With most industries now fully open after the pandemic, BizAsiaLive.com met Anshul Mehta, the sales manager of the brand new The Gate hotel in London. Mehta faced the biggest challenge to open ahead of the March 2020 lockdown. Despite this, the hotel was one of the few that remained profitable. We told him about the last 18 months.
How does it feel to be fully open after the pandemic?
Business is certainly picking up, but not to pre-pandemic levels. With international and business travel caught in the crossfire of quarantine rules and other COVID-19 restrictions, stays in the UK have become a major driver of the occupancy gains that have emerged since the start of the pandemic.
As vaccination programs continue to expand globally, travel restrictions and new waves of viruses are still affecting many parts of the world, including the UK.
Can you tell us about trading at the Gate during the pandemic?
Gate is a brand new build that opened on February 24, 2020, just before we all entered the national lockdown. We have to adapt very quickly and think outside the box to stimulate activity and sustain it by ensuring that we do not have to close our doors. I have proactive strategies for working with the NHS, scientists working on COVID-19 projects, the local government sector, real estate agencies, relocation agencies, law and insurance firms.
With the strategies in place, we have successfully operated a profitable business during the pandemic. While ensuring the safety of our customers and staff during the pandemic, we provided our best service, which allowed us to reach the property’s number 1 on TripAdvisor out of 2,137 specialty accommodation establishments in London.
Gate Apartments are modern and chic, boasting a cozy open-plan design with dark wallpaper and framed urban artwork.
Do you feel any obstacles or challenges ahead after the pandemic and how do you plan to overcome them?
As with any new business opening, we were looking to position the Gate in the Market and the luxury lifestyle aparthotel in the market and worked on ramp-up plans. After the pandemic, we paused all of our major planning and business activities due to the pandemic.
Tell us a bit about the hotel, the facilities and the location?
Located in vibrant Spitalfields in London’s East End, The Gate Apartments offers serviced accommodation in the heart of the British capital. Stroll down Brick Lane and stumble upon quirky vintage markets, some of the city’s best curry houses, and the watering Junkyard Golf indoor mini-golf course. Grab a bite to eat at Old Spitalfields Market, where stalls on stalls line the lobby and serve dishes from more unusual chain restaurants and street vendors.
Gate Apartments are modern and chic, boasting a cozy open-plan design with dark wallpaper and framed urban artwork. These elegant studios, one and two bedroom apartments have king-size beds, a bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. The apartment’s amenities include a washing machine, integrated air conditioning, safe, TV and free Wi-Fi. Housekeeping is provided once a week. Guests can take advantage of the on-site fitness room, restaurant, bar and cafe and services available include a 24-hour hotel-style reception, dry cleaning and laundry service.
Why would you want people to see the Gate as the hotel of choice?
Luxury accommodation designed for you …
Boasting the features of a luxury boutique hotel along with the added amenities of extended stay residences, The Gate offers every guest the perfect home in the city. Each of The Gate’s 189 apartments has been carefully designed to create a beautiful space that radiates style and is endowed with thoughtful details that make every day luxurious. Make yourself at home with beautiful bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, cutting edge technology and Hypnos beds so comfortable you’ll never want to leave.
Exquisitely designed for your comfort, each of our rooms has been carefully considered to ensure that we meet the needs of each guest.
All of our apartments have kitchen facilities, blackout curtains, window seats, Hypnos beds, Nespresso machines, workspaces, walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads and amenities. luxury toiletries Le Labo.
Ranked # 1 for specialty lodgings in London on TripAdvisor.
What’s your biggest single selling point at the door?
· Lifestyle Aparthotel – Unique on the market encouraging “Bleisure”
· Apartments fully equipped with dishwasher, microwave, oven, washer-dryer, 2 hotplates, sofa and dining area
Le Labo toiletries
· Free WIFI throughout the hotel, with a good number of outlets in the social common area on the 5th floor.
Exclusive members’ lounge for all our residents
The best of both worlds – Long stay with minimum stay of one night
Boutique Tech Led gym with Peloton bikes
Security on site – Need key cards to go to any floor
· Accepted animals