Thursday, 15. November 2018
Press Release Apartmentservice
SO!APART AWARDS 2018: Renowned accolade for outstanding players in a promising industry
Honouring the best serviced apartment providers and concepts 2018
Leipzig, 15 November 2018 - And the winner is.... Yesterday evening at a festive gala, the best serviced apartment concepts were awarded in four categories at the FELIX im Lebendigen Haus on Leipzig's Augustusplatz. The winners included Yays Sagrera, Adina Apartment Hotel Leipzig, FELIX Suiten Dresden and my4walls. Once again there was a Special Award which this time went to Yays. In addition, Apartmentservice offered again a public prize for "the popular little one" with a maximum of 50 apartments and "the popular big one" with more than 50 apartments: Here, ADAPT APARTMENTS BERLIN and APART ARTHOTEL Munich Airport Boardinghaus convinced with the most fans in the online voting. The award ceremony took place as part of the SO!APART industry meeting, which brings together operators, developers, investors and service providers of this up-and-coming segment for an annual top-class symposium.
"Whether high- or low-priced longstay concepts in a small space or concierged boutique apartments in European leisure and business metropolises - this year's applications showed to a great extent how diverse and conceptual our segment has become," emphasised Anett Gregorius, host of the SO!APART Awards, which took place this year in the newly opened FELIX Suiten im Lebendigen Haus am Augustplatz in Leipzig. For the sixth time, the owner of Apartmentservice, together with the jury consisting of representatives from the areas of travel management, investment, planning, consulting and trade media, honoured the most convincing serviced apartment concepts with SO!APART Awards in four categories.
The winners of the SO!APART Awards 2018
The Boutique Serviced Apartments Yays Sagrera in Barcelona convinced in the category "small and precious" Jury member Uwe Niemann, Head of Market Hotel Financing at Deutsche Hypothekenbank in Hanover, presented the award to Peter Heule from Yays with the words: "The prizewinner about his offer: Ask our concierge about the services available at your location and mingle with the locals".
In the category "grand and great – aparthotel" the jury voted for Adina Apartment Hotel Leipzig. Sylvie Konzack, Editor-in-Chief of the new online travel magazine Bleisure Traveller, presented the award with the words: "Being more an apartment than a hotel - with the increasing mix & match of concepts this is no longer so easy these days. Adina has been going its own way here for more than ten years and is also convincing with his new generation in Leipzig with non-negotiable apartment sizes starting from 30 sq. m and premium equipment with kitchen and washing machine in every unit".
In the category "great and grand – clasiscal apartment house" the FELIX Suites im Lebendigen Haus am Zwinger in Dresden were happy for the third time in a row. Sandra Lederer from the trade magazine Hotelbau described the hotel in her laudation as a "true prime example of a modern mixed-use concept". In Leipzig, the venue of the award ceremony, the second house of the group has just been launched.
The award "new and different" went to the my4walls Serviced Apartments in Hamburg, presented by Sabine Galas, Editor-in-Chief of the business travel magazine Business Traveller. She praised the apartment concept with great attention to detail, as well as the variety of possibilities for guests, be it the cooking classes and the billiard table or the fitness facilities in the old courtroom of the historic building.
For the third time, the jury also presented a special award for outstanding performance in the segment. This year it went to Yays. "The Dutch company's team is consciously taking a different path: out of the city centres into less well-known neighbourhoods and with a social concept that consciously establishes contact between guests and the surrounding area. The goal is not repression, but co-operation at eye level," highlighted Anett Gregorius, the laudator and award organiser, and awarded the special prize to Managing Director Peter Heule in the evening.
Finally, two audience prizes were awarded again. In a public online voting ADAPT APARTMENTS Berlin convinced as "the popular big one". The APART ARTHOTEL Munich Airport Boardinghaus in Achering/Freising took home the award for "the popular little one". A total of around 5,000 guests from serviced apartments took part in the survey between June and September 2018.
"The SO!APART Awards do not only reflect the current concept trends in this dynamic market - they are also a special recognition for the courage and commitment of developers and operators to take special paths in this particular segment. Above all, however, they also acknowledge the outstanding work of the operators and each individual employee," emphasises Anett Gregorius, looking forward to the next award ceremony on 13 November 2019.
The jury of the SO!APART Award 2018: Sabine Galas, Editor-in-Chief of "Business Traveller"; Sylvie Konzack, Editor-in-Chief of the new online travel magazine "Bleisure Traveller"; Petra Naoum, Event Manager, Internal Auditor in the finance and corporate controlling unit of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as well as auditor and hotel inspector for the VDR Certificate „Certified Serviced Apartment“; Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk, Managing Director of JOI-Design; Uwe Niemann, Head of Market Hotel Financing Deutsche Hypothekenbank; Sandra Lederer, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the trade magazine "hotelbau" and Anett Gregorius, Founder and Owner of Apartmentservice.
SO!APART 2018 was supported by PRO URBAN AG as part of an exclusive partnership.
Photos of the SO!APART 2018
Copyright Photos: © Julia Baumgart, Apartmentservice
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About Apartmentservice and Anett Gregorius
Apartmentservice has been the expert for serviced apartments in Germany for almost 20 years and presents and mediates over 32,000 serviced apartments in around 120 destinations in Germany and worldwide on the portal of the same name. The business segment is supplemented on the one hand by strategic consulting for investors, project developers and (potential) operators in the special segment of serviced apartments. New developments and feasibility studies are the focus of the consulting assignments.
On the other hand, Anett Gregorius, as a pioneer and industry expert in the segment, is a speaker at many top-class events. An overview of her upcoming appearances can be found in the Anett Live section. Further information is available at apartmentservice.de and apartmentservice-consulting.de
About Serviced Apartments
Serviced apartments are aimed at business and private travellers for short- and long-term stays in large cities. The apartments are furnished in the style of private apartments, self-catering facilities are available. In addition, guests can individually choose from a range of hotel-like services and benefit from attractive rates that are 20 to 40 percent below the price level of comparable hotel rooms.
SO!APART is the industry meeting of the German-speaking apartment world. Every year for two days, top-class experts and industry insiders talk about exciting topics concerning the operation of special real estate as well as market developments, trends and perspectives. The presentation of the SO!APART Awards in currently six different categories is the festive highlight of the event. As an expert for serviced apartments in Germany, the apartment service is thus focusing on the best of the best and is driving the largest growth market of the local hotel industry forward. Information under so-apart.de.