Staycity bullish for new year as six new sites announced

Following a positive trading year and 12 months of significant growth Staycity Aparthotels has announced a further six new property openings for 2019/20.

Finance director Colm Whooley said that Staycity expected 2017 turnover to have grown by 25%, with strong profit margins remaining in line with that of previous years.

“Last year’s results will show growth in turnover and profits for the group,” he said. “During 2017 the board signed off on the company’s five year business plan which will see us operating 15,000 keys by 2022.

“Brexit and general economic environment have remained a risk but we have attempted to reduce that risk where possible with a strategy of growing the business across a number of markets and actively managing currency exposure through foreign exchange hedging,” he added.

During 2017 the Dublin-based company opened aparthotels in Marseille, Lyon and Manchester as well as revealing details of a new premium brand, Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity, the first of which will open in London this Spring, with a second to follow in Edinburgh in 2019.

Later this year Staycity will open in Liverpool’s Corn Exchange building in the heart of the city’s commercial region close to James Street Merseyrail Station, Albert Dock and the leisure development Liverpool One. The property is made up of 212 one- and two-bed apartments.

Further new locations with scheduled openings for 2019 include a prestigious 284 key aparthotel near Disneyland Paris, with 284 apartments, swimming pool with bar and deck, full restaurant, café and lounge area, bar, 183 parking spaces and lakes and gardens. The development is adjacent to Euro Disney and is situated in the busy Val d’Europe area.

The company will open in the Venetian mainland suburb of Mestre, part of the territory of the city of Venice, in early 2019 with 175 units. The location is often the preferred starting point for tourists visiting the historic city.

Staycity will also open a prestigious Wilde Aparthotel forming part of Charlie Living, one of several new buildings located at the former Checkpoint Charlie on the Friedrichstrasse in Central Berlin in 2019. The 48-apartment building is one of two Staycity properties opening in the German capital.

Another site will be added to the group’s Dublin estate in 2019 when it opens in Chancery Lane in the city centre, with 50 apartments. A further 142 apartment building will open its doors on Mark Street in 2020. By 2021, the company expects to have 1,500 keys operating in Dublin.

Preliminary work is also underway on a third Manchester property in St Peter’s Square, expected to open at the end of 2019 with 250 apartments.

“These aparthotels are all in fantastic locations and offer exciting opportunities for us to grow our brand and our estate. The company now has the right team in place to enable and facilitate this expansion, although we look forward to recruiting locally for each of our new properties over the course of the next 12 months,” commented Staycity CEO and founder Tom Walsh.

“This year will be a pivotal one for Staycity with several more deals about to be signed on sites across Europe, as well as the opening of our first Wilde Aparthotel,” he added.

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STAYCITY TAKES WILDE CONCEPT TO EDINBURGH’S KING’S STABLES ROAD

Dublin-based Staycity Aparthotels has announced that its second Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity, the premium brand launched earlier this year, will be located on Edinburgh’s historic King’s Stables Road in the heart of the city centre.

Inspired by 19th century Irish literary giant Oscar Wilde, Wilde Aparthotels Edinburgh will, as its centrepiece, feature an arts facility incorporating a gallery and exhibition space. This will house art installations open for view to the general public. The space will present an impressive frontage onto King’s Stables Road and will aim to profile the work of local artists.

Originally used as a medieval tiltyard for jousting tournaments in honour of James IV, King’s Stables Road later became home to the royal horses. The historic site, currently owned by the City of Edinburgh Council, had formerly been used as offices, storage premises and workshops but has been vacant since 2009, although has more recently played host to an arts festival.

While the majority of the scheme is new-build, parts of the historic medieval wall will be incorporated into the build, reflecting its historic past.

Barry Hickey, group development director, Staycity Aparthotels, said: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us. The historic King’s Stables Road provides an amazing setting for our latest venture.

“With the brand’s strong link to cultural icon Oscar Wilde we hope the arts facility element of the scheme will become a destination in its own right, benefitting local businesses and helping King’s Stables Road become a new arts centre for the city.

“We eagerly anticipate welcoming the first collection of artwork and have made a pledge to commit to working with local artists to ensure that their excellent work is being highlighted and promoted.” Wilde Aparthotels Edinburgh will offer apartments together with lounge, café, and gym facilities. The development, undertaken by Peveril Securities and Campus Development Management, forms part of a wider mixed-use scheme comprising residential and commercial units as well as student accommodation. Work is scheduled to start at the end of 2017, with the apartments expected to open in the latter part of 2019.

Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity was launched earlier this year with its first property due to open on London’s Strand later this year. The concept will be rolled out across gateway city centre locations throughout Europe, with initial sites in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Berlin.

Each apartment will feature the latest intelligent in-room technology including a 43” flat screen smart TV and touch control panels for lighting, air conditioning, towel rails and blinds.

Luxury features include a super-comfy XL-sized bed, rainfall shower and high quality bed linen complemented by a collection of Irish-inspired crafted accessories and soft furnishings. The look will be completed with solid oak flooring and a finely detailed piece of handcrafted joinery curated with local curiosities whilst also housing the kitchen and bathroom.

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A weekend away with the kids: Staycity Manchester

Why book a standard hotel when you can take over a whole apartment? Staycity is the perfect choice for families who want city-chic but don’t want to pay city-chic prices.

What’s there?

Conveniently located almost next door to Manchester Piccadilly train station, Staycity Manchester is more than just a bed to crash in for the night. Sleek and minimalist, these apartments offer guests a luxury home away from home.
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STAYCITY GOES WILDE WITH LAUNCH OF DESIGN LED BRAND

Staycity, one of Europe’s leading aparthotel operators, has this week announced details of its new premium brand – Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity.

With the name inspired by Irish 19th century playwright Oscar Wilde to emphasise its Irish provenance, the concept will be rolled out across gateway city centre locations throughout Europe. The first will open this Autumn on London’s Strand, followed by properties in Edinburgh, Manchester and Berlin.

“Wilde by Staycity has a clear personality and its distinctive style, comfort and clever design will appeal to today’s city traveller whilst retaining our trademark home-away-from-home hospitality,” said Tom Walsh, Staycity Aparthotels’ CEO and co-founder.

The 106-room building on The Strand, managed by LaSalle Investment Management on behalf of one of its clients, was developed for Staycity by Galliard. Staycity Aparthotels has a 35-year lease on the property, which will offer studios and deluxe studios over eight floors including three sky level studios.

Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity offers guests the latest intelligent in-room technology including a 43” flat screen smart TV and touch control panels for lighting, air conditioning, towel rails and blinds. Luxury features include a super-comfy XL-sized bed, rainfall shower and high quality bed linen complemented by a collection of Irish inspired crafted accessories and soft furnishings.

The studio and deluxe studios have fully equipped kitchenettes with a Nespresso machine and NutriBullet for quality coffee and juicing. All rooms are fitted with a Handy guest smartphone device offering free local and international phone calls to selected destinations.

The look is completed with solid oak flooring and a finely detailed piece of handcrafted joinery curated with local curiosities whilst housing the kitchen and bathroom. Rooms and public spaces contain bespoke artworks, commissioned by Wilde to capture its distinct personality.

“The brand combines design cues from its locality coupled with an Irish stamp that alludes to its heritage. We intend Wilde to have a true sense of place, with designs continuing to evolve at each property,” added Tom Walsh.

The Wilde concept was created by Staycity’s in-house design team along with renowned architects Heneghan Peng, the London branch of design firm Perkins + Will, and Dublin-based branding agency Zinc Design.

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10 Business Travel Hacks You Need To Know

Travelling for business can be a bit of a chore to say the least.  If you enjoy meeting new people and seeing new places, it can seem exciting for a while, but soon living out of a case ceases to be attractive.  Even more so if you do a lot of business miles over the course of the year, or are away from home for long periods at a time working on a longer term project.
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Must-See Places in London Greenwich

Every time I visit London, I see another part of the city that I haven’t seen before, in the case of Greenwich it’s a place that I would LOVE to return to.

There are two Staycity property’s in Greenwich: One located on Greenwich High Road and Deptford Bridge. I stayed in Greenwich High road which was just a two-minute walk to Greenwich Station, this made travelling to Greenwich from London city airport a less daunting experience and meant that I could travel into central London via DLR and Tube in a mere 40 minutes.
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STAYCITY APARTHOTELS OPENS IN MANCHESTER’S ‘LAZY S’

Manchester’s modernist Gateway House – also known as the ‘Lazy S’ – will open today, 8 May, as a Staycity Aparthotel, creating 50 new jobs.

The building, which sits alongside Piccadilly Station, was built in the 60s as offices and retail space but has remained empty since 2010. Staycity Aparthotels has signed a 25-year lease on the building, which is owned by LaSalle Investment Management, and will occupy all seven floors with retail space remaining underneath.

Staycity Manchester Piccadilly offers 182 short-let apartments made up of one-, two-, and three-bed units each with an open-plan sitting room, kitchen and dining area and en-suite bathroom. Additional facilities include a café, lounge area, gym, car park for 56 vehicles and a 24-hour reception service as well as four separate meeting rooms offering a total space of 42m2 available for bookings from guests or local companies.

“This is an important opening for Staycity as the building is a well-known landmark in Manchester – the first sight of the city visitors have when they arrive by train to Manchester Piccadilly. We are delighted to be part of the regeneration of this unusual and striking building,” commented Staycity Aparthotels CEO Tom Walsh.

Dublin-based Staycity is one of the fastest-growing European aparthotel providers. Its wellequipped apartments are popular with both business and leisure travellers as an alternative to hotel accommodation.

“Our apartments offer guests a freedom that they don’t get from a hotel. Business and leisure travellers either on short or long-stays are discovering the more home-from-home feel of an aparthotel, where they are free to cook their own food when they want and have the space to relax, work or meet colleagues or friends,” added Walsh.

Staycity operates over 3,000 apartments across 10 European cities including Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Paris, Lyon and Marseille. The company intends to grow to 15,000 apartments by 2022, reinforcing its position as one of the leading aparthotel operators.

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20 Places To Visit in Manchester This Year

Manchester is an incredible city with so much to see and do, it is constantly evolving and becoming ever more vibrant. Whether you want to see the sights, go to the theatre or sample the fantastic food and drink scene that Manchester has to offer, there is plenty of choice for everyone.

Shopping

If you love to shop, there are plenty of options in Manchester. Manchester Arndale lies in the heart of Manchester city centre and is the home to a whole range of popular high street brands. If you fancy a bite to eat there are lots of restaurants and cafes with varying offerings in the centre so that you can refuel and refresh.
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What Locals Won’t Tell You About Paris

Ah, the charms of Paris

Cultural, mythical, romantic, popular and trendy, the City of Lights is to be discovered again and again without ever getting bored. With family, friends or on a work trip, here are some tips and locations to fully enjoy your stay in Staycity Aparthotels Paris.

Located in the quarter of “Gare de l’Est” and served by a lot of public transport (metro lines 2, 4, 5, 7 – bus 31, 43, 44, 47, 56 and 65), you are ready to set foot in the City of 100 villages.
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Make Your Next Trip To Marseille Memorable

City of the Olympique de Marseille, pastis, boules, soap, rocky inlets and relaxation. Massalia or Marseille makes you feel like a king in a castle with it’s spectacular city to sea views. The panorama from the top of the steps of the Saint Charles railway station offers us a first glimpse of this multicultural city.

Staycity Aparthotels is located within the famous district of Belsunce:
“Belsunce is the jewel in Marseille’s crown, tucked between the station and the Old Port” are Bouga’s lyrics, a rapper from Marseille who pays tribute to his neighbourhood with his song Belsunce Breakdown. Here you will find La Compagnie which is an art and cultural venue with many interesting events and exhibitions.
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A Southern Girl in the Northern City

It’s no surprise when I moved to Liverpool I was a little sceptical at what it had to offer. London was always a steady producer of the perfect brunch spot, theatre productions to rival broadway, the most amazing of afternoon teas and enough things to do that even after 3 years living there I still hadn’t completed my bucket list.

In 2008 Liverpool was named Capital of Culture and things have been on a steady increase since then. Whether you are on a stag or hen party, a romantic getaway for two, or a family holiday, there is practically something for everyone.
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Top Tips for Families Coming to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the perfect destination for a family city break. Compact and walkable, the big attractions are right on your doorstep. From ghosts and ghouls, castles, to famous, adorable pandas – here is Kate from Love From Scotland’s favourite family things to do in Edinburgh.

Get hands on at Edinburgh’s Museums

The National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street isn’t your traditional museum. It’s next generation, stuffed full of interactive exhibitions for kids (and adults) – drive a F1 car, generate electricity by running around in a giant hamster wheel and marvel at the animals in the Natural World Gallery. I still wonder how they got a whole train into the building!
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York – A Beautiful City With A Lot Of History

York is a beautiful city in the UK with a lot of history, as it was founded by the ancient Romans. With a variety of wonderful attractions to offer and things to do, it’s the ideal place to visit for families and history enthusiasts. Today, York is a very fashionable city, attracting tourists from all over the world. It’s such an easy city to navigate by foot, or you can hop on and off one of the local sightseeing buses.

River in York, England

York is known as one of Europe’s most haunted cities, so you can learn a lot about its spooky history via attractions such as guided ghost walks, the Ghost Bus Tour or you could pay a visit to York Dungeons. Using actor led shows, visitors get to see a unique history of the dungeons. Book in advance if you can though – as the queues can be quite long.
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An Insider’s Look at Birmingham

Birmingham has reinvented itself many times over the years and the process continues today.  In fact one of its newish landmarks is a favourite place of mine to visit: the award winning Library of Birmingham.  The distinctive twirling metalwork exterior means that the library catches your eye from everywhere within the city centre, but a visit to the garden terraces means that you can enjoy spectacular views of the rest of the central area and beyond.

One of the key features of Birmingham is its compact city centre: it’s much easier to walk around than many other similar sized cities.  Seeing it on foot means you get a chance to take your time, maybe look up a little and see some of the stunning architecture above your head.  There are the Victorian frontages on New Street, some pretty little arcades, but also the more modern architecture of the Selfridges building or Grand Central.
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The Essential Bucket-List For Lyon Lovers

At the confluence of the Saône and the Rhône, near the Alps, Switzerland and Italy sits Lyon, a huge European intersection and meeting place since time immemorial.

Ancient capital of the Gaules during the Roman empire, merchant city from The Renaissance, Lyon owes it’s initial rise and prosperity to the silk trade and thereafter to the textile industry which is very much part of its cultural identity today.
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EARLY TRADING SUCCESS FOR STAYCITY’S FRENCH ADDITIONS

Staycity Aparthotels’ Marseille and Lyon properties have together achieved high occupancy figures and exceeded budget expectations in their first month of trading.

“We are delighted with the response we’ve had to both Lyon and Marseille,” said Staycity CEO Tom Walsh. “The early success of both these properties reinforces our commitment to further expansion in France and demonstrates the growing demand for aparthotels from both leisure and business travellers,” he added.

The 108-apartment Staycity Centre Vieux Port opened at the beginning of February in Marseille’s popular old port area, just a minute’s walk from Colbert Hotel de Region Metro. The property will see occupancy for March reach over 80% with forward bookings for April expected to exceed this.

Staycity Lyon Rue Garibaldi, the 144-apartment purpose-built building that opened in early March, is also likely to be ahead of budget expectations in its first few weeks of trading. Staycity Lyon offers both studios and one-bed apartments in the Lyon 7 district, within walking distance of the city’s historic old centre and 10-minutes from the main business hub and train station.

Staycity already operates a property in the popular 10th district of Paris, minutes from the Gare de L’Est transport hub, and is expected to add further properties in France over the next 18 months.

The company has over 3,000 apartments across 10 European cities including Birmingham, Dublin, Birmingham, York, Edinburgh and London. Later this year Staycity will open in Manchester as well as unveiling its new premium brand at The Strand in London.

Staycity Aparthotels intends to expand to 15,000 apartments by 2022, reinforcing its position as one of the leading aparthotel operators. Earlier this month Markus Beike was appointed as development director for Germany & CEE, with a focus on expanding the brand in Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe.

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20 Hidden Gems in Temple Bar To Discover

Temple Bar was once thought of as the preserve of stag parties and eternally thronged with visiting tourists. However, this historic cobbled quarter in the heart of Dublin city has so many gems to explore. From cutting edge Irish pubs to third-wave coffee houses, tiny celebrated restaurants to thriving food markets, here’s where you need to visit in Dublin’s cultural quarter, Temple Bar.

Temple Bar Food Market

Every Saturday the beautifully-designed Meeting House Square transforms, blossoming into the bustling Temple Bar Food Market. Under its iconic canopies, artisan producers, butchers, bakers, vegetable growers and street food traders set up temporary shop, open from 10am ‘til 4pm, best to get there early!
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How to Plan a Cheap Trip to London

London is a wonderful city to visit, but it’s usually not without a hefty price tag. The best thing about the UK capital is it’s what you make it, so there’s lots of ways to have a cheap and cheerful budget trip to London and here’s our tips for keeping costs down on a Thameside trip.

Get public transport

It’s not free, but it’s great value for money to use an Oyster Card for travel. You can see London from the sky on the Emirates Air Line, take the standard London buses instead of expensive tour operated ones to see some of the same sights without commentary (the No.11 is particularly good for this!) and travel on the London Overground service around the perimeter of city for views of various areas, from Shoreditch to Camden, Kensington to Clapham.
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