Singapore: The Ascott Ltd has launched The Crest Collection, “a prized selection of some of its most prestigious and unique luxury serviced residences”.
Ascott says The Crest Collection "offers the
growing number of discerning travellers extraordinary experiences
with a sense of home. Each property is a signature on its own with
a distinctive character which epitomises European elegance and
The debut collection comprises the newly added Metropole, which will open in Bangkok in June 2016, and three of Ascott's Citadines Suites properties in Paris that have been renamed to La Clef Louvre Paris, La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris as well as La Clef Tour Eiffel Paris.
Acquired in 2011, La Clef Tour Eiffel Paris was included in the global asset enhancement programme rolled out by Ascott in 2010. Through Ascott's extensive experience in product development and design, the property was boldly transformed - the serviced residence seamlessly marries Parisian elegance in a 19th century Haussmannian apartment building with the postmodernist style of celebrated architect Ricardo Bofill in an adjoining hotel.
Lee Chee Koon, Ascott's CEO, said: "Ascott has a strong track record of product development and design expertise, from preserving heritage buildings to converting offices to serviced residences. Since we started with an extensive refurbishment programme in 2010, we have invested S$230 million to renovate 45 properties globally, 23 of which are Citadines properties in Europe. The Crest Collection opens up more opportunities for us to work with property owners who want Ascott to manage their property while maintaining its unique features. With more than 30 years of experience and managing over 290 properties worldwide, Ascott has been focusing on creating the best experiences for customers staying in our properties of international standards; while at the same time ensuring we make the most efficient use of space to maximise returns for the owners."
"Ascott has achieved an asset size of over S$1.5 billion in Europe. We will continue to deepen Ascott's presence in the region's gateway cities where we have properties such as Paris, London, Hamburg and Munich, as well as explore new markets to achieve Ascott's target of 10,000 apartment units in Europe by 2020. We plan to expand through acquisitions of turnkey developments or existing buildings which Ascott can convert into serviced residences, management contracts and franchises. With more than half of Ascott's Europe portfolio in France, the country will remain a key part of our growth in Europe. We have been in France since 2002 and have invested more than S$1 billion in the country through acquisitions and product enhancements. Ascott has grown to be one of the largest Singapore companies to invest in the hospitality industry in France and we continue to see strong potential for serviced residences in the country," added Lee.
Alfred Ong, Ascott's managing director for Europe, said: "The Crest Collection is created to distinguish Ascott's exclusive collection of unique luxury serviced residences that are designed with elegant and classic European flair. It caters to corporate and leisure travellers looking for a quintessential lifestyle in a homely space. To greater differentiate our Citadines properties and The Crest Collection in France, we are renaming the Citadines Suites properties to La Clef, which represents 'The key' to a memorable experience through the art of luxury living. Each property is inspired by a story, whether it is in the building's heritage, design or location. These unique luxury properties are well positioned to tap on the rising demand for upscale accommodation in Paris. Guests will enjoy Ascott's signature hospitality as we constantly strive to exceed guests' expectations and make them feel at home."