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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

My Trip to: Birmingham Staying With Citybase Apartments

where to stay in birmingham city centre
fresh oranges self catering apartments
squeezing fresh oranges
homemade fresh orange juice

Wouldn't you love to start every morning with this routine?

I was lucky enough to have the pleasure of waking up to this routine a couple of weekends ago when I was asked to review the Staying Cool Apartments at the Rotunda Building in Birmingham City Centre.

Oh my was it central? Zara was literally outside my front door (proving very dangerous indeed for a shopaholic blogger),

I've never visited Birmingham before, so of course I was very up for exploring a new city and having a well-deserved restful weekend.

Me and Alex made the drive up to Birmingham late Friday afternoon and were booked into stay both Friday & Saturday night. We didn't arrive until about 8pm (later than scheduled, Alex is always late!)

Upon arrival we were greeted every so warmly by Simon on Reception who was eagerly awaiting our arrival, he already knew my name which was a lovely personal welcoming touch and was very informative about everything we would need for our stay. By this point I was super-excited. We were given our keys to our apartment on the 19th floor.. Baring in mind the building only has 20 floors so I thought we would be in for a treat.

birmingham city base apartments The apartment boasted a beautiful modern chic white pristine interior. It was very classic and contemporary, just the sort of style I go for. Lavish white table tops and minimalist eye catching decor surrounded us. 

birmingham city base apartments kitchen
one bedroom apartment citybase apartments The kitchen was the perfect size and came fully equipped with a oven, microwave, hobs and dishwasher. And if that wasn't enough.. there is even a daily maid included in the service if you request and are feeling too lazy to do your own washing up!

 As you can see the view through the floor to ceiling windows was breath-taking and the apartment sits in a triangular shape, so every room leads on and connects to one another. A sliding door separates the bedroom and lounge/living area. It was a fabulous touch being able to wake up to this view in the morning. (Of course I made sure to take up residence on the left side of the bed - the perfect picture-taking position). 

bedroom citybase apartments
 The bedroom was quite compact featuring just a double wardrobe a TV, however with the size of the rest of the apartment, you didn't need much else and having the sliding door feature made the room feel alot bigger and open plan which I loved!

self catering apartment essentials
  Everything you needed and more was provided! Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, espresso machine with espresso pods (which Alex loved using), as well as cooking essentials; olive oil, balsamic etc. Another lovely touch was that fresh oranges were provided in the fridge especially for juicing your own fresh orange juice in the morning. What a lovely touch!

birmingham city centre at night
Here's the lovely view; we were literally on top of the high street and right outside the Birmingham Bullring Shopping Centre!

view from apartment birmingham

morning view birmingham citybase apartments

As you can see the apartment was absolutely beautiful!

The view was quite breath-taking. I know it was only Birmingham we were looking out  onto.. but golly was it a view, it was even better that the apartment was equipped with these massive floor to ceiling sliding window doors so we could stick our heads out and get an even better view! The floor to ceiling windows paired with long lavish curtains is always a great touch for me, its what I dream to have in my own place one day. 

As you can see from the photos the apartment was equipped with everything we needed and more for a quiet escape for the weekend. I actually could have seen myself living in this space (good news for those of you in Birmingham, you can rent these apartments too - probably for quite a hefty price!) 
For reference, we stayed in a Clubman (One Bedroom Apartment) which was more than enough space for the two of us!

pizza hut takeaway birmingham
 On the first night after arriving later than expected and stumbling upon our gorgeous apartment for the weekend; being honest the last thing we wanted to do was leave! So we headed downstairs to the local Pizza Hut and nabbed ourselves a takeaway to steal away back to our glamorous getaway for the weekend. The food was actually pretty disappointing, but with that view and a price of £5 per pizza we didn't really have much to complain about!

chaophraya birmingham thai
 On the Saturday night we went to a lovely Thai Restaurant just outside the Bullring Shopping Centre called 'Chaophraya'it was a lovely experience and the food was gorgeous! A couple of cosmo's later with a full belly I was happy as larry.

cosmos in birmingham
cosmopolitan cocktail

macarons selfridges birmingham
 As well as my first trip to Birmingham it was also my first ever trip to a SELFRIDGES! Can you believe it! I was actually amazed by the entire shop, especially the food areas downstairs. I was in awe of the macaroons and I'm ashamed to admit me and Alex spent £1.29 on a single macaroon each, but gosh was the taste worth it!

cakes sefridges birmingham

If your interested in staying at the 'Staying Cool' Apartments at the Rotunda in Birmingham do check them out, or if you fancy taking a look at other apartments Citybase offer across the country check out the Citybase Apartments website

There's a whole range of serviced apartments on offer for a range of prices both affordable and those of a higher price range. I can't wait to discover and stay at some more CityBase Apartments myself! 
Thoroughly enjoyed exploring Birmingham and thank you to Staying Cool and CityBase Apartments for having me!

(Disclaimer: I was entitled to two nights free stay at the Staying Cool Rotunda Apartments courtesy of 'Citybase Apartments' in exchange for an honest blog review about my thoughts on the apartments and my stay in Birmingham. All my views are my own and are not influenced in any way) 


  1. That's an awesome way to explore somewhere new, sometimes you can get a bit of cabin fever in a hotel room I think!
    Those views are incredible too, even though it's 'just' Birmingham!!
    M x Life Outside London

  2. Wow it looks amazing!! The apartment looks gorgeous what a dream! Gorgeous photos too dear, hope you had a great time!

  3. Wow, the 19th floor! The view is gorgeous, especially in the morning!

    Sofie x
    Little green Sofie

  4. Oh my goodness. Yes, I would love to live like that everyday. You lucky thing! Birmingham is the best place for shopping. If you ever get to go again be sure to go down Digbeth street and check out the vintage shops. I want macaroons so bad now.

    1. Ahh yes I'm so annoyed we didn't have enough time because I noticed afterwards that WEARECOW is down digbeth street so I'm annoyed I didn't get the chance to look in there, hopefully there will be a next time!


  5. That looks amazing! How lucky that you got to stay there! Love your blog x

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