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Staying Cool at the Rotunda
Ranked #1 of 118 Hotels in Birmingham
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

We wanted to do a city break in Birmingham for the Christmas market but were faced with the normal dilemma when it came to hotel accommodation. We have a daughter in her mid-teens and our days of all sharing one bedroom in a hotel are behind us. Hotels in the UK offer two options for us; two rooms or a slightly larger single room. Neither are ideal as one represents an expensive option with fewer hotels doing adjoining rooms, the second option is a just a non-starter now.

The Rotunda is great alternative and I must say I was surprised about how good the place actually was.

We had a room on the 18th floor which immediately had the wow factor with great views over Birmingham and beyond. After experiencing the shopping scrums it was lovely to look down below and see the masses walking through the Christmas market whilst we were comfortable in our apartment. There was no noise from the city below so the apartment had a lovely escape feel.

The accommodation consisted of a very spacious lounge / kitchen area. Two very nice (not massive) double bedroom both with ensuite and an entrance hall. All the equipment was very modern and there was certainly no shortage of technology. TV with Sky, an iMac (mini), juicer (with some oranges), espresso machine, fridge, freezer, etc etc in fact everything you would want if you were a resident let alone an overnight guest.

The décor was modern and the overall styling of the apartment was excellent. Maybe not my taste for 365 days a year but I can do "cool" once in a while. The only gripe I have, and this is a difference between 4 and 5, is that some of the furnishings are getting tired. The carpet is certainly beyond its best and this is obvious when you close the doors and see the original colour and condition.

As we had done enough shopping for a while and wanted some quiet time we decided that we would go to the Chinese quarter (a short walk away) and get a takeaway. This was another great advantage of an apartment. Usually after a busy day you would have to do a busy night if you were in a hotel. This way we could go for a nice walk. Chose a decent restaurant (thanks Trip Advisor) and return back for a feast with our feet up. Perfect.

I'm sorry Birmingham it is a difficult pitch for any destination that says "ideal for the Bull Ring" but you should not be put off. The Bull Ring area is now very good, even for someone who would not count shopping as an ideal day out. Just find a nice quiet place like we did.

Room Tip: Try and get on the upper floors. I am sure they are quieter and the views are great.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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StayingCool_Rotunda, Guest Relations Manager at Staying Cool at the Rotunda, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2013

Hi Tagfcuk

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. Serviced apartments are definitely the way forward for growing families, our two bedroom apartments are very popular, especially in the school holidays.

It's fab to hear that you enjoyed your stay and are a fan of the views and gadgets in the apartment. We are however sorry to hear that you found the carpet to be "tired", we are currently in the process of recarpeting some of the apartments - your apartment is on the list of those to be done.

The Bullring has indeed gone rather upmarket in the last decade when compared to it's rather drab concrete former self. It's a shopper's pardise but if you want to avoid the crowds it's definitely worth going in the morning to beat the rush.

We hope you will come back to visit us again soon.

Best wishes
Simon

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Me and my boyfriend recently stayed here on the 3rd December 2013 and it was amazing! I booked the romantic break in the clubman apartment and it was faultless! Everything was so clean and tidy and we got everything that was stated in the deal. (Sainsbury's and waitrose food too may I add)! It is also located right outside the bullring shopping center and all the restaurants! Would definitely go back again :)
Would recommend these apartments to everyone! Brilliant stay!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Eleanor H
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StayingCool_Rotunda, Guest Relations Manager at Staying Cool at the Rotunda, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2013

Hi Eleanor.

What a lovely review! Thank you for your commments, we are overjoyed to hear you and your boyfriend had such a great time on his birthday. The Romance package is popular at present, it definitely sounds like you are a fan. We hope to see you both soon - maybe for your birthday?

Best wishes
Simon

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Reviewed November 30, 2013

I've stayed here several times over the last two or three years and it never fails to impress.

I've always chosen a mini apartment before but this time I chose to upgrade myself to a Clubman and it definitely did not disappoint. One of the best things is it got me a new view of Birmingham, something I've been missing out on having always been on the other side of the building. It's certainly not the cheapest but worth every penny.

The apartments are starting to show little hints of wear and tear but it's nothing to put me off coming back again and again. Almost not looking forward to checking out tomorrow morning!

As always the guys have been fantastic and I hope that I'll have an excuse to come back again soon.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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Thank applepie2100
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StayingCool_Rotunda, Guest Relations Manager at Staying Cool at the Rotunda, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2013

Hi Applepie2100.

Thank you for another fantastic review, we are thrilled to hear that you loved the Clubman as much as your usual Mini. Some of our Mini apartments also overlook the same view, if you let us know your preferred view, we will of course try our best to accommodate your request.

We are sorry to hear that your apartment was showing some signs of wear, we are currently in the middle of refreshing our apartments - we try to give them a fresh coat of paint once a year, we have also recently replaced some carpets, with more to be done soon.

We hope you find that excuse to stay with us again soon.

Best wishes,
Simon

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Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

We have stayed here twice now on our annual trip to Birminghams Xmas festivities and quite honestly won't stay anywhere else It is ideally central located only spitting distance from the Bull ring and everywhere that we needed to see or do was within walking distance
The room was spotless ,warm ,tooled up with everything you need for a short stay. The staff were extremely helpful
All in all full marks and will be staying there next year
Tip: try and get one of the spaces in their own car park. they have only 2 spaces but it's directly underneath the rotunda and easily found

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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StayingCool_Rotunda, Guest Relations Manager at Staying Cool at the Rotunda, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2013

Hi KCGT.

Thank you for your lovely review, it sounds like you really enjoy your trips to Birmingham. Our regular guests are like family to us, we can't wait to see you next year.

Best wishes,
Simon

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

The Rotunda is such a great place to stay, it feels like a very cool home from home, everything is there for you to relax, you cannot help but feel good when you enter the apartments as they ooze a sense of 'I'd like to live here' Everything you would want in you home is there, from the great coffee machine and juicer to the really comfy beds, and from all areas a great view of the Brum skyline.

Room Tip: As high as you can go
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Richard J
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StayingCool_Rotunda, Guest Relations Manager at Staying Cool at the Rotunda, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2013

Hi Richard.

You get the boxes, we'll book the moving van! It's great to hear that you found your apartment to be a "home from home" during your time with us. We'd love have you back so we can try to WOW you again.

Best wishes,
Simon

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Amazing hospitality during my stay in Birmingham. From Check-in to Check-out and everyone encountered in between - could not have been nicer or helped more.

The apartment itself was fantastic, well equipped & very clean. I have been raving about it to everyone that I have met since.

If you are looking for a convenient & friendly place to stay then Staying Cool is for you - I can't wait to get back!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Thank missm78
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StayingCool_Rotunda, Guest Relations Manager at Staying Cool at the Rotunda, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

Hi missm78

Thank you for your rather flattering review, we are blushing just reading it. We're overjoyed to hear you enjoyed your time with us and have been raving about us since.

We welcome you back with open arms.

Best wishes
Simon

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Reviewed November 24, 2013

We stayed in the 18th floor facing east. The central location, ease of check in, and stunning view (including the sunrise) were topped off with fresh oranges in the fridge for the juicer. Being right in the middle of Birmingham and being able of step out into the Bull Ring area is a location that's hard to beat. The service and smiles from all of the staff topped off a great stay. We'll certainly be back.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Wayne E
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StayingCool_Rotunda, Guest Relations Manager at Staying Cool at the Rotunda, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

Hi Wayne E

We are thrilled that you had such a fab time staying with us.

The Rotunda truly is a great place to watch the sunset. I'll have to take your word on the sunrise though, I'm rarely up that early!

We'd love to see you again soon.

Best wishes
Simon

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Address: 150 New Street, Birmingham B2 4PA, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Birmingham
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Birmingham
#1 Luxury Hotel in Birmingham
#2 Romantic Hotel in Birmingham
#2 Green Hotel in Birmingham
#3 Family Hotel in Birmingham
Price Range: $119 - $443 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Staying Cool at the Rotunda 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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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