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.
Staying Cool's Rotunda apartments are featured in a Sunday's Times article on self-catering accommodation offering "affordable luxury and added extras".
The piece, by Susan d'Arcy, was published on February 19th and said, "The New York Times recently named our second city as one of the hottest destinations for 2012. (It has more miles of canal than Venice, apparently, although fewer palazzi.) The article waxed lyrical about the culinary scene and the famous balti belt. Its favourite place to stay? Staying Cool's apartments atop the Rotunda, which have bespoke sofas, Macs and Poggenpohl kitchens with espresso machines."
The transformation of Birmingham's New Street rail station continues apace. The curvy, reflective steel facade should look especially wonderful from Staying Cool's apartmentsat the top of the Rotunda.
Many of our guests travel by train and the new ' fly through' video from Network Rail shows that they'll soon be able to arrive here in style.
What may be the UK's most stylish Valentine's date is on offer to guests at Staying Cool at the Rotunda this February. Kim Richards, Staying Cool's Birmingham Manager, said, "What could be better than a chic, private apartment; a free bottle of champagne chilling in the fridge; and 'Casablanca' at the funky Electric cinema just around the corner? It's stylish yet seductive."
Anyone booking at the Rotunda online for February 10th, 11th, 14th, 17th or the 18th February, 2012 will find a bottle of champagne chilling in the fridge on arrival if they use VALENTINE in the rate code box.
The nearby Electric Cinema is showing Casablanca from the 11th-14th Feb and The Artist from the 17th-23rd.
Staying Cool is offering discounts for family stays at the Rotunda up until the end of April 2012, alongside an on-going Cool for Kids package of free extras.
Our Cool for Kids package offers free extras for families, ranging from baby cots to dressing up boxes. There's fun to be had for adults too with treats such as spa treatments available in the apartments.
A 10% online discount is available from now until the end of April 2012 via stayingcool.com or by calling 0121 285 1290 quoting FAMILY10.
The 5* and 4* serviced apartments in Birmingham, recommended by The New York Times in January 2012, have proved very popular with families since they opened in 2008.
Kim Richards, Staying Cool's Birmingham Manager, said, "Everyone deserves some glamour in their lives, especially parents. Our apartments are very practical and convenient for families, but they're also beautifully designed with stunning views and great interiors."
There's been great excitement here as we have been recommended by The New York Times.
Reporter Mark Vanhoenacker's piece 36 Hours in Birmingham is a fascinating guide to the very best the city has to offer. We're very proud to have been included.
Maureen Flynn, who won our Style Birmingham competition to spend NYE in a Mini apartment, sent us a lovely thank you for her stay with her grandsons. Maureen wrote:
"A great big "thank you" to Staying Cool for a 'flash, bang, wallop!' start to 2012. My grandsons, Logan and Hennessey and I enjoyed a luxurious overnight stay courtesy of Staying Cool in Birmingham's iconic Rotunda. At midnight, as the New Year began, our 19th floor apartment afforded us a brilliant panoramic view as Brummies celebrated in an explosion of colour with their magnificent pyrotechnic displays.
Add to this a truly comfortable night's sleep and a delicious, leisurely breakfast watching as the city awoke, we'll certainly be back. We can truly say we saw 2012 in on a high!"
We have lots of free extras on offer for families at Rotunda including cots and dressing up boxes, check out our Cool for Kids page for details.
"Someone has put a lot of thought into making the stay a wonderful experience for guests, and it shows." Made for Mums
"The New York Times recently named our second city as one of the hottest destinations for 2012...Its favourite place to stay? Staying Cool's apartments atop the Rotunda..." The Sunday Times
"Self catering couldn't be more groovy." The Telegraph's Stella magazine