22 May Inside Scoop: La Reserve Aparthotel in Manchester
In the first of our Citybase partner mini-interviews, we chat about Manchester, what the city has to offer travellers, life after Brexit, and what the future might hold for serviced apartments with Ajith Hettiarachchi, Katia Even and Hannah Birch from La Reserve Aparthotel in Manchester.
So Ajith, Katia and Hannah welcome to Lancaster; how’s the new opening going?
We have 87 apartments, which opened at the end of March offering a selection of one, two and three bedroom apartments in the heart of the city.
How would you describe La Reserve?
What we offer at La Reserve is high end apartment accommodation – unbeatable space and facilities – complemented by all the great things about a hotel. Outstanding customer service, restaurant-quality food with breakfast, lunch and evening meals served during the week. We also host functions for groups of guests such as corporate events.
Why should travellers choose an apartment over a hotel?
Most hotel rooms in Manchester are typically between 25 to 30m2 while our serviced apartments are 45m2 and upwards. If you were staying for two or three weeks, which would you prefer? If you’re travelling with family or friends, you can’t always get connecting rooms in a hotel and the costs can really mount up. An apartment means you can all stay together, do your own cooking, and enjoy privacy security and safety. When it comes to space, comfort and convenience, serviced apartments are a clear choice over hotels.
What is great about Manchester?
You get everything in Manchester, sports, music, history, science, business and fantastic shopping. There is so much going on; you are also within very easy reach of the Lake & Peak District National Parks so there is literally something for everyone.
What effect will you see Brexit having on the tourism and travel industry?
Brexit will be positive for international tourism. The weaker pound means more people are looking at opportunities to invest here, many people are looking at buying property in the UK and flights are cheaper.
Why do you like working with Citybase and SilverDoor?
Our guests see the value in great service from end to end. Citybase and SilverDoor give their clients this level of personalised service and take a real interest in the needs of their guests.
If a guest has had a good experience booking then they arrive in a more positive frame of mind and their stay will be memorable for all the right reasons. For other agents, it’s all about the booking. But for you, it’s about developing long term relationships with guests. This is why we use Citybase and SilverDoor over other agents.