Posted: 6 December 2013 by Marietjie Perrett
So imagine our excitement when in November, we welcomed several “newbies” to the PAS family!
In popular London Town…
…the Apple Group whose portfolio is predominantly located in East London, joined us. Make sure to check out their serviced apartments at ‘The Strand’ …with wall mounted TV’s in the bathroom no less! What more do you need? Marietjie and Alex G went to view their apartments in Greenwich and here’s what the girls thought…
Next stop is uber-trendy Clerkenwell, home to some of London’s finest restaurants. It’ll come as no surprise therefore, that the area is extremely popular with our corporate bookers.
And so in Clerkenwell we have:
Horseshoe Court: A development that offers both a Waitrose and a Tesco – especially handy, if like me, you’re up for a late night wine run! The building has secure entry and offers a lift from the ground floor. Oh, and its worth mentioning that the apartments have balconies and are within walking distance of the famous Smithfield market. Whilst there I did also notice that the apartments were very quiet - absolutely great for those “working from home” days! Weekly rates from £900.00 per week no VAT.
Lambs Passage: These apartments are within walking distance of the Barbican Theatre and offer a concierge too, making this another corporate’s favourite. I really liked the style and feel of these apartments. If you like to think of yourself as being part of the uber-trendy set then you’ll definitely be in your element with the numerous swish and stylish restaurants & bars available. Ooh, and you’ll be sleeping very comfortably indeed on their luxury Egyptian Cotton bedding! Weekly rates from £900.00 per week no VAT.
The Roseberry: Peeked at their photos online before viewing and well, let’s just say: I was not disappointed! As you walk in you’re greeted by the helpful concierge and immediately notice that this newly refurbished building offers quirky art and sculptures throughout. Wonderul – I love Modern Art! In addition, all of the apartments have coffee machines (Yup, that sold me! I could have moved in right there and then!). I was really impressed by the natural light and big windows that the apartments offered too. And if you’re a techie geek like me, then you’re gonna love this: As you enter the apartment there’s a central panel that controls everything – Lighting, heating…you name it! You can even look up local restaurants in the area or consult the washing machine manual on it. Awesome! Loved it! Weekly rates from £847.00 per week plus VAT.
By the way, these are all walkable from Farringdon station, which provides both mainline rail and tube services – I know this now as I went to view them!
All three listings offer free WiFi and aircon too (mega-bonus!)
A BRAND new location for us is Hemel Hempstead where we welcome Sheppards Yard Apartments: These serviced apartments are just a very short walk away from the many shops and restaurants of the Old High Street. And with the added incentive of having the train station a 5 minute drive away, what’s not to like! Direct trains into London take just 18 minutes which makes Hemel ideal for commuting into London. Its an affordable option too with Weekly rates from £700.00 per week plus VAT.
Guards View Apartments are located in quaint and scenic Windsor. It's only so often that one gets to see a historic castle right outside of one's doorstep! And that's just what you'll get with these lovely serviced apartments in Windsor High Street. It’s a truly great location and you’re within walking distance of both the shops and train station. Weekly rates from £665.00 per week plus VAT.
Mosaic Apartments in St. Albans offers recently re-decorated serviced apartments an easy walk away from many restaurants and bars. You also benefit from free parking and outside space, and if you have a small dog or cat they’re welcome to come and stay too. Oh, and get this: Its only 18 minutes by train into London St Pancras! Weekly rates from £665.00 per week plus VAT.
And last but by no means least…
Wilmington Close in Watford. This very popular development is a most welcome addition! The property offers daytime reception, free parking and a secure entry system. You're within easy access of the M1 and M25 motorways and trains to Euston London should only take you 13 minutes. This really is a great alternative for short term accommodation if you’d rather not stay in a hotel. Weekly rates from £840.00 per week plus VAT.
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Posted: 4 December 2013 by Marietjie Perrett
Our November update!
Our favourite Scots came to visit us and brought us some very yummy goodies. It was lovely to see Craig and Debra from The Spires and we had a good old chat about the industry and caught up on all the news! We’re hoping to go and visit them soon up in sunny Aberdeen (they said it was always sunny?).
Helen and Paul from Cheval Residences also popped in to see us bringing with them some delicious baked treats! They got the PAS team very excited about the Cheval Three Quays opening next year – we of course hinted for a free stay (fingers crossed!). We also managed a quick pic with them – Take a peek here!
And we get around too…
After Lynn from Metropolitan Apartments by COMO came to visit us last month we felt it was only fair to return the favour. Elsa and Marietjie went along for a show around and had a lovely time having tea (yeah, right) in the MET BAR: read all about their visit here.
We sent Alex W to investigate the goings-on at the newly refurbished Fraser Suites Queensgate and after reading her blog post the rest of us PAS girls need to go and view it for ourselves. They sound absolutely lovely!
The GN Team invited us to have a nose around two of our fave Go Native properties – which we of course couldn’t decline…Lees Place in Mayfair & Sussex Gardens in Paddington were well worth it. Here are our thoughts…
It was equally lovely to meet Chris & Ross from Refresh Accommodation and show them our new apartments at 48 Bishopsgate. Please just contact one of the PAS team to arrange viewings as we'd love to show you the apartments and catch up over a coffee!
Like most of you we made sure to visit the World Travel Market and had lots of fun (and even did some work) there – Around the world in 4 hours an article about our experiences by our super-Swede Elsa is a great read!
Another memorable night was had at the SABA London do hosted by Silverdoor! It was good to see everyone, have a couple of refreshing mint teas, and catch up with all the goss! Here we are with those teas!
As many of you may know we also took part in the Re:locate Magazine Key to Freedom Charity Project and so we excitedly attended the Charity Networking Party to see the well travelled scarves being auctioned off.
...and we went ice skating! ...with some being braver than others…See our photos and read all about it!
And so last but definitely not least…A very special goodbye to Kylie from The Apartment Service. The Very Best of Luck with your travels back home! We’ve all really enjoyed working with you and thank you for coming to say goodbye.
Posted: 3 December 2013 by Marietjie Perrett
Finally, it's arrived! The festive season is upon us and there's plenty to celebrate! We've worked hard all year and now its time to eat, drink and be merry...so let's get this party started!
What better way to celebrate our favourite time of the year than by taking you on a tour of our top 5 Christmas Markets?
So hoho ho, and off we go!
Cardiff Christmas Market is set in the in the heart of the pedestrian area of Cardiff City Centre and the traditional chalets are beautifully decked in colourful festive lights against the backdrop of St John’s Church and surrounding areas. There's a focus on Welsh goods and crafts as you'd expect but the market also offers a diverse range of high quality, original products and gifts from the festive chalets. Not to mention an irresistible selection of seasonal food and drink on offer where you can enjoy a glass of mulled wine to keep you warm whilst browsing.
So where to stay? Brewery Quarter Apartments Kirsty from the apartments has already visited the market and gives it the thumbs up! “The Christmas market in Cardiff offers a wonderfully Welsh experience, offering gifts from Welsh love spoons to Welsh slate wine racks to Welsh cheeses and wine. For a cultural experience the Cardiff market is definitely worth a visit and what’s even better is our accommodation is only a 10 minute walk away from the city centre.”
Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market is a huge favourite with both residents and visitors from all over the UK and Europe. It's now the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the country and the centrepiece of the Christmas events calendar and is open until the 22nd December. Hosted in Victoria Square, this fantastic location provides a great back-drop and is handily only a few minutes walk from Birmingham New Street Station. Charming wooden cabins light up the streets with a festive glow, and there's a carousel to keep our younger visitors entertained as the sweet scent of mulled wine & mince pies fills the air!
So where to stay? Our SACO Birmingham – Brindleyplace apartments are just a 10 minute walk from Victoria Square and have everything you'll need for the perfect Christmas Market city break, including great city views.
Edinburgh's Christmas - The traditional and romantic Christmas Market in the heart of the Scottish capital offers a unique shopping experience for every visitor with its fair of crafters, artists, gift shops and gastronomic surprises. There's so much to do in Edinburgh this Christmas with shows, parties, lights and rides as well as the market. The festivities continue right up until the 5th January so you can see in the New Year in real Scottish style. Stay with us why don't you?
So where to stay? Joanne at Dreamhouse Apartments is a big fan of the markets. "Edinburgh is a well renowned tourist destination, not least over the festive period. Our Scottish Capital city pulls out all the stops to bring in Christmas and the New Year with a bang! ... This year promises to be even bigger and better and it is absolutely the perfect time to visit our beautiful city! With the crisp winter air, the back drop of Edinburgh Castle and the festivities in Princes Street Gardens all to be experienced with a lovely glass of mulled wine to warm you up, it is not to be missed."
Bath Christmas Market - This Christmas Market is a real gem and up to the 15th December the quaint old streets of this World Heritage City are transformed into a Christmas shopper's haven. In the heart of Bath's main shopping district, more than 150 traditional wooden chalets adorn the streets, each one offering unique, handmade and unusual gifts, decorations and food items - everything you might need for the perfect Christmas celebration.
So where to stay? SACO Bath – St James’s Parade apartments are only a 5 minute walk from Bath Abbey and you'll be hard pressed to choose between the beautiful studios, and the one and two bedroom apartments. You will however, not struggle to see more of Bath this winter!
Christkindelmarkt, Leeds is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK. Located on Millennium Square in the heart of Leeds and running until the18th of December, this market is a must visit attraction for all the family. There’s something for everyone from the kids favorite Christmas carousel to stalls with handcrafted toys and decorations, speciality food and drink; the Alp Chalet Bavarian eatery providing a warm and cosy place to sit and enjoy authentic German fare; and the Frankfurter Scheune - a beautifully themed festive meeting hall.
So where to stay? Local girl Samantha from Kspace Waterloo Court Apartments has an idea! "Leeds market is a great attraction for the many visitors coming to Yorkshire due to its continental festive atmosphere in the heart of the city centre. Our apartments are an ideal place from which to visit the markets as they offer flexible accommodation less than a ten minute walk from the heart of the markets making them a perfect base to explore a variety of stalls. Its a great time to visit Leeds to explore the abundance of retail facilities on offer"
So, there we haff it!
If we've whetted your appetite and you're planning a visit to any of the Christmas markets then staying in a serviced apartment is a convenient, cost effective option. Book a two bedroom apartment for the whole family or a group of friends to all stay together and share in the festive fun on offer. So dig out those dodgy Christmas jumpers, wrap up warm and let the festivities begin!
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