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Staying Cool at the Rotunda 4.5

Birmingham, West Midlands, England

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  • Spacious, modern apartments with attention to design
  • Kitchens, lounge space, and floor-to-ceiling windows in all apartments
  • Convenient location with easy access to grocery stores and shopping
  • Free Wi-Fi, daily cleaning service, and iPod docks
  • Convenient touches such as black-out curtains and washer/dryers
  • Contemporary art and photographs throughout the hotel


  • No privacy between some of the balconies
  • Apartments have bizarre layouts

Bottom Line

The 30 apartments at Staying Cool at the Rotunda are a luxurious alternative for guests who don't want to stay in a hotel. Apartments are chic and contemporary with king-size beds, kitchens, lounge areas, and floor to ceiling windows offering gorgeous views. Located within a shopping center, the apartments have direct access to the surrounding chain stores and restaurants, and are just a short walk to some of the city's more popular tourist attractions.

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Apartment-style hotel in a modern, circular building with chic, futuristic decor

The Rotunda is a strikingly modern building, with unique, hip decor. The tall, circular glass building creates a rounded formation inside. Each floor has a circular lobby with lime green floors and large black and white photo of the building covering the entire wall, in which the rooms radiate from. The main lobby is futuristic looking with a narrow white hallway and small cylindrical lights hanging from the ceiling that gradually change colors. The overall atmosphere is futuristic and design-oriented, yet with a homey feel from the well-stocked apartments.


Located within a shopping center, walking distance to popular sights

Staying Cool at the Rotunda is located within a shopping center filled with chain stores and restaurants. 

  • Three-minute walk to Bullring Shopping Centre
  • Five-minute walk to St Martins in the Bull Ring
  • Seven-minute walk to Old Rep Theatre
  • Eight-minute walk to Victoria Law Courts
  • Eight-minute walk to National Provincial Bank Building
  • Nine-minute walk to Birmingham Hippodrome
  • Nine-minute walk to Alexandra Theatre (the Alex)
  • Nine-minute walk to The Mailbox
  • 11-minute walk to Arcadian Centre
  • Eight-minute drive to High Street


Large, contemporary apartments with kitchens, sitting areas, and fantastic views

These large, chic, sophisticated apartments provide a unique experience for those wanting an alternative to a hotel. There are four different apartment styles to choose from -- Minis, Maxis, Clubmans and Roadsters -- all named after cars made at the nearby Longbridge factory. All the apartments have floor to ceiling windows instead of an exterior wall, which provide fantastic panoramic views, as well as French windows, which actually open. They also all have bedrooms with king-size beds, fully functional kitchens, dining areas, espresso machines, flat-screen TVs, Apple computers, sitting areas with couches and coffee tables, iPod docks, spacious closets, and a variety of other features. Some of the more luxurious apartments, include multiple bedrooms and balconies. Bathrooms are narrow but luxurious and bright, with all white tiled walls, sleek sink, and shower/tub combos.


In-room massages, Apple computers, balconies, and organic food

As an apartment-style hotel, Staying Cool at the Rotunda doesn't have a ton of property features, but in-room massages and breakfast packages are available. Other in-room conveniences include Apple computers, espresso machines, and organic goodies. (Apartment kitchens come with Dorset cereals -- the brand collaborates with the Fairtrade Foundation -- as well as with gourmet cooking staples such as olive oil and sea salt.)

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150 New Street, Birmingham B2 4PA, United Kingdom

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