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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 email@example.com 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.
"Leave the curtains open and wake up to the panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows." Time Out
""..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
"Self catering couldn't be more groovy." The Telegraph's Stella magazine