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.
Mandarin Oriental to Manage Luxury Residences On Fifth Avenue, New York
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced an agreement to brand and manage 69 luxurious residences, located on Fifth Avenue New York, scheduled for completion in 2021.
Mandarin Oriental Residences at 685 Fifth Avenue are being developed in an elegant 1920’s building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 54th Street. The well designed private homes will offer the exceptional service for which Mandarin Oriental is renowned.
The Residences will feature a variety of facilities including a library and lounge on the top floor of the building, with clear views over Central Park. A fully equipped gym, a spa with beauty treatment rooms, and a rooftop pool with cabanas and lounge beds will all be serviced by Mandarin Oriental. The property will also offer an all-day dining restaurant.
The owners and developers of the project are SHVO, BLG Capital and Deutsche Finance America.
“We look forward to introducing a new collection of Mandarin Oriental Residences to New York. The development will offer owners a unique pied-a-terre lifestyle in an ideal location, steps away from Central Park and Manhattan’s renowned luxury shopping, museums and fine dining choices. Mandarin Oriental’s attention to detail and legendary service will enhance the living experience of the residents.” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.
“What I love the most about New York City real estate is reimagining a living space, a building, and even the way we can interact with a world-renowned neighborhood,” said Michael Shvo, Chairman of SHVO. “We look forward to developing these unique Mandarin Oriental residences in the heart of Manhattan and creating this one-of-a-kind offering for buyers who demand the highest level of finishes and luxury services.”
Renaissance Hotels Debuts in Mexico
Renaissance Hotels today announced the opening of Renaissance Cancún Resort & Marina, the brand’s first hotel to open in Mexico. The anticipated resort anchors the new marina in Puerto Cancún and connects travellers to both the local spirit of the neighbourhood and the destination’s pristine beaches, just minutes away. Through its surprising design, entertaining evening bar rituals and engaging Navigator, the 180-room lifestyle resort is poised to anchor Puerto Cancún – home to a professional golf course designed by Tom Weiskopf, residential areas, a shopping centre with restaurants, movie theatres, and the largest marina in the area.
“We have been on a journey to evolve our hotels’ design to reflect what the Renaissance brand offers today: a sense of clever theatricality and an open invitation to experience something a little unexpected during our guests’ travels,” said George Fleck, Vice President of Global Brand Marketing & Management, Renaissance Hotels. “We are thrilled to celebrate Renaissance Cancún Resort & Marina and its spontaneous high-low design that embraces the DNA of the locale and gives guests a new sense of the destination.”
Led by Estudio Lemus Arquitectos in conjunction with Idea Asociados, the hotel’s design takes a decidedly distinct approach to Mayan mythology, inspired by the journey a soul takes after death through the cenotes to reach the mystical underworld of Xibalbá. Renaissance Cancún Resort & Marina thrives from stark contrasts created through materiality, different textures and a dynamic color palette – a showcase of the brand’s refined design strategy, which reflects what the Renaissance brand offers today: a sense of clever theatricality and an open invitation to experience something a little different both inside and out of the hotel.
Renaissance Cancún Resort & Marina encourages travellers to discover the hidden gems that gives its neighborhoods soul through its whimsical design. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea anchored by a deconstructed wooden sculpture representing the sacred Mayan tree (ceiba). Metal wire sculptures resembling mollusks contrast the natural, wood stones and polished ceramics throughout the lobby. From underground art created by local urban artists to an engaging pool table and reading nook in the public spaces, the hotel’s interior design reframes the historic fabric of the destination with a modern energy – extending from the lobby to the guest rooms. The hotel boasts 180 guestrooms, including 11 suites, all with ocean, marina or golf course views – inspiring a sense of spontaneous discovery at every turn.
“Just as the Mayan underworld is a universe worth discovering, Renaissance Cancún Resort & Marina is a space full of stories waiting to be told,” said Karina Zuñiga, General Manager. “Stories that will awake the explorer within us, when we allow ourselves to be inspired by the unexpected.”
Music as a means to stir the soul is a theme carried through the hotel’s social spaces, artwork and atmosphere. Zek Bar sits center stage with a designed-DJ table beckoning travellers through the lobby and to the terrace. Savour the very best of local cuisine at Káajal Restaurant or linger for a coffee at Nüup Deli Café. For a taste of Baja Califonia visit Merotoro and enjoy a simple yet sophisticated menu curated by Chef Jaír Téllez. Business meetings turn into ultimate moments of inspiration, whether gathering in one of the meeting rooms, the more intimate boardroom, or hosting a magnificent event on the terrace overlooking the ocean.
Distinctly local, personalized service is brought to life through the hotel’s engaging Navigators, the Renaissance brand’s ambassadors who connect travelers to the locale and help guests discover the neighborhood’s handpicked local discoveries, including discovering Isla Mujeres or scuba diving at the Underwater museum with a private tour from the hotel’s marina; enjoying a relaxed yet energetic atmosphere with Chef Jaír Téllez, just steps away from the hotel or finding Chef Tiago Aceituno’s home and experiencing his farm-to-table cuisine at Mostaza.
Conveniently located 10 minutes from the city and 25 minutes from Cancun International Airport, the new Renaissance Cancún Resort & Marina is located in Puerto Cancún, an exclusive and gated community at the beginning of the hotel zone, and only steps away from the beach. Opening rates begin at $250 per night.
March Madness® Inspires Travel Experiences
Marriott International is gearing up for game day in its third year as the Official Hotel Partner across all 90 NCAA® championships. The is a multi-year partnership with Marriott International, NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS Sports. As Spring signals the start of March Madness®, fans will prepare to travel to this year’s Men’s Final Four® championship in Minneapolis from April 6-8 and the Women’s Final Four® championship in Tampa from April 5-7. Across the country, Marriott International hotels will welcome students, alumni, families and fans as they cheer on their favorite teams throughout the tournament.
Marriott International offers loyalty members elevated sports, food, music and entertainment experiences through Marriott Bonvoy Moments. Members have the opportunity to use their points to bid on exclusive Moments at the Men’s and Women’s Final Four® games, including the Ultimate Men’s Final Four Weekend Experience in Minneapolis and the Ultimate Women’s Final Four Weekend Experience in Tampa. One package is available for each Men’s Final Four and Women’s Final Four including tickets, VIP access and overnight accommodations.
“We are passionate about the spirit of community and comradery felt by so many when traditional boundaries are broken through sports. This resonates with our hotels, as we too place a strong focus on serving all guests around the world,” said Steve Heitzner, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Marriott International, Americas. “March Madness® and NCAA® represent more than a collegiate competition and we feel honored to be the meeting place for so many fans, students, alumni and athletes to continue the celebration after that final buzzer rings.”
“This is always one of the most exciting months for our collegiate athletes and their fans who travel near and far to watch our NCAA tournament games,” said Ellen Lucey, NCAA director of championships and alliances. “We are excited to have Marriott International as our corporate partner as Marriott supports our student-athletes and their achievements. The synergies between our brands are strong, which allow us to create memorable experiences for our colleges and universities and our fans.”
As fans travel from Louisville, Washington, DC, Anaheim and Kansas City to Minneapolis, Marriott International hotels look forward to being the home base for the many emotional moments experienced during March Madness®. In addition to the games, here are a few reasons why hosting cities are some of the top places to visit this Spring.
Louisville, KY isn’t just home of the Kentucky Derby’s Churchill Downs, but it also has an incredible art scene, booming with charming local shops. Those who stay at the Aloft Louisville Downtown, a modern hotel with retro-inspired interiors, can explore the best of the city. Those musically inclined can stroll down to Fourth Street Live! and enjoy live music by new and seasoned artists.
Anaheim, CA appeals to travelers of all ages and those planning to visit Disneyland® Resort and beyond. Anaheim Marriott is located in the city’s resort district offering the perfect location to explore. Guests can also head to the beach to try surfing or sailing and enjoy that California sunshine.
Washington, DC welcomes visitors to explore its many vibrant neighborhoods. Experience the District through the eyes of a local and go beyond the traditional sites on The National Mall. The luxurious JW Marriott Washington, DC on the famed Pennsylvania Avenue is located near the Capital One Arena, making it a prime home base for gameday travelers.
Kansas City, MO is a hotspot for some of the best barbecue, has a prominent jazz heritage, and fountains galore – there are more than 200 fountains throughout the city. Between the Sweet Sixteen® and Elite Eight® games, fans can hunt down as many fountains as they can or hit up some barbecue hotspots including the famed Joe’s Kansas City Barbecue, born out of a gas station. Sports fans can rest their heads after the big game at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center.
Tampa, FL is hosting the Women’s Final Four® games, and is a city to watch over the next couple of years. The city boasts many new areas to explore like Sparkman Wharf which uses shipping containers for shops and restaurants, the new Tampa Riverwalk, a 2 mile stretch – brought more to life within the last year, including Armature Works, an upscale European food hall, as well as Water Street which is close to the championship games. Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the century-old Historic Federal Courthouse has been transformed into Le Méridien Tampa in the arts and entertainment district of downtown.
Minneapolis, MN is not only an unexpected foodie haven but it is also the host of the Men’s Final Four® championship. This year, in partnership with Marriott International, Buick will bring its fan favorite “Grab A Buick” fleet of vehicles to the Twin Cities in record numbers, providing fans free transportation during the Final Four® Festivities. The “Grab A Buick” will shuttle fans around and allow them to experience the new Buick lineup while exploring all that the Twin Cities has to offer. “Grab A Buick” hubs will be set up at more than 10 Marriott International hotels, the Mall of America and local hot spots around the city to enhance the fan experience. Travelers can check the Final Four App for additional details. After the excitement of the Final Four® games, sports fans can rest easy at the W Minneapolis – The Foshay, which merges Art Deco decadence with modern urban chic and take in 360-degree views of the city from the 30th floor observation deck.
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