Dream Apartments in Belfast have become the latest property in the city to get up to speed with Gigabit Broadband through B4B. Guests in Dream Apartments now have access to broadband speeds of 1000 Mbps, that’s 33 times faster than SuperFast broadband (SuperFast is defined as 30Mbps+).
All three of Dream Apartment’s buildings in Belfast are due to be connected over the next few months. The Obel building was the first to go live this week, with St. Thomas Hall being connected to the new network in the new year and their newest building Sandford will have Gigabit broadband available upon opening it’s doors in the Spring.
Gigabit broadband is fast becoming the new norm in the business world with many office blocks and business parks across Northern Ireland having it available through the B4B network but this will the first accommodation provider to offer this level of connectivity to their guests. For Dream Apartments this decision was easy as they continue to focus their business on corporate lets being able to offer this level of connectivity to their guests will help set them apart from the other accommodation providers in the city.
Partnering with B4B has allowed the corporate accommodation provider to actually save money on their monthly broadband bill while at the same time increasing their broadband speed by a factor of 50.
A Gigabit broadband connection is capable of streaming 200 films simultaneously in HD, or having over 800 Skype video calls at the same time.
Dream Apartments has announced the appointment of Mark Docherty as Commercial Director.
Mark brings over 12 years of experience in a variety of senior sales management and leadership positions at different serviced accommodation providers.
Tom Smyth, managing director said “The experience and knowledge which Mark brings to our business will further strengthen our commercial capability and his expertise will be vital to the company as we continue our ambitious growth plans.”
With full responsibility for leading and developing sales & marketing activities, Mark will manage Dream Apartment’s commercial team.
He will play a key role in building on Dream Apartment’s strong presence in the hospitality market to meet its growth targets.
Speaking on the role, Mark added: “Dream Apartments leads the way in providing Serviced apartments and I’m excited to be re-joining the team which has a clear vision to expand and develop what is already a very successful business.
“There are many opportunities ahead of us and I’m looking forward to leading the sales organisation through Dream Apartment’s next phase of growth, delivering results for our company and our customers.”
Name: Chris Greaves
Position: General Manager (Newcastle)
Company: Dream Apartments
Dream Apartments has appointed Chris Greaves to the position of General Manager of Newcastle.
The move will see Chris, who has over 25 years’ experience in both the hospitality and catering industry and international recruitment work closely with the Managing Director, Tom Smyth in leading the rapidly expanding business across the North of England.
“Chris Greaves is an award winning Hotel Manager and with his vast experience I am excited for our future North of England projects” said Tom Smyth.
Dream Apartments was established in 2017, now has over 200 serviced apartments in Belfast, Liverpool, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Dubai.
Dream Apartments offers guests a home away from home. Enjoy all the amenities of a hotel with the additional space of an apartment.
The property, at 1-3 Gallowgate is a large red brick and stone property on the corner of Gallowgate which was first built in the late 1800s.
In the shadow of St James’ Park, the Grade I listed building was initially renovated by Lugano in 2012 when it was turned into student accommodation. Now the building is set to be transformed into an aparthotel with eight apartments, each with two or three bedrooms, following a six-figure investment.
Lugano chairman Richard Robson said: “This beautiful building is very close to our heart. Lugano first renovated it a number of years ago and when we went in, it had been empty for decades. A former travel bureau, it was full of magazines and brochures from the 1960s and 1970s, painting a very different picture of our city than the vibrant destination it is today.
“The project itself is right up our street – the sympathetic preservation, restoration and repurposing of a property that is much loved by the city it calls home. It is a building that most city visitors will have seen, but few will have actually thought much about, beyond it being such a striking structure. We are passionate about not only protecting important listed buildings like this, but also ensuring they continue to get used and don’t fall into a state of disrepair. This project is a prime example of that and will ensure that it is not only preserved as a city centre icon, but also enjoyed by many from outside out region who come to stay,” he added.
“Lugano has built its reputation on repurposing properties that may no longer be deemed fit for purpose. We’re hoping to have the aparthotel completed later this year and hopefully welcome shoppers and visitors into the development and make sure they have a city break to remember,” said Robson.
Lugano has appointed Dream Apartments to manage the property, having worked with them on similar schemes at 66 Bigg Market and Aerial House, the former Tyne Tees building on Newcastle Quayside.
“This third project with Dream apartments ensures that they have a presence in each vibrant corner of the city, the tranquil Quayside, buzzing Bigg Market and now the vibrant Gallowgate, offering something for everyone throughout the city. I’m genuinely excited about overseeing this project and delivering another fine destination for people staying in Newcastle,” said Robson.
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Dream Apartments is a leading Serviced Apartments provider located in Liverpool, Newcastle, Belfast, Dublin and Paris we offer fully furnished apartments available for both long and short-term stays. We offer the services of a hotel but the privacy and convenience of staying in your own home. We are looking for a General Manager for our Newcastle properties, Aerial House and Bigg Market.
To implement high standards for all aspects of running the apartments. You will be fully responsible for the profit and loss of both the properties you will need to provide timely reporting of financial performance and projections to the Directors.
You will need to develop and implement property-wide strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of the brand’s target customer and maximize revenue potential. You will be required to manage all aspects of revenue management for your properties. You will need to identify booking trends and maximize all opportunities.
You will need to manage a team to deliver an outstanding customer experience. The team includes Housekeeping, front office staff and maintenance.
You will be responsible for identifying buyers, understanding their needs, finding appropriate products, creating bespoke solutions and managing the relationship to ensure client aspirations are met at every stage.
You will also identify opportunities to create new products or provide new services and you’ll play an important part in developing the creative and commercial aspects of those opportunities.
We are looking for someone with at least 5 years’ experience in the guest services, front desk, housekeeping, sales and marketing, management operations, or related professional area. Ideally with knowledge of the local market
CORE WORK ACTIVITIES
Managing Property Operations
Works with directors to develop an operational strategy that is aligned with the brand’s business strategy and leads its execution.
Reviews customer engagement survey and prepares action plans based on guest satisfaction results and other data to identify areas of improvement.
Generate new business by identifying senior corporate buyers and promoting the range of products, solutions and packages to them
Engage with corporate buyers in a meaningful way to understand how our solutions can address their business needs.
Work with OTA’s to maximize leisure booking sales.
Accountable for meeting all sales performance targets
Working with the directors to develop and manage the creation of an effective evidence-based sales strategy (covering direct sales and re-sale) that achieves financial growth
Lead generation and prospect management & Planning, developing and presenting pitches
Work with new and existing corporate clients and affiliates to understand their clients and business needs so that we can maximise the sales through this channels
Adheres to Dream Apartments operational excellence: Owner and employee engagement, financial excellence and Property Management
Evaluates if reception team is meeting service needs and provides feedback on the reception team.
Coordinate walk-throughs with maintenance and Housekeeping to ensure apartments, public space and back of the house areas are well maintained and preventative maintenance processes are in place.
Reviews reports and financial statements to determine the residential property is performing against the budget.
Communicates a clear and consistent message regarding departmental goals to produce desired results.
Implements high standards for all aspects of health and safety, loss prevention, and privacy protection.
Works with direct reports to determine areas of concern and establish ways to improve the departments’ financial performance.
Identifies key drivers of business success and keeping leadership focused on the critical few to achieve results.
Develops and implements property-wide strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of the brand’s target
Provides timely reporting of financial performance and projections.
Managing and Conducting Human Resources Activities
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