STAYCITY YORK OPENS FOR BUSINESS

Publish date: Tue 12 Jul, 2016

Leading aparthotel operator Staycity will this week [14 July] open the doors to its latest premises in York, following an 18-month building project by construction firm Bowmer & Kirkland.

The stunning six-storey, semi-circular, 197-apartment premises on Paragon Street was built on the derelict site of a former swimming pool which was closed a decade ago and was demolished in 2007.

The new building is adjacent to the prestigious Barbican area, overlooking the city walls and within close proximity to transport links. The opening of Staycity York has created 40 full and part-time jobs.

Said Staycity CEO Tom Walsh: “We are particularly pleased to be opening in this hugely popular and beautiful city, which, as the aparthotel sector continues to gain in popularity, will generate strong demand from both tourists and corporate guests.” Staycity York is a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with prices starting from around £69 per night for a studio apartment, £89 per night for a one bedroom apartment, and £115 for a two-bed apartment. Guest facilities include a café, lounge area, gym, guest laundry and locker room as well as car parking.

The newly appointed general manager of Staycity York is Nasser Shaher, who joins from Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants where he worked most recently at Premier Inn.

Dublin-based Staycity now operates some 1,400 apartments across eight European cities including Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London Heathrow, London Greenwich, Manchester, Paris and Amsterdam.

The company is on target to expand to 15,000 apartments by 2021 with another premises due to open this year in Marseille and further openings next year in London Covent Garden, Lyon, Liverpool and Manchester.

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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.

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