I must admit that this is probably about as much I have spent on a hotel room, apart from in New York, but it was worth the money. I spent 1 night in a penthouse apartment (no 2000) with my partner for a birthday treat and we both loved it. The view from this apartment was outstanding, right over the main sites of Birmingham. It was right over the top of New Street station and looked down New Street. I did request a view over the train station, not that I am a train spotter, but it is the best direction to see the sights. It is amazing to have such a huge balcony, stretching around about a 6th of the building, so the panorama was even bigger that expected. It was so nice to have outside space 20 floors up overlooking our 2nd city.
The apartment itself was very well stocked, nice to have loads of tea, coffee, milk, oranges, breakfast cereals, etc. It had a really light airy feel to it with ceiling to floor windows. I didn't want to pull the curtains, so I left them open at night for a really strange experience, although I did wake up at 2.00am thinking it was daytime due to the amount of light!
Check in was 3.00pm and checkout 12.00, we made the most of the time in the apartment. There were 2 bedrooms, so it would be ideal for 2 couples and the price a little easier to handle. To be honest, even for me and my other half I thought it was worth the cost for a special treat.
Parking was about £9 for our stay and easy to find and not too far to walk with out bags. The guy on reception was extremely friendly and helpful.
So all in all this was a really special night, it was a birthday treat and it went down really well. Champagne on the balcony at night as the rain poured down was quite special, yes it is covered so you don't get wet! Earlier in the day you could catch the sun on the balcony before the weather changed for the worse.
Oh, and the beds are very comfy, it was difficult to decide which of the bedroom to use! The TV is great, with SKY HD, so I could watch the world cup footy. The WiFi was also handy. Ther was a bath in one en suite and a shower in the other.
I am sure there are things that I have missed, but we had a great stay, would love to go back. The view and huge balcony make is a special stay. Birmingham is also a great pace to explore.
- 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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