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

There is certainly plenty of choice when searching hotels for 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

Hotels for 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 showstopping 5 star rated 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. 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. Perfect for sharing, whether you’re at work or play. More info.

    • Sleeps 4
    • 2 Bathrooms (1 bath with rainfall shower plus separate shower)