Whether you’re a young professional attending a corporate event or client visit in Milton Keynes, a cool and hip (yes, hip) socialite going out to soak up the sights and sounds of our town or perhaps something in between, at some point you are likely to want overnight accommodation. Life on the road with business isn’t much fun and crashing somewhere unfamiliar without home comforts and space isn’t much better either. Let’s be frank… that Travelodge can be a bit grim.
Sure, the hotel market in Milton Keynes covers everything from budget hotels to the dizzying heights of luxury (that’s the Holiday Inn to you and I… *eye roll*) – and yes, such a thing as Airbnb does exist – but you’re likely to end up either be very disappointed, struggle to feel at ease in somebody else’s home, contract some form of mattress-based disease or spend a small fortune on a pretty mediocre overnight stay. And you are better and more demanding than that.
You can imagine then our interest when the people at City Stay Apartments got in touch, offering us the opportunity to come and try out one of their two-bedroom executive managed apartments located in central Milton Keynes. We’d been looking for a location for our #UltimateNightIn (more on that in a future post), so we jumped at the chance to see what an executive apartment could offer us.
City Stay Milton Keynes – What’s it all about?
Whilst their main clientele are medium stay business-type lets (a couple of months at a time for example), City Stay have realised that there is a growing group of people who want flexibility with their accommodation arrangements, have high expectation over quality and demand a bit of home from home… at a reasonable price. At a minimum of two nights, the idea of having a whole executive apartment to yourself is enormously appealing – a proper kitchen along with an actual sofa with genuine doors in-between means you feel like you’ve splashed out on a high-end hotel suite. A true baller, if you will.
The City Stay Apartment
We ended up staying in a two-bedroom apartment – RobsRibs and I are close friends, but not that close – which was situated in central Milton Keynes, the Vision development located opposite The Hub. With a good-sized Sainsburys downstairs and various restaurants, bars, the Centre:MK shopping centre, Xscape indoor ski slope, cinema and theatre all within comfortable walking distance, this is really conveniently located.
The apartment itself was immaculately presented, spacious, warm, light and tastefully furnished throughout; it certainly looked to offer a very comfortable and home-from-home base from which corporate or leisure pursuits in Milton Keynes could be enjoyed. Luxury is a word often banded about for anything these days, but it certainly felt that way.
Both bedrooms were a good size with plenty of room to manoeuvre (you could even swing a cat) and featured a comfortable double bed each, with fresh clean bedding and plump (great word) pillows which resulted in a tremendous night sleep.
Both the ensuite and bathroom were perfectly adequate and well-proportioned, the ensuite was unsurprisingly better in the shower department versus the bathroom shower which felt like it had less water pressure as it was running from the tap system – but it got the job done and it’s certainly no worse than a lot of hotels we’ve experienced. Again, these were immaculately clean and the heated towel rails were certainly a welcomed addition on a cold Saturday morning.
Lounge / Diner
The living room and kitchen were open plan and led out to the balcony – perhaps not all apartments will have spaces this size, but even the one beds have access to a version of the same. We were really surprised by just how impressed we were and how much of a difference having this space felt. This didn’t feel like a hotel, it didn’t feel like someone’s house, it was the perfect combination of the two.
Unlike a lot of hotel rooms, it was awesome to be able to spread out and in comfort, particularly with kitchen facilities and a proper living room space. The large flatscreen TV had full terrestrial and several Sky channels, whilst Wifi offered high-speed internet; it’s hard to think that you’d really need anything else.
Attention to detail
What impressed us most was the finer details. The things that really matter.
Parking at a lot of hotels, particularly in central locations such as Milton Keynes, can be at a bit of a premium and not always included in the room rate; the City Stay apartment we stayed in gave access to a secure underground carpark – no fuss with worrying about where to dump the car or how much it’ll set you back for the privilege. We can confirm it comfortably fits a Range Rover (just one that we had laying about); executives, rejoice!
The apartment was kitted out with pretty much everything you would need and had been really well thought-through; a full cutlery draw, bottle openers, breakfast cereals, proper glassware and crockery. A dishwasher with a dishwasher tab, along with washing up liquid. High-end toiletries included in the bathroom and ensuite. Whether we were intending to make use of the kitchen facilities or instead opt for a takeaway, we would have been well catered for if we have decided either way. A nice touch.
So.. verdict on CityStay and their executive apartments?
And how much does this apartment set you back, we hear you ask? Well, City Stay are asking for £90 per night for this particular two-bedroom apartment, although they have a number of one-bedroom properties available. With two sharing each bedroom, that’s a mere £45 each… but even at full price, the nightly rate is an absolute steal; a search for something next week shows that this is actually cheaper than other central Milton Keynes hotels in the area. Mind boggling. Extraordinary value for money.
With unrivaled space and comfort, finished to such a high executive standard, it seems then that there really isn’t much of a comparison between what the guys at City Stay have to offer with their 1-2 bedroom apartments and hotels in the local area.
If you were visiting Milton Keynes for work or play anytime soon, we have to ask, why would you possibly ever stay in a hotel ever again?
Disclaimer: we stayed at a City Stay apartment as a guest in exchange for this review although our opinion is strictly independent and entirely our own.