Accommodation: Time for some shut-eye
There’s no shortage of venues as the town boasts everything from Travelodge and Marriott, offering visitors a great deal of variety. And then there’s the increased trend of Airbnb being used by executives.
However, CitySuites was our base of operations during the time there.
The site only opened its doors with a soft launch on 1 February, but already shows great promise to achieve its ambition of becoming the go-to spot for business travellers.
The luxury serviced apartment building has 237 rooms on offer and Real Business previously spoke with CitySuites operations director Gavin Bailey about the brand ahead of launch.
He noted the city of Manchester has “huge business potential” with new airport routes regularly added, the likes of Amazon and BBC established locally and the Northern Powerhouse commitment.
On why CitySuites will stand out, Bailey said: “The standard accommodation options are not great. You can opt for a hotel room, which is often cramped and not particularly comfortable. Alternatively, you can choose serviced apartments, which for the most part are basic, a bit shabby and not managed brilliantly.”
At the time, he also dismissed threat from the Premier Inn across the road. “I’m confident that CitySuites will be Manchester’s finest residence upon opening, bar none,” he said.
Having now stayed at CitySuites, everything Bailey said was entirely justified. Genuine warm greetings from staff met us on arrival, while dedicated concierge and reception staff took bags and gave us a tour of the venue, which comes with pool, hot tub and 24-hour gym.
The room itself, meanwhile, could have well been someone’s luxury home, which is precisely the feel that the brand wants to create – particularly as long-term stays are more common, with existing bookings spanning everything from six weeks to six months.
We caught up with Bailey in person during the time there. He pointed to The Lowry and Radisson Blu Edwardian as two top hotels in the city of Manchester. That said, he added CitySuites had secured guests from the venues – something he attributed to the level of service.
“Our service is unrivalled, but staff don’t require a hospitality background. In fact, 70-80 per cent don’t have past hospitality careers, but they’ve had experience in retail, hairdressing and so on, which has allowed them to connect with people,” said Bailey.
“Our prime model is based on business travel, so we’re looking for transient workers, good transport links, company investments and corporate travellers. We’ve got plans for further growth and openings with Dubai, London and Birmingham among cities of interest.”
We’ve noted the exercise and relaxation facilities CitySuites has, but if it’s locations for business meetings you’re after in the city of Manchester, continue onto the next page.