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Staying Cool at the Rotunda
Ranked #1 of 117 Hotels in Birmingham
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“A Big Tall Gem”
Reviewed 24 June 2010

Stopping in this apartment really made our stay in Birmingham. Once you get over any initial vertigo issues, opening the full height windows on the 19th floor (protection is provided by a waist height glazed balustrade), the views are sensational, although not picturesque. The use of an apartment rather than just a boring hotel room makes stopping in the room a pleasure.
The space isn't enormous, but far bigger than a typical hotel room. The shower room (note not a bath in the midi's) is however small, but fine I would suggest for a short stay. I know it is opinion, but the bed was the most comfortable I have ever experienced within a hotel; or was that down to the large quantities of alcohol experienced before going to bed! As previously stated the hotel is central.
Staff are very friendly and helpful. One thing to note, not a criticism, is that the room isn't serviced every day. But when we wanted extra towels the second day these were delievered straight away. And stock up with extra oranges from the local supermarket when you have used up the initial supply. Oh and book parking through the hotel (it is just £7.50/day - a bargin in the centre of Birmingham).
In summary I would thoroughly recommend these apartments. I'm sure we will be back. Birmingham is a great town to spend a couple of days.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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TraceyStayingCool, Owner at Staying Cool at the Rotunda, responded to this review, 27 June 2010
Hi Mike

We're really chuffed you enjoyed your stay with us last week and found the beds really comfortable. Another guest likened them to sleeping on a cloud!

We stopped doing daily servicing when we first set up because we found many of our guests chose an apartment over a hotel because of its inherent privacy and thought that 'do not disturb' should come as standard. We therefore switched to offering a daily maid service on request (£12). We obviously need to make this clearer to guests.

Likewise, we don't put too many oranges in an apartment on check-in because we were wasting so many of them at one point as not everyone uses them for juice. Again, I think we just need to make it clear to guests on check in that we can supply as many oranges as you need - just ask.

We'll work on making both points clearer this week in our confirmations and at check-in. Thanks again for the feedback - really useful.

Best wishes
Tracey
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Property: Staying Cool at the Rotunda
Address: 150 New Street, Birmingham B2 4PA, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Birmingham
Amenities:
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 Green Hotel in Birmingham
#2 Romantic Hotel in Birmingham
#4 Family Hotel in Birmingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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