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Homage to Rotunda Architect James A. Roberts
Learn about the creative genius behind our iconic Rotunda home, architect James A. Roberts, who redefined Birmingham at the height of the swinging sixties.
Creative Heights II: Celebrating 15 years at Rotunda
We’re celebrating 15 years at Rotunda in 2023 with a second year-long programme of events to showcase Birmingham’s wealth of creative talent.
Michelin Star Restaurants Birmingham
Did you know that Birmingham has the most Michelin-star restaurants of any UK city outside London? Here’s all the info on Michelin’s top restaurants in Birmingham.
Birmingham Window Artists Collaboration
We kicked off our year long Creative Heights programme with a collaboration with local illustrators Birmingham Window Artists.
Birmingham Restaurants – 5 Hidden Gems
Five of the best places to eat in Brum that are off the beaten path.
Birmingham Christmas Markets
All the info that you need on the Birmingham Christmas Markets in 2023
Birmingham Attractions for Families
There’s so much to see and do in Birmingham. We’ve prepared a guide to Birmingham attractions for families to tell you all about it.
Birmingham with Teens: Cool Ideas
Bring your teens to the UK’s second city. Our guide will make it a breeze and earn you major points with them.
Kids Activities in Birmingham
All the info about Minibrum at ThinkTank with special offer for you.
48 Hours With Birmingham Independents
Enjoy Birmingham’s thriving indie scene with our top picks.
Staying Cool Workspaces
Working from home (or the office) can be great. But sometimes you just need to work or host a meeting from somewhere extraordinary.
Here are our ten reasons why you should book Staying Cool’s meeting rooms (and workspaces) in Birmingham.
Public Art in Birmingham
Guest blogger and Birmingham arts writer Rosie Crabbe tells us about her favourite public art in Birmingham, many of which you’ll find just yards from us at Rotunda.
Guide to Brindleyplace
Filled with bustling bars and top-class restaurants, famous galleries and business headquarters, Brindleyplace hugs it way around Birmingham’s central canal network.
Guide to Southside
Birmingham’s best cultural attractions are just a heartbeat away from Rotunda. Explore Southside, home to the Hippodrome, Chinatown and the Gay Village.
Guide to Jewellery Quarter
Learn all about Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter with Staying Cool’s guide: places to visit, its history and where to eat and drink.
Guide to Digbeth
Everything you need to know about Digbeth, its history and the best places to visit.
Looking for a great night out? With world-class Birmingham theatres on Rotunda’s doorstep, here’s our pick of the best shows in 2023.
Review of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
We’ve put together the ultimate guide to the Birmingham 2022 commonwealth games with everything you need to know.
Best views in Birmingham
The best views in Birmingham are from Staying Cool’s aparthotel atop Rotunda according to photographers. It’s the top rated guest comment too.
Planning your stay at Rotunda
Here is our helpful guide to help you plan your stay at Rotunda (last updated September 2023). Before your stay Complete your pre-stay information online You can add details directly using the on-line check-in invitation email you will have received or the Add your info button on your booking confirmation email. Please check all fields are complete and […]
The Ultimate Romantic City Break
When it comes to Romantic Hotels in Birmingham, our iconic Rotunda aparthotel offers the Ultimate Lovers Night In.
Love is in the air, high up in the air!
Photography Tips: Nick Smith’s take on Rotunda
Professional photographer Nick Smith shares his top photography tips for capturing the best snaps during your stay at Rotunda. Nick has taken most of the pictures you’ll find on our website. I’m sure most photographers are like me and just love getting up high and having a different view of the world and in Birmingham, […]
Sustainability with style
Twelve reasons why we won a gold award from Green Tourism.
All about Staying Cool
Learn all about Staying Cool. When and how was the company set up? What are the backgrounds of our co-founders, Paul Taylor and Tracey Stephenson?
How to be a Sustainable Traveller
Be a greener guest by following our eight simple steps.
All about Rotunda Birmingham
The history of Birmingham’s iconic Rotunda building.
Green Tourism Gold for Rotunda
We’re proud to say that our Birmingham apartments have earned a Gold Green Tourism Award.
Wilderness Private Dining Nights
We teamed up with Birmingham’s 3 AA Rosette restaurant The Wilderness to bring a series of high-end foodie staycation.
Where to stay for Birmingham Cocktail Weekend
As part of our partnership with BCW 2023, Director Alex Nicholson-Evans came to visit as a guest blogger. Here’s what she had to say…
Love all things 1960s?
If you love all things mod, retro or vintage, then you’ll love our guide to sixties Birmingham. Experience the best 60s venues in town, groovy baby!
Personal Shopping with Selfridges Birmingham
Staying Cool x Selfridges: reinventing the personal shopping experience Selfridges is a mere hop, skip and a jump from Rotunda. We’ve teamed up with the uber stylish personal shopping team at Selfridges Birmingham to bring you a unique Selfridges experience to you, all at no extra charge. The benefits include: To help make shopping both […]
Hotel near NEC Birmingham
Visiting the NEC Birmingham or the ICC? Find out why our Rotunda aparthotel is the best solution for hotels for NEC Birmingham.
Birmingham Green Spaces to Enjoy
Escape from the city in Birmingham’s squares, parks and gardens.
Hotel near the ICC Birmingham
Learn why our Rotunda aparthotel makes a great hotel choice when visiting the ICC in Birmingham. Brilliant views, comfy apartments & escapism.
Seven healthy business travel tips
We’ve played host to thousands of business people over the years. Here are our top tips for working hard yet staying in shape.
Birmingham Wine Weekend Staycation
When Birmingham’s Wine Weekend came to Rotunda We joined forces with the wonderful team behind Birmingham Wine Weekend to bring you the ultimate Wine Weekend Staycation on Saturday 17th October. Guests enjoyed all the fun of the original Wine Weekend but from a socially-distanced stance with an overnight stay. It was a night of fantastic […]
5 Must-See Brutalist Birmingham Buildings
Brutalist Birmingham focuses on the UK’s second city. Which Brutalist buildings from Birmingham’s post-war boom have survived and which have been lost?
Shopping in Birmingham
Shopping in Birmingham has so much to offer in the way of retail therapy from high-end fashion to funky independent stores.
How to plan the best surprise romantic break
Wanting a romantic getaway? Here’s Staying Cool’s guide to planning a romantic break in Birmingham.
The Good Food Guide: Birmingham Restaurants
The 11 Birmingham restaurants that made it into the prestigious Good Food Guide for 2020.
Birmingham Business Awards: Winner!
Staying Cool at Rotunda won the Best Hospitality Business award at 2019’s Birmingham Post Business Awards.
What not to bring when you stay in a serviced apartment
17 things that you can leave at home when you stay with us.
Birmingham Attractions for Tourists
Our top tourist attractions in Birmingham.
Love For Birmingham Independents
Visit Birmingham put together a blog about 50 of the city’s best independents. Staying Cool’s serviced apartments are featured at number seven.
Creative Heights: Celebrating Ten Years at Rotunda
To celebrate ten years at Rounda, we organised a series of penthouse events called Creative Heights.
The Best Place To Stay In Birmingham?
Live like a super-stylish local at the top of a Birmingham icon.
What Is A Serviced Apartment?
What is a serviced apartment? Here’s what to expect from us.
A Guide to Birmingham for Chinese Visitors
48 hours in Birmingham, especially for Chinese guests.
Staying Cool Launches Huge NHS Discount
We’re offering 25% off a stay for NHS staff at our Birmingham apartments.
Summer in the City
Enjoy a third off your room rate in June, July and August: for a limited time only Book a summer city break before Monday 22nd March and nab a mammoth 33% off your nightly rate at Rotunda Birmingham. This is an exclusive offer only available via our website – you won’t find these rates with a […]
From the Cooking Cool Recipe Archive We launched Cooking Cool over a decade ago and this blog contains some of the brilliant recipes created by Birmingham super chef, Alex Claridge of Wilderness fame, for our guests. The Daily Telegraph reviewer loved it! “Staying Cool has come up with a clever solution. Local chef Alex Claridge, […]
Rooms at Rotunda
(370 sq ft / 34.5 sq m)
Chic studio apartments on levels 16-19. Floor-to-ceiling windows that open deliver the perfect city vista while bespoke interiors bring the wow factor inside. More info.
- Sleeps 2
- 1 Bathroom (with rainfall shower)
(1100 sq ft / 102 sq m)
Dare to be different. A show stopping, 5 star rated, 20th floor penthouse atop an iconic Birmingham skyscraper. Beautifully appointed with designer furniture and a spacious outdoor balcony to really enjoy the views. More info.
- Sleeps 4
- 2 Bathrooms (2 baths with rainfall shower)
(560 sq ft / 52 sq m)
A one bedroom serviced apartment with style on levels 16-19. Perfect for two, this home from home offers peace and privacy with great views across the city and beyond. More info.
- Sleeps 2
- 1 Bathroom (bath with rainfall shower)
(760 sq ft / 71 sq m)
Two is the magic number. Double up with two bedrooms, two en-suite bathrooms and a generous living area on levels 16-19. Perfect for sharing, whether you’re at work or play. More info.
- Sleeps 4
- 2 Bathrooms (1 bath with rainfall shower plus separate shower)