Or should that be frreeeezing new year? Brrrrh! Anyway... we've had more than a few calls asking whether or not we're still open for business in this weather. Of course we are! Aside from one late start last week it's very much business as usual in all destinations. And in Barcleona, it's going to be 11 degrees next week... maybe best to head off there instead... factor in the fact that you're paying in pounds not euros and BA have a sale on, what are you waiting for..?
Yes us! We're listed as the Staying Cool 'design' apartments in Birmingham and Manchester and we've been given a place in the guide on account of our sustainability policies, use of local or fairtrade produce, our wonderful eco-friendly bathroom products and our energy and waste minimisation plans. Hurrah!
We absoutely loved this description of our studio apartments at Rotunda by journalist Ruth Ellen-Davies who stayed two weeks ago. Ruth writes for the travel agent's bible, the World Travel Guide.
"Compact, slick and functional, it felt like we were staying in the apartment equivalent of an iPod Nano."
Does that mean the Penthouse is an iTouch?
Read the full review here
We just published our latest newsletter. Read about:
At a star-studded event in Birmingham - hosted by the v popular Nick Owen (BBC West Midlands) - we were crowned the winners of the 2009 Excellence Award for the best Serviced Apartments.
The best tourism providers from across the West Midlands were joined by industry stakeholders, and media at the annual Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Awards ceremony at the International Convention Centre.
We now go on for the national awards in early 2010.
We are v pleased. Thanks for all your support - Pic of our Paul and Kim on our Facebook page!
Other winners included: Alton Towers, Opus and Cadbury World.
Blimey - it is a good news week! Is there something in the air? We've been shortlisted as one of three finalists in the self-catering / serviced apartments category of the Heart of England - the West Midlands region excellence in tourism awards. It's just us flying both the city of Birmingham and the serviced apartment flags as the other two entrants are cottages in Herefordshire. We'll find out the result on the 29th october. The winners go through to the national finals run by Visit Britain. We're delighted - all our hard work at Rotunda has paid off. Yeah!
Well we weren't expecting this piece of news from our annual quality inspection in Manchester - two apartments were upgraded from four star to five star bringing our total there to five (the rest still being four star). Well done Team Manchester and congratulations to Fresh and Woody!
MTV presenter Emma Willis launched the Sunday Times Style in the City event for Birmingham from our Rotunda Penthouse this week. It wasn't the best of days weather wise but Emma braved it to announce highlights from the forthcoming fashion and beauty extravaganza. Style in the City takes place from 24- 26 September when the city will be taken over by models, makeovers and all things a la mode. Check out the full programme here
Those nice folk at Bespoke Hotels have just added us to their list of recommended places to stay. We're sandwiched between Home House in London, with its fabulous bar by Zaha Hadid, and the Mill House in Ireland, a boutique, Georgian Country House Hotel. Good company indeed.
Congratulations to Stuart Pinfold and his bride-to-be who got engaged chez nous last weekend in Birmingham. Stuart's posted up some good nightime views from Rotunda (and pictures of the rock) on his Flickr page. That's our tenth engagement at Rotunda this year...
"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
""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
"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