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Ascott opens prestigious La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris as part of The Crest Collection

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CapitaLand’s wholly owned lodging business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has opened La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris in France, its third property under The Crest Collection – a prized selection of some of Ascott’s most prestigious and unique luxury serviced residences. Located in the heart of Paris’ most iconic 8th arrondissement, housed in a building steeped in history, the new La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris residence offers discerning travellers extraordinary experiences with a sense of home.

The entrance to La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris is on Rue de Bassano, a few minutes from many of the French capital’s most sought-after attractions, including the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais, Théâtre du Rond-Point and the famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The property is also a stone’s throw from Avenue Montaigne and Avenue Georges V with their luxury boutiques and fashion houses – the epitome of French glamour.

Built as a private residence by renowned cognac distillers – the Hennessy family in 1907, La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris is housed in a five-storey Haussmannian-style building that has kept every bit of its character and charm over the century. The elegance of this finely preserved building stands out in its cornices, corbels, gilding, period moulding and delicately chiselled ironwork.

Mr Lee Ngor Houai, Ascott’s Managing Director for Europe, said: “Ascott created The Crest Collection to distinguish an exclusive collection of serviced residences that offer a memorable experience through building heritage, architecture and location. Ascott has a strong track record of product development and design expertise, from preserving heritage buildings to converting offices to serviced residences. At the new La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris, which took us two years to conserve and enhance, our guests will feel at home and be able to experience the Parisian life, culture and history in a unique luxury residence.”

“Ascott has established a presence in Europe with 48 properties and over 5,900 lodging units including more than half of them in France. We have recently announced a new franchised Citadines property in Amsterdam – Citadines Sloterdijk Station Amsterdam that will open this March; two other franchised Citadines properties are scheduled to open in Nantes and Strasbourg in 2019 and 2020. We aim to increase our presence in Europe to 10,000 units across 100 properties by 2023 through acquisitions of turnkey developments or existing buildings which Ascott can convert into lodging, management contracts and franchises.”

Unlike typical hotels, La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris is a large private residence where different facets of the Parisian art of living, gastronomy and haute couture come into play, lending a touch of elegance and glamour.

The lobby features a fragrance lounge where guests can discover a collection of five essential oils and a signature fragrance created exclusively for La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris.

A chic blend of Haussmann-era mouldings and contemporary touches are reflected in the 70 rooms, suites and duplex apartments with balcony, in large spaces of up to 56 square metres. From fireplaces, herringbone parquet flooring to bookcases, every furnishing and fitting has been thoughtfully brought to create living spaces inspired by traditional Parisian apartments.

Jean-Philippe Nuel, a leading international luxe interior design studio was appointed to carry out interior design works at La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris; to highlight the building’s architectural heritage, and preserve its authenticity and French Art de Vivre – the French art of living.

Whether travelling on their own or with family and friends, every guest at La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris will appreciate the comfort of a spacious, well-decorated accommodation with a fully-equipped kitchen, Nespresso machine, dishwasher, elegant dishware and even a washer-dryer.

Guests can look forward to first-class service and facilities at the new serviced residence – 24-hour concierge and room service, valet-parking, laundry, buffet breakfast, fitness suite, residents’ lounge, complimentary L’Occitane toiletries and high-speed Internet access. Later in the year, the first restaurant in France by Michelin-starred Singaporean Chinese cuisine group Imperial Treasure will also open within La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris.

To celebrate the opening of La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris, Ascott is offering 10% off best flexible rates and complimentary continental breakfast for stays from now till 31 March 2019. For more information or reservations, please click here.

Besides La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris, Ascott operates two other properties under The Crest Collection – La Clef Louvre Paris and La Clef Tour Eiffel Paris. Each property is a signature on its own with a distinctive character that epitomises European elegance and grandeur.

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Historic, Storyful, New: Iconic Caribe Hilton Is Officially Open

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Caribe Hilton, admired as one of Puerto Rico’s most beloved resorts, retakes center stage, officially debuting a more than $150 million restoration following a 15-month closure. A gem of the Caribbean since 1949, the highly anticipated opening marks a major milestone as the storied property celebrates its 70th birthday, and as Hilton marks its 100th anniversary.

Plunged into the limelight as a hotspot for celebrities, politicians and royalty since its mid- century opening, Caribe Hilton earned its place at the forefront of tourism in the Caribbean, instantly embodying the jet-set glamour of the era during its early days and remaining a social institution for decades to follow. Just in time for summer, the beachfront resort’s top-to-bottom makeover pays homage to years of cherished history and oceanside allure, complemented by modern accommodations and amenities at an arm’s reach from Old San Juan’s pulsating, colorful center.

“Caribe Hilton was our first hotel to open outside the continental U.S. and the birthplace of the piña colada, and for that reason, has always been an incredibly important hotel for Hilton. It is with great pride that we say ‘welcome back’ or ‘bienvenidos’ to this emblematic property,” said Danny Hughes, Executive Vice President and President, Americas, Hilton. “We are extremely proud of our new product and the resilient Team Members who worked to redevelop a resort worthy of its history. We can’t wait to welcome guests and members of the community back to the hotel.”

Caribe Hilton, which has been meticulously restored by owner Park Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: PK), delivers contemporary guest room and suite renovations; reimagined F&B concepts (sweet history was made here in 1954 when Ramon “Monchito” Marrero created the Piña Colada at the former Beachcomber Bar); fitness center; spa; tennis center (in collaboration with Puerto Rican Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig); and landscaping redesigns, paired with an incredible 65,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

Boasting touches inspired by “the island of enchantment,” Caribe Hilton’s reinvigorated look is deeply influenced by the vibrant culture, lively colors and rich history of San Juan, as well as the warmth and charm of the locals who call it home. 

“The reopening of Caribe Hilton is one more symbol that Puerto Rico is back in business,” said Pablo Torres, General Manager, Caribe Hilton. “The sun is shining, there’s energy and rhythm on the island, and once again our famous piña coladas are flowing. We’re welcoming our return guests back home, as well as introducing new ones to the enduring Caribe Hilton experience and legacy.”

To celebrate the opening, for a limited time, guests can extend their stay in paradise an additional night with “One Night on Us” — a complimentary 3rd night free. Travel must be booked by June 30 for travel between May 15 and December 20, 2019.

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Marriott International Debuts JW Marriott Hotel in Qufu, Birthplace of Confucius

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JW Marriott announced the opening of the new JW Marriott Hotel Qufu in Shandong province, China. Owned by Shandong Luneng, this is the first JW Marriott hotel in Shandong and the 16th in China. The new hotel is an architectural masterpiece that will showcase the brand’s philosophy of welcoming guests to this exciting destination with modern luxury and authentic, exceptional service.

JW Marriott Hotel Qufu is located in the old city. The brainchild of Kai Cui, the academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the building is a masterpiece of design that celebrates Chinese architecture, while taking its ancient contexts into the 21st century. The hotel features 197 modern rooms and suites, comprising 188 individual guestrooms and 9 complex suites. All guestrooms, spanning from 45m² to 98m² with 3.2-meter-high ceilings, are tastefully appointed with elegant Chinese accents and are equipped with the latest in-room technology, walk-in closets, and modern amenities to ensure guests’ every comfort. The hotel’s distinctive exterior profile, with its elegant classical Chinese rooflines, blends seamlessly with its surroundings. Sixteen Chinese chimes at the front porch are a visual reminder of both the ancient percussion instrument, as well as the history of Chinese culture and music. The spectacular lobby features a stylized moon gate and a statue of Confucius under a graceful ginkgo tree, in commemoration of the lectures “The Great Teacher” gave.

“We are thrilled to bring our JW Marriott brand to the historic city of Qufu,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President & Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott for Marriott International. “The new JW Marriott Hotel Qufu is a haven of luxury within the timeless history of the city, famed as the birthplace of revered Chinese philosopher Confucius, with a rich landscape of historic palaces and temples. The design of this hotel, its distinctive decor and mindful, intuitive service are all part of The JW Treatment, our promise to enhance and elevate our guest’s experience when visiting this amazing destination.”

JW Marriott Hotel Qufu offers a diverse range of artfully selected and locally inspired dishes and beverages to appeal to all guests’ palates. At the hotel’s signature restaurant Residence, guests can experience the time-honored cuisine of the region, including Cantonese dishes and the traditional Kongfu cuisine which focuses on culinary refinement, also known as “Dishes of the Confucian Mansion”, complemented by traditional Shandong dishes. JW Kitchen is a smart casual outlet featuring an open kitchen, serving local and international cuisines, healthy juices and the chefs’ daily recommendations in a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere. The Lounge is an intimate and idyllic place to linger and enjoy views of Six Arts Atrium. Guests can savor JW Wine Ambassador services as well as the exquisite afternoon tea. In the lobby, the Tea Library is a beautiful space reminiscent of a traditional teahouse with wooden shelves displaying tea sets and books while guests can experience local tea culture guided by an expert tea master.

JW Marriott Hotel Qufu is an extraordinary venue for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions with its multipurpose function spaces. The Grand Ballroom has an impressive nine-meter-high ceiling and 800m2 of space, which can be divided into two separate banquet halls featuring a variety of customizable layouts. The function spaces feature 70m2 HD LED screens and state-of-the-art sound equipment. For smaller events, the hotel also has a 200m2 Function Room, which can be divided into three independent multifunctional halls. All events at the JW Marriott Hotel Qufu enjoy the support of the JW Event Concierge service for quick responses to requirements and to provide organizers with expert, intuitive solutions.

For guests who wish to maintain their wellness routines during their visit, the 24-hour Fitness Center is a natural sunlight-filled space with advanced cardio and strength training equipment. A luxurious indoor heated swimming pool with natural sunlight allows guests to enjoy swimming for exercise and leisure during any season of the year.

”JW Marriott, with its distinctive JW Treatment brand philosophy, continues to grow strongly here in China, resonating with consumers who seek exceptional quality and thoughtfully crafted service,” said Henry Lee, Chief Operations Officer and Managing Director, Greater China, Marriott International. “We look forward to welcoming guests to the new JW Marriott Hotel Qufu. From sightseeing and sampling the traditional cuisines of Qufu, to organizing a memorable event or a simple romantic getaway – JW Marriott Hotel Qufu will delight the most discerning of world travelers who come to this beautiful ancient city.”

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Autograph Collection Hotels Welcomes Ireland’s National Treasure, The Shelbourne

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Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s diverse and dynamic portfolio of more than 170 independent hotels around the world, has announced the addition of The Shelbourne, the enduringly iconic hotel that’s been at the heart of Dublin society since 1824.

Proudly overlooking Dublin’s grandest square, St. Stephen’s Green, The Shelbourne is just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s most celebrated landmarks: Trinity College, parliament building Dáil Éireann, and the National Gallery.

Recently renovated by Guy Oliver of design firm Oliver Laws, the timelessly elegant interiors honour the illustrious history of Dublin’s Grand Dame. For the past two generations, royalty, statesmen, artists, writers and legends of stage and screen have made The Shelbourne their home away from home, from Princess Grace of Monaco, to John F. Kennedy, Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera, all of whom have suites with enviable views of the green named after them.

JP Kavanagh, General Manager of The Shelbourne said: “The Shelbourne has played a pivotal role in Irish society for nearly two centuries. Autograph Collection Hotels’ independent spirit is the perfect fit for the hotel’s next chapter, honouring the unique personality of this timeless Dublin landmark and its countless iconic stories.”

The Shelbourne offers several distinctive food and beverage options to suit every occasion. The Horseshoe Bar which has played host to notable meetings over the years from politicians and journalists to visiting dignitaries and local personalities. The Lord Mayor’s Lounge, Ireland’s most iconic drawing room, offering Afternoon Tea overlooking St. Stephen’s Green. The Saddle Room Restaurant, a timeless dining room with a relaxed atmosphere, old-school Irish service and a menu full of classic favourites. 1824 Bar, The Shelbourne’s newest addition – a snug, and sophisticated hide away with a hand-picked list of whiskey.

The Shelbourne has ten historic meeting rooms spanning over 10,000 square feet, many of which have their own unique character, style and stories, hosting an array of events from intimate private dining to impressive business conferences.

On joining Autograph Collection Hotels, The Shelbourne will introduce a signature offering called Independent Spirit that pays homage to Irish Whiskey. Celebrating the rebirth of Irish Whiskey in 1824 when The Shelbourne opened its doors, the spirit will be featured in crafted experiences including an after-dinner whiskey trolley in The Saddle Room Restaurant and ‘Whiskey Sommeliers’ in The Horseshoe Bar.

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