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Ascott unveils Citadines Connect business hotels to expand short-stay offerings

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CapitaLand’s wholly owned lodging business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has launched Citadines Connect, a line of business hotels with selected services, to widen its short-stay offerings as it continues to grow its portfolio. A sub-brand of Ascott’s well-established Citadines serviced residence brand, Citadines Connect business hotels cater to frequent travellers who are constantly connected, offering a chic living experience in vibrant city destinations.

Citadines Connect business hotels will have tech-enabled features such as mobile keys, self check-in kiosks, smart washing machines or laundromats, content streaming-enabled televisions, and Google cloud printers. Guests can enjoy the convenience of ‘Grab & Go’ counters offering food and beverage options and daily necessities, common pantry areas, meeting pods, as well as 24/7 gymnasiums. They can also relax at the ‘Refresh and Recharge’ spaces that come with private napping pods with USB charging points, lockers and shower rooms. The hotels offer mostly studio rooms ranging from 18 to 21 square metres.

Mr Alfred Ong, Ascott’s Head for Global Operations, said: “Citadines is Ascott’s fastest growing brand. It has a strong reputation amongst travellers who enjoy the flexibility to choose the services according to their lifestyles. Riding on the worldwide popularity of the Citadines brand which focuses on the extended-stay market, we are introducing the Citadines Connect sub-brand to capture the short-stay segment. The Citadines Connect brand, which offers contemporary and tech-enabled hotel accommodation in well-connected locations, cater to highly mobile business travellers who appreciate convenience, fuss-free services, online connectivity and recreational experiences.”

“We see strong potential for the short-stay segment and hotel rates are rising given the rapid growth in global mobility, bleisure travel and a flourishing gig economy. More and more skilled professionals are taking on short-term, freelancing and ad-hoc work assignments which require them to travel frequently. We will leverage Ascott’s international network and strong management capabilities to bring the Citadines Connect brand to key gateway cities such as Hong Kong, Paris, Seoul and Tokyo as well as popular destinations in Southeast Asia where there is high demand for quality, short-term accommodation.”

Mr Ong added: “By extending our range of product offerings with Citadines Connect, we can scale up our lodging business at a faster rate and further sharpen our expertise in managing hotel assets. Our business partners and guests alike can choose from a wide variety of lodging products that can best cater to their business models, travel patterns, and accommodation needs.”

The two properties to debut under the Citadines Connect brand are in highly attractive locations in the top cosmopolitan cities of Sydney and New York. Ascott is also looking to rebrand its properties such as Temple Bar Hotel Dublin in Ireland and The Domain Hotel Sunnyvale in Silicon Valley, California to Citadines Connect.

Citadines Connect Sydney Airport

The 150-unit prime freehold business hotel is currently operating as Felix Hotel and will be rebranded as Citadines Connect Sydney Airport in May 2019. Located in Mascot within the city of Botany Bay, it is within walking distance to the Mascot railway station and Sydney Airport – Australia’s busiest airport which caters to around 44.4 million passengers in 2018 and is forecast to receive around 60.7 million passengers by 2033. The business parks of Alexandria, Botany, Mascot and Waterloo, The Lakes and The Australian golf clubs as well as the Westfield Eastgardens Shopping Centre are all nearby. Sydney’s Central Business District is within a 15-minute drive or ride by train. The precinct is further earmarked for development to accommodate future population and employment growth capitalising on its accessibility to public transport.

Citadines Connect Fifth Avenue New York

Citadines Connect Fifth Avenue New York is centrally located in the heart of Manhattan. Attracting a good mix of both corporate and leisure travellers, the property with 125 rooms is performing well with an average occupancy rate of more than 95%. Citadines Connect Fifth Avenue New York is steps away from Times Square, Fifth Avenue, the Theatre District and Rockefeller Center. It is also a short walk from key attractions such as the Empire State Building, Museum of Modern Art and Grand Central Station.

Since Ascott acquired the Citadines Apart’hotel serviced residence chain in 2004, it has expanded the Citadines portfolio by about five times from 5,100 apartment units in 18 European cities to about 25,000 units in over 140 properties and 86 cities across Asia Pacific, Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East. Last year, Ascott invested in TAUZIA Hotel Management, one of Indonesia’s top five hotel operators, to capitalise on opportunities in the growing middle-class hotel segment.

Business travel spending has been growing steadily from 2012 to 2017 and is expected to grow at an average rate of about 5% to US$1.7 trillion by 2022. This year, hotel rates are also expected to rise 3.7% globally.

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5 Reasons To Go Offline at Four Seasons Resorts in Bali

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Free WiFi is expected at five-star hotels nowadays, and as such it’s a standard inclusion for guests of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay and Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan. But the paradox of the internet and social media can be a very anti-social holiday where our phones never leave our sides. Here, we present five exclusive Four Seasons experiences that will inspire you to be in the moment. Ranging from water blessings to high-flying yoga and surf tours, you’ll be disconnecting from the internet and reconnecting to each other and the wonderful world around you.   

Can You Keep A Secret? This exclusive temple tour is not on anyone’s bucket list. We ask guests to help us keep it that way, by resisting the urge to post the temple on social media. If you agree, our guide will take you on a scenic three-hour tour from Four Seasons Sayan in an open-air vintage VW through nearby yet untouched rice farming villages. Visit historic sites include a secluded water temple where you are welcome to bathe, or simply to enjoy the serene and undiscovered atmosphere far from selfie sticks.

Learn to surf in the sheltered confines of Jimbaran Bay or take a boat trip to explore Bali’s world-class breaks with Tropicsurf’s coaches and guides. On-site at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, the Tropicsurf philosophy is based on small groups (maximum four people) and avoiding the crowds to take your surfing to the next level, faster. For the ultimate adventure, take Asia’s only heli-surfing tour to ride uncrowded waves in pristine conditions off the east coast of Java.

Bali is home to thousands of beautiful Hindu temples. We invite you to go beyond the most famous landmarks and explore hidden gems like the Goa Gong 9th century cave temple. Open to visitors by appointment only, this natural archaeological site is nearby Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. Our resort priest Ajik Ngurah will be your guide to explore the cave’s shrines and stalactites, and can also arrange a melukat water purification ritual. Not something you want to be holding your phone for!

Discover the beauty of the Ayung – Bali’s longest river and part of the ancient UNESCO World Heritage-listed subak irrigation system. Our guided Four Seasons Private Rafting Adventure takes you through easy rapids flanked by virgin jungle, rice terraces and majestic gorges. Hop out of your raft and let yourself float down a quiet and calm stretch of the river, gazing up into the canopy overhead. Make a riverside landing directly at Four Seasons Sayan, where we’ll be waiting to welcome you back home. 

Experience the intimacy of Trust Yoga, the newest addition to the inspiring wellness program at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. Head to the ocean-front yoga pavilion and partner up with your soul mate, a friend or relative. Take turns being guide and flier, with postures that both require and build trust, strengthening your bond to each other and extending your practice. Our yoga instructor will lead each couple through this joyful 75-minute class, adapting postures to suit all levels. A fun way to connect emotionally and physically to someone special in your life, and a reminder that the best connections are human connections.

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’Tis the Season: Best Holiday Offers to Fuel Your Festive Spirit

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Hilton Garden Inn Zagreb - Radnicka

Hilton has curated a selection of delicious, family-friendly and unique ways to create memorable experiences during the magical festive season. Whether it’s playing a game of curling with mulled wine on the waterfront of Danube or indulging in a festive afternoon tea in the tallest building in Manchester, Hilton has something for everyone to get you into the holiday spirit.

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Waldorf Astoria Versailles – Trianon Palace

Tucked between the Palace of Versailles and the Grand Trianon, Waldorf Astoria Versailles is welcoming the jolly season alongside a new sweet delicacy – The Christmas Turkey. Created by the hotel’s talented pastry chef Eddie Benghanem, the dessert features a charming Turkey Chef preparing a festive dessert while sitting on an indulgent cooking pot made from chocolate. The dessert serves 6 – 8 portions and is available for takeaway when pre-booked from 84 euros.

Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Set in the heart of the Manchester metropolis, Hilton Manchester Deansgate invites guests to indulge in a festive afternoon tea at the Cloud 23 bar. Known as the highest bar in the city, Cloud 23 offers unrivalled floor-to-ceiling views over the Manchester city centre skyline. The afternoon tea will include unique festive cocktails alongside festive flavoured teas, sandwiches and cakes. Afternoon tea is priced at £55 per person.

London Hilton on Park Lane

Those looking to warm up near Hyde Park’s magical Winter Wonderland will be in luck, with the hotel offering a bespoke Winter Wonderland afternoon tea. Clementine and chocolate reindeer macaroons alongside blueberry jelly and chestnut cream meringues will ensure every guest has indulged in the festive delicacies. Afternoon tea is priced from £32 per person with an option to add a glass of champagne.

Hilton Garden Inn Zagreb – Radnicka

Celebrate the holiday season with the whole family in the heart of Croatia’s charming capital Zagreb. Hilton Garden Inn Zagreb has prepared joyful surprises for the children, alongside a “Children’s Corner” games station with various creative workshops available. Parents can happily relax at the hotel’s restaurant and bar with a 20% discount. Confirmed Connecting Rooms for four guests with breakfast included start from 138 euros per night.

Hilton Prague

Those looking for a delicious adventure are invited to The Able Butcher restaurant to experience the best of theatre and dining in an immersive culinary journey from “Le Petit Chef”. The event features cutting-edge 3D visual technology and digital mapping paired with themed music and props. With lobster on the menu and Santa Claus as a host, every guest, big and small, will feel the festive joy. The event is hosted during lunch on December 24 and all day on December 25. Prices start from £89.

Hilton Geneva Hotel & Conference Centre 

This merry season guests are invited to experience the Christmas Alpine Dream Chalet in the heart of Geneva. Set at the entrance to Hilton Geneva, the chalet will keep everyone warm by serving exquisite hot chocolates alongside mulled wine. Children are also invited to join festive cookie decoration masterclasses alongside the hotel’s pastry team. The Chalet is open throughout December.

The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton 

For an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration, guests are invited to experience Le Nord at The Rooftop, an event dedicated to ringing the new year in style alongside an array of delicacies and free-flowing drinks. Unrivalled views over Trafalgar Square paired with luxurious rooms make it the ideal spot to indulge in celebrations in the heart of London.

Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront

Resting by the Danube waterfront, Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront invites guests to team up and celebrate the cheery season with a game of curling. With unlimited mulled wine and punch complemented by roasted chestnuts, everyone will enjoy some festive entertainment. Prices per person start from 15 euros.

DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa

Set in the heart of the Victorian spa town, the hotel offers to join the New Year’s Eve “Prohibition” black-tie gala dinner. Paying homage to the roaring ’20s, the event will feature flapper dresses, champagne towers and firework displays. Guests will be treated to a five-course dinner alongside a live swing and party band, DJ and disco fireworks during the night. A surprise balloon drop with a champagne toast during midnight will be the crown jewel of the whole evening. Prices start from £120 per person.

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10 Facts About the Legendary Beverly Wilshire

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Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel is a history-rich property built in 1928, when Beverly Hills was still undiscovered by Hollywood’s in-crowd. Take a step back in time with us as we share fun facts on the evolution of the iconic Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel:

Built on the site of the Beverly Auto Speedway, Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel provided residents with an opportunity for picnics and Model T Ford races on Sunday afternoons.

Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel has been made guest appearances in movies such as Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Clueless, Sex and the City: The Movie and Valentine’s Day, but gained worldwide recognition as the setting of the movie Pretty Woman.

The Mediterranean-style pool is modeled after Sophia Loren’s private villa pool in Italy.

Famous stars such as Elvis Presley, Warren Beatty and Steve McQueen have all lived in the Hotel, which continues to receive fan mail for the actors, even decades after they have moved out.

Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel is a salute to its construction and renovation teams over the years.  It has withstood major earthquakes in 1933, 1971 and 1994 and was designated an air raid shelter during World War II. 

The Concierge team has a combined total of more than 175 years of experience among them, and six Les Clefs d’Or members.

Opened in June 2006, CUT is Wolfgang Puck’s first steak restaurant, and was designed by the famed architect Richard Meier (of the Getty Museum).

The Spa spans more than 8,000 square feet (745 square metres), with nine treatment rooms (seven with in-room showers), and was the first Spa on the west coast to feature luxury skincare line, 111SKIN.

There are more than 800 employees working at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel.

Located on the private, key-accessed 14th floor of the Beverly Wing, the Penthouse Suite is the largest guest room space in the city at 5,000 square feet (465 square metres). And only 
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel features two rooftop terraces, overlooking the Hollywood Hills from the Royal Suite or the legendary Drive from the Rodeo Terrace.

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