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Cycas Hospitality brings new brand - South Point Suites - to London's Bermondsey Village

Cycas Hospitality BV - 4 December 2017
Cycas Hospitality has launched a brand-new apartment-hotel concept in the buzzy neighbourhood of Bermondsey in London Bridge.South Point Suites offers 101 studios and one-bedroom suites, all designed to offer the comforts of home for those staying in London for a long-term project, relocation or long holiday. The location is ten minutes walk from both London Bridge and Bermondsey stations, part of a flourishing neighbourhood with boutiques, restaurants, bars, parks, cinemas, barbers, cafes, art galleries and markets.John Wagner, Founding Partner of Cycas Hospitality said: "What we have created with South Point Suites is a home for our guests in London Bridge's friendliest neighbourhood: Bermondsey. Our team are fun, friendly, they know and love the area. We have already set up partnerships with interesting local suppliers so we can offer authentic and memorable experiences to our guests."Mark Gillings, Area General Manager for Cycas Hospitality said: "The new bespoke South Point Suites brand fits the trendy village vibe of Bermondsey perfectly and is close to some of the city's best-loved bars and restaurants. It's an attractive location for the cultured business traveller, who prizes the opportunity to enjoy local London life."South Point Suites - London Bridge has partnered with Bermondsey craft beer company Hiver, to offer Craft Beer Tasting experiences. Hiver use British ingredients and honey from urban beekeepers to create delicious honey-infused beer and ale.South Point Suites - London Bridge is the first independent brand in the Cycas portfolio and has been created to reflect the best of their experience in affordable extended-stay properties.The studios and suites have a fresh and contemporary feel, with everything guests need to make themselves feel at home including kitchen and living areas with dishwasher and grocery service, comfy beds, giant TVs, squishy sofas, and a 24/7 Grab n' Go Pantry. There's even complimentary bed socks for lounging! High-speed Wi-Fi, gym and laundry facilities are all complimentary. Tasty hot and cold breakfast bars are available daily.South Point Suites - London Bridge is one of four properties which Cycas Hospitality manage in London for Starwood Capital Group.Hot on the heels of a multi-million-Euro strategic investment from Hua Kee (Thai family office and hotel owner and operator in Southeast Asia, Australia and Europe), Cycas is now the largest extended-stay operator in London and one of the fastest growing in Europe.In London Cycas also manages; Staybridge Suites London - Stratford City, Staybridge Suites London - Vauxhall, Residence Inn London - London Bridge, Holiday Inn London - Stratford City and Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport.The company has six new properties currently under construction including Manchester and Amsterdam, adding over 1,000 units to its portfolio by 2019.www.southpointsuites.com@southpointsuite

Cycas Hospitality secures multi-million-Euro strategic investment from Hua Kee

Cycas Hospitality BV - 10 October 2017
Cycas Hospitality is the largest branded extended-stay hotels operator in the UK, with additional operations in Benelux and ambitious plans to roll out the concept across continental Europe. It is a 'white-label' operator that partners with institutional and private investors to maximise the full potential of their hotel assets. Its current clients include Starwood Capital, M&L Hospitality, and CLS Holdings plc; outside North America, it is the largest operator of Staybridge Suites and Residence Inn hotels.Hua Kee has acquired a one-third share in Cycas, and its investment provides the business not only with additional working capital but also a co-investment partner and potential for future deals.Cycas Hospitality's turnover under management is forecast to treble over the next two years from EUR38 million to over EUR100 million based purely on the business's existing, secured and signed pipeline of hotels. Cycas currently has 3,000 guest rooms either open and operating, or signed and in the pipeline; it intends to grow this to more than 10,000 in the next five years.Eduard Elias, Cycas Hospitality's co-founder, said: "Extended-stay accommodation, which includes serviced apartments and aparthotels, is a new and dynamic asset class in Europe and is evolving as a major subsector in the hotel industry as leisure and business travellers increasingly seek and value flexibility and independence. We are delighted to welcome Hua Kee as investors and partners. We have exciting plans; we are actively seeking additional hotels to operate across continental Europe; and Hua Kee's investment provides us with the capital we need to achieve this next phase in our strategic plans."Erik Jacobs on behalf of Hua Kee added:"Cycas Hospitality is known for its exceptional customer service. This passion for wowing its customers, its clear market-leading position in this exciting, evolving market, together with its ambitious plans in Europe, made it a highly attractive investment proposition. In comparison with the US, Europe is largely underdeveloped and undersupplied in the extended-stay sector and we are anticipating this sector to gain significantly more market share in the short, medium and long-term. We are delighted to be Cycas Hospitality's strategic partners and investors."

How to Make the Hotel Experience Special with James Gardiner | By Mihaela Lica Butler

Cycas Hospitality BV - 24 July 2017
Since March 2017, James Gardiner is the General Manager of Joining the Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport, and he is already making a difference. Airport hotels have the reputation of catering more to business travelers, and this is the vision behind the seven brand new high-tech meeting rooms planned for the hotel in the immediate future. These set the hotel apart from similar venues in the area, but the service is also a priority."To make our hotel stand out we've focussed on delivering the superb quality and comfort our guests expect from the Hyatt Place brand, as well as providing a more personable and exceptional service," Gardiner told Hospitality Net in an exclusive interview. "We aim to create a memorable experience for our guests each time they stay as we know people love to return to a place where they know they will be looked after," he added.The secret, according to Gardiner, is that the management of the hotel promotes genuine engagement between staff and guests which in turn boosts guest loyalty. To achieve their goals, the team function according to the motto: "Our job isn't over until we get a smile."And it seems to work:"Stayed here for one night after an exhausting two weeks," says Chris S from Auckland Region, New Zealand. "Queen Bed was super comfortable, room super clean and the service was fantastic. Props to Andrew for being so helpful. Free transport to Heathrow also efficient."Other TripAdvisor reviews read similar, with props for different staff members, which proves that motivated staff can make even an airport hotel stand out.Garnier is well aware of the challenges faced by airport hotels."A challenge that most airport hotels encounter is how to make a connection with a guest when the average length of stay is just over one night," he explained. "However, we focus on every stage of the guest journey seeking out preferences to deliver everything just as our guests would like on arrival and throughout their stay."But after the connection, keeping the guest loyal to the brand is another challenge that needs to be addressed."We inspire loyalty throughout the guest's experience by delivering consistent and outstanding customer service. This ensures repeat business and leads to greater understanding and positive relations in the future," Gardiner told us.Large hotels often need to stay open while refurbishing, and this was a challenge for Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport too. The hotel management and staff learned a lot from this experience, and Gardiner shares his views with Hospitality Net:"We have learned a positive attitude can turn a storm into a sprinkle. We have kept our staff and guests in high spirits by regularly updating them on the progress of the works and the promise of positive things to come.By keeping our team happy, we have kept our guests satisfied. We find that the little things count. We focus on everything from special events specifically organized for the team, recognition and rewards, joint team celebrations and thanking everyone for their input.Working with our new Cycas Culture team every member of staff receives support throughout their career journey. Our innovative approach to HR has provided the team with strength and encouragement during trying times such as this refurbishment.Another way to keep big smiles during a refurbishment is maintaining the same level of service. We find that creating a cheerful atmosphere back of house reflects the quality of the guests' stay."After its recent renovation, the Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport boasts many interesting features, with outstanding bedrooms, which Gardiner seems to favor especially for the "sumptuously plush Hyatt spec beds" and triple glazing, which ensures that there is no noise from the airport to spoil a peaceful night's rest for the guests."Couldn't hear any noise from the airport and slept wonderfully on the very huge bed," according to a guest from Leeds who signs her review as Kaitlinemilyy on TripAdvisor."The biggest challenge has been the journey to becoming an exceptional hotel," Gardiner acknowledged. "We took all that was good from the outstanding service we delivered before our rebrand and added this to the best hotel product in the area. It took a little bit of blood, sweat, and tears but we are a stronger team for it, and now we have well-performing Hyatt Place hotel where staff looks forward to coming to work."As the journey shows, judging from the stellar reviews on TripAdvisor and Booking.com, facing the hurdles of refurbishment was well worth it. Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport is now better and stands out through exceptional accommodation and world-class guest relations.About Cycas HospitalityCycas Hospitality is a hotel management company specialising in extended-stay hotels. It combines real world, first-hand experience of hotel management with expertise in real estate investment and development.The company recently partnered with Starwood Capital Group to manage its four extended-stay hotels in Earls Court/Kensington, London Bridge, Bermondsey and Tower Bridge making them second largest operator of serviced apartment/apart-hotels in London.Cycas Hospitality also manages Staybridge Suites Hotels in Liverpool, Vauxhall, London, London Stratford City and the Holiday Inn in Stratford City, London and The Heathrow Hotel on Bath Road, London. Two new projects, comprising four hotels, are under construction. These include a Crowne Plaza/Staybridge Suites in Manchester and a Moxy/Residence Inn in Amsterdam. Several other projects are currently under development and further announcements can be expected in the coming months.www.cycashospitality.com

Slough Urban Renewal (sur) And Cycas Hospitality Sign Deal To Develop Two New Hotels Under Marriott International's Moxy Hotels And Residence Inn Brands

Cycas Hospitality BV - 17 July 2017
Cycas Hospitality and Slough Urban Renewal (SUR) has secured a deal to develop two new Marriott International hotels - Moxy and Residence Inn by Marriott.The hotels will be located on the former Central Library site, a landmark location on the A4 between the town centre and the station where Crossrail trains will operate from 2019.Slough Borough Council acquired the site in 2015 and will finance and own the hotels as a long-term investment, working with SUR to bring forward the development of the site. The hotel development will be operated by Cycas Hospitality, the specialist extended-stay hotel management company and will include a 144-room affordable lifestyle Moxy Hotel and a 92-room extended-stay Residence Inn, both of which will be operated under a single lease, in the same building. Roger Parkin, Interim Chief Executive at Slough Borough Council said: "Our innovative and shrewd investment in this partnership project is a win, win for the town. The hotels will not only boost the town centre night time economy and provide jobs but also bring long-term secure income for the council that we can invest in the frontline services we know our residents need and want. Along with our massive redevelopment scheme for the former Thames Valley University site and the opening of The Curve cultural centre last year, this project is further proof of our commitment to regenerating the heart of Slough and being at the forefront of building for the future." Paul Thomas, Director of International Hotel Development at Marriott International, said: "We are excited to see this dual-brand project become a reality in what is a high-profile location. It not only represents a landmark first deal with Slough Borough Council, but also the third deal between Cycas and Residence Inn by Marriott in the UK and we look forward to continuing to strengthen these partnerships both here and across Europe."Andy Howell, General Manager of Slough Urban Renewal said: "This is a fantastic achievement for the partnership and commitment of two internationally acclaimed brands such as Marriott International and Cycas which will enable a landmark hotel development to come forward as a key component in our long-term plans for Slough."Eduard Elias, Cycas Hospitality Managing Partner said: "Slough is transforming itself into a leading commercial success story and it is an exemplary regeneration scheme for the UK. This will be our second dual branded partnership with Marriott International (our first is in Amsterdam) and it is a perfect concept for Slough. Above all we look forward to playing a key role in the business life of Slough and contributing to the success of this project."Cycas Hospitality has five more hotel openings planned in the coming months, including properties in London and Manchester, as well as future developments in Amsterdam and The Hague.SUR is an exemplar public / private venture, jointly owned by Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments and is currently delivering PS900m of residential, leisure, education and commercial development projects across the Borough with 11 projects under construction.About Cycas HospitalityCycas Hospitality is a hotel management company specialising in extended-stay hotels in the UK and Europe. It combines real world, first-hand experience of hotel management with expertise in real estate investment and development. Cycas Hospitality manages Staybridge Suites hotels in, Liverpool, Newcastle, London - Vauxhall, London - Stratford City as well as the Holiday Inn in Stratford City London. Cycas Hospitality also manages Starwood Capital Group's four extended-stay apart-hotels in London which include Marriott's first extended-stay properties in the capital; Residence Inn London - London Bridge and Residence Inn London - Kensington.The company also manages two further properties in Bermondsey and Tower Bridge making Cycas the second largest operator of serviced apartment/apart-hotels in London.Two further dual branded projects, comprising four hotels, are under construction. These include a Crowne Plaza/Staybridge Suites in Manchester and a Moxy/Residence Inn in Amsterdam. At Heathrow Cycas also manages the Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport.Several other projects are currently under development. www.cycashospitality.comAbout Residence Inn by MarriottResidence Inn by Marriott is the global leader in the extended-stay lodging segment, with more than 700 properties located in 10 countries and territories. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living, working, and sleeping zones. Fully functional kitchens; grocery delivery service; 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfasts help guests maximize their time and thrive while they travel. The RI Mix evening events afford guests the opportunity to socialize and connect with the local community. Each Residence Inn offers free Wi-Fi in both public and guests spaces to ensure continuous connectivity while on the road. As a member of the Marriott International portfolio, Residence Inn is proud to participate in the industry's award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards(r) which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards(r). Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest(r) at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information or reservations, visit residenceinn.marriott.com. For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, "like" Residence Inn on Facebook and follow @ResidenceInn on Twitter and Instagram. About Moxy HotelsMoxy Hotels is Marriott International's new millennial-focused brand that debuted in September 2014 with the opening of the Moxy Milan. A boutique-hotel concept for the next-Gen traveler, Moxy is a fresh and innovative brand combining stylish design and approachable service at an affordable price point. With tech-enabled rooms, vibrant lobby spaces and warm, modern service, Moxy aims to surprise travelers with a thoughtful, spirited and fun guest experience. Moxy Hotels is proud to participate in the industry's award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards(r) which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards(r). Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest(r) at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. To learn more about Moxy Hotels, visit www.MoxyHotels.com.About Marriott International Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,100 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 124 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards(r), which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards(r), and Starwood Preferred Guest(r). For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.Slough Urban RenewalSlough Urban Renewal is a joint venture between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Limited. Its purpose is to deliver ambitious objectives to transform the borough of Slough for all. For more information visit www.slough-thinkingforward.co.ukMorgan Sindall Investments Morgan Sindall Investments Limited (MSIL) provides project development and funding solutions through a one-stop service, allowing our private and public sector partners to implement sustainable change in order to improve long-term prospects and well-being of local communities. It is part of Morgan Sindall Group plc, a leading UK construction and regeneration group with revenue of cPS2.4 billion and which operates through six divisions of Construction & Infrastructure, Fit Out, Property Services, Partnership Housing, Urban Regeneration and Investments.

Cycas Hospitality welcomes home top accolade for Best Serviced Apartment at Serviced Apartment Awards 2017

Cycas Hospitality BV - 23 March 2017
John Wagner, founding partner of Cycas Hospitality said: "Since its opening in 2012, Staybridge Suites London - Stratford City has excelled within the sector, building a legacy based on exceptional service and demonstrating an innovative approach to welcoming guests into London. It's wonderful to see the whole team and Nicolas personally rewarded by our peers."Natalia Perez, Director Brand Management Europe, Upscale & Midscale Hotels, IHG(r) says; "Congratulations to the team at Staybridge Suites London - Stratford City for winning two Serviced Apartment Awards. We are incredibly proud of the team who go above and beyond to deliver great customer service in a homely environment. It's our fantastic people at Staybridge Suites who truly make a difference."Staybridge Suites London - Stratford City provides a home from home, apartment-style accommodation in the modern Westfield Stratford City shopping and leisure complex. The hotel is currently ranked 35 out of 1,088 Hotels in London on TripAdvisor.The Serviced Apartment Awards are the first and only dedicated awards created for and by the serviced apartment, aparthotel, extended stay and short term rental industry.Over 350 international guests attended the black-tie awards ceremony to see the winners pick up their prizes. The awards were judged by an independent panel consisting of travel buyers, journalists and service providers, and attracted more than 200 entries from around the world.Cycas Hospitality is a hotel management company specialising in extended-stay hotels. It combines hands-on skills in hotel management with real estate investment expertise.The company currently manages Staybridge Suites hotels in, Newcastle, Vauxhall London, London Stratford City as well as Staybridge Suites Liverpool, the first Staybridge Suites hotel in the UK.About Cycas HospitalityCycas Hospitality is a hotel management company specialising in extended-stay hotels in the UK and Europe. It combines real world, first-hand experience of hotel management with expertise in real estate investment and development. Cycas Hospitality manages Staybridge Suites hotels in, Liverpool, Newcastle, Vauxhall London, London Stratford City and the Holiday Inn in Stratford City London. Cycas Hospitality also manages Starwood Capital Group's four extended-stay apart-hotels in Earls Court/Kensington, London Bridge, Bermondsey and Tower Bridge making Cycas the second largest operator of serviced apartment/apart-hotels in London.Two new dual branded projects, comprising four hotels, are under construction. These include a Crowne Plaza/Staybridge Suites in Manchester and a Moxy/Residence Inn in Amsterdam. At Heathrow Cycas also manages the Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport.Several other projects are currently under development. www.cycashospitality.comContact detailsFor further information or PR enquiries, contact:adhoc pr tel: 0207 433 0355Lisa Ronchetti: lisa@adhocpr.com / 07903 869 669Alissa Stroud: alissa@adhocpr.com / 07713 681 318

Alliance MBS hotel's topping out at the University of Manchester's PS1billion campus redevelopment

Cycas Hospitality BV - 2 February 2017
Members of The University of Manchester and Alliance Manchester Business School, M&L Hospitality, Bruntwood, Intercontinental Hotels Group and Cycas Hospitality gathered last week to celebrate the 'Topping out' of a new mixed-use development at the Manchester Oxford Road Campus.The landmark 19-storey building, which will feature a dual branded 328-room hotel, with meeting facilities, forms part of the University's PS1billion masterplan to transform the campus.Designed by architects BDP and Leach Rhodes Walker, the development will introduce two new hotels for the city; a 212-room Crowne Plaza and 116-room Staybridge Suites. Both hotels will operate under a franchise agreement with owner partner M&L Hospitality and Cycas Hospitality, the hotel management company specialising in extended-stay hotels in the UK and Europe.Professor Fiona Devine, Head of Alliance Manchester Business School said, "This is a major milestone for this landmark development and we look forward to offering a flexible choice of accommodation for visitors to the University, the business school and the wider city."Neil Maxwell, CEO of M&L Hospitality said, "Manchester is maturing as an international destination for corporate businesses. There has been a growing number of investments made by foreign firms over the past five years and recent talks by Manchester International Airport to introduce new airline routes to the city. We are confident that our new development will cater to the growing number of corporate business travellers and their demands for quality accommodation."Chris Roberts, Bruntwood Development Director said, "We are delighted to see the hotel reach this milestone. When complete, the hotel and education centre will provide the perfect base from which to enjoy the abundance of quality cultural assets along Oxford Road and further cement 'Corridor Manchester' as a place where talented people can come to learn, socialise and re-energise."John Wagner, founding partner of Cycas Hospitality said, "This marks the progress of our second dual branded concept for the UK, a model which has already proven successful for us in London Stratford City. Manchester has become a thriving digital hub and we look forward to welcoming the UK's new entrepreneurs, leisure visitors, as well as long-stay corporate business clients."The project, scheduled for overall completion early next year is being undertaken by Bruntwood Construction as part of Bruntwood's wider redevelopment of Alliance MBS for The University of Manchester on Booth Street West and will adjoin its new two-storey Executive Education Centre, providing a new home for the School's corporate leadership and management programmes.Bruntwood additional informationBruntwood is a family-owned and run property company that specialises in creating the right places for people to succeed.With over 117 properties across four UK cities, we provide office space, serviced and virtual offices, meeting rooms and retail premises to companies across a range of different business sectors.Over our 40-year history, we have developed a proven business model based on an innovative approach to property development, combined with a single minded focus on the needs of the customer.We develop, let and manage all of our own properties, allowing us to seamlessly control the whole experience to make sure it meets customer's expectations at every stage. We don't see ourselves as a landlord but rather as our customers' property partner, making sure that their choice of premises adds the best possible benefit to the way their business works.We have a fundamental belief that there is always a way to improve the world around us and that as a business we have a responsibility to always leave things better than we find them. That's why each year, along with the Oglesby family shareholders, we invest in the life of the cities we operate in by donating in excess of 10% of profits to art, charitable, environmental and medical initiatives.For further information please visit: bruntwood.co.ukAlliance Manchester Business School additional informationEstablished in 1965, Alliance MBS is the UK's largest campus-based business school and has a long tradition of global business education with centres in Manchester, Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sao Paolo.Part of The University of Manchester, Alliance MBS is one of just 1% of institutions to have achieved triple accreditation from AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS.The University of Manchester additional informationThe University of Manchester is currently delivering a PS1 billion 10-year masterplan for its campus to create world-class facilities for staff, students and visitors. This includes the redevelopment of the Alliance Manchester Business School, the PS350m Manchester Engineering Campus Development and the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC). Completed projects so far include the award-winning National Graphene Institute and The Whitworth.Cycas Hospitality additional informationCycas Hospitality is a hotel management company specialising in extended-stay hotels in the UK and Europe. It combines real world, first-hand experience of hotel management with expertise in real estate investment and development.www.cycashospitality.comM&L Hospitality additional informationM&L Hospitality is a Singapore-based real estate investment trust with an international portfolio of best-in-class hotels. M&L Hospitality has experienced exponential growth since the trust acquired the Four Points by Sheraton in Sydney in 2009. Its portfolio now contains hotel properties in Singapore, Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. M&L Hospitality's hotels are in prime, central locations in international gateway cities. They are operated by the most recognisable international brands, including Accor, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Rezidor and Swissotel. M&L Hospitality's hotels are modern and functional, and appeal to the corporate, leisure and MICE markets.

Cycas Hospitality Joins The Association Of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP)

Cycas Hospitality BV - 12 December 2016
Award winning Cycas Hospitality has joined The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers(ASAP) - a not for profit trade body dedicated exclusively to championing the servicedapartment sector of the hospitality industry. Cycas Hospitality is a hotel management company specialising in extended-stay hotels in theUK and Europe. The company recently announced its contract with Starwood Capital Groupto manage Starwood's four extended-stay apart-hotels in London, making Cycas the secondlargest operator of serviced apartment/apart-hotels in London. John Wagner, Director of Cycas Hospitality, comments, "ASAP's aim is to build trust forclients by setting a benchmark for the industry and with our growing portfolio it's the righttime for Cycas to collaborate with this mission. The sector is expected to double in size inthe next two years (ASAP and Savills, December 2015) and it is vital we all work together tobuild the credibility and recognition for serviced apartment/extended-stay hotels for thebenefit of our customers." James Foice, Chief Executive of the ASAP comments: "I am absolutely thrilled to welcomeCycas Hospitality into membership of the ASAP. As such a key influential operator in theextended stay hotel sector, it's fantastic they are now part of our Association. They join usat a time of exceptional growth, with a new property set to open in Manchester next yearand a very exciting future pipeline both in the UK and Europe. We very much look forwardto building a strong partnership with them as such a major player in our industry." Founded by John Wagner and Eduard Elias, Cycas Hospitality combines first-handexperience of hotel management with added expertise in real estate investment anddevelopment. Cycas Hospitality has been active in the UK since 2008 when it spearheaded the launch ofthe extended-stay hotel sector into Europe for IHG. Today the company manages Staybridge Suites Hotels in Newcastle, Liverpool, VauxhallLondon, London Stratford City and the Holiday Inn in Stratford City London and is workingon the dual branded Crowne Plaza/Staybridge Suites in Manchester. The company is alsoworking closely with Marriott to grow its extended stay brand with a Moxy/Residence Inn inthe Houthaven's area of Amsterdam, set to be the first extended stay concept for TheNetherlands. Founded in 2002, ASAP currently has 160 active members - serviced apartment operatorsand agencies - responsible for operating over 100,000 serviced apartments globally.

Topping out at Houthaven Amsterdam marks Cycas' first extended-stay hotel for The Netherlands

Cycas Hospitality BV - 8 November 2016
Developer Heren2 and operator Cycas Hospitality have celebrated the topping out of two new Marriott International hotels on the Danzigerkade in the Houthaven's area of Amsterdam, a top spot for hotel investment. This contemporary building, designed by architects ZZDP, is being built in collaboration with investment developer Heren2, Cycas Hospitality and Marriott International. It is expected that the two hotels, forming a dual-branded hotel project in one building, will open in autumn 2017.The hotels overlook the IJ and the western port and the interiors have been designed by Atelier Floor in collaboration with architects Koning Ellis. The hotel's gym, complete with swimming pool, will be operated by The Athletic Club.Eduard Elias, Managing Partner of Cycas Hospitality said: "This marks a major milestone in the progress of construction and for the growth of Cycas with our first extended-stay hotel concept for the Netherlands. According to new research from Deloitte, London has been replaced by Amsterdam as Europe's most attractive hotel investment destination. We see great potential in the Houthaven's area and both hotels will be attractive to the business and leisure traveller, uniquely offering guests a fantastic level of choice in one destination." Both the Moxy (120 guest-rooms) and the Residence Inn (60 guest-rooms) will be a great asset, not only to the City but also to area of the Houthaven - a state-of-the-art cultural and creative neighbourhood. The extended-stay character of the Residence Inn is a first for Amsterdam; guests are welcome to stay for a longer period. Moxy is the trendy hotel brand of Marriott International - a bold hotel concept that focuses on Generation X and Y.This successful build sees Heren2 acts as investment developer and contractor. Heren2 focuses on sustainable development on the banks of the IJ Amsterdam. They involved the English-Dutch hotel management organisation Cycas Hospitality, a reliable and highly experienced company, that has recognised the potential of the Houthavens area from the start. Cycas Hospitality has a long term rental agreement with Heren2 to manage and develop the hotels.Cycas Hospitality has also recently agreed heads of terms together with Slough Urban Renewal (SUR) for two new Marriott International hotels - Moxy and Residence Inn - in Slough.

Cycas Hospitality Acquires Staybridge Suites Newcastle

Cycas Hospitality BV - 31 October 2016
Cycas Hospitality has acquired Staybridge Suites Newcastle through Christie & Co. The 128 suite Newcastle property on Buxton Street will continue to be branded as a Staybridge Suites hotel and will be the fifth Staybridge Suites property under Cycas management.The acquisition is a further extension of Cycas' portfolio after recently announcing its contract with Starwood Capital Group to manage its four extended-stay hotels in Earls Court/Kensington, London Bridge, Bermondsey and Tower Bridge making them second largest operator of serviced apartment/apart-hotels in London.Eduard Elias, Managing Partner of Cycas Hospitality says: "Newcastle is one of the most culturally and commercially dynamic cities in the UK. It has invested over PS250m in transforming its cultural infrastructure. The city is well positioned on the high-speed East Coast mainline so most of the UK's city hubs are just a short train ride away. New intercity trains are also due to run between Liverpool and Newcastle by December 2017. Newcastle's accessibility, its skilled workforce and the presence of strong international companies makes it a natural fit for the extended-stay hotel market."Staybridge Suites Newcastle will join the UK's first Staybridge Suites in Liverpool (acquired by Cycas Hospitality in February this year), Staybridge Suites London -Vauxhall, Staybridge Suites London - Stratford City and the Staybridge Suites Manchester, which is due to open in 2017.Jeremy Jones, Head of Brokerage - Hotels at specialist business property adviser Christie & Co added: "Strong interest was received for the Staybridge Suites Newcastle from a wide range of domestic and international parties. The sale to Cycas Hospitality of this excellent example of the Staybridge extended stay product is further evidence of the strength of regional UK trading levels and demand for such branded hotels."Originally opened in spring 2009, Staybridge Suites Newcastle is ranked second out of 81 hotels in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and was voted 20th Top Hotel of 2015 by TripAdvisor. The property consists of 128 guest suites including 95 studios and 33 one-bedroom apartments.-ends-NOTES TO EDITORSFor enquiries regarding Cycas Hospitality please contact adhoc pr Deborah Parritt:deborah@adhocpr.com /+ 44 (0)7734 110 048For enquiries regarding Christie & Co please contactSally Hooker: sally.hooker@christie.com /+44 (0)7738 182406 About Cycas HospitalityCycas Hospitality is a hotel management company specialising in extended-stay hotels. It combines real world, first-hand experience of hotel management with expertise in real estate investment and development.The company recently partnered with Starwood Capital Group to manage its four extended-stay hotels in Earls Court/Kensington, London Bridge, Bermondsey and Tower Bridge making them second largest operator of serviced apartment/apart-hotels in London.Cycas Hospitality also manages Staybridge Suites Hotels in Liverpool, Vauxhall London, London Stratford City and the Holiday Inn in Stratford City London and The Heathrow Hotel on Bath Road, London. Two new projects, comprising four hotels, are under construction. These include a Crowne Plaza/Staybridge Suites in Manchester and a Moxy/Residence Inn in Amsterdam. Several other projects are currently under development and further announcements can be expected in the coming months.http://www.cycashospitality.comAbout Christie & CoChristie & Co is part of Christie Group plc, which is listed on the AIM (Alternative Investment Market). Christie Group provides professional services covering surveying, valuation, agency, consultancy, finance, insurance, stock control and software solutions. With 16 offices in the UK and 16 more across Europe, Christie & Co has over 250 staff members covering the Hotels, Care, Retail, Medical, Leisure, Pubs and Restaurant sectors.www.christie.com

Cycas Hospitality and Slough Urban Renewal (SUR) to open two new Marriott Hotels in the heart of Slough

Cycas Hospitality BV - 25 October 2016
Cycas Hospitality and Slough Urban Renewal (SUR) have agreed heads of terms for two new Marriott International hotels - Moxy and Residence Inn - to be located on the former Central Library site, a landmark location on the A4 between the station and the town centre.The dual branded hotel development will be operated by Cycas Hospitality, the specialist extended-stay hotel management company. It will include a 144-room affordable boutique Moxy Hotel and a 92-room extended-stay Residence Inn, both of which will be operated under a single lease, in the same building.Andy Howell, General Manager of Slough Urban Renewal said: "We are particularly excited to be bringing two internationally acclaimed brands to Slough in time for the opening of Crossrail in 2019. The delivery of The Curve by SUR has created a perfect site for these two hotels in a key location in the heart of Slough, with unrivalled access to Slough Station."Eduard Elias, Cycas Hospitality Managing Partner said: "This is an exciting time to be investing in the heart of Slough. The town is undergoing a huge transformation and will after the opening of Crossrail become a real hub between Heathrow and Central London. After the success of our dual branded hotels in London Stratford (Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites), we are now implementing similar dual branded projects in Slough, Manchester and Amsterdam."SUR is a joint venture partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Limited. Its purpose is to deliver high quality commercial, residential and community buildings to transform the Borough of Slough.Slough Urban RenewalSlough Urban Renewal is a joint venture between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Limited. Its purpose is to deliver ambitious objectives to transform the borough of Slough for all. For more information visit www.slough-thinkingforward.co.ukMorgan Sindall InvestmentsMorgan Sindall Investments Limited (MSIL) provides project development and funding solutions through a one-stop service, allowing our private and public sector partners to implement sustainable change in order to improve long-term prospects and well-being of local communities. It is part of Morgan Sindall Group plc, a leading UK construction and regeneration group with revenue of cPS2.4 billion and which operates through six divisions of Construction & Infrastructure, Fit Out, Property Services, Partnership Housing, Urban Regeneration and Investments.

Starwood Capital Group Selects Cycas Hospitality To Operate London Extended-stay Hotels

Cycas Hospitality BV - 10 October 2016
Starwood Capital Group, through a controlled affiliate of Starwood Global Opportunity Fund X (SOF X), has appointed Cycas Hospitality to manage its four extended-stay hotels in Earls Court/Kensington, London Bridge, Bermondsey and Tower Bridge.The portfolio of 640 studios and one/two-bedroom open plan suites, which SOF X acquired in 2015, is currently undergoing a comprehensive refurbishment that is due to be completed in mid-2017."We appointed Cycas Hospitality based on the company's excellent track record in the extended-stay sector in the U.K. and Europe," said Nick Chadwick, Vice President at Starwood Capital Group. "We are confident that Cycas Hospitality's proven management techniques, coupled with a skill set that is relentlessly focused on making customers happy, will produce the best results for our guests and, ultimately, our investors.""We are delighted to make these exciting new additions to our portfolio, and proud that Cycas Hospitality has now become the second largest operator of serviced apartment/apart-hotels in London,*" said Eduard Elias, Managing Director at Cycas Hospitality. "These properties are perfectly located in the heart of some of London's fastest-growing submarkets. Kensington/Earl's Court provides excellent access to Heathrow Airport and the West End, while London Bridge and Bermondsey has a hip and distinctive vibe all of its own, coupled with easy access to the City of London and Canary Wharf. We will work with our award-winning management teams to add value to these properties and transform them into destinations of choice for both business and leisure travellers."Cycas Hospitality works with a wide range of extended-stay brands, delivering results across every level of service standard. The company has ongoing relationships with Marriott, Hyatt and IHG, coupled with ambitious development plans in the U.K. and across Continental Europe. Cycas Hospitality and Starwood Capital will focus initially on brand strategy, with more to be revealed as part of an ambitious launch plan later in the year.The portfolio reflects Starwood Capital's longstanding approach of investing in sectors with untapped development potential. "Starwood Capital Group has established itself as a leader in the London extended-stay hotel/serviced apartment market through ownership of this portfolio," added Mr. Chadwick. "This is one of the most promising and under-supplied real estate sectors in London today. Cycas Hospitality should help ensure that we realise the full potential of these assets." *London Top Ten Extended Stay Operators, Savills Research August 2016.NOTES TO EDITORSFor enquiries regarding Cycas Hospitality, please contact:Lisa Ronchetti:lisa@adhocpr.com/07903 869 669 or Deborah Parritt:deborah@adhocpr.com /07734 110 048For enquiries regarding Starwood Capital Group, please contact:Tom Johnson or Patrick Tucker: 212-371-5999About Starwood Capital GroupStarwood Capital Group is a private alternative investment firm with a core focus on global real estate, energy infrastructure and oil and gas. The Firm and its affiliates maintain 10 offices in four countries around the world, and currently have more than 2,200 employees. Starwood Capital Group has raised $34 billion of equity capital since its inception in 1991, and currently manages $51 billion in assets. The Firm has invested in virtually every category of real estate on a global basis, opportunistically shifting asset classes, geographies and positions in the capital stack as it perceives risk-reward dynamics to be evolving. Over the past 25 years, Starwood Capital Group and its affiliates have successfully executed an investment strategy that involves building enterprises around real estate, energy infrastructure and oil and gas portfolios, in both the private and public markets. Additional information can be found at starwoodcapital.com.About Cycas HospitalityCycas Hospitality is a hotel management company specialising in extended-stay hotels. It combines real world, first-hand experience of hotel management with expertise in real estate investment and development. The company currently manages Staybridge Suites Hotels in Vauxhall, London, London Stratford City and the Holiday Inn in Stratford City, London and The Heathrow Hotel on Bath Road, London. Two new projects, comprising four hotels, are under construction. These include a Crowne Plaza/Staybridge Suites in Manchester and a Moxy/Residence Inn in Amsterdam. Several other projects are currently under development and further announcements can be expected in the coming months.

Cycas Hospitality And Heren2 Bring Extended Stay Hotel Concept To Houthavens, Amsterdam In A First For The Netherlands

Cycas Hospitality BV - 15 June 2016
Two new Marriott International hotels will be constructed on the Danzigerkade in the Houthavens area of Amsterdam.The hotels will be built in collaboration with, investment developer Heren2, Cycas Hospitality and Marriott International. It is expected that the hotels will open their doors in Autumn 2017.Both the MOXY, with its 120 rooms, as the Residence Inn, with its 60 rooms, will be a great asset for the city as a whole and the Houthavens as a blossoming hotspot. The Extended Stay character of the Residence Inn is a first for Amsterdam; guests are welcome to stay for a longer period of time. The new hotel brand of Marriott International - MOXY, is a bold, trendy hotel concept that focusses on Generation X and Y."We are delighted to be working with Cycas on the development of a Moxy Hotel and a Residence Inn by Marriott in Amsterdam. Cycas has demonstrated strong hospitality expertise and professionalism and we are confident the properties will be a great success with more opportunities to come," says Markus Lenhert of Marriott."We're happy to be part of this exciting project with our first hotels in the Netherlands, especially on this spectacular location. The increasingly lively and creative area is very attractive for these hotel formulas. After London, Liverpool and Manchester we are bringing the Extended Stay hotel concept to Amsterdam," explains Eduard Elias, Managing Partner of Cycas Hospitality.Colliers International guided Heren2 during the transaction, who applied its international expertise in real estate services and specialisation in hotels for this project from its office in Amsterdam.The construction of the MOXY Hotel and the Residence Inn by Marriott starts shortly. The hotels will be built on a location that overlooks 't IJ and will house a restaurant, a pool and a gym, to be used by hotel guests.Replenishment on a creative spotThe Houthavens, previously an area of Amsterdam with an impressive industrial history, is located on the banks of 't IJ and is a state-of-the-art cultural and creative neighbourhood. A dynamic harbour atmosphere comes together with the sense of independence offered by the surrounding water, which is reflected by the creative industry hotspots. Many companies, such as Diesel, Hugo Boss, Barts, Toms, Dedato Architecten and Aegis have established offices here. The Houthaven district has become an easy to reach, future-proof and stimulating place to work as a creative hub of excellence with a beautiful view over 't IJ and its harbours.

Cycas Hospitality Introduces National Living Wage To All Staff

Cycas Hospitality BV - 10 May 2016
Cycas Hospitality, hotel management company specialising in the extended stay market, has introduced the National Living Wage to all full-time UK employees irrespective of age.*Voted Best Employers in Hospitality Award 2015 (Caterer.com), Cycas Hospitality continues to commit to recruiting and retaining the best talent in hospitality."Our decision to pay the National Living Wage to all full-time staff is part of the larger picture for Cycas," says the group's Culture Coach Janet Roberts. "Our new internal HR strategy will be at the cutting edge of the hospitality industry's approach to staff management. We believe that if we are fair to staff they will repay our investment by supporting brand standards and embedding the Cycas spirit and culture into the work ethos. As a result, we build teams who deliver a 'positively outrageous service'.""To create loyal ambassadors, we base recruitment on an open group interview process. Applicants participate in various role plays and 'games', with staff being employed for the personality and enthusiasm which they display. Being able to offer the National Living Wage is the cherry on the cake for 'Hiring the smile'.""Many of our new recruits are millennials so communication is important", continues Janet. "It's all about 'hands on' coaching not 'managing'. Staff development needs to happen in real time, not just at quarterly meetings. Mobile devices, which were once used for recreation, are becoming an active part of working life enabling continuous interaction."The company encourages cross training and develops programmes in which employees embark on a 'personal journey' - a performance review process, allowing them to set their own objectives and measure their achievements.All employees are also encouraged to join a closed Facebook group, enabling them to engage with one another and the company owners; and share individual and company successes.In a recent online engagement survey 100% of staff said Cycas was 'committed to achieving high levels of customer satisfaction' and that their 'Job makes the best use of their skills and abilities, by regularly reviewing how best to improve customer service'. **Award winning Cycas Hospitality currently manages Staybridge Suites London - Vauxhall; Holiday Inn London - Stratford City; Staybridge Suites London - Stratford City; Heathrow Hotel - Bath Road; and Staybridge Suites Liverpool, the first Staybridge Suites hotel in the UK.

Cycas Hospitality scores double whammy at Serviced Apartment Awards 2016

Cycas Hospitality BV - 23 March 2016
Cycas Hospitality was a double award winner at the first Serviced Apartment Awards.The team took home the award for 'Best Independent Operator' while Giovanni Valentini, GM for Staybridge Suites London-Vauxhall, managed by Cycas Hospitality, scooped the accolade for 'Rising Star'.Roughly 350 guests from around the world gathered at the Grange Hotel Tower Bridge for the gala dinner presentation. Judging the awards was an independent panel of consultants, designers, journalists and service providers, while the 'Rising Star' and 'Industry Inspiration' winners were chosen by Serviced Apartment News readers via an online poll, drawing more than 8,700 voters."The exceptional standard of the nominees demonstrates the advances of this exciting sector and to pick up not just one, but two awards is a fantastic feat", says John Wagner, Director of Cycas Hospitality. "We are absolutely thrilled with winning 'Best Independent Operator'. This award belongs to everyone at Cycas Hospitality, recognising the hard work and achievements of each and every one of our team. I am also equally delighted that Giovanni has been acknowledged for his exceptional work in launching Staybridge Suites London - Vauxhall, his dedication as GM has been nothing short of outstanding."The Serviced Apartment Awards are the first and only dedicated awards created for and by the serviced apartment, aparthotel, extended stay and short term rental industry.Cycas Hospitality is a hotel management company specialising in extended-stay hotels. It combines hands-on skills in hotel management with real estate investment expertise.The company currently manages Staybridge Suites London - Vauxhall, Holiday Inn London - Stratford City, Staybridge Suites London - Stratford City, Heathrow Hotel - Bath Road and Staybridge Suites Liverpool, the first Staybridge Suites hotel in the UK.www.cycashospitality.com

Cycas Hospitality reaches for the Stars - again!

Cycas Hospitality BV - 7 December 2015
An enthusiastic team from Cycas Hospitality attended the IHG Europe Hotel Star Awards 2015 at the InterContinental London Park Lane and they were thrilled to be the proud recipients of three awards for their Stratford City hotels.Steven Cowie was named "General Manager of the Year" for his role at Staybridge Suites London - Stratford City. Steven is one of just six in Europe to be awarded 'General Manager of the Year'. The awards themselves recognise best-performing IHG hotels and individuals across Europe for their outstanding performance and contribution to the local and business community in which they operate."This award is really for my whole team," reports Steven Cowie. "We have been working hard all year to perfect every area of service at Staybridge Suites London - Stratford City. We aim to create teams that deliver a 'positively outrageous' service in order to grow our company and each other.Holiday Inn London - Stratford City and Staybridge Suites London - Stratford City also each won a HeartBeat Award which is given for achieving the highest levels of excellence with outstanding guest satisfaction scores in the top 10%."Steven and his team are really excelling themselves this year," declared Wayne Androliakos, Director of Operations for Cycas Hospitality. "On top of this award to Steven, Cycas Hospitality was recently crowned No 1 Best Employer in Hospitality 2015 for these two Stratford City hotels. We are all passionate about what we do and these awards show that we really do have cause for celebration."Casey McDermott, Vice President Operations UKI said, "We are fully committed to supporting and developing our people; our hotels are only as good as the people working in them. We aim to provide the right environment, support and inspiration they need to fulfil their capability and these awards are a reflection of the fantastic talent we have working in our hotels across Europe."Cycas Hospitality is a hotel management company specialising in extended-stay hotels. It combines hands-on skills in hotel management with real estate investment expertise.The company currently manages Staybridge Suites London - Vauxhall, Holiday Inn London - Stratford City, Staybridge Suites London - Stratford City, Heathrow Hotel - Bath Road and Staybridge Suites Liverpool, the first Staybridge Suites hotel in the UK.www.cycashospitality.com

Stratford City Hotels Crowned Employers Of The Year

Cycas Hospitality BV - 20 October 2015
Stratford City Hotels, which is managed by Cycas Hospitality, was awarded top accolade of No1 Best Employer in Hospitality 2015 at the Caterer.com's Best Employers in Hospitality Awards 2015 scoring the highest for employment engagement.Taking first place amongst 60 hospitality employers, Stratford City Hotels also scooped a second award for Best Small Group Hotel Employer.The awards were judged by 64 employee responses from teams at Holiday Inn London - Stratford City and Staybridge Suites London - Stratford City, from a bespoke online engagement survey provided by partners, People Insight.Stratford City Hotels Scored the highest with a 96% employment engagement rate, 97% of hotel staff stating that they are 'proud to say they work for the company' and 100% feeling they had the 'freedom to get on with their job'.Wayne Androliakos, Director of Operations for Cycas Hospitality said: "We are delighted to be crowned Employers of the Year. Our commitment to 'people' is at the heart of everything we do and our scores show that our hotel teams have become true ambassadors of Cycas' hotels continuing to deliver exceptional service to our guests."Janet Roberts, Culture Coach for Cycas Hospitality said:"These awards mean we can really go out on a high in 2015. Our motto is to create teams where people can be themselves, so they deliver a 'positively outrageous' service in order to grow our company and each other. We want to continue to attract the best and train the best talent in hospitality."Cycas Hospitality manages Stratford City Hotels and is a hotel management company specialising in extended-stay hotels. It combines hands-on skills in hotel management with real estate investment expertise.The company currently manages Staybridge Suites London - Vauxhall, Holiday Inn London - Stratford City, Staybridge Suites London - Stratford City, Heathrow Hotel - Bath Road and Staybridge Suites Liverpool, the first Staybridge Suites hotel in the UK.Now in their fifth highly successful year, Caterer.com Best Employers in Hospitality Awards are the only established, recognised and free to enter employer awards in the hospitality industry.

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