The Spires, operators of serviced suites in Aberdeen, Birmingham and Glasgow, has turned in a recession-busting performance in Glasgow, following their move to new premises in the city last summer.
In the first 12 months after moving into their new purpose-built premises in Glasgow’s Glassford Street, The Spires has reported a 38% increase in revenue. This contrasts with the general trend of little or no growth for UK hotels outside London.
The Spires new premises have 25 serviced apartments, compared with the 23 in the previous location on Bothwell Street, Glasgow.
Commenting on the improved results from Glasgow, Craig Duguid, National Sales Manager at The Spires, said:
“We are delighted with the results we have achieved following our move to the new Glasgow premises. To have managed to lift our business so significantly in the current financial climate is quite remarkable.
“Part of the success is down to the location. Our new premises are in the Merchant City, close to George Square and just five minutes walk from Queen Street. It is also the quality of the our new suites, which are even more spacious than in our previous location.
“Proof that our guests are looking for space and a bit of luxury, is demonstrated by the popularity of the three-bedroom penthouses. Glasgow is the first place that we have had accommodation of that standard and they have been a great success.
“We can also take credit for hard work on the marketing front. In particular, earlier this summer, we exhibited at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai and that has resulted in a significant number of forward bookings for this summer.”
In addition to the two three-bedroom penthouse suites, the Spires Glasgow has one and two-bedroom suites, two-bedroom deluxe and Director’s Suites, which have a separate office room equipped with full-size desk, internet, printer and stationery.