The lobby at Skye Suites Sydney.
The lobby at Skye Suites Sydney.

Serviced apartment operator, Skye Suites, appears to be bucking the short-term forward booking trend, reporting today it has seen a 7% uptick in bookings at its properties in Parramatta and the Sydney CBD.

Following the brand’s launch into the extended-stay market, the company says it attributes the spike to travellers needing a quiet space ‘away from home’ to work and also among those unable to cross state borders in order to return to their homes.

Skye Suites says its mobile check-in, keyless entry, virtual concierge and new long-stay rates had made it affordable for guests wanting to stay for weeks or months on end whilst retaining a contact-less experience.

Skye Suites is welcoming guests seeking an isolated space to work.

Pierre Abrahamse, Chief Operating Officer of Crown Group, which oversees the Skye Suites brand, said the rapidly-changing landscape had led to a dramatic effect on its two NSW hotels.

“We’ve had one company CEO book in for three months so he can work somewhere quiet during the day, away from the distractions of his family, and a doctor book for a month while he is stationed in Sydney temporarily,” said Abrahamse.

“Since we went out with our messaging and new pricing earlier this week for a long-stay offering, we’ve seen a noticeable spike in bookings from people looking for a quiet space to work from a home away from home or while they work remotely.”