STAYCITY APARTHOTELS OPENS ITS DOORS IN MARSEILLEPublish date: Wed 01 Feb, 2017
Leading aparthotel operator Staycity Aparthotels has today [1 February] opened in Marseille, the first of two new Staycity properties in France.
Staycity already operates an aparthotel in the busy and popular 10th district of Paris, minutes from the Gare de Paris-Est transport hub, and today adds Staycity Marseille to its expanding portfolio. The property, based in Marseille’s popular historical Vieux Port, has 108 apartments.
In March 2017 Staycity will open in Lyon in a purpose-built, 144-unit development in the city centre, within walking distance of the historic old centre and 10-minutes from the main business hub and train station.
“France has long been a mainstay in our expansion plans and we hope to add further properties in strategic sites in the coming years,” commented Staycity CEO Tom Walsh.
“These properties and our existing premises in Paris, provide us with a firm base in France, which will help build our reputation as the go-to aparthotel operator.”
Dublin-based Staycity Aparthotels is one of the fastest-growing serviced apartment providers in Europe. Its well-equipped apartments, with kitchen areas enabling guests to prepare their own food, are popular with both leisure and business travellers.
Staycity Aparthotels, which have a 24-hour reception, laundry facilities, and luggage storage with most properties also having a gym, car park, café and lounge area, offer guests a more relaxed, home-from-home experience than other types of accommodation.
The company now operates over 3,000 apartments across 10 major cities in the UK and Europe with expansion plans taking it to 15,000 apartments by 2021. Other openings over the next 12 months include Manchester (182), London Covent Garden (106) and Liverpool (202).
About Staycity Aparthotels
Staycity Aparthotels is a privately held company based in Dublin offering quality short-term and long-term apartment and aparthotel lettings in central city locations. These include Dublin (179 apartments), Edinburgh (146), Manchester (266), Liverpool (56), Birmingham (249), London Heathrow (269), London Greenwich (166),Paris (50), York (197), Marseille (108) and Lyon (144). With a total estate (pipeline and operating) totaling over 4,500 apartments the company is on target to achieve its stated aim of 15,000 apartments by 2022.
Staycity Aparthotels was founded in 2004 by Tom Walsh and his brother Ger, starting with a single apartment in Dublin’s Temple Bar, a former recording studio used by the likes of U2.
With an active European expansion plan Staycity has quickly established itself as one of the leading aparthotel operators. Projected annual turnover for 2017 is expected to reach €60m.
Staycity’s properties are made up of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments offering 24-hour reception, fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes, a dining area, sitting area and bathroom. Additional features include complimentary Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TV and guest laundry facilities as well as weekly housekeeping. Most sites have private car parking facilities and many offer a dry gym. All latest generation properties, such as London Heathrow, York, Birmingham Newhall Square, Lyon and Marseille have a guest lounge/café for breakfast, all day snacks and beverages.
In 2015 Staycity Aparthotels won the Industry Breakthrough Award at the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) Annual Awards as well as being inducted into the Tripadvisor Hall of Fame for its Dublin (Saint Augustine Street) and Birmingham (Arcadian Centre) locations for five consecutive years. In 2016 Staycity was highly commended in the Serviced Apartment Business of the Year Award Corporate category at the ASAP Awards while in 2017 Staycity Aparthotels York Paragon Street was a finalist at The Serviced Apartment News Awards under the Best Aparthotel category. The company also gained four nominations in the recent Serviced Apartment Industry Awards.