Steve McKenna of the Brisbane Times in Australia visited Birmingham recently and his review is now online.
It's clear that Steve McKenna was very pleasantly surprised by the city - "Truth be told, Brum's a bit of a gem" . He recommends our "swanky" serviced apartments in Birmingham as a place to stay.
The Voyage is taking place in Bimingham in late June just 500m away from our Rotunda apartments.
It will be a spectacular evening. An enormous ship will 'sail' into Victoria Square docking itself beside the Town Hall. High above, dancers and aerialists will appear in the ship's rigging. On the ground seagulls will swoop and travellers will prepare to embark on their journey. When the ship sets sail, the Town Hall will be transformed by projected images.
The event is part of the London 2012 Festival and to show our support we're offering the chance to win a night at Rotunda in a Mini apartment.
You can enter via Facebook or email email@example.com with 'Voyage competition' as the subject header. Entries close on Wedensday, May 30th at 8pm.
As part of our support for Orchestra of the Swan, a very special event called ' Room With a View' will take place at the Rotunda on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012.
Please join us in one of our Roadster penthouses for lunchtime canapès and wine. Members of the orchestra will play live and this promises to be a wonderful occasion.
Tickets cost £25.
Our Rotunda Cool for Kids family package is one year old. We created it to make staying with us en famille at our serviced apartments in Birmingham even more enjoyable.
You can read all about Cool for Kids in our latest blog post.
Our gorgeous Barcelona bolt hole, 39 Steps, is currently available during the half term holiday (up to the 6th).
We don't hike our prices up during the school holidays, so the apartment is perfect for teachers or anyone simply wanting to escape Jubilee fever!
39 Steps is located in the very heart of the city at the top of the Ramblas (Plaza Catalunya end). It is a great place to stay in Barcelona and if you book four nights or more you can get your last night free by using BARCA4 in the rate code box.
Skyscanner.net is a great resource for finding those last-minute flights.
London calling! We sponsor the wonderful Orchestra of the Swan. and they have five pairs of tickets put aside for us at tonight's English Genius' concert at Cadogan Hall with guest performer, Mark Bebbington.
The evening promises a night of music by Vaughan Williams (Wasp Overture and Symphony No. 5) and John Ireland (Piano Concerto and Legend).
First come, first served with a call to the box office on 020 7730 4500. Quote Staying Cool. Further details on the OOTS website.
We have a new blog post talking about business travel with Staying Cool and our PA rewards scheme. You can read all about them here.
The city is a great place for serious foodies year round. Birmingham boasts more Michelin starred restaurants than any other UK city outside London. And, this January, its vibrant culinary culture earned Birmingham a slot on the prestigious New York Times' 45 Places To Go in 2012shortlist.
VisitBirmingham have all the details.
We have a new blog post talking about how and why we began Staying Cool back in 2005.
"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
""..our apartment was equipped with a fully functioning kitchen, replete with oranges for juicing, a juicer, coffee grounds for grinding, a coffee machine, and the most swaggy open-plan living room, framed by a seemingly endless view..."" Wonderland Magazine
"Leave the curtains open and wake up to the panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows." Time Out