STAYCITY APARTHOTELS OPENS IN MANCHESTER’S ‘LAZY S’Publish date: Mon 08 May, 2017
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.
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 6,500 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 2018 is expected to reach €70m.
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 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.