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Ascott has opened its first serviced apartments in Hamburg and Hangzhou, as well as a second Ascott-branded property in Jakarta.

The serviced apartment provider will also be launching its first property in Macau at the end of this year, while its second serviced residence offering in Dubai is slated to open in 2017.

It has also spent US$70 million rebranding The Mercer as Citadines Mercer Hong Kong.


Citadines Intime City Hangzhou

Citadines Intime City Hangzhou is located close to the city’s major business districts and attractions including the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal.

Hangzhou railway station is nearby, while Hangzhou East railway station is a 30-minute drive away and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International airport is an hour by car.

The 104-room property has apartments ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. It also offers amenities such as a gym, café, billiards room, self-service laundry, mini-cinema, children’s play area and breakfast lounge. Free wifi service is available in all rooms.

Citadines Michel Hamburg

Citadines Michel Hamburg

Citadines Michel Hamburg is situated in the city’s business district, a five-minute walk from the Rödingsmarkt metro station. Hamburg airport is a half-hour drive.

The property has 127 rooms, including studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments, all with complimentary internet access. Each kitchen is equipped with modern appliances such as microwave oven, refrigerator and dishwasher.

Additional facilities range from breakfast lounge with free refreshments to a fitness room, business corner and meeting room.

Ascott opened its third Citadines Apart’hotel in Germany earlier this year (see news, February 14).


Ascott Kuningan Jakarta

Ascott Kuningan Jakarta is located in the city’s central business district, and is a part of Ciputra World 1, a large integrated development consisting of a Lotte Shopping Avenue, an Artpreneur Centre (a museum and art gallery cum theatre) and an office tower.

It takes about 45 minutes to reach the property by car from Soekama-Hatta International airport.

The 185 rooms are a mix of one, two and three bedrooms. There is a kitchen and separate living and dining area, LED TV, bathroom with bathtub and rain shower, and complimentary wifi service.

Facilities include a swimming pool, tennis, basketball and badminton courts, a gym, aerobics room, children’s playground, wading pool, garden terrace, café, resident’s lounge and meeting facilities.

Ascott purchased The Mercer in Hong Kong for US$70 million (HK$545 million), and rebranded the serviced apartment as Citadines Mercer Hong Kong. The revamped property offers 55 rooms ranging from 37 sqm to 63 sqm.

Ascott Macau will open at the end of this year and will be located in the centre of the city, a few minutes away from the Macau Ferry Terminal, Macau International airport and Taipa Island.


Ascott Macau

There will be 110 guest rooms, ranging from 30 sqm to 75 sqm. The kitchens in each room will be equipped with a capsule coffee machine, electric kettle, cutlery, microwave oven and refrigerator.

There will also be a gym, indoor heated and outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna room, resident’s lounge, and three restaurants serving Japanese, Chinese and Western cuisines.

The property will have scheduled shuttle bus services to the Macau Ferry Terminal, and resident programmes for guests


Ascott Culture Village Dubai will open in 2017 within the Dubai Culture Village along the shoreline of Dubai Creek.

The apartments will be near to retail and commercial developments including schools, art galleries, performing arts centres and restaurants. It will also be close to the city’s key business and leisure attractions.

There will be 117 rooms, ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments, with facilities including a swimming pool, gym and restaurant.


Ascott Culture Village Dubai

Lee Chee Koon, chief executive of the Ascott group, said: “In Dubai, there is a growing demand for luxury serviced residences.

“As our first property in the city, Ascott Park Place, has been achieving occupancies of over 80 per cent, having another premier Ascott-branded serviced residence will allow us to cater to the need for luxury serviced apartments and increase our presence in this cosmopolitan city.”


Global service residence owner and operator The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has officially launched its 215-unit Citadines Uplands Kuching yesterday, which marks its maiden Citadines project in Malaysia.
The project is Ascott’s 17th Citadines property to open in Asia Pacific since the introduction of the brand from Europe to the region in 2006.
The opening, which was officiated by Minister of Housing and Tourism, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, marked the strengthening of Ascott’s position as the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in Malaysia with over 1,800 apartment units.
Tan Boon Khai, Ascott’s regional general manager for Singapore and Malaysia, said: “We see tremendous potential in bringing Citadines to Malaysia. It complements our existing Ascott- and Somerset-branded serviced residences and enables us to cater to a wider segment of customers.
“In Kuching, Citadines Uplands will appeal to the increasing MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) travellers,
project groups from nearby companies and government offices, as well as student groups and visiting professors from the universities located around the property.”
Today, Citadines has 33,000 apartment units in over 80 cities in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Gulf region.
Tan further highlighted Ascott’s presence in Kuching which started 13 years ago via Somerset Gateway. This project, which was managed by Ascott from 2001 to 2011, has convinced the group that Kuching is a strategic point in the company’s expansion plan.
To note, the company operates three brands – Ascott, Citadines and Somerset – whereby each brand caters to different market niches.
The group’s portfolio through these three brands spans across 82 cities over 20 countries, 21 of which are new cities in Ascott’s portfolio where its serviced residences are being developed.
“Besides Citadines Uplands Kuching, Ascott will also open Ascott Sentral Kuala Lumpur, Citadines D’Pulze Cyberjaya and Somerset Puteri Harbour Iskandar in 2014; Somerset
Medini Iskandar in end 2015 and Somerset Damansara Uptown Petaling Jaya in 2016.”
Since its soft launch in March this year, Citadines Uplands Kuching has garnered many favourable reviews from its residents.

St Regis serviced apartmentST REGIS
The glamorous St Regis Hotel, which overlooks the Royal golf course at Ratchadamri, has a whole wing of serviced apartments but only one is for rent. Stretching over 800 square metres, the duplex penthouse is the private residence of Bill Heinecke, the self-made Thai billionaire and owner of the hotel. Decorated by the Heineckes, the elegant property is finished in beige, cream and maroon and studded with Thai and Chinese antiques, including the costumes Yul Brynner wore in The King and I. A 20-seat dining table, private pool and patio, wine cellar, full kitchen, three bedrooms and two butlers on call complete the picture.
The penthouse is available from THB 290,160.

This gleaming new tower on the corner of Sukhumvit Road and Soi 57 is well located to indulge in the offerings of Thong Lor, Bangkok’s hot-spot neighbourhood for restaurants and nightlife. The 74 one, two and three-bedroom residences, which start at 55 square metres, have pale hardwood floors with purple furnishings, small but well-equipped kitchens with a full fridge, four-plate burner, coffee maker and washing machine and dryer. The ground floor breakfast room offers an excellent spread to start the day and the top floor al fresco bar, Octave, an even better way to end it. It’s excellent value.
One-room apartments are from THB 4660 ($158).

This soaring skyscraper nestled among the embassies of Wireless Road is owned by the same family that owns Bangkok’s illustrious Mandarin Oriental hotel. The property follows a colonial theme, with oversized ceilings in the lobby offsetting white shuttered windows and potted purple orchids. The guest rooms, neat with dark wood floors, pale blue and beige furnishings and silk curtains, each have a mini kitchen with a half-sized fridge, toaster, two-plate stove and kitchen table but no clothes washing facilities. The small balcony is a bonus; pity there is nothing to sit on. The hotel has a great Chinese interpretation restaurant, Mandopop, but the service needs work. Studio apartments are from THB 4979.

This tower with 79 one and two-bedroom “suites” is well located within walking distance of the shops of Chitlom, Siam Square and restaurants of Soi Lungsuan. Starting at 77 square metres, the guest rooms are not luxurious but are amply furnished with separate sleeping areas, marble bathrooms and small kitchenettes stocked with a microwave, two-plate burner, fridge-freezer and pots and pans. There is no coffee maker, toaster or clothes washing facilities and the hotel breakfast is not worth the extra money. The guest room balcony and views over Lumpini Park and ground-floor swimming pool nestled into a thicket of foliage compensate. Studio rooms are from 4321.

Set off Ratchadamri Road, this 94-room, “eco-chic” high-rise designed by Singaporean architecture firm WOHA is characterised by a soaring 2000-plant vertical garden in the lobby. It’s Hansar’s studios of interest here; each a spacious 59 square metres, with stovetop, fridge-freezer, built-in washing machine, separate workspace and a spacious bathroom with terrazzo tub and rain shower. There are free minibars stocked with soft drinks and beers and a sleek spa, infinity lap pool and fitness centre. Eat at the French Provencal restaurant called Eve, and Cafe Boca for Thai, or at endless choices on Soi Langsuan, just steps away. Studio apartments from THB 5650 including breakfast.

Tucked inside Sukhumvit Soi 8, a quiet lane away from the hedonism of upper Sukhumvit, this hotel is one of several Citadines properties in Bangkok, a budget chain owned and operated by the Ascott Group. The 130 functional but basic all-white residences, which start at 25 square metres for studios, come with fully equipped kitchens including utensils and separate bedrooms with bouncy queen-size beds. There is a small pool and fitness corner, a coin-pay laundrette and a complimentary tuktuk service to zip guests up to Nana BTS and the nightlife of Soi 11. Studio rooms are from THB 1849.

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The serviced residence will further reinforce Ascott’s leadership position as the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in China with about 9,300 apartment units in 52 properties across 20 cities.

Mr Kevin Goh, Ascott’s Managing Director for North Asia, said: “Citadines Apart’hotel, which provides independent travellers with flexible services to suit their lifestyle needs, has been enjoying very healthy occupancy since we
launched it in China in 2006.Ascott in China

We see great potential in expanding our Citadines brand in China and have so far added three more Citadines Apart’hotels in Guangzhou, Nanjing and Hangzhou in 2013.”

He added: “With a fast growing demand for serviced residences in Hangzhou, we are confident that Citadines Intime City Hangzhou will perform well.

As the capital city of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou’s economy and foreign direct investment grew respectively by an average of more than 10% and 12% annually in the last five years. Hangzhou also attracted more than 80 million business and leisure travellers in 2012.

Besides Citadines Intime City Hangzhou, our premier Ascott Raffles City Hangzhou will offer top business executives exclusive living and discreet services when it opens in 2015.”

Serviced apartment hotels are also referred to as “aparthotel” (in Spanish & German), “apartahotel” (in Spanish), “apparthôtel” (in French), “Appartmenthouse” & “Boardinghouse” (in German), “flat service” (in Brazil), “suite hotel” in the Middle East & Spanish Latin America, and “(serviced) residence” in east Asia. These are all very simliar to US “extended stay hotels”. In fact, one might conclude that the main difference is just geography. However, serviced apartments also are somewhat less likely to offer extended stay discounts (though asking for one is always a good idea), and serviced apartments also offer more luxury at the upper end, especially in Asia and Europe. One example of added luxury amenities is in-unit (private) laundry facilities.

There are currently more than 50  serviced apartment chains with at least 5 hotels.

These chains are based in Europe (23 chains, mostly in France), Asia (10), Australia (10), South America (3) & Africa (1). Our survey also includes Oakwood & Marriott, which are based in the United States, but their locations outside North America employ a model close to that of the other chains we survey here.

Lanson Place

To be included in our reviews, serviced apartment locations must offer onsite management and staffing by “branded” employees. Serviced apartments share common features that are unavailable at standard hotels. These chains all have self-serve laundry facilities (sometimes private) and have guestrooms, i.e. “suites” or “apartments”, with a dining table and kitchen. The kitchens all include at a minimum: a sink, a refrigerator, and a microwave oven. Nearly all also include a stovetop or hot plate for cooking. Some kitchens also offer dishwashers and conventional ovens.

The list below is in descending order, approximately, according to services, amenities and overall quality.

Kempinski Residences Private luxury serviced residences, available for rental or purchase. Currently 6 hotels in Asia and Europe.
Loyalty Program: GHA Discovery

Ascott Luxury chain launched in Singapore in 1984. Currently 21 hotels in Asia and Europe, usually in city centres.
Loyalty Program: Guests can earn 150 miles per day with Asia Miles

Lanson Place 7 hotels, all in east Asia

Frasers Based in Singapore. Currently 44 hotels in Asia and Europe, divided into 3 brands: Fraser Suites (22 hotels), Fraser Place (12) and Fraser Residence (11). 2 new brands have also been introduced by Fraser: Modena & Capri.
Loyalty Program: Fraser World

Shama Part of ONYX Hospitality Group. Began in 2001 in Hong Kong. 13 hotels, all in China, except one in Bangkok.

Mamaison 5 hotels in Eastern Europe

Grand Mercure Part of France-based Accor Group. 20 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Bangalore, Bangkok.
Loyalty Program: Le Club

Oakwood US corporate housing provider, started in 1969. 26 hotels in Europe & Asia. Some serviced apartment hotels in east Asia are designated Oakwood Residences and Oakwood Premier.

Marriott Executive Apartments US-based chain with 22 hotels in Europe, Asia, Panama City & Sao Paulo (none in the United States).
Loyalty Program: Marriott Rewards

Somerset Serviced Residences Part of Ascott Group. 42 hotels in Asia & Australia, usually in city fringes.
Loyalty Program: Guests can earn 150 miles per day with Asia Miles

Meriton Serviced Apartments Upscale Australian chain with 10 hotels in Sydney & Queensland

Arjaan by Rotana Based in Abu Dhabi. 9 hotels in UAE, Damascus & Beirut.
Loyalty Program: Rotana Rewards

Boudl 17 hotels in Saudi Arabia, and 1 in Kuwait.
Loyalty Program: Elite Club

Travelers Began in 1985. 8 hotels in Colombia.

SACO (The Serviced Apartment Company) Began in 1997. 31 hotels in the UK.

Adina Part of Toga Hospitality, based in Australia. 8 hotels in Germany, Budapest, Copenhagen, Sydney.

Medina Part of Toga Hospitality, based in Australia. 3 brands: Classic, Executive, Grand. 21 hotels in Australia.

Don Suite Hotels 7 hotels in South Africa

Mantra 51 hotels in Australia, plus 1 in Queenstown NZ. Several properties in leisure destinations such as Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast

Oaks 39 hotels in Australia, New Zealand & Dubai

Punthill Apartment Hotels 12 hotels in the Melbourne area, plus 1 in Sydney

Quest 140+ hotels in Australia, New Zealand & Fiji.
Loyalty Program: QClub

Citadines Apart’hotels Part of Ascott Group since 2002. 60 hotels in Europe & Asia. 12 more planned through 2015 in Asia & Germany.
Loyalty Program: Guests can earn 150 miles per day with Asia Miles

Central Apartments 6 hotels in Brisbane & Melbourne

Waldorf 28 hotels in Australia & Auckland

Lindner Boardinghouse 6 hotels in Germany.
Loyalty Program: Lindner Nights

Pierre & Vacance 98 hotels in France & Spain. Hotels are represented by 3 classes: Residence (3-4 star), Holiday Village (3-4 star) & Premium (4-5 star).

Residhome Apparthotel Part of Groupe Reside Etudes. 20 hotels in France.

Ramee 10 hotels in UAE & Bahrain

BreakFree Part of Mantra Group. 26 hotels in Australia, plus 2 in NZ. Many are in leisure destinations such as Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast.

Derag Livinghotels Began 1982 in Munich. 11 hotels in Germany, plus 2 in Vienna.

Appart’City 54 hotels in France, plus 1 in Belgium. 6 additional hotels are under construction.

Park & Suites Launched in 2010. 50 hotels in France, divided between 4 classes: Comfort (2-star), Village (3-star), Elegance (3-star) and Prestige (4-star).

Sercotel Began in 1994. 11 hotels in Spain and Andorra.

Atenea Part of City Hotels. 6 hotels in Spain.
Loyalty Program: Club City

Mercure Apartments 51 hotels in Brazil. Began as Parthenon Flat Hotels, before being acquired by Accor.
Loyalty Program: Le Club

Be Housing 10 hotels in Belgium, represented by 4 brands: Budget Flats, City Apartments, Condo Gardens & Ambassador Suites.

Transamerica 20 hotels in Brazil

Adagio Created by a joint venture between Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs Group and Accor in 2007. 35 hotels in Europe, mostly in France. 1 planned for Abu Dhabi late 2012. Major expansion into Brazil planned for 2014 onwards.
Loyalty Program: Le Club

City Residence Formerly Appart’Valley. 9 hotels in France.

ResidHotel 34 hotels in France, plus 1 in Marrakech

Sejours & Affaires Apparthotel Part of Groupe Reside Etudes. 40 hotels in France.

Achat 14 hotels in Germany, designated “Comfort” & “Premium”

Appart’hotel Victoria Garden Began in 1992, as part of the Madeo group. 8 hotels in France.

Promenade Apart-hoteis Began in 1987. 15 hotels in Brazil, mostly in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte.

Odalys City Apart’hotels Large vacation rental company based in France. 10 hotels in France, plus 2 in Monaco and 1 in Florence Italy.

Adagio Access Budget brand of Adagio, converted from Citea. 50 hotels in France, plus 1 in Spain.

Maeva Part of Pierre & Vacances CentreParcs. 166 hotels in France and Spain.

Weekly Mansion Founded in 1999. 30 budget hotels in Japan, designated as Weekly Mansion and MyStay.


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Ascott has secured a new management contract for its first Citadines Apart’hotel in Surabaya, Indonesia.

The 288-unit Citadines Marvell Surabaya is scheduled to open in 2014 and reinforces Ascott’s position as one of the largest international serviced residence owner-operators in Indonesia, with over 2,100 apartment units across 10 properties.

Mr Alfred Ong, Ascott’s Managing Director for Southeast Asia and Australia, said, “Ascott has built a strong presence in Indonesia since we opened our first property in Jakarta in 1995. With Indonesia’s resilient economy and increasing foreign direct investment into the country, we see tremendous opportunities to expand in Indonesia and introduce our Citadines brand in Surabaya.”

“Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city, has a thriving seaport and burgeoning industrial sector. Surabaya is also an up-and-coming city for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions. It is a popular tourist destination with a strong domestic travel market. With Citadines Marvell Surabaya, we will be able to tap on the growing segment of savvy independent travellers who want the flexibility to choose the services they desire to create their unique stay experience. Besides Citadines Marvell Surabaya, Ascott will open four more properties in Indonesia by 2014, including two Citadines, in Bali and Jakarta, in the second half of 2012,” Mr Ong added.

Situated in the business district of Ngagel, Citadines Marvell Surabaya will be close to shopping malls and the Surabaya Industrial Area Rungkut, where many manufacturing factories are located.

Citadines Marvell Surabaya will be part of an integrated development named Marvell City, which offers a multitude of shopping, dining and entertainment options. These include specialty restaurants and bars with alfresco dining, a supermarket, a cinema and other retail outlets. The development will also house commercial towers, educational institutions, as well as ballroom and banquet facilities.

Citadines Marvell Surabaya offers business and leisure travellers a choice of studios, one and two-bedroom apartments. Each furnished apartment comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, ensuite bathroom, separate work and sleeping areas and other modern amenities. Facilities in the 12-storey serviced residence include a swimming pool and residents’ lounge.

Besides Citadines Marvell Surabaya, Ascott will open Citadines Kuta Bali and Citadines Rasuna Jakarta in 2012, Ascott Kuningan Jakarta in 2013 and Somerset Kencana Jakarta in 2014.

Ascott currently manages Ascott Jakarta, Somerset Berlian Jakarta, Somerset Grand Citra Jakarta, Somerset Surabaya Hotel & Serviced Residence and Countrywoods Residences.