".
If you want to discover the Next Big Thing head this way!
Birmingham's stunning Hippodrome theatre has launched ticket sales for Disney's The Lion King which will run from Sat 29 Jun - Sat 28 Sep, 2013.
The Lion King stage show has been a huge hit worldwide - seen by over 65 million people. In June 2013, this acclaimed production will begin a limited season at Birmingham Hippodrome as part of its first ever UK tour.
If you are planning a trip to see The Lion King in Birmingham then take a look at our Rotunda apartments. They are perfectly located for seeing a show at the Birmingham Hippodrome and self catering is the ideal choice for families.
Birmingham calling! We have a very special last-minute offer running for stays up until the end of this month (November 2012).
Save 10% off nights at the Rotunda by quoting the discount code 'lastminute' when you book online or by phone 0121 285 1290.
Full details of the offer here
The quite brilliant Supersonic Festival kicks off in Birmingham on Friday and runs until Sunday, 21 October.
If you are a lover of advernturous music, Supersonic is not to be missed!
Further Afield - with their focus on handpicked, gay friendly places to stay - visited our delighful Barcelona apartment, 39 Steps.
Their conclusion? "A stunning apartment for two - ultra modern design perfectly blended with traditional Barcelona style. Perfect for those who like the luxury of a well-located small hotel but want the independence of an apartment with personality."
You can read the full review here.
The wonder that is Birmingham's Frankfurt Market is only a month away. It runs from 15 November- 22 December.
With over 180 stalls, It's the ideal place to really get into the Christmas spirit. And, if you'd like to indulge in a little gluhwein, we recommend coming into the city by train and booking into one of our boutique apartments.
We often have lovely things said about us (and cool images posted) on Twitter and Facebook. Here are some recent favourites:
On Oct 5, katie_brown_86 tweeted, "stayed in ur Barcelona & Manchester apartments a couple of times & can highly recommend them"
On Sept 22, David Sutton tweeted, "Good morning from @staying_cool in Birmingham. Stunning view" with the image below -
On Aug 29th, Jane Obst said on Facebook, "Definitely the coolest place to stay in Birmingham!"
We're proud sponsors of Orchestra of the Swan.
If you're a classical music lover (or want to explore it for the first time) watch this space for special offers and ticket giveaways.
Birmimgham is always vibrant, but this weekend - 12-14 October - is an especially busy one for culture lovers. Highlights include:
OxjamBrum's Takeover Festival featuring almost fifty artists, bands, DJs, collectives and performers across seven city-centre stages (Friday).
Grand Designs Live - the UK's top contemporary home show - returning for its 7th year.
A new celebration of visual pop culture - Eye Candy - running across the city's Southside area.
Did you know that we have a beautiful apartment in central Barcelona? Our much-loved bolthole is called 39 Steps and it's the perfect place to stay in the city.
The building 39 Steps lies in is steeped in history and the apartment offers all the design and comfort you'd expect from Staying Cool.
OFFER: Last night free if you stay for four nights or more. Details
"Someone has put a lot of thought into making the stay a wonderful experience for guests, and it shows." Made for Mums
"Self catering couldn't be more groovy." The Telegraph's Stella magazine
"I liked the fact that all the food products were fairtrade/organic (excellent!). The flat was lovely, wish I had somewhere like that in London.." Kate Cater, Life & Style Editor, The Guardian