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A sustainable and ethical approach has been at the core of everything we do since we welcomed our first guests in 2008

Being a sustainable business has been central to Staying Cool since we welcomed our first guests in 2008. Our focus on renewable energy sources, chemical-free cleaning, Living Wage employment and partnering with some of Brum’s best indie suppliers and festivals means as much to us as it does our guests.

We’re aware of the hospitality industry’s environmental impact and do everything we can to minimise this, encouraging our guests to do the same. We’re proud recipients of a Green Tourism Gold Award for our work that goes into this.

Below you’ll find our range of blogs that outline more about Staying Cool’s eco-friendly philosophy and the small things we can do on our constantly-improving sustainability journey.

Staying Cool clubman apartment living space and first bedroom with stunning city views

Green Tourism Gold for Rotunda

We’ve very proud to have achieved accreditation under the Green Tourism scheme as  Gold Award accommodation.

Green Tourism Gold Award

Birmingham Green Spaces to Enjoy

Our guide to Birmingham’s best green spaces for our guests to explore and enjoy.

Birmingham Green Spaces

How to be a sustainable traveller

We encourage our guests to be mindful of the environment. Be a sustainable traveller by following our Guest Charter.

Be a Sustainable Traveller
Enjoy sunrise through the panoramic floor to ceiling windows in each of Staying Cool's apartment types.

Sustainability with style at Staying Cool

We pay attention to detail and make sure that the most stylish serviced apartments in Birmingham are also environmentally friendly. Here’s an insight into how we’re doing it.

Our Eco insights
Balsamic, oil, salt and pepper

What not to bring when you stay

From cooking essentials to kids’ games, 17 things that you can leave at home when you stay with us.

What not to bring

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.

business travel tips
Views down Ludgate Hill of St Paul's Cathedral in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter - Photo credit: Anne-Marie Hayes

Guide to the Jewellery Quarter

Take a leisurely 15 minute stroll from Rotunda to Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. From trendy bars and restaurants to the famous Jewellery Quarter museum.

Explore the JQ
A stage performance during celebrations of Chinese New Year in Birmingham's Southside District

Guide to Southside

One of the best things about our super central location is you have some of the best cultural attractions just a heartbeat away. Explore Birmingham’s cultural hub with just 5 minutes away on foot.

Explore Southside
‘The Green Man’, by Toin Adams, 2002 at The Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham

Guide to Digbeth

Take a wander to Birmingham’s uber trendy Digbeth district. Explore everything this ultra hip creative hub has to offer, from it’s craft beer to it’s retro fashion market. Just a 15 minute walk from Rotunda.

Explore Digbeth
Red Oyster Chair with purple cushion at Staying Cool

All About Staying Cool

Curious how Staying Cool got started? Want to learn more about our company ethos and who’s behind the brand? We’ve summed everything up below.

All about Staying Cool
Oozells Square and Ikon Gallery in Birmingham's stylish Brindleyplace

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.

Explore Brindleyplace
Exterior of Staying Cool's Rotunda apart hotel in Birmingham

All about Rotunda

All you need to know about Rotunda today and the history of one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings.

All about Rotunda

48 Hours with Birmingham Independents

Looking to support local businesses during your stay? We’ve prepared the ultimate 48 hour guide to experience Birmingham’s thriving independent scene.

Our 48 Hour guide
The J.F.Kennedy Memorial, originally by Kenneth Budd, 1968, recreated in 2012 and erected 2013. Located on Floodgate Street 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.

Public Art in Birmingham
Barley caraway and feta risotto dish -2

Cooking Cool

Not going out? Take advantage of your fully equipped Poggenpohl kitchen and cook up one of our bespoke Cooking Cool recipes, curated by local chef Alex Claridge.

Cooking Cool Recipes

We achieved Green Tourism Gold through various schemes such as constantly monitoring energy usage, supporting local charities with their wonderful work and working with Birmingham independents for our coffee and treats.

We switched from national cereal brands with plastic wrappers to cereals sourced in the Midlands in biodegradable packaging. Milk for guests is provided in one pint glass bottles for longer stays, or one third pints in plastic bottles for shorter stays to minimise wastage (it has been a difficult choice to choose between throwing milk down the drain from glass bottles and going back to smaller plastic bottles for short stays. One day someone will provide half pints of milk in glass bottles! The same environmentally-friendly attention to detail goes into Staying Cool apartment cleaning products and guest toiletries, made with hand-blended aromatherapy oils and free of anything nasty. We’ve always chosen large bottles over small bottles as they are more eco-friendly.

And we do all this in Staying Cool’s inimitable style. Our smart sofas are built from wood from a sustainable source by Naughtone, an environmentally-friendly British company, and we mix mid-century furniture with specially commissioned pieces. We salvage items and restore them to their former glory.

And we constantly look at our more functional but no less important furnishings – the radiators – to ensure they’re the most energy efficient design, replacing or upgrading them when necessary to ensure your time at Staying Cool isn’t just cosy, it’s considerate, too.

“Stylish, well thought out, love strong commitment to sustainability – like the new coffee machines with no pods!”
“Clean, modern, super helpful staff, everything you need in the apartment, plus some locally-produced snack treats thrown in”
“It’s all about the little touches here – I particularly liked the ‘squeezing fresh’ note in the fruit bowl explaining that the fresh fruit was in the fridge awaiting juicing – a fab idea!”
“A lot of thought has gone into your experience and it shows”