Staycity design projects reach shortlist in prestigious Irish awards

Publish date: Fri 28 Sep, 2018

Staycity Group is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted in three categories in the prestigious Irish FitOut Awards 2018 for its in-house designer, the company’s offices in Dublin, and its premium brand – Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity.

Staycity head of design, architect Keith Somers (left), who has been instrumental in the new contemporary look and feel of Staycity Aparthotels as well as the company’s premium brand Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity, has been shortlisted in the Young FitOut Designer of the Year category.

Staycity has also been shortlisted for the FitOut Project of the Year (medium office) for its new head office, an exciting, contemporary workspace at Mission Hall, Mill Street, Dublin 8, designed by Dublin-based ODOS Architects. The space, which is both functional and luxurious, has been designed to reflect the theme of travel and hospitality with distinctive zones such as social areas, break out spaces, gym and event spaces. Staycity moved into the new offices earlier this year.

The third nomination comes for Staycity’s premium brand Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity, London, The Strand, shortlisted in the FitOut Project of the Year (international) category. Wilde’s innovative design, developed by Zinc Design, Keith Somers and interior design company Heneghan Peng, takes an innovative approach to design, with inspiration drawn from local features, design classics, bespoke artworks, the company’s Irish roots and Oscar Wilde himself. Fusing superior design with the unexpected, Wilde Aparthotels’ guests escape, relax, cook and work in creative interiors that inspire the imagination.

The FitOut award winners will be announced at a Gala Awards ceremony, which takes place at the Convention Centre, Dublin on 1 November 2018.

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.