Our Rotunda apartments were featured by The Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine on April 9th. "Self-catering couldn't be more groovy" was the Stella verdict.
'The Girl's Guide to...Birmingham' was an excellent best of Birmingham, "a city rich in artisan heritage and quirky boutiques." and featured many of Staying Cool's old favourite haunts such as The Custard Factory and The Electric cinema. Stella, we salute you!
The search is on for England's biggest fan!
He/she will win an all-expenses paid, 70-day trip around England courtesy of VisitEngland. They're scouring the nation until April 9th.
The fan will travel in an iconic Anglomobile campervan and will be tasked with entertaining followers around the globe with videos, photos, tales of adventure and lots of fun.
Enter here and take us with you if you win!
100 of Birmingham's advertising billboards have been taken over by artists from today until April 29th.
48Sheet, a project by EC Arts, is an artistic intervention aiming to transform the city of Birmingham and parts of the region into a unique gallery. The billboards will exhibit work by regional and national artists including work by internationally renowned artists MadeIn (Shanghai) and Raqs Media Collective (Delhi).
The project aims to create an urban gallery for people to explore throughout the month of April. There is an online map identifying 48Sheet billboard locations. There are recommended cycling and walking routes to encourage people to enjoy, discover and rediscover Birmingham's canals and back streets and the Cultural Quarter of Digbeth. All recommended routes start from the 48Sheet project space based at The Mailbox which will be open from 2 April, Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm.
Could you spare a couple of minutes to complete a quick survey about technology? Everyone who takes part will have the chance to win six bottles of champagne.
Please click here to complete the survey.
Guests staying at the Rotunda are in for a special treat this Easter. Complementary Cadbury Creme Eggs will be found in every serviced apartment on check in from March 20th to April 8th, 2012.
Two seriously cool arts festivals are coming up in Birmingham.
Cinema lovers should check out Flatpack Festival. Described by The Independent as, "The country's most creatively curated film festival" it's a wonderful, eclectic festival. Flatpack runs from 14th-18th March.
Fierce, the city's international festival of live art and performance, runs from March 29th-April 8th. We're intrigued by some of the pieces exploring the highs and lows of love; embark on an emotional Berlin Love Tour on the streets of Birmingham or take part in Uninvited Guests' Love Letters Straight From Your Heart (fresh from a sell-out run at London's Southbank Centre) in which love song dedications from the audience are woven into the performance.
On Birmingham itself, Visit England says, "While thousands whizz straight past Britain's second city every hour, on their way north or south, they're missing out on some fabulous shopping, delicious food - and cutting edge contemporary art."
We couldn't agree more!
Congratulations to Tamalyn Roberts and Ed Keep who each won a Brownie Extravaganza gift box in our Cocoa Loco competition. They'll be with you soon.
We have two Chocolate Brownie Extravaganza gift boxes to give away. They come courtesy of Cocoa Loco, an award-winning, artisan company.
The Chocolate Brownie Extravaganza boxes contain a dozen brownies. We can verify that they are seriously delicious.
To enter, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org using 'Cocoa Loco' as the header and tell us which county Cocoa Loco is based in.
A winner will be drawn at random. The competition ends on Sunday, February 26th 2012 at 9pm. Prize delivered in mainland UK only.
Guests at the Rotunda can enjoy a special exhibition of drawings by Leonarda da Vinci until March 25th, 2012.
The free exhibition at the nearby Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is part of the Royal Collection. It is touring five UK galleries as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and Birmingham is the first.