The Spires Blog

Oh, I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside...

19th May 2016

Those warming summer days are hopefully upon us, and with them comes the perfect opportunity to have fun by the seaside. What makes Aberdeen so attractive is that perfect blend of stunning, natural landscape alongside the pulse and blaze of city attractions. Therefore, discover all about the fun of having a nostalgic trip to the seaside when you stay with us in our Aberdeen apartments in our recent blog

Let the Summer of Events Begin!

10th May 2016

Summer - a time for BBQs, seaside adventures and lounging by the pool. However, it is also a time for celebrations with all the joy and excitement of graduations, prize-givings and weddings occurring. Therefore, when you celebrate your special day and want to have all your nearest and dearest there, save on the stress and have your family and friends stay in a serviced apartment. Spacious and cost-effective, it is a win-win situation for all!

Castle Crazy

Thursday 22nd April 2016

With Aberdeen being located on the edge of "Castle Country", it is no surprise we are getting rather castle crazy. With over 300 castles of all shapes and sizes to explore, it is the perfect summertime adventure for when you stay with us in our Aberdeen apartments. Take a look and see what castles are on your checklist! Do you have any that you would recommend? ?

Food for All!

April 6th 2016

Travelling is stressful enough before you even factor in the arduous process of finding places to eat if you have unique dietary requirements such as if you have a gluten intolerance or if you are a vegetarian or vegan. However, serviced apartments provide the perfect solution because with fully-equipped modern kitchens, they allow you to dictate what you eat.

Welcome to Royal Deeside

March 3rd 2016

Between the beach and the parks and the bustling city centre, there is so much entertainment and joy to be found in the walls of our favourite Silver City. However, The Spires also sits at the entrance of Royal Deeside and between the stunning grounds, the rich royal heritage and an assortment of castles of all shapes and sizes; it is clear that Aberdeen also affords many an unique day trip. Learn more about Royal Deeside in our latest blog post!

#ScotSpirit

February 25th 2016

It is time for VisitScotland's brand new campaign to display the beauty and wonders of Scotland to the rest of the world. However, this time they are looking at something a little less tangible - spirit. Nothing uniquely characterizes Scotland quite like its incandescent spirit and so we thought we would look at the spirit that The Spires best embodies - warm hospitality.

Serviced Apartments: Share an Apartment, Share the Benefits

20th January 2016

No one ever liked sharing a room as a child, however sharing an apartment is a very different concept - one which holds many benefits for both the employee and the employer. Therefore, read all about the convenience and cost-effectiveness that apartment sharing brings.

Serviced Apartments: The Solution to Business Travel Blues

January 18th 2016

Potentially business travel is not all glamorous as it is made out to be, however serviced apartments might be the perfect antidote to the loneliness and the lack of space.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

16th December 2015

Discover all the festive fun you can get up to this season in our respective locations of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Birmingham - it is truly like walking in a winter wonderland.

Memoirs of a Placement Sales Administrator

Monday November 9th 2015

Remember that blog #Newbie which chartered the start of our placement student's journey at The Spires? Somehow the sands of time have passed and now it is time to look back and reflect.

The Man Behind the Watercolours

12th October 2015

Our Edinburgh apartments showcase the amazing watercolour talent of renowned Scottish-based painter and printmaker Bryan Evans; make sure to learn all about the man behind the art here!

The Simple Art of Smiling

5th October 2015

Turn that frown upside down, it is World Smile Day! Here in the hospitality world, we are all about creating lasting memories for our guests and putting a smile on their face; therefore learn the 10 things that have us smiling during the Autumn season :)

Meet the Team: A Day in the Life of Kris.

Tuesday 7th July 2015

If you have ever made a reservation with The Spires, you will probably have talked to our favourite Reservations Manager: Kris Parchimowicz. Therefore, learn all about Kris and what it means to be a Reservations Manager in our latest 'Meet the Team' blog.

Nature in the City

Thursday 2nd July 2015

Having witnessed both a heatwave and a crazy summer thunderstorm spectacle in the early hours, it is clear Mother Nature is making her power known this week. Even though we are located in the bustling, animated modern cities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Aberdeen and soon Edinburgh, that does not mean that there are no stunning spots in which you can enjoy this lovely weather. Therefore, get those running shoes and picnic baskets out as we discover all the best beauty and nature spots that are to be found in our respective rambunctious city jungles!

Book Direct with The Spires

Tuesday 30th June 2015

There are a multitude of ways to book a stay at The Spires, however, booking direct (either through our website, emailing us or phoning us) will definitely bring the most rewards. Read on to discover our Top 6 reasons as to why booking direct with The Spires is the way to go!

Take a Trip to the Movies with The Spires

Wednesday 24th June 2015

Earlier in the year we featured the ultimate Bollywood movie tour of Scotland and Birmingham, now it is Hollywood's turn. When we say you are never far from Blockbuster action in our locations, we mean it!

Time for a Catch-Up

Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Long time, no blog! With five months completed and one to go, see how our Sales Administrator is getting on as she reflects on her experience and also find out all of the recent exciting news at The Spires HQ.

Summer of Joy

Tuesday 16th June 2015

The sun is out and so are the gowns & mortar boards: graduation season is here! Being located in the prime university cities of Birmingham, Glasgow and & Aberdeen, we know there will be no shortage of celebrating going on so let The Spires help make that special day even more memorable. Read on to discover how!

Me, My Selfie & I

Tuesday 2nd June 2015

We know everyone likes to engage in a cheeky selfie, and so this week we are looking at the craze that seems to be here to stay and how it is impacting the travel industry as we know it. For visual impact, of course we had to include a few selfies of our own!

A City Built on More Than Just Oil

Friday 29th May 2015

Many associate The Silver City with business tourism due to its reputation as an Energy Capital, however there is so much more to this city as we will show. Golf, Castles & Whisky: Aberdeen is a Scottish Culture hotspot.

The Water of Life

Friday 15th May

May 16th marks World Whisky Day and due to all our locations having strong ties to the whisky scene, we felt we had to take a minute to focus on Scotland's favourite golden export.

Coming down with a case of Wanderlust

Wednesday 13th May 2015

Is the word "wanderlust" in your personal dictionary? If not, read this blog to find out why it should be.

Back to Serviced Apartment Basics

Tuesday 12th May 2015

With the launching of our serviced apartment finding service, "The Apartment Collection - By The Spires", we thought it was time to go back to our serviced apartment basics starting with the ultimate question: what is a serviced apartment?

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation

Wednesday 6th May 2015

Sometimes business calls for you to get up and spread your wings; be it for one night or a year, or across the country or a continent. Whatever your business travel requirements, serviced apartments are the solution as we detail in this week's blog.

The Sands of Time

Monday 27th April 2015

She has reached the half-way point of her internship at The Spires, see how Alex has been enjoying her experience so far.

The Bard & Birmingham

Thursday 23rd April 2015

Today, William Shakespeare would have turned the grand old age of 451 years old and so we have decided to look at his birthplace and how it is the perfect day-trip from Birmingham.

Meet The Team-A Day in the Life of Fiona

Friday 17th April 2015

Learn all about one of the friendly faces that will be greeting you at the front desk when you stay at The Spires Aberdeen. Introducing you to Fiona!

2015: The Year a Watch May Become Your Favourite Travel Sidekick

Tuesday 14th April 2015

Who knew there would be a day when watches would be able to teach us languages; predict the weather down to the minute or simply aid us in communication through messaging services? Well, that time is here with the launch of the Apple Watch and in this blog we are considering the impact this technological development will have on the travel industry.

Meet The Team. A Day in the Life of Laura.

Monday 13th April 2015

When you stay with us at The Spires Glasgow, you will be warmly greeted by Laura. Get to know a bit about her in our latest blog!

Business and Leisure Travellers of the Future

Thursday 9th April 2015

Where does the future of travel lie? Well, read on to find about the generation who are set to take-over the industry and the world's workforce itself

Travel with Confidence: Quality Assessment Programmes

Wednesday 8th April 2015

Cost should not be the only factor you consider when choosing what accommodation to stay at, quality should play a big part too. Therefore, look for properties like ours that have been graded by Quality Assessment Programmes so you know what you are getting when you stay.

Leaving Behind a Legacy

Tuesday 7th April 2015

It has been rather quiet on the intern front, so read on to discover what they have been getting up to in recent weeks

Birmingham Meets Bollywood

Monday 6th April 2015

Although our Bollywood blogging series has come to an end, your own Bollywood movie journey around the UK could just be starting. We just have important stop left to make: Birmingham.

There is No Place like Home

Friday 3rd April 2015

There is many a famous quote or song about home, but where is home to you?

The City Spotlight is on Birmingham

Friday 27th March 2015

The city spotlight is firmly on Birmingham and we give you 15 reasons for why Birmingham should be topping that 2015 Travel Bucket List

Bollywood Meets Edinburgh

23rd March 2015

Our Bollywood journey stops off at Scotland's great capital Edinburgh where the VisitScotland Bollywood Map was launched. Discover all the movie magic that has happened in Edinburgh!

Spread the Happiness: 10 Things Making us Smile at The Spires

Friday 20th March 2015

It is International Happiness Day so here at The Spires we are of course trying to spread the cheer by sharing 10 things that have us happy today :)

Meet The Team. A Day in the Life of Lynne.

Wednesday 18th March 2015

Introducing our lovely Finance and Administration Manager: Lynne

Travel Apps: Your New Travel BFFs

Tuesday 17th March 2015

Take the stress out of travelling by using these handy apps which are soon to become your favourite travel companions

Facebook: A Workplace Friend or Foe?

Monday 16th March 2015

With the development of a new corporate version of Facebook, "FB@Work", we consider how this could impact corporate travel as well as debate its feasibility in the workplace

An Education in Email Marketing

Friday 13th March 2015

Find out how our Student Intern is getting on as she is enlightened in the world of email marketing

Let's Get Blogging

Friday 6th March 2015

Read on to find out about Alex's growing social media addiction as well as anecdotes from some rather amusing phone call mishaps

Serviced Apartments: The Cost Effective Alternative

Monday 9th March 2015

Read more to find out how we can help employers to reduce their accommodation costs, but keep their employees happy.

Bollywood Meets Glasgow

Monday 9th March 2015

Next on our Bollywood tour of Scotland is Glasgow, where the action notches up further.

Bollywood Meets the North-East

5th March 2015

Let the Bollywood fun and adventure begin in the North-East of Scotland

Travelling with teens can be fun!

4th November 2015

Our Managing Director gives an insight into how travelling with teens can be fun. Honest!!

Taking the Social Media Revolution Global

4th March 2015

This week Alex is trying to take over the world..........of social media! Will she succeed? Read on to find out.

One Month Old!

23rd February 2015

Our student placement Alex celebrates her first month at The Spires with a look at Bollywood in Scotland.

When Bollywood Meets Scotland

19th February 2015

Did you know that in the last two decades over 23 Bollywood movies have been filmed in Scotland? read on to find out more.

Social Media Revolution

13th February 2015

This week Alex has been getting to grips with social media amongst other tasks

#NEWBIE

6th February 2015

Alex joins us as our new student placement who will be in the role of Sales Administrator for 6 months.

Meet the team. A day in the life of Jackie.

27th January 2015

In this blog we discover a bit more about our Accommodation Manager in Aberdeen, Jackie Forsyth.

A visit to Birmingham and it's German Market

14th January 2015

Every year over the festive period Birmingham is host to a German Market right in the heart of the city. Kevin visited it this year and though he would share his experience.

Meet the team. A day in the life of Hannah

9th January 2015

In the first of our "meet the team" blogs we would like to intorduce Hannah Haynes who is our accommodation manager in based in Birmingham.

Giving Blood

8th January 2015

One of the team gives blood for the first time.

There's Room At Our Inn this Christmas!

17th December 2014

Merry Christmas

18th December 2014

Merry Christmas from all of us at The Spires

Aberdeen Festive Season Events 2014

25/11/14

If you are visiting Aberdeen during the festive season there is loads to do with family and friends throughout the city. We have put together some ideas for you. By Jackie Forsyth - Accommodation Manager Aberdeen

Birmingham Frankfurt Market 2015

14/11/14

Birmingham's 14th annual Frankfurt Christmas Market has opened, with five million visitors expected over the next six weeks. By Craig Duguid - National Sales Manager

SPOTLIGHT ON GLASGOW

5/11/14

Glasgow is packed full of excellent restaurants to suit every budget, and if you want to sample the very best, head to The Ubiquitous Chip – a multi award-winning restaurant with a menu inspired by Scotland’s natural larder.