SKYE Suites sees spike in long-stay bookings amid coronavirus travel restrictions

Crown Group-owned SKYE Suites’ entry into long stays has illuminated the potential of a burgeoning travel market.

As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact travel, the long-stay market could be a potential window of opportunity for hospitality companies.

Case in point is SKYE Suites, which, after entering the long-stay market last week, says it has seen a seven per cent lift in forward bookings for April from professionals either requiring a space to work-from-home amid travel restrictions or awaiting the reopening of flights and borders.

“Our hotels are perfect for an urban retreat. Business travellers or families love the feeling of being in a spacious and comfortable home, so these apartments lend themselves well to long stays,” Crown Group chief operating officer Pierre Abrahamse said in a statement.

“They are also self-contained, so guests can do all their own cooking, washing and enjoy their own entertainment on huge flat-screen TVs, just as they would at home.

“They literally don’t need to step out the door to enjoy a nice lifestyle.”

SKYE Suites Sydney (supplied)

SKYE Suites currently has two properties, with one in the pipeline, offering spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments sized from 43 square metres to 80 square metres, each with its own open-air balconies or courtyards to take in fresh air and stretch out.

Both SKYE Suites hotels, in Sydney and Parramatta, are set up to offer long stays, with self-contained apartments offering kitchens and laundries, and base rates on Deluxe Studio Suites at its Sydney property running from $200 to $225 per night, at time of writing.

In addition, SKYE’s properties offer keyless entry and ‘virtual concierge’ tablets in each suite for guests to access hotel services, as well as an option for mobile check-in.

A third SKYE Suites hotel will open soon as part of the $575 million Infinity by Crown Group development, which is shaping up to be among Sydney’s most sought-after places to live, play and stay.

Featured image: SKYE Suites Sydney (supplied)