Dublin-based aparthotel operator Staycity Group is branching into “resort-style” properties, with the first set to open near Paris in August.
Staycity Aparthotels Paris, Marne-la-Vallée features 284 apartments, 22 villas, a swimming pool, café, restaurant and gardens.
The new-build property will likely appeal primarily to leisure travellers – Marne-la-Vallée is 10 minutes from Disneyland Paris, and a shuttle bus is provided to the park.
However Staycity CEO Tom Walsh said they expected 20 to 30 per cent of guests to be corporate travellers, and have provided three meeting rooms and a break out area for business and conference use.
Nearby Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy station is accessible by TGV from Charles de Gaulle Airport in less than 20 minutes.
It is the second Paris property for Staycity, which has a 50-room aparthotel in the 10th arrondissement.
The company has 7,000 properties in operation and its pipeline, with openings planned for this year in Berlin, Venice, Edinburgh and Manchester. It aims to reach 15,000 apartments by the end of 2023.
In 2016, Savills called aparthotels the “rising stars of the hospitality industry”, and in 2018 reported continued strong growth and investor confidence. It also noted the growth of smaller lifestyle brands under extended stay providers, such as Saco’s Locke, and Staycity’s Wilde.
Commenting on the new Paris location, Staycity’s CEO Tom Walsh said: “We are thrilled to be opening in this fantastic location with what will be our first property with extensive leisure facilities alongside holiday villas.
“Marne-la-Vallée will particularly appeal to leisure guests and the villas will be popular with families or groups of friends, although our guest profile is still expected to be around 20-30 per cent corporate business.”