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March 8, 2011

Memories of 1981 by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service was founded in 1981, in a time when people were dressing in an individual fashion with wild hair dos and many colours, tattoos were all rage and British group Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Festival with “Make Your Mind Up”.

But what else happened in 1981 and who are the contemporaries of The Apartment Service? An illustrious bunch and a few names which, like The Apartment Service, have become synonymous with the products they represent. You can´t imagine life without them anymore:

There is Bloomberg, the media company founded by Michael Bloomberg, which provides up to the minute business and financial news.

From the world of sports there is JD Sports, a featured shop in many a high street across the UK for all your sport equipment and attire.

Merely a pipedream in 1981, but nowadays no office can function without them. Computer accessories, such as mice, web cams, USB sticks etc. Yes, also Logitech is turning 30 this year.

And then there are high street favourites such as Jack Wolfskin, Tie Rack and for lovers of film United International Pictures.

1981 was the year that Nintendo became huge and Hard Rock and Heavy Metal ruled the airwaves on the music front.

Movie of the year, according to the Oscar Nominations was “Chariots of Fire” with Nicholas Farrell and Nigel Havers. The film is telling the true story about track athletes from different cultures competing in the 1924 Olympics.

Ronald Reagan, himself a former film actor, became President of the United States and Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch bought the Times and the Sunday Times.

MTV, the music station was first launched in the USA and the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe was caught.

1981 saw the first London Marathon being held with just over 6,500 runners. This year, in its anniversary year, around 40,000 people will run the race. It is one of the top 5 marathons in the world and the largest yearly single fund raising event worldwide.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married and housewives and teenage girls favourites Wham! belted out their first song, “Young Guns  Go For It”.

1981 has also produced a number of 30 year olds which have made their marks in various fields, be it musically or on the sport front.

Anna Kournikova, the Russian tennis player with the model looks, who has become more famous off than on the courts.

That old Disney Kids star Britney Spears, who has also had more than her fair share of headlines.

And staying on the tennis front, Wimbledon´s favourite (incidentally also home to The Apartment Service), Roger Federer, who has won the All England Lawn Tennis Championships six times until now and still going strong.

Since music is playing a big part in our 30th Anniversary Celebrations for The Apartment Service we can´t but finish off with some of those timeless favourites of which many have fond memories for a wide variety of reasons:

What about “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes, “Tide is High”, by this epitome of Eighties fashion and music, Blondie and a personal favourite “The Winner Takes It All” by the Swedish Maestros ABBA.

On the “smooch” front there was “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie and “Lady” from Kenny Rogers.

And not to forget The Police, fronted by Sting with “De do do do, de da da da”, a title maybe more suited for the Sixties!

Of course we can go on, but we won´t. Fact is that 1981 has produced some great things, companies and people still going strong today and The Apartment Service is proud to be part of this heritage.

What are your memories of 1981? Where were you at the time? Share it with us and contribute to the legacy of a great vintage!

 


January 28, 2011

Easyjet To Establish Lisbon Base by Esther Munoz Tong

The recent announcement that easyJet is making Lisbon one of its European hubs lead us to believe that an imminent larger choice of regional flights to Portugal’s capital city is on the way.

 

The low cost airline currently flies to Lisbon from five British airports, including Edinburgh while their new aircraft base is slated to open in winter 2011. Lisbon will become easyJet's 20th base, its first in Portugal. Already operating nearly 100 weekly flights, and according to November flight-base data, to 16 scheduled destinations. easyJet has established itself as the second largest operator in the Lisbon market, second only to the national airline of Portugal, TAP.

 

Yet another great reason to plan your next visit to this enchanting baroque town and furthermore to stay in our lovely Santos River Apartments located in the heart of Lisbon with more frequency flights and hopefully better value for regional routes within the rest of Europe.

 

Contact our Reservations Team for more information on how to book an apartment in Lisbon T: +44 (0) 20 8944 1444 or simply send us an online enquiry  


January 5, 2011

New Saco Properties in Central London and Bracknell by Esther Munoz Tong

Two New Saco Properties are now part of our portfolio of serviced apartments. Saco Spitalfields is yet another excellent and well priced alternative for corporate accommodation in The City; each -one and two bedrooms- apartment offers floor to ceiling windows, contemporary furnishings and fully equipped kitchens.

 

The area
What was once a retail backwater is now a haven for those in search of a quirky shopping experience. Here it’s the free-thinking independents not chain stores that hold sway, in a lively environment that truly deserves to be described as unique and eclectic. The programme of live music and artistic events makes Spitalfields a draw for anyone looking to eat, drink or watch the world go by. And above all, for style-conscious shoppers already captivated by nearby Brick Lane, Cheshire and Hanbury Streets, it’s an opportunity not to be missed.

 

While for those looking to rent an apartment for short or extendible periods, within easy reach of major High-Tech industries including Panasonic, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard, Cable and Wireless, Dell, Honeywell, BMW Group and Waitrose headquarters can now book Saco Bracknell though the Apartment Service.

 

The area
Bracknell has been used in the filming of many TV shows and films, such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Time Bandits. The town has a large leisure centre, which includes swimming and athletics facilities, whilst there is also the Coral Reef Water Park, the Downshire Golf Complex, the Bracknell Lawn Tennis Club and the Royal County of Berkshire Club. The John Nike Leisure Sport Complex houses a dry ski slope and an ice rink, and there are 2,600 acres of Crown Estate woodland at the Look Out Discovery Centre.


November 26, 2010

Your Home in Madrid by Esther Munoz Tong

As you may know, the Apartment Service has teamed up with a group of relocation experts in Madrid to offer a brand new accommodation solution in the heart of the gastronomic capital of Spain. One of our new business development executive, paid a short visit to Apartamentos Sandoval a few days ago, here are his thoughts:

The Sandoval Apartments were very beautiful and I enjoyed the local vicinity. I stopped at the local Carrefour which was very busy... When I heard a lady exclaim “mañana” and then left the store, I should have taken the hint but I decided to try the Spanish shopping experience. Which I can confirm was worthwhile as I picked up a very nice bottle of Rioja and some great food. It’s the little things in life.

The general area around the apartments was excellent and I can confidently promote the features, advantages and benefits of staying at Sandoval. I did manage to visit Opera, Callao, Sol, Gran Via and the Savilla areas... I loved the atmosphere and how accessible everything is in Madrid, so I’m looking forward to coming back for a longer stay in the future.’   

Enough said. Everyone in the office is currently firing emails to our Managing Director to find out when it’s our turn to “sample” first hand Apartamentos Sandoval in Madrid...

 


July 26, 2009

Review Of Executive Roomspace Cramer House by New York Resident Writer Demetra Pappas by Bard Vos

The journalist Demetra Pappas spent a few days recently in London to write about the city. Her stay was provided by The Apartment Service. Demetra stayed in Executive Roomspace Cramer House in Marylebone and you can read her review of the property in the attached article.

Demetra Pappas review of Cramer House in The New York Resident April 2009.pdf (170.20 kb)


July 24, 2009

Robin McKelvie Reviews Executive Roomspace Howard House by Bard Vos

In November 2007 the well-known travel writer and photographer Robin Mckelvie (www.robinmckelvie.com) stayed in Executive Roomspace Howard House, one of the corporate apartments for stays of 28 nights or more, as offered by The Apartment Service. The review of his stay is attached.

Robin McKelvie reviews Executive Roomspace Howard House.pdf (1.87 mb)


July 22, 2009

Serviced Apartments In London Do Offer Value For Money by Bard Vos

A few months ago The Apartment Service was approached by the well known travel writer and photographer Robin McKelvie (www.robinmckelvie.com) for serviced apartment accommodation in London. Fortunately we could provide him with one of our most popular apartments, Executive Roomspace Cramer House in Marylebone, where he spent the night with his family. His review of his stay in our apartments is attached.

 

Robin McKelvie Reviews Serviced Apartment.pdf (510.31 kb)


July 9, 2009

Follow up to Global Serviced Apartment Industry Report by Bard Vos

In the autumn of 2008, the first Global Serviced Apartment Industry Report was published by The Apartment Service. Extracts of this report can still be read on our website: http://www.apartmentservice.com/News_Room/GSAIR08

We have now started the preparations for the follow up of this report and are looking for input from travel agents, serviced apartment operators and (corporate) clients WORLDWIDE who book serviced apartments/aparthotels etc. for their short term accommodation needs.

The participation will involve an interview with participants by the producer of the report, The Travel Intelligence Network, which can either be conducted via email with preformatted questions, or via telephone. Interviews will start early September 2009 and the report is due out early Spring 2010.

So, if you are a serviced apartment operator, a travel agent who books serviced apartment accommodation, or a (corporate) client who regularly stays in serviced apartments, please do get in touch and let your voice be heard!

Your participation will be very much appreciated and credited in the report.

For more information or to confirm your participation, please do get in touch with us, initially via email bardv@apartment.co.uk


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