STAYCITY LAUNCHES ALL-YOU-NEED-TO-KNOW GUIDES TO EUROPE’S BIGGEST AND BEST CHRISTMAS MARKETS

There’s nothing like a Christmas market to evoke the thrill of Christmas – with their carol-singers, unusual gift ideas, and the lure of a warming glass of mulled wine with a hot mince pie!

To celebrate the growing popularity of Christmas markets travel experts at Staycity have compiled one of the first comprehensive guides to Europe’s best markets – available at the click of a button on the company’s website – https://www.staycity.com/blog/top-100-Christmas-markets-Europe/.

Staycity has included an exclusive top 100 list of Europe’s most popular markets to visit based on Google searches in the months running up to Christmas, when over 13.7 million internet searches are typically conducted on Christmas markets.

According to the research Strasbourg, one of Europe’s oldest markets, remains the most popular, with 300 stalls across 11 locations in the city. Strasbourg’s Christmas markets receive over 165,000 queries on Google per month.

Ranked second in the top 100 is Berlin, with over 125,000 queries. Berlin’s markets are renowned for turning the German capital into a Christmas fairytale, with up to 80 markets spread across the city.

Manchester, one of the UK’s first-ever Christmas markets, ranks an impressive third on the list, now attracting over nine million visitors to its 300 stalls across 10 sites.

Each city guide has need-to-know details on where the markets can be found along with opening times, dates and what you can expect to enjoy there.

“Visiting a Christmas market really gets people in the festive mood – their popularity is growing each year as people discover the special atmosphere they offer as well as the opportunity to pick up unusual or handmade gifts and sample some of the best seasonal food and drink,” says Staycity marketing director Jason Delany.

“We’ve now pulled this vital information into one place so it’s easy to research where you and your friends and family want to go.”

Staycity operates nearly 4,500 aparthotels across the UK and Europe, including nine cities that host amazing Christmas markets. Anyone planning to stay with Staycity while visiting a Christmas market can get a 12.5% discount by entering the promo code XMAS18. www.staycity.com [ends]

 

EDITOR’S NOTES

Award-winning Staycity offers great quality short-term and long-term apartment and aparthotel lettings in central city locations across Europe, under the Staycity Aparthotel and Wilde Aparthotel by Staycity brands.

The company’s expanding estate includes properties in Dublin (179 apartments), Edinburgh (146), Manchester (182), Liverpool (268), Birmingham (249), London Heathrow (269), London Greenwich (166), London Strand (106), Paris (50), York (197), Marseille (108) and Lyon (144) with new properties scheduled to open soon in Dublin, Disneyland Paris, Edinburgh, Venice, Manchester and Berlin. The company is on target to achieve its stated aim of 15,000 apartments by 2022.

Staycity’s properties are made up of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments offering 24-hour reception, kitchens or kitchenettes, a dining area, sitting area and bathroom as well as complimentary Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TV, guest laundry facilities and weekly housekeeping. Most sites have car parking and many

offer a dry gym. The company’s most recent openings, such as London Heathrow, York, Birmingham Newhall Square, Manchester Piccadilly and Marseille have a lounge/café for breakfast, all-day snacks and drinks.

In 2015 Staycity Group won the Industry Breakthrough Award at the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) Annual Awards and was inducted into the Tripadvisor Hall of Fame. In 2016 the company was highly commended in the Serviced Apartment Business of the Year Award, Corporate category (ASAP Awards). In 2018 Staycity won the Best Operator Award (201+ apartments) in the Serviced Apartment News Awards.

www.staycity.com.

 

For further information or an infographic on Christmas markets please contact:

Linda Pettit, Tilburstow Media Partners
Linda@tilburstowmedia.co.uk
Tel:  +44 13 4283 2866 / Mob: +44 79 7378 9853

York Christmas markets 2018

This article is part of a series which researches the top cities for Christmas Markets in Europe. In this series, York was recognised as the 24th most coveted Christmas Market from a list of over 500 European cities.

 

About The Markets

The UK has had a tumultuous history of Christmas markets, with Oliver Cromwell, in the mid-17th century, placing strict laws in place about the ways in which the British people could celebrate Christmas. Nonetheless, the UK’s Christmas market tradition has survived, although a lot of today’s markets have not been around for the centuries their fellow Christmas markets in France and Germany can boast.

In the medieval city of York, the annual Christmas market takes up most of the city – while festive pop-ups feature across its winding streets and avenues. You’ll find the usual Christmas market fare, with a Scandinavian feel – thanks to York’s Viking ties – rather than the Germanic theme we’re used to. It means that York’s Christmas market is one well worth exploring (and we’re sure you’ll find a bratwurst or two along the way).


Continue Reading »

Lyon Christmas markets 2018

This article is part of a series which researches the top cities for Christmas Markets in Europe. In this series, Lyon was recognised as the 42nd most coveted Christmas Market from a list of over 500 European cities.

 

About Lyon Christmas Markets

France’s Christmas markets, or marché de Noel, date back centuries – with the first in the country taking place in Strasbourg in the 16th century – and are an unmissable part of the festive build-up, combining the French love of food and drink with the country’s flair for celebration and theatre.

While Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmarik is the country’s oldest, and arguable most iconic, Christmas market, there are plenty of other French cities whose Christmas celebrations are worth a visit – Lyon’s among them. Alongside the famous and historic festival of lights, or Fete des Lumiéres, the Christmas markets in Lyon offer a great way to soak up the festive atmosphere for all the family.


Continue Reading »

Paris Christmas markets 2018

This article is part of a series which researches the top cities for Christmas Markets in Europe. In this series, Paris was recognised as the 14th most coveted Christmas Market from a list of over 500 European cities.

 

About Paris Christmas Markets

Christmas markets have been around, in one form or another, since the 14th century, thought to have originated in Germany and spreading from there across Europe. Today, Christmas markets pop up in a plethora of European cities. Paris is no stranger to an open-air shopping spectacular at any time of year, but it is during the Advent season that the city of lights truly comes alive, with a wide selection of Christmas markets to choose from across each of its 20 districts, or arrondissements.

You’ll find every kind of Christmas market in the French capital. Paris at Christmas is home to arts and crafts markets, food markets, German markets, jewellery markets, vintage markets and more, not to mention living cribs, visits from Pere Noel and the renowned Christmas village at La Défense.


Continue Reading »

Dublin Christmas markets 2018

This article is part of a series which researches the top cities for Christmas Markets in Europe. In this series, Dublin was recognised as the 48th most coveted Christmas Market from a list of over 500 European cities.

 

About Dublin Christmas Markets

Christmas in Dublin is the most magical time of year. From the moment the Christmas lights are switched on Grafton Street in mid-November to the live busking by some of Ireland’s best musicians on Christmas Eve, Dublin turns into a bustling, atmospheric city full of colour, laughter, and sing-songs. One of the best ways to get into the festive spirit is to check out the best Christmas markets in Dublin, of which the best ones are listed below.


Continue Reading »

London Best Christmas markets 2018

This article is part of a series which researches the top cities for Christmas Markets in Europe. In this series, London was recognised as the 15th most coveted Christmas Market from a list of over 500 European cities.

 

About London Christmas Markets

Visiting Christmas markets is one of the best ways to enjoy the season and the city at its most magical. There’s festive shopping but also much more: ice skating, rides, Santa’s grottos, food and drink – even Mexican wrestling, giant puppets and roller disco!


Continue Reading »

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.

[ENDS]

 

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.

[ends]

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.
Continue Reading »

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.

[ends]

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.
Continue Reading »

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.
Continue Reading »

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.

[ends]

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 are plenty of things to see and do for everyone.

Manchester has undergone quite a renaissance in recent years with new initiatives such as the Castlefield project, with its museum complex on Liverpool Road. The extension of the city’s entertainment and sports facilities & the billions of investment into Manchester City football club has also considerably enhanced its appeal for tourists.

 

Stay in a Manchester aparthotel 

 

Places to Shop in Manchester

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.
Continue Reading »

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.
Continue Reading »

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.
Continue Reading »

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.
Continue Reading »