Staycity to open first resort-style property in Paris

George Sell By George Sell
20 March 2019 | Updated 20 March 2019

France: Staycity Group is set to open a resort-style property close to Disneyland Paris.

The property will feature 284 apartments, 22 holiday villas, an outdoor swimming pool, café and restaurant as well as extensive gardens and terraces.
 
Staycity Aparthotels Paris, Marne-la-Vallée is located 35 minutes by car from central Paris and 10 minutes from Disneyland Paris. It's also close to both the Val d'Europe RER Station and the terminus Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy with a TGV from Charles de Gaulle airport to Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy taking 12 minutes.

The new-build property, built on a four-hectare greenfield site, is scheduled to open in August, offering studio and one-bedroom apartments as well as 12 four-bedroom villas sleeping up to 16 people and 10 five-bedroom villas sleeping up to 20 people. Rates will start from €99 for a studio and €385 for a villa.
 
Guest facilities include a lounge, children's play area, gardens, and gym as well as a free shuttlebus to and from Disneyland Paris. The property has parking for 182 cars and has three meeting rooms and a break-out area for business and conference use. Marne-la-Vallée is Staycity's second property in Paris.
 
"We are thrilled to be opening in this fantastic location with what will be our first property with extensive leisure facilities alongside holiday villas," said Tom Walsh, Staycity's CEO and co-founder. "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 to 30 per cent corporate business."
 
Average stay is anticipated to be around 3.5 nights with the majority of guests coming from Europe.

Staycity operates under the Staycity Aparthotels brand and its premium Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity brand. The group's growth target is to reach 15,000 apartments by the end of 2023.

Staycity CEO Tom Walsh won the Industry Inspiration award at last week's Serviced Apartment Awards in London.

Editor's Comment

One of the most striking trends of recent months has been the move by major serviced apartment operators in to the resort space.

Ascott got the ball rolling with its September 2018 acquisition of a majority stake in Indonesian hotel chain TAUZIA. And also in Asia, Oakwood announced its move in to resort management recently when it signed a deal to manage hotel and resort properties in Thailand owned by Boutique Corporation.

Staycity's new Paris venture is an interesting one - close enough to Disneyland Paris to attract families and leisure guests (and with the facilities to cater to them) but attractive to corporate guests too, with its excellent location and transport links.

How the two demographics will co-exist at the site remains to be seen but the project is another sign of Staycity's growing ambition, following the announcement of a major London dual-branded scheme in which it is acting as lead developer.

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