We only went for one night to Birmingham but once I set foot in the apartment I really wished we were staying longer. Staying Cool have nailed it here! I've obviously been to Birmingham on many occasions before - each time staying in a four star hotel. The Crowne Plaza and the Hilton are all very well and good but now I know I can get such a fantastic room for a lower rate, I'll be staying here at The Rotunda next time I visit Birmingham. We were on the 19th floor and the views were nothing short of spectacular to be honest. And you couldn't get closer to the Centre as The Rotunda is just next to The Bullring. Perfect location!
Reception staff were brilliant and check-in was dead easy. We walked in to our apartment (Clubman Room 1913) to find a kind of small vestibule area, a lovely modern and spotless bathroom, a small bedroom with a good-sized wardrobe with loads of space and an absolutely HUGE living area with a kitchen/dining area at the top. The floor-to-ceiling windows across the whole outside wall of the apartment made for an amazing view as I said, though being scared of heights I was horrified to find that the windows opened - safely, needless to say!
The whole apartment had a very contemporary feel to it. All the walls were white except for one feature wall in grey which matched the flooring. The huge 60s/70s prints on the wall gave the place a very original look! I loved it and instantly thought this was a place I'd happily live in.
The apartment had a big flat-screen TV/DVD, a Mac and free WiFi! (Yup free - take note you big-brand hotels who charge through the nose for WiFi!). Staying Cool even provide Dorset Cereals for breakfast, fresh oranges for the juicer and fresh coffee for the Gaggia.
The only negatives - the dishwasher didn't work and was a tad grubby and the sofa wasn't particularly comfy for chilling out & watching dvds. I thought it was just me as I have a broken rib at the moment and am finding it difficult getting comfortable. But even Mr. C said he found it a bit uncomfy and more style over comfort. Still it's got to be said, it did look good!
I loved it and we will return!
- 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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- Staying Cool At The Rotunda Hotel Birmingham