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Escape the exhibition hall of the NEC Birmingham and relax in a city centre aparthotel instead

There is certainly plenty of choice when searching for a hotel near NEC Birmingham. We suggest you don’t stay on site at the NEC, but rather take a stress-free eight-minute train journey followed by a three-minute walk to stay at our Rotunda aparthotel in Birmingham city centre for a complete break from a windowless exhibition hall. And here’s why.

Over 100 brilliant restaurants on your doorstep to choose from

After a long day at the NEC you deserve a fun night out. You are spoilt for choice for restaurants and bars in Birmingham. There is everything from Mexican to Michelin Stars and vegan to Vietnamese. And most are within walking distance of Rotunda.

Or choose to dine in

If you prefer to cook your own food then our serviced apartments come with fully-equipped kitchens and a range of simple recipes if you are seeking inspiration. Alternatively, many brilliant restaurants offer delivery either via Deliveroo or JustEat. You’ve got M&S Food, Waitrose and Tesco on your doorstep too. Our Guest Relations team can advise or have a look through our Dining In guide.

Staying Cool studio apartment kitchen at Rotunda, perfect for a night in after a busy day at the NEC.
Perfect kitchen to rustle up a quick meal after a long day at the NEC

Complimentary Cheese Selection

We’re offering all guests who book our NEC Visitor rate via our website a complimentary cheese selection on arrival night. Perfect if you arrive late or just fancy a light nibble while you gaze out over  your amazing panoramic view across the city. To book select the NEC Visitor rate at checkout and bring along your NEC event badge or tickets to show us at check-in.

Soak away your aches and pains

Our Clubman, Maxi and Penthouse apartments all come with a bath and a rainfall shower for you to relax in and soak away any aches and pains after a long day at the NEC. We have hand-blended aromatherapy toiletries and fluffy white dressing gowns to chill in.

Bathroom showing large bathtub, fluffy towels and bathrobes which all make for a great hotel stay after a long day at the NEC
A nice big bath tub to soak away your aches and pains. Bubble bath provided!

Early check-ins and late check-outs

We offer early check-ins if you want to drop off your bag or stay a bit later to fit in with your exhibition schedule. 

Easy left luggage

You can leave your luggage with us after you’ve checked out and collect it later that day. If you are a regular NEC attendee you can use our complimentary leave and retrieve service (we look after your things and put them back in your apartment next time you stay).

Professional-couple-checking-in-at-Rotunda-reception-after a busy day at the NEC
The reception desk at Rotunda. The perfect hotel for NEC Birmingham

Only 15 minutes away from the NEC

Rotunda is a three-minute walk from Birmingham Grand Central and New Street Station which has eight trains an hour to Birmingham International, the train station for the NEC (and the airport). You can buy your digital tickets on www.trainline.com (no physical tickets necessary) which cost £4.40 return per day.

Car parking at the NEC can be a problem at peak times, with longer waiting times to get into the car park. If you need to drop off items, or prefer to travel by car, for the you can take an Uber which costs £20-£25 or a black cab, £30-£40. It’s a 20-minute drive outside of rush hour or 30-40 minutes at peak times for the 20 mile journey. Car parking at £20 per 24 hours at the NEC is also cheaper in the city centre (£15).

View of New Street Station from Staying Cool's apart hotel at Rotunda
View of New Street Station from nearby Rotunda, 20 storeys up

Apartment Hotel NEC Birmingham: Apartment types for all group sizes

If you’re travelling solo then either our small but perfectly formed Mini studios or Clubman apartments will be just right. If you need two bedrooms, or fancy splashing out, then our Maxis and Penthouses could be the answer. Both bedrooms come with en-suite bathrooms and a large shared lounge. The penthouse has a long wrap-around balcony.

Our apartment types

  • Mini

    Studio (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)
  • Roadster Penthouse

    Two bedrooms (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)
    • Balcony
  • Clubman

    One bedroom (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)
  • Maxi

    Two bedrooms (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)

Seven tips to make your business travels healthier

Travelling for work may make you the envy of your friends and colleagues, but being away from home can be tough on your body. At Staying Cool, we’ve hosted thousands of guests at our business hotel in Birmingham over the years and here are some of our top tips for working hard yet staying in shape:

1) Get the balance right

If you’re away for just one night a year then we insist that you make the most of it and just have lots of fun! But if you work away from home regularly you might want to give some thought to how to stay in shape

Man on business travel sitting on charcoal sofa in serviced apartment

2) Planning is vital

Take light exercise gear with you on every trip and try to schedule some exercise into your days. Business trips can be hectic, but try to make exercise a priority.  Walk to your work or meeting place if you can. Taking some time out will do your body and your mind good.

Woman writing in notebook. Business travel planning.

3) Stay in your groove

image of swimmers in pool.

4) Embrace your inner squirrel

Business travel can play havoc with your eating habits and you may be surrounded by tempting biscuits and pastries at meetings. When you are travelling on business make sure that you always have a store of low-GI, nutritious snacks – such as nuts or seeds – on you. It could be a conversation opener at meetings too.

Red squirrel sat on log.

5) Get out!

Get as much fresh air as you can. Rent a bike (you can rent Bromptons close to us at Moor Street station) or get walking and search out green spaces. After a hard day’s work, it will do your body good and clear your mind.    

Birmingham's The River statue aka the floozie in the jacuzzi

6) Cooking is cool

Ordering room service or eating restaurant food can be tough on the waistline and arteries. If you work away regularly, checking into a serviced apartment might be good for your health: unlike other business hotels in Birmingham, you’ll have a kitchen and the opportunity to prepare fresh, simple food. A ready meal on the healthy side could be a good compromise (there are five supermarkets within a five-minute walk from us). We’ve prepared a Dining In section as part of our Guest Guide that we hope you’ll find useful.

Healthy business tips Poggenphol kitchen at Staying Cool
Poggenphol kitchen at Staying Cool

7) Breakfast like a king, but not King Henry VIII

A full English breakfast is a thing of wonder, but it’s not always the wisest choice as far as your health is concerned. Why not pick a business hotel in Birmingham where you can choose a healthier start to the day without bacon smells wafting at you from the breakfast buffet? At our Rotunda aparthotel in Birmingham, for example, we provide guests with locally sourced granola, jumbo oats, fresh milk and squeezing oranges plus grapefruit.

Breakfast image taken by guest Jeannine Collister
Breakfast image courtesy of guest Jeannine Collister

So there you go. Seven healthy travel tips. Do you have any to share? Let us know your top tips on how you stay healthy when away from home. Want to learn more? Visit our sustainability matters directory.

SPECIAL OFFER: If you are planning a work trip and need a business hotel in Birmingham, why not give our stylish serviced apartments at Rotunda a try? Your body will thank you.Use booking code FIRSTSTAY to receive 10% off your first stay.