The Ascott Limited’s (Ascott) first Citadines Apart’hotel in Australia, Citadines on Bourke Melbourne has been named the ‘Apartment/Suite Accommodation of the Year’ at the 2012 Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) (Victoria) State Awards for Excellence. The pre-eminent awards by the TAA, the newly-established division of the Australian Hotels Association (AHA), recognize the best in the accommodation sector.

This is the second year running that Citadines on Bourke Melbourne has received the award for best apartment style accommodation, having clinched the ‘Best Suite/Apartment Style Hotel’ at the 2011 AHA State and National awards. The property, which opened in July 2010, also garnered the Silver Award in ‘New Accommodation Development’ at the National Accommodation Industry Awards for Excellence 2011 and was a finalist at the Victorian Tourism Awards for ‘New Tourism Development’.

Mr Dean Minett, Ascott’s Country General Manager for Australia, said: “We are proud that Citadines on Bourke Melbourne has won the ‘Apartment/Suite Accommodation of the Year’ award for the second time. This award, which is given out by esteemed hospitality industry members, is a strong testament of the high quality products and services that we offer.”

Besides Citadines on Bourke Melbourne, Ascott staff was recognized for their outstanding contributions to the industry as finalists in the following categories of the 2012 TAA (Victoria) State Awards for Excellence:
Hotel Industry Rising Star Award

Amir Badr, Guest Service Officer, Citadines on Bourke Melbourne
James Cowan, Human Resources Executive, Australia, The Ascott Limited

Front Office Services Employee of The Year
Mark Hibberd, Assistant Guest Service Manager, Citadines on Bourke Melbourne
Administration Employee of The Year
Elizabeth Tarrant, Head, Sales Management Team, Australia, The Ascott Limited

Mr Minett added: “We take this opportunity to thank all our staff for their tireless commitment towards excellence.”

Located in the heart of the Central Business District at 131-135 Bourke Street, Citadines on Bourke Melbourne ( ) is well served by public transport and is within walking distance to restaurants, cafés, cinemas, high-end shopping as well as parks and gardens. The property is also at the midpoint of Melbourne’s renowned theatre district and close to major office towers.

Designed by one of the world’s leading design studios, Woods Bagot, Citadines on Bourke Melbourne reflects the vibrancy of Melbourne. Inspired by the city’s distinctive laneways of boutique cafés, shops and galleries, the lobby of the property is designed as a laneway connecting two renowned shopping strips. Citadines on Bourke Melbourne also showcases the works of Melbourne artists, providing a local contemporary edge to the property.

Citadines on Bourke Melbourne offers choices of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. All apartments boast floor-to-ceiling windows, with the units on the higher floors offering panoramic views of the city. In addition, travellers can choose to enjoy a range of facilities in the property including a swimming pool, sauna, gymnasium, outdoor sundeck, business corner and services such as room service and onsite bar and restaurant.