My wife and I and another couple stayed for one night in a Maxi suite of two ensuite rooms plus lounge/kitchen, and overall had a very good stay. The views from the 19th floor over central Birmingham were superb - we were on the North side of the building and spent a lot of time simply observing the city below. We were particularly interested in the city centre as we we had been students here 30 years ago, so I guess others for whom the city does not have the same memories might be less absorbed by it.... but I would challenge anyone not to be impressed. The floor to ceiling windows make the most of this. One word of warning - the wndows do open fully and only a hip-level barrier stops you heading at speed to the street below - not one for young children or reckless teenagers!
The apartment was well presented and well equipped, and the gentleman who came to fix our TV (more later) was very friendly. The reception staff allowed us to store our bags behind reception when we arrived an hour before check-in time, and also leave them for a few hours after we checked out. The provision of oranges for squeezing our own orange juice - plus a set of basic provisions such as milk, tea, coffee and cereals - was just what was needed.
I would stay here again, although there were a handful of relatively minor issues that combine to stop me from giving this an Excellent rating. These are :
> size of bedrooms - these are very comfortable once in bed, but there is very little space around the bed. I would estimate at the narrowest point there is only about a foot gap between the foot end of the bed and the wall. Not a major problem, but does make it slightly cramped when dressing etc.
> styling of furniture - the 60s retro look might be stylish, but the low backed sofas weren't to everyone's comfort. The single armchair was very comfortable however.
> equipment not working - there is a TV, Apple Mac and Sky Box all provided, but unfortunately we were unable to take advantage of this fully as there seemed to be some interaction between the Sky box and the TV that was leading to the sound being lost. A call to reception led to a very helpful and friendly gentleman coming up to investigate and spending some time to try and address the problem, but after some time was only partially succesful in fixing it. He did, however, give us a decent bottle of Chablis in recompense. However, to be rated Excellent I would not expect such problems. I understand from our friends that one of their bedside lights wasn't working - again, not a major issue but contributes to the less than perfect score I've given the Rotunda.
- 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-equippekitchen, espresso maker with complimentary locally sourced milk and Illy or Fairtrade coffee, oranges for the juicer, plus a king size bed with pocket sprung/memory foam mattress for the very best night's sleep. 24 hour reception plus daytime/evening concierge offering Staying Cool's renowned service. In short, stay in the best location, Grade II listed building and experience life like a local. ... more less
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