Australian apartment hotel operator Quest opens first UK property in Liverpool

Apartment hotel is first to open outside Australasia as founder embarks on global expansion programme to provide business travellers with home away from home

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Quest Apartment Hotels, Australasia’s largest and fastest growing apartment hotel operator opened its doors for business in Liverpool on 26 September - its first property in the UK and its first outside Australasia.The property opened in the heart of the city centre following a year-long £10m transformation converting and adding to the top three floors of the 1980s commercial office building. The new apartment hotel complex, which will serve the local and international business community comprises 100 serviced apartments, reception, conference room, gym and back-of-house facilities.Established by entrepreneur Paul Constantinou AM 30 years ago in Melbourne, the 170 strong Quest Apartment Hotels portfolio has made its name by offering a ‘home away from home’ to extended stay business travellers in key cities, regional towns and suburban locations across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. With 29 properties currently in the pipeline and 14 under construction in its home markets – the brand plans to apply its successful model to open ten properties across the UK in the next five years, with Liverpool marking the first.Andrew Weisz, General Manager – UK & Europe Growth at Quest Apartment Hotels said, “The Northern Powerhouse Minister called Liverpool one of the most forward-thinking cities in the UK – and we couldn’t agree more. Liverpool is home to many expanding British and international businesses and, supported by the city’s fantastic transport network, those businesses need accommodation providers who truly understand their requirements.Quest-press-release-large2“While the implications of a Brexit deal remain uncertain, one thing we know for sure is that Liverpool will remain a dynamic business hub that will continue to thrive. With an unrivalled location putting us at the heart of the thriving business community, we are confident Quest Liverpool City Centre will be the start of an exciting journey for Quest as we grow our presence and the apartment hotel proposition in the UK”.The economic activities showcased by Invest Liverpool and supported by the recently announced local growth fund reflect the potential in this dynamic region including Sci-Tech Daresbury, Liverpool2 container terminal and Liverpool City Region’s manufacturing centre from supercar manufacture to digital manufacturing expertise and a vibrant conference audience, all of which stimulate the market for business travel. The new Quest serviced apartments are well placed with a wealth of experience to support international and UK business users as well as the universities and health sector drawn to Liverpool and the wider region.
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To mark its arrival in the neighbourhood, Quest has donated an initial £2,500 to local children’s charity Zoё's Place Trust – one that was selected specially by Quest Liverpool City Centre team members to be its charity of the year. The charity provides palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. The funds will go towards providing children with care in a safe, home-from-home environment.Quest Liverpool City Centre employs 25 part-time and full-time local staff including front of house, concierge guest services, housekeeping and maintenance and will be managed by Cycas Hospitality. (Link to Cycas)Quest Apartment Hotels is part of The Ascott Limited serviced apartment network, already well known to the UK and European global mobility market and HR and employers, responsible for executives on international assignment and business travellers.

About Quest Apartment Hotels

Quest is the largest and fastest growing apartment hotel operator in Australasia with over 170 properties located across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Established in Melbourne, Victoria in 1988, the growth of Quest has been achieved through its commitment to meeting the accommodation needs of the extended stay business traveller.Quest Apartment Hotels is part of the world’s leading serviced residence network, Singapore-based The Ascott Limited (Ascott). Ascott is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-listed company, CapitaLand Limited – one of Asia’s largest real estate companies. The company portfolio spans more than 170 cities in more than 30 countries under 12 international brands – Ascott, Citadines, Somerset, Quest, The Crest Collection, lyf, HARRIS, FOX HARRIS, YELLO, POP!, Préférence and HARRIS Vertu.
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