We are proud to announce an exciting collaboration with leading beauty brand Urban Retreat, launching a Pop-Up Spa at our Rotunda apartments in Birmingham.
Urban Retreat has been providing the most innovative and luxurious beauty treatments in their spas in Harrods, London and Harvey Nichols, Manchester, for over 10 years.
Staying Cool's guests can now enjoy an array of luxurious beauty services provided by Urban Retreat in the chic surroundings of all 26 of Staying Cool's glamorous apartments.
A full, pre-bookable service is available at the top of Birmingham's iconic Rotunda building. Guests can enjoy delights such as Murad facials, including one specially designed for men; All for Eve body treatments; and deeply relaxing massages. Deluxe grooming includes evening make-up sessions and immaculate manicures and pedicures to choose from.
Staying Cool carefully selected Urban Retreat at Home as its spa partner for their quality service and professional standard of treatments.
Tracey Stephenson, Managing Director of Staying Cool, says, "We're very excited to have such a prestigious company working with us on the Pop-up Spa. Our guests can enjoy the magic of a top London spa service without setting a foot out of the door."
Urban Retreat has a spectacular flagship salon on the top floor of Harrods described as "the ultimate beauty destination in London" by Vogue. Urban Retreat at Home is now bringing this expertise to the rest of Britain.
From the beautifully presented therapist, trained to the highest standards, to the personal welcome pack complete with gown and slippers; from scented teas to a choice of background music playlists; from fragrant room sprays to set the scene to professional and considered advice. Urban Retreat at Home has thought of every detail to transform your treatment at Staying Cool into a total beauty experience.
To book a pampering treat at Staying Cool from Monday 23rd July 2012 contact: The Staying Cool team on 0121 285 1250 or Urban Retreat on 0844 793 8344; please remember to state your apartment number on booking. We don't like to disappoint therefore it is probably best to give 24 hours notice.
Alternatively, next time you stay, why not book an appointment ahead of checking in? Please note there is a minimum spend of £55 per visit.
On Wednesday, July 25th, a Jamaican extravaganza will take place at Symphony Hall. The concert looks really excitiing and the Jamaican National Athletic team will be in attendance.
Performing on the night will be Musical Youth, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jamelia, Jimmy James, Jaki Graham, Count Prince Miller, Abigail Kelly, five times world karate champion Eugene Codington, Jackie Guy, Carlton Curtis, Skibu, Horizon Youth Choir, Brothers United in Christ Choir, and surprise guest artists.
We were excited to see that Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is hosting the largest ever touring exhibition of Egyptian artefacts in the UK on loan from The British Museum.
Over 130 British Museum objects are featured in thePharoah: King of Egypt exhibition from monumental sculptures to intimate items of gold jewellery.
The exhibition runs until October 14, 2012.
Did you know that Staying Cool has an advisory board? It's full of very talented people - such as James Lohan, who founded boutique travel brand Mr & Mrs Smith. Award-winning architect Glenn Howells is our newest member. We're particularly thrilled about this because Glenn and Urban Splash made the Rotunda what it is today.
Glenn's architectural practice, GHA, has just won a prestigious RIBA Award for Architecural Excellence for its work on Kevin McLeod's sustainable Triangle housing project.
We were honoured to play host to the Chefs' Reception for the Birmingham Food Fest on Monday evening in one of our Rotunda penthouses.
The Food Fest is going extremely well. Chris, who won our competition with Opus, attended over the weekend and described it as "a massive success."
It's Independents Day today. All of us are being encouraged to buy at least one item from a local, independent company.
Staying Cool is very proud to be a small, independent and we use
our buying power to support other companies like us. For instance,
the cafetiere coffee in our Rotunda apartments is supplied by
Coffee Company, which now has three outlets in
Birmingham and is taking on the corporate coffee chains in the
city, and we buy thousands of juicing oranges a year from the local
We also actively seek out independents for bigger purchases. We bought our sofas from naughtone, who design and manufacture near Harrogate, and Heather at Eclectic Chair in Leeds handmakes cushions and curtains for us.
We were excited to see that one of our favourite Birmingham restaurants, Purnell's, has won the prestigious BMW Square Meal Best UK Restaurant Award 2012.
This award sees Purnell's beating world-renowned restaurants, such as Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir de Quatre Saisons, to first place. You can read Square Meal's full top 50 UK list here.
Turners also made the grade at number 36.
Birmingham has a great cultural scene with some really quirky stuff on offer.
The Electric cinema is one of our favourite venues and this is their Shock and Gore Week. We can't wait for the Dracula wine tasting!
29th June 2012
The winner of our Food Festival competition was Eleanor Edgar. Unfortunately, Eleanor couldn't make it. We therefore drew another name and Chris Davis and a guest will be coming along in Eleanor's place.
Birmingham Food Fest is on its way and, to celebrate, we have the perfect competition on offer for foodies. Our winners will stay overnight with us in the city on July 12th and enjoy a unique culinary event featuring top Chicago chef Dirk Flanigan.
We're offering a stay for two in one of our 5* Clubman apartments at the top of the Rotunda. Our winners will also enjoy a five-course meal with wine at Opus restaurant, as part of the Colmore Business District Food Festival. And this is a very special evening - one of America's rising culinary stars, Dirk Flanigan, will cook alongside Opus' chef-director, David Colcolme.
We are hosting Chef Flanigan for a week to show our support for the festival. Gavin Burns, our Head of Marketing, said, "Dirk should feel right at home here - all of our apartments have fully-equipped Poggenpohl kitchens and we provide cooking basics such as balsamic vinegar and olive oil. He'll be able to whip himself something up in no time."
Our competition will launch tonight at 8pm and entries will close on June 29th, 2012. You can enter via Staying Cool'sFacebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org using the title 'Food Fest Comp' and your name will be popped in our virtual bag.
"Leave the curtains open and wake up to the panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows." Time Out
""The Week's Best Deals: Birmingham's Staying Cool at the Rotunda is enticing 'time flexible' guests to its chic, 60s-inspired self-catering apartments with discounted stays on Monday and Sunday nights..." " The Observer Magazine
"..brilliant either for a short break with kids or just for a night or weekend away without them if your batteries need recharging." The Baby Website