Aparthotel operator Staycity is recruiting some 200 additional staff over the next few months as the company gears up for a record number of property openings in the second half of 2019.
Four properties will join the portfolio before the end of this year with recruitment drives already underway for general manager, front-of-house, sales and housekeeping positions based in Paris, Venice, Edinburgh and Berlin.
“This is our biggest intake of new staff yet,” said Staycity’s head of human resources, Ben Clayton.
“It’s a huge undertaking as we have a strong culture of high service standards so every new member of staff needs to be fully compliant with our procedures before the properties open.”
Opening at the beginning of August will be Staycity’s largest property to date, Staycity Aparthotels Marne-la-Vallée, a 10-minute walk from Disneyland Paris. Facilities include 284 apartments, 22 holiday villas, a swimming pool, restaurant, Staycafé, bar and extensive gardens and terraces.
In the second week of August Staycity opens in Venice, Mestre, with 175 studio and one-bed apartments. The property will have a Staycafé, fitness room as well as guest parking and is a 12-minute train journey into the historic city of Venice.
By the end of the year Staycity will also open its first property in Germany with 48 apartments near Charlie Living in Berlin.
The property will operate under Staycity’s premium brand, Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity, and will consist of studio- and one-bed apartments.
Staycity’s fourth opening this year will be in Edinburgh’s King’s Stables Road, also operating under the Wilde brand. The 123-apartment property in the heart of the city will offer guests a lounge, Staycafé, and fitness room as well as a spacious arts facility incorporating a gallery and exhibition space.
At the beginning of 2020 Staycity will open a second property in Manchester, with a 224-apartment property opening in the city’s Northern Quarter.
“This is a crucial time for Staycity as we add nearly 700 apartments to our inventory and recruit and train the additional staff this expansion demands,” added Freeman.
“Our quality and online reputation scores, which we measure via Global Review Index, have been consistently rising and last year reached 88%. This year they are expected to come in at 90% so it’s vital for us to recruit team members that will maintain and enhance the reputation we’ve already built.”