STAYCITY TO OPEN SECOND MANCHESTER PROPERTYPublish date: Wed 22 Feb, 2017
Staycity Aparthotels, one of Europe’s largest independent aparthotel operators, is to open its second site in Manchester in May in the city’s modernist ‘s-shaped’ building, Gateway House, situated alongside Piccadilly railway station.
Business guests are a key audience for the new Staycity Manchester Piccadilly with facilities that include four meeting rooms offering a total space of 42m2. The rooms are available for bookings from guests or local companies.
The 182 short-let apartments will be made up of one-, two-, and three-bed units each with an open-plan sitting room, kitchen and dining area and en-suite bathroom.
In addition Staycity Manchester Piccadilly will offer guests a café, lounge area, gym, car park for 56 vehicles and a 24-hour reception service.
“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. 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 aparthotel providers. Its well-equipped apartments are popular with both business and leisure travellers as an alternative to hotel or b&b accommodation.
“Our apartments offer guests a freedom that they don’t get from a hotel. Business and leisure travellers either on short-stays 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 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 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.