STAYCITY FORGES AHEAD WITH EUROPEAN EXPANSION PLANSPublish date: Thu 13 Feb, 2014
Staycity, the Dublin-based serviced apartment operator, is on target for 30% growth over the next 12 months with new properties opening in Lyons, Venice and Greenwich, London.
The company currently operates apartments across eight European cities – Dublin, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Paris and Amsterdam – with a total of over 1,000 apartments. Investment in new sites over the next five years will take the Staycity estate to 5,000 apartments by 2019.
“The serviced apartment sector is set for future expansion, driven by the needs of the travelling public. We intend Staycity to become one of the leading brands in the market,” commented CEO Tom Walsh.
“Corporate and leisure guests are now becoming more familiar with the benefits of using serviced apartments and we anticipate that the sector’s share of the short stay market across Europe will grow significantly over the next five years.”
Staycity serviced apartments typically accommodate from two to six people. The apartments are larger than the majority of hotel rooms and have a fully equipped kitchen with dining room/lounge and bathroom. All have 24-hour reception service.
“Serviced apartments usually cost less per person than an average hotel room, particularly for families or small groups. In contrast to hotel rooms, apartments offer more space, independence and flexibility,” added Walsh.
Some 60% of Staycity’s revenue comes from leisure customers, with 40% being mid-week corporate customers. The average stay at a Staycity apartment is four days, with 60% of bookings made directly from Staycity’s website. Around 60% of guests are aged 18-44.
Serviced apartments make up 7% of the short stay market in the UK, compared with 12% in US cities. Across Europe market share is smaller, at just 1%, but the sector is expected to see rapid growth as customers become more familiar with the concept.
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.