Attending expos or shows on at the NEC complex is one of the many reasons people visit Birmingham and thus was the reason for our stay.
We traveled all the way out from Australia and this place was recommended to us and so given the fact we had no idea about Birmingham we took our chances.
These apartments by Staying Cool (rather odd name!!) were so much better than we had anticipated and perhaps thats how they like to play it...cool. They are located right in the epicenter of town right between the East and West entrances of the Bull Ring shopping mega plex which was kinda convenient although there is a bit of noise about during the evening.
Guys, its a little hard to find but well worth the effort. Spotting the large circular building when you walk out of New Street Rail Station shouldn't be hard, and its not, however we had great difficulty finding the entrance and ended up asking the tourist information desk who were even vague on it.
The door is actually very secluded and has a tiny sign that just says 'Urban Splash Rotunda' . I was looking for a big sign that said 'Staying Cool at the Rotunda'.
That of course got me thinking 'How bad is this place going to be??'
Well there was seriously no need to think negatively cos the place was seriously awesome.
It seems the Staying Cool places are run by two people with a love of good design who lease or buy these really nice apartments inside buildings and then do them up the way they would like it if they themselves were staying in it.
We stayed on the 19th floor and I am assuming all the rooms on that floor belong to the Staying Cool guys. The rest of the building seems like rented apartments.
Now about the room...it was furnished with very modern pieces and it has every single thing you could need when you are living away from home, from freshly ground coffee to the most exquisite organic bathroom products. The bed is dreamy and there is even an apple mac (TV) in the room with free wifi (who does that!!). Loved the Sky (Pay tv) with most channels available and mostly love all the detail and attention shown.
I won't ruin the surprise but the balcony setup will freak you out!!! Totally 100% safe but it will definitely will freak you out.....lol.
Gets very busy I'm told so book ahead!
Great job guys the place is....perfect!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay at the top of the city's iconic Rotunda and enjoy amazing views of the city from your very own beautifully designed apartment right in the heart of the city centre (Selfridges will be your corner shop). Each apartment has floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open fully and the Penthouses have their own outdoor balconies. These stylish apartments have been designed with your maximum comfort in mind. Each comes with bespoke designer furniture, a very well-equipped Poggenpohl kitchen, espresso maker with complimentary locally sourced milk and Illy or Fairtrade coffee, oranges for the juicer, iPod dock, plus a king size bed with pocket sprung/memory foam mattress for the very best night's sleep. There's a 24 hour reception plus daytime/evening concierge offering Staying Cool's renowned service. Choose from Minis (studios), Clubmans (one beds), Maxis (two beds) and Roadsters (two bed Penthouses). And if you don't like heights, we have two apartments on level two (the Olympian and Cabriolet). In short, stay in the best location, in an award winning Grade II listed building and experience life like a local. If you book via Staying Cool's website then you will get a complimentary bottle of wine or free parking and the guaranteed cheapest rate. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Staying Cool At The Rotunda Hotel Birmingham